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Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Temp Position (USA)

Grant RW Humphries, September 14, 2012

The Department of Fish and Wildlife is recruiting to fill one temporary Wildlife Biologist 1 position located in the Wildlife Program, Game Division. The duty station will be at the South Puget Sound Wildlife Area Offices in Lakewood, Washington. This position serves as a non-permanent position within the Game Division, with the responsibility of working on the approved sea duck detectability project from Nov. 1,2012 through April 30, 2013.


In the WDFW, under direct supervision, conducts professional biological studies, provides analysis and assessment of fish, wildlife, lands, or habitat management data using common and established scientific principles and techniques.

  • Management and examination of digital images of marine avian species from aerial surveys to determine species classification and counts.
  • Assisting in the development, management, and maintenance of project databases.
  • Assists with data analysis to estimate sighting detectability rates of marine birds from WDFW winter marine aerial surveys.
  • Assists in report write-up of detectability project data.
  • Conducts biological studies or carries out programs using established procedures; summarized biological data, using established data conversion and statistical procedures; drafts summaries,report segments, or reports.
  • Participates in programs designed to provide, species composition, abundance, distribution, and other basic biological data for wildlife management purposes.
  • Works with higher level biologist(s) to determine techniques and procedures, and/or performs field investigation or research projects, and assists in preparing management/research reports or proposals based on those activities.
  • Performs other work as required.


Well qualified applicants will demonstrate competencies in the following areas:

  • Experience working with aerial survey imagery to count wildlife.
  • Knowledge of ArcGIS 9.3 or later.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications
  • Knowledge of image editing and image analysis software.
  • Knowledge and understanding of strip and line transect survey methods.
  • Knowledge of standard data analysis.
  • Knowledge of marine avian species behaviors, characteristics, ecology, and needs, with an emphasis on the sea duck and species that winter in the marine waters of the Pacific Northwest.
  • Knowledge of principles and procedures of biological research of marine bird(s) and other wildlife species; standard laboratory and field methods, statistical techniques; population measurement techniques; wildlife, and/or habitat ecology.
  • Ability to use standard laboratory and field equipment; apply standard statistical techniques in analysis of research data; prepare detailed written reports on technical studies; communicate effectively to the public and federal, state, and county officials;
  • perform a variety of outdoor work in inclement weather.

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