Consistent with the Agency’s and Habitat Program’s Policies, Procedures and Direction, the Assistant Regional Habitat Program Manager provides leadership, direction, guidance and performance management to a team consisting of senior and journeyman level Habitat Biologists and technicians. The position models the way building and maintaining positive working relationships with our partners, characterized by a high level of acceptance, cooperation and mutual regard. The ARHPM is responsible for the team’s success in working with various federal state, local, and tribal agencies; conservation, environmental and stakeholder organizations; as well as private entities or individuals. The overall goal of the team is to influence decisions and activities in relation to fish and wildlife habitat through regulation, technical assistance and relationship building in Land Use Planning, Restoration, Forest Practices, Energy/Major Projects and the Hydraulic Project Approval permitting process. The ARHPM is also to ensure that this influence is done in an open collaborative manner with an emphasis on customer service.
Key duties include:
- Provides leadership and immediate supervision to professional Habitat Biologists covering specific geographic areas. This includes coaching staff and providing guidance, feedback and technical support. Additionally, the incumbent will be routinely documenting performance management discussions and written communications with staff to facilitate providing accurate and timely evaluations.
- Helps staff implement the Hydraulic Project Approval (HPA) process in accordance with Chapter 77.55.RCW, 77.57.RCW, and Chapter 220-660-WAC (Hydraulic Code Rules).
- Provides direction or guidance to team members who provide technical assistance to Counties or Cities during critical area ordinance development and implementation as required under the Shoreline Management Act and Growth Management Act. This includes helping staff promote and persuade local governments to incorporate best available science into their regulatory and planning processes will determine success for the incumbent. Work also includes updating and maintaining Priority Habitat and Species (PHS) data. Additionally, the incumbent will provide guidance and review of staff comments on SEPA/NEPA documents.
- Coaches and leads staff who provide office and field review of plans, permits and actions permitted by the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) or other agencies in the forested environment. Providing staff with a sense of collaboration and teamwork with our sister agencies is key.
- Helps staff find ways to partner with habitat restoration groups on various habitat enhancement, restoration, or acquisition proposals. The position helps staff work as the lead or part of a multi-disciplinary team. This can include coaching team members with grant-writing, formal presentations, technical assistance and project development/management.
- A Bachelor’s degree in fisheries, wildlife management, natural resource science, or environmental science
- Five years of professional experience in fish management or fish research, wildlife management or wildlife research, or habitat management or habitat research.
- Four years as a F&W Biologist 3
- A Master’s degree in the applicable science will substitute for one year of the required experience.
- A Ph.D. in the applicable science will substitute for two years of the required experience.
A valid Washington or other State Driver’s License
- Supervision and leadership – Demonstrated skill supervising and coaching staff to create a positive and successful team environment where staff understand their roles and responsibilities. Ability and willingness to engage staff in crucial conversations to guide them in a direction that will allow them to be successful. Excellent self-awareness to understand and relate to different personalities in a manner that produces team cohesion, trust, and solution-oriented thinking.
- Facilitation and negotiation – Demonstrated ability to apply negotiation and conflict resolution skills in contentious work settings. Able to build rapport and partner with the public, tribes, and local, state, and federal agencies to reach consensus in complex discussions and de-escalating conflict when necessary.
- Communication and coordination – Is self-aware of emotions and personality and manages these behaviors to communicate successfully in difficult situations and conversations successfully. Able to discuss complex or controversial information in a way that is understandable and non-confrontational to audiences with different perspectives and opinions. Intuitive sense for who to coordinate key messages with and including relevant management when necessary.
- Regulatory Environment – General understanding of various regulatory processes, including the Hydraulic Code, Growth Management Act (GMA), State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), and Shoreline Management Act (SMA). Familiar with fish and wildlife life histories and ecological processes pertinent to Western Washington. Pragmatic approach to implementing environmental regulations and able to see the “big picture” at all times.
- Self-motivated – Strong organization and time management skills to effectively prioritize workload and maximize efficiency in a dynamic work environment. Always looks for opportunities to develop and upgrade knowledge and skills and applying that new knowledge or skill in their work. Adapts quickly to changes in the work environment, looks for, and promotes opportunities for continuous improvement in program processes that make the program more successful.