Washington State Chief of Law Enforcement Program in Olympia, Washington



The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is dedicated to preserving, protecting and perpetuating fish, wildlife and ecosystems, while providing sustainable recreational and commercial opportunities dependent on viable fish and wildlife populations. Each day, WDFW employees facilitate fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities for millions of residents and visitors. WDFW's employees–field and laboratory biologists, geneticists, research scientists, hatchery professionals, policy experts, fully commissioned law enforcement officers, land stewards, lab technicians, property acquisition specialists, customer service representatives and others work throughout the state. WDFW employees protect and restore critical habitat, strive to facilitate species recovery when necessary, and manage hundreds of fish and wildlife species. WDFW employees maintain nearly a million acres of public wildlife lands. They interpret, apply and enforce state and federal laws and collaborate with stakeholders to protect fish and wildlife resources. Find out more about us and the important work we are a part of at www.wdfw.wa.gov.

WDFW is currently recruiting for the challenging and rewarding position of Chief of the Law Enforcement Program. If you have the experience and talent necessary to lead an exceptional cadre of Fish and Wildlife Officers, Detectives, Communication Officers technical and administrative support staff; an impeccable service record in law enforcement; committed to law enforcement best practices; innovative and forward thinking; and have a strong desire to protect Washington's unique fish and wildlife species, diverse landscape and rugged coastline for future generations to enjoy, then consider this position and apply now!


The WDFW Law Enforcement Program enforces title 77 (Fish and Wildlife Code), all Washington Administrative Codes (WACs) established by the agency, all general laws of the state of WA, federal and other state's laws under the authority of Interagency Agreements. The Law Enforcement Program reports to the Deputy Director and supports regulatory and business needs of the other agency programs. The Chief oversees and directs all activities of the Law Enforcement Program for WDFW.

The Chief, under policy and administrative direction from the Director and Deputy Director, plans, organizes and provides administrative direction, policy and operational coordination of law enforcement services to approximately 170 FTEs, manages the Law Enforcement Program biennial budget of $40 million dollars and over 40 compensable external contracts, provides expert professional assistance to agency management staff in areas of expertise, fosters cooperative working relationships with other agency programs, other external governmental and non-governmental agencies, various public and private groups, and the general public. The Chief is the appointing authority for the Law Enforcement Program and is responsible for labor negotiations, labor contracts, hiring decisions, discipline to include, suspensions, demotions and terminations. Duties

Responsibilities include: policy setting, budget, legislation, operational oversight, strategic planning, labor negotiations, coordinating the activities of Law Enforcement with the Fish, Wildlife, Habitat, Technology and Financial Management Programs, and other inter and interstate law enforcement agencies. The incumbent is expected to lead by example, be open minded, accessible, possess a high degree of integrity, and be accountable for accomplishing departmental and program assignments while allowing for a high degree of administration discretion in their execution.

Examples of Key Duties: (Duties are illustrative and not all inclusive)

  • Develops and directs the implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures and work standards for the program.
  • Prepares and administers the program budget.
  • Plans, organizes, administers, reviews and evaluates the work of sworn and non-sworn direct report staff and staff through direct subordinate levels of supervision.
  • Provides for the selection, training, and professional development of program staff; authorizes discipline; provides policy guidance and interpretation to staff; ensures that laws, regulations and policies are consistently applied and enforced.
  • Contributes to the overall quality of the department's service by developing, reviewing and implementing policies and procedures to meet legal requirements and agency needs.
  • Confers with and represents the agency and the Director in meetings with the Fish and Wildlife Commission, Legislature, members of boards and commissions, various governmental agencies, local law enforcement agencies and a variety of public and private organizations, regarding fish and wildlife hunting, viewing, conflict resolution, and outdoor policing issues.
  • Oversees all agency police functions including resource and community-oriented policing, patrol, crime prevention, investigation, dispatch, emergency response, and records.
  • Directs the investigation of major crimes to include coordination with other agencies; assists the Attorney General's staff and state and federal Prosecutors in the preparation of cases.
  • Coordinates internal investigations of program staff for alleged wrong doing.
  • Prepares, recommends and implements strategic plans to meet the agency and program's current and long-range needs.
  • Prioritizes and allocates available resources; reviews and evaluates program and service delivery, makes recommendations for improvement and ensures maximum effective service provisions.
  • Prepares and directs the preparation of a variety of written correspondence, reports, bid and requests for proposals, contracts, procedures, policies, regulations and other written materials.
  • Maintains and directs the maintenance of working and official law enforcement program files and records.
  • Monitors changes in laws, court decisions, regulations and technology that may affect agency and program operations; implements policy, procedural and operational changes as needed.
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature or level. What does "EMS" mean?

