Natural Resource Technician 2 – Wildlife Area Technician – Permanent – *11981-22 job vacancy in State of Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife (Ridgefield, WA)

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Company name : State of Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Location : Ridgefield, WA
Position : Natural Resource Technician 2 – Wildlife Area Technician – Permanent – *11981-22

Description :




WDFW Wildlife Program

Ridgefield, Washington

Do you enjoy working outdoors while enhancing the beauty of your surroundings?

In this role, you will perform technical activities to maintain and improve habitats, species, and/or recreational opportunities.

With your skills and knowledge, you will perform sub-journey work to maintain facilities and infrastructure, operate and maintain equipment, conduct wildlife and habitat surveys, perform integrated vegetation management activities, control invasive or unwanted species, and provide technical assistance in the development and implementation of projects and activities.

Mt. St. Helens, with the Mudflow Unit in the Valley – Photo Credit: WDFW Staff

With that in mind,

Picture yourself assisting with managing activities with cooperative partners and adjacent landowners.

This is an opportunity to restore, enhance, and maintain wildlife habitats.

With your experience, you will assist with Wildlife Program activities to inventory and monitor wildlife populations.

You are excited to assist in public educational activities (i.e., hunter education classes, outreach programs, etc.).


Wetland in spring at Vancouver Lake Unit – Photo Credit: Tyler Hand

Our Wildlife Area Technician,

Implements Wildlife Area projects on all Units of both the Mt. St. Helens and Shillapoo Wildlife Areas.
Restores, enhances, and maintains wildlife habitats by mowing, disking, seeding, fertilizing, tree/shrub plantings, forestry, weed control, etc.
Creates/manages/maintains moist soil management projects (e.g., water control structures, pumps, etc.).
Implements Integrated Vegetation Management activities and properly mixes, applies, records, and stores herbicides.
Conducts wildlife surveys (e.g., waterfowl, elk, etc.).
Collects Wildlife Area biological data.
Assists in monitoring land-use per agreements.
Operates a variety of small and heavy equipment to include brush cutters, chainsaws ATVs/UTVs, tractors, and excavators.
Maintains and repairs Wildlife Area information kiosks.
Repairs or replaces Wildlife Area signage.
Assists in implementing capital improvement projects.
Maintains and services roads, culverts, gates, fences, parking lots and other
capital improvements.
Maintains wildlife area vehicles, equipment, and maintenance records.
Monitors/assesses/assures safety of Wildlife Area facilities and equipment.
Attends agency meetings, meetings with external groups and constituents.
Provides information to the public through office and field contacts.
Assists in managing activities with cooperative partners and adjacent landowners.
Reports violations to the manager or enforcement.
Assists/supports enforcement on activities occurring on Wildlife Area lands.
Oversees volunteers and contractors.
Maintains/attends required trainings and certifications (public pesticide operator license, first aid, hearing, etc.).
Maintains a record of work activities for weekly reporting and to meet agency requests as needed.


Work Setting, including hazards:

Primarily field work, which includes exposure to inclement weather including extreme heat or snow, difficult terrain including slippery rocks, steep banks, sticky mud, and water. Hazards include tripping / falling and other things consistent with working with small and large equipment in an outdoor setting or while working from boats or around water. Some work is performed in an office or shop setting.
Must be able to walk, lift, bend, and stoop – sometimes on uneven terrain and while at times carrying up to 50 pounds of tools and/or equipment.
Drive on primitive roads during all weather conditions. Use 4 x 4 trucks, ATVs/UTVs and must be able to load, transport, and operate heavy equipment.


Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, and occasional long and irregular hours.

Travel Requirements:

Up to 10% of the time (e.g., meetings, trainings, etc.) as well as across all Wildlife Area Units.
Occasional overnight travel.

Tools and Equipment:

Standard field tools, spray equipment, chain saws, other power tools, farm machinery, backhoes, excavators, dozers, ATV’s/UTVs, trucks, trailers, boats, and hand tools.

Customer Interactions:

Frequent interactions in person, phone, and e-mail.



College level work in the field of fish, wildlife, or habitat management, agriculture, forestry, or a natural resource science may substitute year-by-year for experience.

Three (3) years of experience as a Natural Resource Worker, or equivalent.

(Natural Resource Worker – Definition: Under close supervision and as a member of an organized crew, performs unskilled forest, agriculture, and/or aquatic land management labor.)


Valid driver’s license.


ATV/UTV certification (Agency will provide training. Obtain within first year of employment)
Maintain First Aid/CPR/AED Training Certification (Agency will provide training. Obtain within the first year of employment.)
Washington State Public Operator Pesticide license (Agency will provide training. Obtain within 6 months of hire.)
Successful completion of agency training and/or certification for assigned watercraft dependent on supervisory direction, position need, and training availability.


Experience in the use of agricultural practices and equipment.
Experience managing and manipulating wetland plant communities (moist soil management).
Experience in identifying Western Washington native plant species.
Experience working on a farm/ranch.
Experience conducting agricultural enhancement/farming activities.
Experience operating heavy equipment.
Experience conducting wildlife habitat enhancement activities.

Job knowledge (to perform the essential activities of this position, the employee must know or understand the following):

Fish and wildlife habitat management requirements.
Agricultural and silvicultural practices.
Plant and animal species identification.


As a result of Gov. Jay Inslee’s
Proclamation 21-14
(Download PDF reader) issued on August 9, 2021, all Washington State Agencies are requiring

employees to be fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine
as a condition of your employment. Pursuant to this mandate, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination as a part of the hiring process. Please do not upload your vaccination documentation with your application materials – your vaccination status will be verified by your supervisor prior to your first day of work. Exemptions may be granted for religious or medical purposes.

Supplemental Information

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

In order to successfully apply for this position, you MUST complete your profile at 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.


The Department of Fish and Wildlife’s priority during the Covid-19 health crisis is to keep our staff, candidates, and the public safe. We are hiring and encourage you to apply to open positions. We have transitioned to a virtual recruitment process, to include web-based interviews.

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:


Learn about our
and the
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:

Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s), Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), Vacation, Sick, and other Leave*, 11 Paid Holidays per year*, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader), Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth.


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.

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As part of WDFW’s efforts to advance respectful and inclusive work environments, the Agency expects inclusivity as part of our professional interactions and communications. Therefore, we want to ensure that all individuals feel welcome, are treated fairly and respectfully. All staff are empowered to fully contribute to serving their work unit, Agency, and the citizens of Washington.

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.

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