Washington State Fisheries Planning, Modeling, Regulations, and ESA Response Manager (WMS03) in Olympia, Washington


Do the words self-motivated, strong leader and problem solver describe you? Are you a seasoned professional who is ready for your next challenge? If so, then this opportunity may be the one for you! The Department of Fish and Wildlife is looking to find a*Manager - Fisheries Planning, Modeling, Regulations, and ESA Response* to join our Fish Program management team.

THE DEPARTMENT The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is dedicated to preserving, protecting and perpetuating fish, wildlife and ecosystems, while providing sustainable recreational and commercial opportunities dependent on viable fish and wildlife populations. Each day WDFW employees facilitate fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities for millions of residents and visitors. WDFW's employees–field and laboratory biologists, geneticists, research scientists, hatchery professionals, policy experts, fully commissioned law enforcement officers, land stewards, lab technicians, property acquisition specialists, customer service representatives and others work throughout the state. WDFW employees protect and restore critical habitat, strive to facilitate species recovery when necessary, and manage hundreds of fish and wildlife species. WDFW employees maintain nearly a million acres of public wildlife lands. They interpret, apply and enforce state and federal laws and collaborate with stakeholders to protect fish and wildlife resources. Find out more about us and the important work we are a part of at www.wdfw.wa.gov

* (WMS3)*


*Applications will be reviewed and interviews held as qualified applicants are identified, and the position may be filled and the recruitment closed. The first review will be October 27, 2016. Therefore, you are encouraged to submit your application materials as soon as possible. *

The Department of Fish and Wildlife is recruiting to fill one full time, permanent, Manager - Fisheries Planning, Modeling, Regulations, and ESA Response (WMS3) (FPMRESAR) position. The position is located in the Fish Program and the duty station is located at Natural Resources Buildiing, 1111 Washington St SE, Olympia, WA

The FPMRESAR Manager leads the development and implementation of long term strategic vision for information and permits related to managing salmon and steelhead fisheries for the Fish Program. Responsibility and accountability for the FPMRESAR unit budget of nearly $1 million dollars annually and leads a unit of 4 direct reports and a total of 7 FTEs. Recommends disciplines, hires, fires, and compensation to the Statewide Salmon and Steelhead Manager. Manages and/or oversees management of critical information related to salmon and steelhead fisheries statewide including: databases, modeling programs, selective fishery evaluation and documentation, ESA permits, and sport rules processes.

Responsible for monitoring salmon and steelhead, including populations that originate in freshwater (approximately 8,000 lakes and 30,000 miles of fish bearing streams). This position is essential in the development of pre-season fishing plans, in-season management, and post-season reporting for the commercial and recreational fisheries in the marine waters of Puget Sound and the Ocean targeting salmon and steelhead. The FPMRESAR Manager reports directly to the Statewide Salmon and Steelhead Manager and is responsible for coordination of salmon and steelhead fishery information (including but not limited to modeling, reporting, and regulatory information and associated documentation) and Endangered Species Act (ESA) permitting for fish and shellfish. In addition, this position is responsible for all personnel in the Planning, Modeling, Verification, ESA Response, and Sport Rules Coordination units. The position requires constant exercise of strategic planning and critical decision making with outcomes affecting the health and diversity of food fish, game fish and shellfish statewide.


  • The position supervises, leads, directs, and integrates staff within the FPMRESAR Unit and across the Fish Program to create efficiencies and synergies associated with pre-season planning through post-season reporting for salmon and steelhead fisheries.
  • The position leads and directs the Endangered Species Act response for the Fish Program.
  • The incumbent in this position is appointed by the Governor to represent the State of Washington on an international Panel which provides technical and regulatory advice to the Pacific Salmon Commission.
  • Develops and manages the FPMRESAR Unit's biennial budgets, allotments, and contracts in coordination with Fish Program Budget Managers.
  • Oversees completion of post-season reports and other publications containing analysis, evaluation, and interpretation of results from intensive selective fishery monitoring studies conducted throughout Puget Sound and the Washington coast. Analyze and report performance of selective fisheries statewide relative to meeting conservation, ESA, and utilization objectives.
  • Serve as a key Policy representative in state-tribal negotiations during the North of Falcon and Pacific Fisheries Management Council salmon fishery season-setting process.
  • Represent WDFW on inter-agency scientific committees, such as those of the Pacific Fishery Management Council.
  • Provide information on the status of salmon and steelhead populations and fisheries for WDFW and other governmental planning and policy teams focused on salmon and steelhead recovery.
  • The position represents the State of Washington on an international Panel which provides technical and regulatory advice to the Pacific Salmon Commission. Through their participation the incumbent assists with implementing the Pacific Salmon Treaty and associated salmon fisheries. These fisheries generate millions of dollars of economic activity associated with the commercial fishing industry.
  • The position represents the State of Washington in salmon management through the multi-state Pacific Fishery Management Council. This federal, regional management authority was established through the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation Act to manage fisheries on the west coast of the United States.
  • This position is responsible for the management and direction of the FPMRESAR unit in coordination with the Statewide Salmon and Steelhead Manager, and oversees the contributions to the unit as carried out by regional personnel and statewide staff.
  • The FPMRESAR manager reports directly to the Statewide Salmon and Steelhead Manager, and during absences or as assigned, represents the Statewide Salmon and Steelhead unit on issues for the state of Washington.
  • This is a critical position for meeting the Agency's resource management mandates related to salmon and steelhead resources, the information needed to manage these species, and permits for fisheries targeting these species. The position requires constant exercise of strategic planning and critical decision making with outcomes affecting information used to manage over five species and ten races of salmon.
  • The position provides and coordinates key information used to manage recreational and commercial salmon fisheries worth hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity in Washington State. Carrying out the duties and responsibilities of this position is challenged by budget reductions, the ever-increasing demands of the public, expanding regulatory demands, ESA issues, and scrutiny by the public and legislature.
  • The position participates in many intergovernmental and interstate management forums. Intergovernmental forums include contact with the 25 treaty tribes (Puget Sound [17], coastal [3], and Columbia River [4] as well as 9 federally recognized tribes. Working conditions Generally 40 hours/wk, M-F from 8am-5pm. Seasonal evening and weekend work may be needed. Work is typically conducted in an office or meeting group setting. This position is expected to travel as part of the positions responsibility to participate in the Pacific Salmon Commission, Pacific Fishery Management Council, and Agency's North of Falcon salmon season setting process. Travel to other fishery management meetings, conferences, and/or workshops are also expected periodically. Extensive external communication and coordination with international entities (Pacific Salmon Commission staff, Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans), public, Tribal Governments and Representatives, other state entities (Oregon and California departments of Fish and Wildlife) and Federal entities (NOAA/USFWS)


