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Wolf Management Team Supervisor and Policy Lead - WMS-3-Permanent-*04922

Company: State of Washington
Location: Olympia
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:


                             Wolf Management Team Supervisor and Policy Lead-Wildlife Program                 

Currently, this position may be located anywhere within the State of Washington. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this position currently works remotely. When the workforce is approved to return to an office setting, the incumbent may be assigned an office location or continued remote work or telework (a combination of office and remote) may be considered. If no other office is assigned at that time, the incumbent will be expected to periodically report to the Natural Resource Building in Olympia, WA as their official duty station to meet the needs of the position.

  Please Note: First application review will be June 4th 2021. Screening of application materials will be on-going. It is in the applicants' best interest to submit their application materials as early as possible. The hiring manager reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time. This job posting may be closed at any time without notice. 

The Wolf Management Team Supervisor and Policy Lead ensures the effective implementation of WDFW's Conservation Initiative principals, agency Strategic Plan, Wildlife Program Conservation Plan, and the Wolf Conservation and Management Plan for the conservation and restoration of Washington's recovering wolf population.

This key position manages intergovernmental relationships with land management agencies, USFWS, and tribal and local governments to recover wolves.  

As such it is vital in the development of public outreach strategies to promote social tolerance of both a recovered wolf population as well as public support for wolf management plan implementation.   

Credit-Gary Kramer

With that in mind, 

  • Picture yourself as lead for the Director's Wolf Advisory Group and Coordinating with the Interagency Wolf Management Group.
  • This is an opportunity to represent the Director and agency on state and national panels associated with wolf conservation and management, wildlife conflict, and carnivore management.
  • In this dynamic role, you will brief the Governor, the Fish and Wildlife Commission, the Director's Office, Regional Directors, Legislators, and County Commissioners on wolf management activities.
  • As our Wolf Management Supervisor and Policy Lead, you coordinate with agricultural communities and land management entities permitting livestock agricultural leases on techniques for avoiding and minimizing wolf-livestock conflict.
  • As a supervisor, you will lead a team of dedicated wolf biologists.
  • With your experience, you will work with the Game Division Manager, assist in setting priorities and funding of $2.0M in wolf management funding each biennium.

Wolf Tracks in Snow-Credit: Benjamn Maletzke

Our Wolf Management Team Supervisor,

  • Represents the agency in State, Federal, and Tribal forums and other stakeholder groups as designated by the Director and/or Program Director.
  • Directs efforts to ensure communities and partners across Washington recognize and support the contributions of the Wildlife Program to the conservation and recovery of wolves.
  • Drafts legislation, policies, and completes bill analysis, fiscal notes, and legislative testimony on wolf recovery and management. 
  • Responds to Governor's Office, legislators, Office of Financial Management, tribes, and federal, state, and local agency requests for information about wolf recovery, carnivore management, and related endangered species issues.
  • Supports effective communications throughout the Program and Agency.
  • Maintains the highest standards of personal/professional and ethical conduct and supports the state's goal for a diverse workforce.
  • Supervises staff responsible for coordinating agency communications to the public related to wolves, developing a post-recovery wolf plan, and implementing on-the-ground management actions associated with the current wolf conservation and management plan (e.g., population surveys, trapping, collaring, and implementing lethal removal efforts).


  • Work Setting, including hazards: Work is primarily in an office setting. May occasionally require nighttime meetings.  Will require travel across the state for meetings, developing and fostering partnerships. This position is expected to participate in public meetings regarding wolf management that may be contentious. 
  •  Schedule:     M-F 8-5. Work hours may exceed the standard 8am-5pm workday. As an exempt employee, incumbent is expected to be available to work as needed beyond normal hours.
  • Travel Requirements: Periods of overnight travel may be required. Travel to agency headquarters in Olympia can be expected on a routine basis.

Teanaway Wolf Territory -Credit-WDFW Staff


Required Education, Experience, and Competencies.


Bachelor's Degree in a natural resource science or related field.


Year for year professional experience in Natural Resources or a related field may substitute for education requirement as long as that experience is in Natural Resources or a related field.


Five years of natural resource management experience.


