Warmwater Fish Biologist - Fish & Wildlife Biologist 3


Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife

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Ephrata, WA
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Implement management actions that provide warmwater fishing opportunities, provide technical expertise, and manage Washington’s warmwater fish species. Independently prioritize and organize, direct, develop, and conduct detailed biological investigation of warmwater fish populations, and manages budgets and staff within multiples areas of responsibility. Be the staff expert that is primarily responsible for leading all of the Warmwater Enhancement Programs activities.



Fish Program – Fish Management Division
Ephrata, Washington – Grant County

This position may be eligible for telework.   The default assigned work location for this position is in Ephrata, Washington.  Frequency of onsite work will vary based on business and operational needs.

This is an opportunity to perform fish management duties that contribute to improving recreational fishing opportunities for warmwater fish, while protecting sensitive fish stocks.

With your experience, you will formulate management solutions to improve warmwater fishing opportunities.

You thrive on building collaboration and teamwork, developing partnerships with local communities to promote warmwater fishing opportunities.


Here are some things you will do in this role:

Organize and conduct warmwater fishery surveys on Washington lakes, and reservoirs across multiple districts within Region 2, managed for warmwater and mixed species fisheries: 

  • Develop, organize, and conducts warmwater fishery surveys to collect various metrics, data, and biological samples from warmwater fish populations in Region 2. Implement both standardized and non-standardized surveys using a variety of sampling gears including (but not limited to):  boat electrofishing, gill and fyke netting, , etc. Design and implement statistically valid creel surveys to quantify angler effort, catch, and harvest. Collect environmental data to quantify and characterize warmwater fish habitat and determine habitat quality. 
  • Maintain fish survey and creel databases, direct data entry, and ensure data quality. 
  • Select and perform appropriate statistical analysis and tests on large and small data sets. Summarize large data sets to inform regional management goals and objectives. Write and direct completion of agency reports summarizing research finding.

Develop fishery management projects and implement actions that create, enhance, and maintain warmwater angling opportunities in Region 2: 

  • Design and implement management actions such as:  broodstock collection, fish stocking, habitat enhancement/modification, access planning/improvement, and lake rehabilitations. 
  • Investigate aquatic plant management methods and pursue projects that enhance habitat for warmwater fish and fisheries. May pursue herbicide applicator license/certification and perform herbicide treatment to manage aquatic vegetation. 
  • Coordinate projects with governmental entities and agencies (federal, state, local, tribal, etc.), private landowners, and other fishery stakeholders.

Utilize biological knowledge and data to review, evaluate, and/or develop warmwater fish management plans. Interpret and apply agency and commission policy, Washington Administrative Code, and state and federal environmental law to the implementation of fishery management programs: 

  • Function as the Region 2 warmwater program expert that provides technical assistance, make harvest management recommendations, and evaluate the impact of proposed regulation changes to warmwater fish populations.
  • Determine measurable objectives and use data to evaluate the success of management actions relative to established goals.
  • Communicate, both orally and in writing to senior technical and policy agency staff, the scientific community, project cooperators, and  the public via responding to information requests, and presentations to angling or civic groups regarding the purposes and on-going activities of respective projects.

Supervise team members and complete administrative and fiscal tasks: 

  • Supervise, train, and mentor subordinate staff (as well as agency volunteers where necessary) to support an effective, inclusive, and motivated team. Promote WDFW’s values and encourages a diverse workplace where multiple viewpoints are valued. 
  • Coordinate schedules/logistics for field projects, assign work tasks, and review work for compliance with established standards. 
  • Oversee and track project activities to ensure progress, accuracy, and timely completion of work. Participate in team meetings to communicate status of ongoing projects and/or job tasks.
  • Set goals and objectives, develop expectations, prioritize work, evaluate and correct employee actions.

Supplemental Information:

Please note: Failure to follow the instructions below may lead to disqualification.

To view the full job announcement and apply, please use the link provided.

Experience and education selected, listed, and detailed in the Supplemental Questions must be verifiable in the application.

In order to successfully 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. 
  • Three professional references. 



All new employees must complete an Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9 Form) on their first day of work. If hired for this or any position at WDFW, you will be required to provide documentation proving you are eligible to work in the United States. For a list of acceptable documents, please use the following link:  https://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central/form-i-9-acceptable-documents

Compensation Information

Salary: $5,241.00 - $7,043.00 Monthly


Learn about our agency and the perks of working for WDFW!

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has some of the most talented people in the natural resource field.  We celebrate and value diversity, appreciating that a workforce composed of those from different backgrounds and experiences creates an inclusive environment, strengthens positive relationships with the local community, and brings new perspectives and approaches to fulfilling the agency’s mission. We value demonstrated skill in living WDFW values of Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy (ASPIRE).

WDFW employees may be eligible for the following Benefits:

Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s), Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), Vacation, Sick, and other Leave types.

Eleven (11) Paid Holidays per year and one (1) personal holiday if the employee is scheduled to be, or has been, continuously employed by the State of Washington for at least four (4) months.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), and an Employee Assistance Program.



This position is in the bargaining unit represented by the Washington Association of Fish & Wildlife Professionals and is subject to the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the State of Washington, Department of Fish & Wildlife, and the Washington Association of Fish & Wildlife Professionals.