Washington State Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Captain (Vancouver) in Vancouver, Washington


Fish and Wildlife Captain (WMS Band 2)** Region 5, Vancouver Regional Office Permanent, Full-Time Salary: $4,614.00 - $8,467.00 Monthly

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is dedicated to protecting native fish and wildlife and providing sustainable fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities for millions of residents and visitors working throughout the state. Working throughout the state, WDFW employees – field biologists, enforcement officers, land stewards, lab technicians, customer service representatives and others – manage hundreds of fish and wildlife species, maintain nearly a million acres of public wildlife lands, provide opportunities for recreational and commercial fishing, wildlife viewing and hunting, protect and restore habitat and enforce laws that protect fish and wildlife resources. Find out more about us and the important work we are a part of at www.wdfw.wa.gov

We are recruiting to fill one permanent, full-time Fish and Wildlife Captain* (WMS Band 2)* position located in our Fish & Wildlife Law Enforcement Program, Region 5 Regional Office in Vancouver, Washington.

This Captain position supervises and manages Fish and Wildlife Officers and Law Enforcement Program operations for WDFW Region 5, which encompasses Lewis, Clark, Cowlitz, Skamania and Klickitat Counties. This position is responsible for all Enforcement activities in Region 5.


The Region 5 Captain administers the Law Enforcement Program on a region-wide basis, encompassing all enforcement responsibilities. The primary objective is the administration of an effective and efficient Regional Law Enforcement Program that includes enforcement of fish and wildlife, environmental and other state criminal laws.

The Region 5 Captain identifies and develops Regional enforcement programs that include all law enforcement, dangerous wildlife response, community outreach programs and coordination and liaison work with constituency groups. The Region 5 Captain will anticipate and accurately identify future program needs and direction based upon social and political environments, resource needs, and agency strategic goals.


  • Acts as lead Law Enforcement Program policy representative for assigned region.
  • Plans, leads, organizes and controls the work performed by assigned Law Enforcement Program staff.
  • Ensures appropriate and optimum use of the organization's resources and enhance the effectiveness of employees through timely appraisals and professional development opportunities.
  • Supports effective communications throughout the organization.
  • Maintains the highest standards of personal/professional and ethical conduct and support of the State's goals for a diverse workforce.
  • Solves Law Enforcement Program problems within the region that have statewide impacts
  • Manages and directs commissioned officers within assigned region. Charges range from infraction offenses to felony violations. Many of these cases are complex investigations that involve search warrants, multiple suspects, multiple crimes that result in seizure of property, use of force and physical arrests. This also involves supervising joint investigations with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service Agents for violations of Federal Fish and Wildlife laws including: the Lacey Act, the Magnuson Act, Endangered Species Act, the Marine Mammal Act, and other Federal Fish and Wildlife violations.
  • Serves as the recognized technical expert for investigations of fish and wildlife and environmental crimes.
  • Provides expertise, advice, and assistance to all who need help within the region regarding investigations of fish and wildlife and environmental crimes.
  • Functions as primary point of contact with outside law enforcement agencies.
  • Directs and coordinates critical environmental enforcement investigations. This involves coordination and integration of efforts with Habitat Management Division, Department of Ecology, Department of Natural Resources, Army Corps of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Ensures commissioned personnel execute law enforcement authority consistent with Constitutional and Judicial law and precedence.
  • As part of the command staff, the position works in partnership with the Law Enforcement Program Assistant Director and other organizational units to develop subdivision mission and purpose through statewide strategic long-range programs and policies and allocations of personnel and budget to meet agency goals and objectives.
  • Investigates allegations of officer misconduct, drafts formal responses for Governor's Office, Agency Director and Assistant Director signature, and initiates corrective action when appropriate.
  • Develops and implements Community Policing Program within the region. Community policing programs involve the use of non-traditional enforcement approaches to develop community support for agency goals while addressing community concerns. This involves the integration of multiple organizations to work towards common goals. Community Policing strategies are used for complex resource issues with highly charged social, political and monetary impacts such as ESA listed species management, deer and elk damage control and to address deleterious agricultural practices as they pertain fish passage and screening for irrigation.
  • Ensures integration and coordination of enforcement programs with multiple divisional programs, other jurisdictions at both statewide and regional levels. It is incumbent upon the Captain to work with the Regional Director and other regional staff positions to blend division needs with regional management objectives and public demand for enforcement, wildlife control, resource management and public awareness of fish and wildlife issues
  • Negotiates with other governmental agencies for contractual agreements regarding providing agency law enforcement services that enhance public safety, habitat protection and fish and wildlife protection. This involves negotiating contracts, implementing contracts, allocation and direction of manpower and reporting results of fish and wildlife officer activity. Position also ensures implementation of contractual law enforcement obligations to fulfill other Federal statewide contracts such as the NOAA Fisheries Joint Enforcement Agreement.
  • Acts as lead regional Law Enforcement Program intergovernmental representative.
  • Responsible for developing ongoing monitoring of commercial businesses that deal in wildlife, fish and shellfish. These efforts include inspection of taxidermists, meat lockers, wholesale fish dealers and game farms.
  • Ensures assigned commissioned staff stay current with new and current laws and provides ongoing inspections of commercial enterprises to ensure public health. This includes monitoring for Chronic Wasting Disease, WAC 232. 12.021 and Sanitary Shellfish pursuant to Title 69, Chapter 30 of the Model Ordinance of Washington Sanitary Shellfish Program.
  • Develops regional enforcement programs for detection and interdiction of aquatic nuisance species pursuant to RCW 77.15.253 and WAC 232.12.016.
  • Responsible for evaluation and integration of support requests from Assistant Directors of the Resource Divisions into the regional Enforcement plan. This involves development and implementation of programs through assigned personnel to meet support demands.
  • Responsible for development, implementation, and evaluation of region Law Enforcement training programs.
  • Develops regional wildlife control programs. This involves accurate analysis of problems, balancing competing demands/priorities and making sound strategic decisions. The Captain must foster collaborative efforts with landowners for proactive solutions. Successful negotiations and teamwork with landowners have significant implications in furthering agency goals and objectives on private lands.
  • Responsible for negotiation and administration of region enforcement contracts and MOUs with other governmental agencies, industry, and tribes. This involves negotiation and drafting of contracts and MOUs. This is part of a management effort to protect critical fish and wildlife habitat. The Captain is responsible for implementation of Enforcement programs in designated areas.

This position requires a clear background check including fingerprinting and clearance to access secure state and federal records systems, as a condition of employment.


Required Qualifications

  • Eight (8) years of full-time law enforcement experience, and currently holds a position in law enforcement supervisory and/or manager capacity.
  • Current Criminal Justice Training Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certificate or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively plan, organize, and oversee the work of subordinates, establish accountability for the accomplishment of goals/missions.
  • Proven effective negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
  • Knowledge of statutes, policies, procedures, and goals pertaining to fish and wildlife and law enforcement.
  • Proven ability to work effectively with technically skilled individuals, stakeholders, and executive management regarding complex law enforcement and personnel issues.
  • Ability to communicate clearly with all levels of employees, managers, and stakeholders regarding complex natural resource or law enforcement issues.
  • Ability to balance agency priorities with increased service demands for the limited resource.
  • Ability to work closely with tribal, state, county, city, and federal governments collectively to better manage the resource and enforce the laws and balance conflicting demands.
  • Proven ability to work cooperatively as part of the agency's team.
  • Expertise in investigative methods, interview and interrogation.
  • Advanced principles of management including leadership and mentoring, supervision, conflict resolution, cultural diversity, negotiation and mediation, budget development, team building, and policy development.
  • Knowledge of program, agency, state, and tribal government organizations and chain of command for effective, efficient communication and management.
  • Knowledge of advanced principles of public administration, intergovernmental relations, legislative relations and policy cycles.
  • Expert knowledge of the complexities and interdependencies in the Washington State Law, Endangered Species Act, Lacey Act, and the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
  • Demonstrated computer skills.
  • Extensive knowledge of natural resource laws, wildlife control techniques and dangerous wildlife management/ big game damage issues is required.
  • Must successfully pass a background investigation (external candidates).

Leadership Competencies Effective managers in our organization possess and consistently demonstrate the following core competencies:

  • Leading Change: Creativity and Innovation; External Awareness; Flexibility; Resilience; Strategic Thinking; and Vision.
  • Leading People: Performance Management; Conflict Management; Leveraging Diversity; and Team Building.
  • Results Driven: Accountability; Customer Service; Decisiveness; Problem Solving; and Technical Credibility.
  • Business Acumen: Financial Management; Human Capital Management; and Technology Management.
  • Building Coalitions/Communication: Influencing/Negotiating, Partnership; and Political Savvy.

Preferred/ Desired Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in Biology, Fisheries Science/Management, Wildlife Science/Management, Animal Science, Forestry, Forestry Management, Range Science/Management, Agricultural Science, Environmental Science, Wildlife Law Enforcement, Resource Economics, Ecology, Natural Resource Management, Zoology or Criminal Justice.
  • Two (2) years of full-time experience in a natural resource law enforcement supervisory and/or managerial capacity. Supplemental Information


The anticipated date for the exam is November 7, 2016. Candidates will be evaluated and scored based on their results of the following promotional exam exercises:

  • Oral Panel Exam
  • Cover Letter
  • Reference Checks

Working Conditions WDFW Enforcement Program captains are assigned to work from a regional office that is shared with other WDFW program managers and staff. In addition to their administrative functions, Captains are expected to carry out law enforcement duties and work in any of the field and marine environments found in Washington State in all types of weather and conditions. Captains are expected to be able to respond to, supervise and work during emergency and disaster situations that occur within their region and may be called to respond to any area of the state, if necessary.

Captains work a FLSA designation law enforcement 28 day /171 hour work period. Much of the administrative work is accomplished Monday - Friday between 7:00 am- 6:00 pm. Captains are expected work weekend days and holidays, especially during busy hunting and fishing seasons or periods of high activity. While administrative work time is generally conducted during regular business hours, patrol time and other duties occur at all hours of the day and night.

Frequent travel requirements are required. Captains are expected to be able to travel throughout the state to attend meetings and training and are often expected to be in Olympia Headquarters for statewide strategic meetings. Travel periods may extend in length anywhere from one day up to a week or more at a time. Some travel may occur outside of the state.

It is incumbent upon the Captain to be available seven days a week, 24 hours a day for any field law enforcement or agency emergency or other required agency response by means of cellular phone and Washington State Patrol radio system.

Washington Management Service (WMS) is a decentralized personnel system established separately for civil service managers in state government. Agencies have delegated authority under the law to create management positions. It recognizes the unique nature of management positions and the importance of strong management skills to effective state government. For more information, please visit the following website: http://www.dop.wa.gov/CompClass/Management/Pages/WashingtonManagementService2.aspx

To apply for this position you MUST complete your profile at www.careers.wa.gov and attach the following in order to your profile before completing the online application:

  • A cover letter of no more than four (4) pages in length describing: 1) how you meet the qualifications of this position; 2) how you emulate the leadership competencies; and 3) your 3-year plan if selected for this position. This requirement is due October 31, 2016.
  • Three (3) professional references (personal references do not count as professional references).

Please do not include any attachments other than the ones requested above.

Please note: Failure to follow the above application instructions will result in 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: 2016-10122

Department: Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

Closing: 10/31/2016 11:59 PM Pacific

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: See Position Description

Location: Clark County – Vancouver, WA