Required Knowledge and competencies: 

  • State and federal wildlife conservation laws.
  • Advanced knowledge of principals of carnivore management and wildlife conflict methods; predator-prey relationships.
  • Advanced principals of management including leadership, conflict resolution, cultural diversity, and policy analysis development and implementation.
  • Proven leadership skills that model the way, inspire a shared vision, and enable others to act.
  • Extensive budget development and management.
  • Ability to foster a positive, effective working relationship amongst staff.
  • Ability to make timely, effective decisions on critical matters.
  • Ability to recognize and prioritize competing and divergent issues while still maintaining professional attitudes and work processes.
  • Exercise strategic planning and visioning.
  • Work effectively with the public and diverse interests and professions.
  • Organize, motivate, and provide leadership and vision for staff.
  • Demonstrated effective verbal and written communication skills.



Preferred/Desired Education, Experience, and Competencies.

Master's degree in natural resources, wildlife management, environmental policy, or related field.


Ten years of progressively responsible natural resource experience.

  • Demonstrated leadership abilities in the areas of facilitation and conflict resolution.
  • Ability to build effective partnerships and work groups.
  • Experience with planning and public policy formulation.

Leadership Competencies:


 We value demonstrated skills in living WDFW values of Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy (ASPIRE).

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

Accountability - You are accountable for your behaviors and actions, which includes conducting yourself in a manner that helps lead the department to success. This can range from providing complete staff work to how you represent the department and the department's decisions to staff and the public. 

Service - You should strive to provide the public and the department with the best possible products, meaning they are timely, comprehensive, and defensible. 

Professionalism - You are expected to come to work and conduct yourself professionally, placing a high value on doing a good job and showing respect for others by demonstrating values associated with our Core Values.

Integrity - In performing your work, you should be able to justify that what you are doing is appropriate and defensible given the circumstances and should voice your concerns if something being proposed is not. 

Respect - You should demonstrate respect for others, including respect diversity (including, but not limited to gender, ethnicity, personality, expertise, and beliefs), and respect the role each one of us plays in public service. This includes individuals, work units, other Programs, leadership, the Commission, and the Legislature.

Empathy - You should look for opportunities to celebrate the positive impacts of our work with your coworkers and have an obligation to understand and address the negative ones as well.

Some additional values that are key to the success of this position are:

  • Communication - You should communicate openly and with respect.  Communication should seek to achieve clarity, learning, improvement, and to build strong relationships.  If staff have concerns, you should be open to receiving communication and be supportive and responsive.
  • Trust - You should demonstrate good intent in working with each other and the public to provide quality service, competence in the field of natural resource management, and a track record of performance and accountability that fosters an environment of trust.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - You should model and promote behavior that illustrates the value of a diverse, respectful, and inclusive workforce; encourage/empower staff to engage in discussions and to actively and respectfully consider the ideas/input of team members and stakeholders.   The definition of inclusive is: All individuals are welcomed and treated fairly and respectfully, and employees feel empowered to contribute fully to serving their work unit, agency and Washington's citizens.
  • Performance Leadership - You should continue to set a tone and example as WDFW as a conservation leader.    Create and nurture a performance-based and team-based culture that supports efforts to accomplish the organizational mission and goals.
  • Ability to supervise effectively - You should plan, organize and prioritize Division work. Manage projects and workloads.    Communicate effectively in writing and orally. Mentor staff.  Apply current Agency policies and procedures.   




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 www.careers.wa.govand 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

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.



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 skills 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.


To take advantage of veteran preference, please do the following:

  • Email a copy of your DD214 (Member 4 copy), NGB 22 or USDVA signed verification of service letter to RecruitmentTeam@dfw.wa.gov.
  • Subject line should include recruitment number, position, and Vet (for example: #10155 Biologist 1 - Veteran)
  • Include your name as it appears on your application in careers.wa.gov.



To take advantage of military spouse preference, please do the following:

  • Notify us of your military spouse status by email at RecruitmentTeam@dfw.wa.gov.  
  • Subject line should include recruitment number, position, and MS (for example: #10155 Biologist 1 - MS)
  • Include your name as it appears on your application in careers.wa.gov.


Note: Please blackout any PII (personally identifiable information) data such as social security numbers. For further information, please contact us at RecruitmentTeam@dfw.wa.gov.


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.  

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.

If you are having technical difficulties creating, accessing, or completing your application, please call NEOGOV toll-free at (855) 524-5627 or support@neogov.com.

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