Exempt Management Service (EMS) is the term used to identify positions exempt from state civil service law. These positions do not have the same rights as classified positions. A position can be designated exempt either by statute or by the Director of State HR at the request of the Governor or other elected official. For more information, please visit the following website:

http://hr.wa.gov/CompClass/Management/Pages/Exempt.aspx Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

  • Washington Basic Law Enforcement training certificate or its equivalent from another state.
  • Washington or equivalent Law Enforcement certification credentials. Must possess or obtain and maintain first aid, CPR, firearms, and defensive tactics qualifications.
  • Must possess supervisory and advanced leadership certificates.
  • Must possess a valid driving license and a satisfactory driving record.
  • Must pass a detailed background investigation, including polygraph and psychological exams as required in RCW 43.101.095 and 77.15.075.
  • Graduation from a four-year college or university with major coursework in criminal justice, police science, public administration or a related field AND five (5) years of command/management experience in law enforcement operations equivalent of the Lieutenant, Commander, Captain or above rank; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job. Knowledge of:

  • Principles, practices and procedures of police administration to include resource/community policing, natural resource crime investigations, and a high level of service delivery;

  • Fish and Wildlife laws, criminal laws, WDFW administrative code, court interpretations, including state and federal constitutions, apprehension, arrest, search and seizure and rules of evidence;
  • Administrative principles and practices, including goal setting, program development, setting employee expectations, evaluation and supervision of staff, either directly or through subordinate levels of supervision;
  • Principles and practices of budget development, administration and accountability;
  • Principles and practices of labor law, contract development, negotiations, and application;
  • Computer and software applications related to the work;
  • Basic principles of state government organizations and public administration;
  • Techniques for effectively representing the Agency in contacts with governmental agencies, Fish and Wildlife Commission, legislators, community groups and various business, professional, educational and regulatory organizations;
  • Techniques for dealing with a variety of individuals from various social-economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, in person and over the telephone. Skills in:

  • Planning, organizing, administering, coordinating, reviewing and evaluating a comprehensive natural resource police services program;

  • Administering programs and the work of staff directly and through subordinate levels of supervision;
  • Selecting, training, motivating, setting performance standards, and evaluating the work of staff;
  • Providing for the professional development of staff;
  • Developing and implementing goals, objectives, policies, procedures, work standards and internal controls for the Law Enforcement Program;
  • Effectively representing the Law Enforcement Program and the Agency in meetings with governmental agencies, Fish and Wildlife Commission, community groups and various business, professional, education, regulatory and legislative organizations;
  • Preparing clear and concise reports, correspondence, policies, procedures and other written materials;
  • Using tact, initiative, prudence and independent judgment within general policy and legal guidelines;
  • Making effective public presentations;
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work. Preferred/Desired Education and Experience:

  • Possession of a Master's degree in an appropriate field is desirable.

  • Law Enforcement command level certificate from; FBI Academy, Southern Police Institute, Northwestern University Police Command School, or other equivalent training.
  • Supervision/management in natural resource law enforcement.
  • Participation and/or working knowledge of the Pacific Fisheries Management Council, North of Falcon process, Tribal treaty and case law, Fish and Wildlife management principles.
  • Participation in State and International Chief and Sheriff organizations, National Association of Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs, Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.
  • Knowledgeable about fishing, hunting and outdoor recreation. Supplemental Information

This recruitment is open until filled and the hiring manager reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time. It is in your best interest to apply as soon as possible. The process for first round application screening will begin June 10, 2016.

Salary range includes 1.8% increase effective July 1, 2016.

How to Apply

To apply, you MUST complete your profile at www.careers.wa.gov including a chronological employment history and attach only the following to your profile before applying for this position:

  • A letter of interest describing how you meet the qualifications of this position
  • A current resume, chronological preferred
  • Three professional references Note: Failure to follow the above application instructions will lead to disqualification. E-mailed documents will not be accepted in lieu of attaching your documents to the online profile.

Upon submission of your online application, you will immediately receive a confirming e-mail. You will then be notified via e-mail of your status during the process. In addition to the e-mail notifications, you can check the status of your application at any time by visiting your online profile at www.careers.wa.gov. Due to the high volume of applications that we receive, we ask your understanding and encourage you to use the online process and avoid calling for information.

Please note that initial screening will be solely based on the completeness of application materials submitted and the contents and completeness of the "work experience" section of your application in NeoGov. A resume will not substitute for the "work experience" section of the application. The information provided in your application must support your selected answers in the supplemental questions. Responses not supported in your application may disqualify you from consideration for employment in this position. All information will be verified and documentation may be required.

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.

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Job Number: 2016-05644

Department: Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

Closing: Continuous

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

Salary: $95,000.00 - $115,000.00 Annually

Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA