DNR Watershed and Stewardship Biologist, Fish & Wildlife Biologist 3 Position

Job Description

Want to join something GREAT and make a difference? Are you passionate about restoring salmon habitat and promoting healthy forests?
Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is looking for a Watershed and Stewardship Biologist to help build and implement a new program to support salmon habitat restoration on private forest lands in the Snohomish Watershed. As senior-level professional within the Forest Resilience Division Service Forestry team, this position will help to advance salmon recovery and watershed health by providing technical assistance and guidance to forest landowners, with a focus on providing scientific expertise and management advice to issues related to wildlife and fish populations. This position will advance the implementation of key outcomes of the DNR Snohomish Watershed Resilience Action Plan (WRAP) and support the goals of our Service Forestry Program. This is a unique opportunity to work across agency programs to achieve landscape scale restoration and stewardship goals. The WRAP is a “trees to seas” plan for landscape scale restoration and salmon recovery in the Snohomish Watershed (WRIA 7) over a ten-year period. This position is the program’s independent fish and wildlife specialist supporting DNR’s efforts to help restore and enhance salmon habitat and build climate resilience in priority western Washington watersheds. DNR’s Service Forestry Program provides land management advice to forest landowners and helps to assess resource conditions and forest health, identify potential problems and opportunities, determine financial assistance eligibility, assist with treatment implementation, and recommend management practices to help achieve objectives. The program educates landowners and assists with development and implementation of management plans to guide current and future

The initial focus of the Watershed and Stewardship Biologist’s portfolio will be on planning and implementing the Private Forestlands Fish Passage Barrier Inventory. This work will support a much broader effort to identify and correct fish passage barriers that limit or prevent access to upstream habitat for salmonids. While salmon recovery partners including state agencies, counties, and tribal co-managers are hard at work identifying and correcting barriers on public roads and trails, the number and extent of barriers on private lands is not well understood. The WRAP team is working to fill this data gap in the Snohomish watershed, work which will be led by this position.


Watershed and Stewardship Biologist, Fish & Wildlife Biologist 3 (FWB3)
Recruitment #2024-2-P439
Full-time, Project, Represented position
Anticipated Project is March 2024-June 2025
Location flexibility may be available and considered: Arlington and Granite Falls, WA
Work Hours and Telework flexibility may be available and considered
Salary: $5,088.00 – $6,838.00 Monthly

Application Information

Apply online: at www.careers.wa.gov

  • Letter of interest: describing your specific qualifications to the position and position required, desired, and special
  • Resume: that details your experience and qualifications.
  • References: at least three professional references with current telephone numbers– you may attach a document, use
    the References text field in the online application, or include it with your resume.
    Important: Do not attach any documents that include photos or private information (social security number, year of
    birth, etc.).
  • Complete all supplemental questions.
  • Candidates who move forward in the recruitment process may be contacted via email at
    with interview information/scheduling instructions. Please monitor the email listed in your application materials and
    check your junk email folder to ensure you receive those communications.

Questions? Please contact Kelsey Ketcheson at /(564) 669-0056 or e-mail us at

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