Fish Management Division Manager

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.


The Fish Management Division Manager is responsible for preserving, protecting, and monitoring inland fish, marine fish and shellfish including: inland fish that originate in freshwater (approximately 8,000 lakes and 30,000 miles of fish bearing streams) to include trout, native non-game species, aquatic invertebrates, and warm water fish species; marine fish and invertebrates of Puget Sound and the Washington coast (approximately 3,500 miles of shoreline, many thousand acres of intertidal clam and oyster flats, and approximately 11,000 acres of state oyster reserves).

  • Develops strategic business operation plans and sets annual expectations for all section leads in the Fish Management Division.
  • Provides strategic direction for recovery of Endangered and Threatened inland fish, marine fish and shellfish species listed under the Federal Endangered Species Act.
  • Fish Program lead for legislative testimony, bill analysis and fiscal notes regarding Fish Management topics.
  • Fish Program lead for development and presentation of Fish Management Division policy issues to the Fish and Wildlife Commission.
  • Communicates with federal, tribal, and local leadership on conservation and fisheries issues for inland fish, marine fish and shellfish statewide.
  • Develops strategic and operational policy direction for the Fish Management Division making recommendations to the Fish Program Director for consideration and implementation.


Bachelor’s degree in Fisheries, Natural Resources Science or related field. A minimum of five years of progressively higher responsible management experience in the area of natural resources. Well-developed communication skills (written and oral) are required. An in-depth understanding of fish conservation and fisheries management principles, Endangered Species Act law and leadership and administration skills.

Preferred/Desired Education, Experience, and Competencies:

Working knowledge and skills in strategic planning, total quality management, risk assessment, team building, conflict resolution, negotiation, citizen participation strategies, research and evaluation design, natural fishery resource management principles, grant acquisition and administration, personnel rules and regulations, budget development and management, cultural diversity, tribal interactions, staff motivation/supervision/mentoring, communication strategies and the state legislative and rulemaking processes.

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Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife


Olympia, WA


$85,170.00 - $106,605.00 Annually

Date Posted

December 10, 2019

Job Type

Full Time