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Streamflow Restoration Coordinator - Environmental Planner 4 - Project - *14738-21



WDFW Habitat Program
Olympia, Washington

Anticipated Project Length:
February 1st, 2022 - June 30th, 2022

Are you a senior level environmental planner with a background in environmental policy? Do you enjoy working collaboratively with interdisciplinary teams seeking solutions to water resources issues? If so, then apply to this Streamflow Restoration Coordinator opening!

As a Streamflow Restoration Coordinator, you’ll support the implementation of the streamflow restoration laws and assist with water policy and drought issues within Washington State.

Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife’s (WDFW) mission is to preserve, protect and perpetuate fish, wildlife and ecosystems while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational and commercial opportunities. See the work WDFW is doing to plan for the future of fish and wildlife conservation in Washington.

Aerial View of Satsop River – Photo Credit: WDFW
With that in mind,
Picture yourself coordinating WDFW’s involvement in the implementation of watershed plans, projects, and actions across the state in conjunction with the Streamflow Restoration Ecologist, Regional Habitat Biologists, and WDFW's water policy and science teams.

This is an opportunity for you to assist in refining, disseminating, and implementing WDFW's position on the use of instream and near-stream restoration actions, including how and where they may serve as mitigation.

This is a dynamic role where you’ll provide support for ongoing watershed actions that align with the streamflow restoration laws’ legislative intent to restore streamflow to levels necessary to support robust, healthy, and sustainable salmon populations.

With your experience you’ll assist in coordinating WDFWs drought response activities.

The optimal applicants thrive on building collaboration and teamwork, are motivated, honest, transparent, professional, tactful, and politically sensitive.
We are seeking a candidate who respects and values the opinions of others, creating an inclusive team environment where every member feels they contribute value to the team and WDFW.

Shrub-Steppe – Photo Credit: Scott Fitkin
Our Streamflow Restoration Coordinator, 

  • Serves as policy support for local staff in watersheds across the state.
  • Provides input during streamflow restoration planning and implementation.
  • Works with WDFW’s Streamflow Restoration Ecologist to ensure consistency in approach to mitigation across affected watersheds.
  • Assists in convening and facilitating WDFW's Water Policy and Planning Team to ensure internal coordination on relevant issues, and communication with partner agencies and stakeholders.
  • Helps train relevant staff on policy and decision-making processes.
  • Works in coordination with regional and headquarters staff, attends meetings, coordinates agency expertise, and provides oral and written input on planning documents or project proposals.
  • Works with Water Policy Section Manager, Climate Change Coordinator, Water Policy and Planning Team, and Drought Core Response Team to complete, update, and refine agency drought policies and action plan.
  • Work Setting, including hazards:  
  1. Work is performed primarily in office and meeting settings; frequent traveling to meetings in various watersheds, statewide, as needed.
  • Schedule:  
  1. Typically, work schedule is Monday - Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, although schedule varies with work and travel requirements
  • Travel Requirements: 
  1. Up to 15% of the time.
  • Tools and Equipment: 
  1. Standard desktop or laptop computer workstation.
  • Customer Interactions:
  • Frequent interaction with state agency, tribal, and local governments staff and leads, including Ecology, Agriculture, Health, county commissioners, tribal staff, and the public – these interactions involve helping to inform WDFW's position on negotiating agreements about permissible water use and mitigation.

  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental policy or similar field AND five (5) years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development.
  • One year of experience as an Environmental Planner 3 or closely allied field. 
  • Experience will substitute year over year for a degree.
Knowledge of:
  • Fish and wildlife ecology and habitat requirements, especially for salmonids.
  • Western water law and federal and state environmental laws.
  • State-tribal governmental relations and tribal rights.
  • Valid Driver’s License.
  • Master's degree in environmental policy or related field, or J.D. with an emphasis on environmental and/or water law AND three (3) years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development.
  • Negotiating agreements among groups with diverse perspectives.
  • Operating at a small or local scale while tracking implications and policy context in the larger scale.
  • Facilitating and running meetings.

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. 
  • Writing Sample. Please provide a sample of your best professional/academic writing (two to ten pages, excerpts ok), environmental topics preferred. If using an excerpt, please provide a one-paragraph introduction to the excerpt.
On Monday August 9, 2021, Governor Inslee enacted Proclamation 21-14 which requires that all employees of all state agencies not headed by an elected official be fully vaccinated with a recommended COVID-19 vaccine by October 18, 2021 as a condition of employment. Fully vaccinated includes the two-week waiting period after the last shot in each series, or single shot, is given. If hired for this or any position at WDFW, you will be required to provide verification of COVID vaccination. A list of acceptable documents to provide verification can be reviewed here. Vaccination acceptable documents link (Download PDF reader) (Download PDF reader)

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 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:
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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