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Fish Science Management Analyst - MA5 - Permanent - *22-16733

Fish Program
 Olympia, Washington – Thurston County 

Contribute directly to Agency goals by conducting project management and operational oversight for Fish In/Fish Out salmonid monitoring projects statewide, as well as for Fish Science Division strategic initiatives more broadly. 

You will be responsible for organizing, analyzing, and implementing Science Division policies and operations, especially as it relates to strategic initiatives, organizational planning, budgets, policies and procedures, and legislative affairs. 

Sekiu sunrise – Photo credit: Glenn Leis

With that in mind, 
Picture yourself, serving as a lead management analyst reporting to the Science Division Manager within the WDFW Fish Program.
This is an opportunity to provide expert level analyses to management, staff, and both internal and external customers regarding highly complex issues impacting WDFW’s salmon recovery focused monitoring programs.
In this dynamic role, you will identify problems, analyze and evaluate operating deficiencies or difficulties, provide management with alternatives, and recommended courses of action. 
With your experience, monitor and evaluate action plans and present feasibility studies to executive management for implementation. 
You are excited to work collaboratively within the Fish Program with Hatchery Division, Fish Management Division, and Regions, as well as across the agency with Habitat Program, Wildlife Program, and Business Services.

Pink Salmon – Photo credit: Ryan Lothrop
Some of what our Fish Science Management Analyst will do,
Project Management: 
  • Manages and coordinates implementation of the legislature-funded, multimillion dollar Fish In/Fish Out (FIFO) Proviso project.
  • Facilitates interaction between diverse groups on behalf of WDFW executive management and Fish Program /Fish Science leadership.
  • Leads multi-disciplinary project development teams focused on fish science, policy, and management questions using process improvement strategies and including working with agency/institution IT staff to determine future system, equipment, policies, procedures, and staffing requirements.

Strategic management of budgets, contracts, and operations:
  • Provides budget oversight and strategic recommendations to the Fish Science Division Manager and Fish Program Director regarding FIFO monitoring projects as well as other Fish Science Division priority projects. 
  • Oversees the FIFO internal grants management process within the Fish Program, Science Division, working with the proposal review committee and Fish Program leadership to award funds to successful project proponents.
  • Provides budget development and planning oversight for Fish Science Division’s Decision Packages involving Fish In/Fish Out Monitoring and other priority projects. 

Report writing, information management, and communications:
  • Oversees the production of complex reports addressing highly complex issues regarding FIFO and linkages to statewide salmon recovery efforts. 
  • Leads communications and process updates regarding FIFO with Executive Leadership, Director’s Office, Habitat Program, Public Affairs, and the Fish Leadership Team. 
  • Leads a coordinated response to Public Disclosure Requests related to FIFO projects for Fish Science Division.

Work Setting, including hazards:
  • Office work involving long periods of time using personal computer monitor and keyboard. Significant repetitive motion involved in regular computer use. 
  • The incumbent will generally work in an office environment and telework will be possible per WDFW’s Hybrid Workplace Guidance and an approved telework agreement. 

  • Five (5) day, 40 hour/week schedule. Supervisor may pre-approve deviations from this schedule for business and customer service needs.\

Travel Requirements:
  • Some travel within Washington State may be needed occasionally to coordinate work at Fish In/Fish Out monitoring sites, or at other locations to attend WDFW trainings or other in-person meetings. 
  • Overnight travel is extremely rare but may occur to attend workshops and conferences.

Tools and Equipment:
  • Laptop and/or desktop computer with necessary software; smartphone.

Customer Interactions:
  • The position works with the Fish Science Division Unit Leaders and staff, Fish Program leadership and staff, WDFW Director’s office, Budget, Fiscal, and Contracts staff, other tribal, federal, state and local entities.
Closely related qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-by-year basis.
  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration, law, accounting, auditing, budgeting, or a related field.
  • Four (4) years of relevant professional experience analyzing policies, budgets, laws, rules, or regulations.

Note: A comparable combination of graduate education and experience (i.e. Master’s degree) in a financial related field, certification as a Public Accountant, Internal Auditor, Certified Governmental Financial Manager or Management Accountant can be substituted for professional experience.

  • Five years of relevant professional experience analyzing policies, budgets, laws, rules, or regulations.
  • Strong budget and project management skills.
Ability to:
  • Function as a team leader for multi-disciplinary project teams.
  • Think critically and analyze and identify problems and solutions.
  • Manage large, complex projects.
  • Consolidate and reconcile business plans, biennial budgets, allotments, and related activities.
  • Analyze data and determine the significance and prepare comprehensive narrative statements supporting complex operational reports.
  • Formulate and manipulate tables and spreadsheets, (i.e. Microsoft Word/Excel).
  • Review, analyze and prepare replies to Legislative Bill Analysis and Fiscal Note assignments.
WDFW requires all employees to be fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment. You will be required to provide proof of vaccination as 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 before you will be allowed to 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. 

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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:
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