A Bachelor's degree with major study in a natural science (Fish Science, Fish Management, Biology, etc.). A minimum of five years of progressively higher responsible management experience in the area of natural resources. Well-developed communication skills (written and verbal) are required. An in-depth understanding of fish conservation and fisheries management principles, Endangered Species Act law, Tribal law, and administration skills. This position also requires excellent leadership, interpersonal communication, and conflict resolution skills. Preferred/Desired Education, Training, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated leadership, team-building, and supervisory skills;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Ability to work independently to proactively solve problems and make critical decisions in a fast-paced environment;
  • Advanced computer, data processing, and analytical skills, across multiple hardware and software environments;
  • Ability to produce and/or evaluate salmon and steelhead run size forecasts, run reconstructions, coded-wire tag analyses, escapement estimates, and exploitation rates relative to conservation objectives;
  • Knowledge of: program management; budget development and management; natural resource management issues; methods of biological data collection, interpretation, and presentation; development of cooperative relationships internally and with other agencies; principles of negotiating; recreational and commercial salmon fisheries; and oral presentations skills to communicate effectively when presenting complex information to professional, technical, and public audiences.
  • Expertise in: Treaty Case Law in Washington State; salmon and steelhead life histories; fishery management principles; biometric/statistical analysis; negotiating and developing State-Tribal fishery agreements, Pacific Fishery Management Council activities and responsibilities, and Pacific Salmon Commission activities and responsibilities.

To be competitive for this position, an applicant should demonstrate the following competencies: Competencies – Strong skills sets in the following:

Leading People Human Capital Management: Builds and manages a diverse, talented workforce based on organizational goals, budget considerations, and staffing needs. Ensures that employees are appropriately recruited, selected, appraised, and rewarded.

Performance Management*:* Gives clear direction, sets performance expectations, and holds staff accountable for accomplishing. Takes timely corrective action to improve staff performance issues. Writes effective performance evaluations.

Conflict Management: Encourages creative tension and differences of opinions. Anticipates and takes steps to prevent counter-productive confrontations. Manages and resolves conflicts and disagreements in a constructive manner.

Leverage Diversity*:* Fosters an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the organization.

Developing Others*:* Develops the ability of others to perform and contribute to the organization by providing ongoing feedback and by providing opportunities to learn through formal and informal methods.

Team Building: Inspires and fosters team commitment, spirit, pride, and trust. Facilitates cooperation and motivates team members to accomplish group goals.

Results Driven Accountability*:* Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results. Determines objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work. Accepts responsibility for mistakes. Complies with established control systems and rules.

Customer Service*:* Anticipates and meets the needs of both internal and external customers. Delivers high-quality products and services; is committed to continuous improvement.

Decisiveness: Makes well-informed, effective, and timely decisions, even when data are limited or solutions produce unpleasant consequences; perceives the impact and implications of decisions.

Problem Solving*:* Identifies and analyzes problems; weighs relevance and accuracy of information; generates and evaluates alternative solutions; makes recommendations. Technical Credibility: Understands and appropriately applies principles, procedures, requirements, regulations, and policies related to specialized expertise.

* Leading Change* Creativity and Innovation*:* Develops new insights into situations; questions conventional approaches; encourage new ideas and innovations; designs and implements new or cutting edge programs and processes.

External Awareness*:* Understands and keeps up-to-date on local, national, and international policies and trends that affect the organization and shape stakeholders' views; is aware of the organization's impact on the external environment.

Flexibility*:* Is open to change and new information; rapidly adapts to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles.

Resilience*:* Deals effectively with pressure; remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity. Recovers quickly from setbacks.

Strategic Thinking*:* Formulates objectives and priorities, and implements plans consistent with long-term interests of the organization in a global environment. Capitalizes on opportunities and manages risks.

Vision*:* Takes a long-term view and builds a shared vision with others; acts as a catalyst for organizational change. Influences others to translate vision into action.

Supplemental Information

To apply for this position you MUST complete your profile at www.careers.wa.gov and attach the following to your profile before completing the online application:

  • A cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications of this position (generic cover letter will not be accepted)
  • A current resume (please make it succinct)
  • Three professional references (personal references do not count as professional)

Please note: Failure to follow the above application instructions will lead to disqualification. E-mailed documents will not be accepted in lieu of attaching your documents to the online profile.

Upon submission of your online application, you will immediately receive a confirming e-mail. You will then be notified via e-mail of your status during the process. In addition to the e-mail notifications, you can check the status of your application at any time by visiting your online profile at www.careers.wa.gov. Due to the high volume of applications that we receive, we ask your understanding and encourage you to use the online process and avoid calling for information.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 902-2276 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) at (800) 833-6388.

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Job Number: 2016-09251

Department: Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

Salary: $65,500.00 - $80,700.00 Annually

Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA