Community Outreach & Environmental Education Specialist 4 *03793w

State of Washington Ridgefield, WA
Description

The 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.

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.

Community Outreach and Environmental Education Specialist 4

(Permanent)

The Department of Fish and Wildlife is recruiting to fill one full time, permanent, Community Outreach and Environmental Education Specialist 4 position located in the Wildlife Program, Hunter Education Division. The duty station is the Southwest Washington Region 5 office in Ridgefield, located at 5525 S 11th Street, Ridgefield, WA 98642. The area of coverage for the position includes all of Region 5, which is comprised of Lewis, Wahkiakum, Cowlitz, Clark, Skamania, and Klickitat counties.

The position reports directly to the Hunter Education Division Manager in Olympia. This position is required to coordinate directly with the Region 5 Wildlife Program Manager, Enforcement Captain, Conflict Specialists and Lands Division staff, and functions as a regional staff member to ensure priority volunteer needs are addressed at the regional level. The position is also required to consult with the WDFW Volunteer Program Manager relative to volunteer coordination policies and procedures.

The WDFW Wildlife Program strives to build participation and partnership with the public and other state/federal/tribal agencies to achieve a better understanding of benefits wildlife brings to Washington State. The Hunter Education Division works with volunteer certified Hunter Education instructors to deliver training that promotes safe, ethical, responsible hunting practices to maintain the heritage of hunting in Washington. The Division works with certified Master Hunter Permit Program volunteers to address priority needs of WDFW related to wildlife and habitat management, recreational access, management of agency wildlife areas and water access sites, hunter recruitment , retention and reactivation, improving landowner/sportsmen relations, providing accurate information about programs to the public, and the collection of resource management data.

Duties

1. Facilitate and direct the implementation of Hunter Education:

* Direct, coordinate and assist volunteer Hunter Education instructors in successfully implementing the Hunter Education Program;

* Ensure implementation of Hunter Education Policies and Procedures by instructors, and conduct routine evaluations of Hunter Education teaching teams;

* Recruit, train, and certify new Hunter Education instructors using publicized orientation meetings, structured training, and certification using the pre-service training process;

* Assist with development, refinement and implementation of training programs for Hunter Education instructors;

* Assist the Hunter Education Division Manager with identification of issues and concerns, and recommend solutions and priorities for program improvement;

* Establish and facilitate a regional traveling team of quality Hunter Education instructors to deliver Hunter Education classes to address underserved areas;

* Participate in the Hunter Education Instructor Advisory Committee (IAC) process, and advise the Hunter Education Division Manager on prioritizing and resolving issues identified by the IAC;

* Function as member of Hunter Education Division team, participate in staff meetings and provide weekly progress reports;

* Plan and implement public outreach to communicate and promote program services, including the use of WDFW social media;

* Plan, coordinate, conduct, and participate in outreach and education events such as hunting clinics, mentoring opportunities, National Hunting and Fishing Day events, etc.

* Participate in keeping the Instructor webpage up-to-date;

* Special projects as assigned.

2. Plan, promote (including using WDFW social media), coordinate and facilitate volunteer opportunities and activities, including volunteer recruitment, screening, management, recognition and reporting, for the following programs:

* Master Hunter Permit Program;

* Citizen Science projects pertaining to terrestrial wildlife related projects;

* ALEA projects benefiting terrestrial wildlife;

* Projects benefiting terrestrial wildlife funded through State Wildlife Grants and the sale of Personal License Plates;

* Regional priority wildlife related projects.

3. Coordinate volunteer activities in CERVIS (on-line volunteer management software) for wildlife-related projects.

Qualifications

Required

* Proof of U.S. citizenship.

* A valid Washington or other State Driver's License.

* No prior arrests, convictions, or pending convictions related to sexual abuse, child abuse or domestic violence.

* No convictions or pending convictions that preclude the possession or handling of firearms.

* Certification as a Washington Hunter Education instructor or the willingness to obtain such certification within 3 months of employment (candidates may be required to undergo a criminal background check).

* Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.

* Experience working independently and interacting with the public and agency volunteers without direct supervision.

* Ability to manage and prioritize work load using good time management skills.

* Ability to be responsive to high internal and external demands for coordination and communication, and to deliver work products.

* Ability to positively and constructively solve complex issues and concerns.

* Ability to handle public complaints in a positive manner.

* Work effectively in a team setting and also provide leadership.

* Ability to work directly with WDFW Regional Staff, the public, Hunter Education volunteers, Master Hunter Permit Program volunteers, and other WDFW volunteers.

* Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of audiences in both written and spoken word.

Desired

* A Bachelor's degree or higher degree in Natural Resources, Communication, Education or related field; OR comparable combination of graduate education and experience; OR comparable job experience.

* Certification as a Washington Master Hunter; OR comparable experience working with the Master Hunter Permit Program.

* Experience developing and implementing training programs.

* Experience working with and managing volunteers.

* Experience working as a natural resource volunteer.

* Experience with promoting collaborative efforts and meeting project needs via coordination with constituent groups (e.g. various non-profits, land trusts, local governments, etc.)

* Knowledge and experience of hunting, fishing, and non-consumptive outdoor recreation (e.g. bird watching, hiking, camping, etc.)

* Possession of a Federal Firearms License (FFL): OR comparable experience and knowledge of firearms and hunting equipment.

* Understanding of how to navigate through WDFW policies, procedures, rules and laws.

* Ability to develop policies and procedures.

* Proficiency with standard office equipment and computer software including Outlook, Word, Power Point, Excel, Internet Explorer and other search engines.

* Ability to follow policies and procedures when resolving disciplinary and accountability issues with volunteers.

* Experience is based on full time equivalency (i.e., 40 or more hours/week). Part time work is prorated (e.g., 20 hours/week for 6 years = 3 years of experience).

Supplemental Information

WORKING CONDITIONS

The successful candidate must be willing and able to:

* Work in an open office environment, from a vehicle, and in the field, at times in inclement weather

* Occasionally work hours outside of the regular 8:00AM-5:00PM, Monday through Friday work hours, including evenings and weekends.

* Travel approximately 30% of the time including occasional overnight trips to evaluate/train Hunter Education Teaching Teams and assist in course delivery, facilitate/evaluate volunteer projects, attend Hunter Education Instructor Advisory Committee meetings, conferences, etc.

* Work with professional resource managers, commissioned law enforcement officers, volunteers, and the public.

UNION

This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the State of Washington, Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Washington Association of Fish and Wildlife Professionals (WAFWP). As a condition of employment you must either join the Washington Association of Fish and Wildlife Professionals and pay union dues, or pay the union a representation or other fee within 30 days of the date you are put into pay status.

How to Apply:

To apply for this position, you MUST complete your profile at www.careers.wa.gov and attached the following to your profile before completing the on-line application:

* A cover letter describing how you meet each of the desired qualifications above (a generic cover letter will not be accepted).

* A current resume (please make it succinct)

* Three professional references (personal references to not count as professional)

Please note: Failure to follow the above application instructions will lead to disqualification. Please do not include any attachments other than the ones requested above. E-mailed documents will not be accepted after the closing of the recruitment or 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.