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Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Fish & Wildlife Officer Recruit / Lateral Officer - Perm - Multiple Openings

Position Title: Fish & Wildlife Officer Recruit / Lateral Officer - Perm - Multiple Openings
Concentration: Law Enforcement
Level of Entry: Select

Hiring Agency

Agency: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
State: WA    Zipcode:
Contact: Abigail Dewald
Phone: 3608901848
Email Address:

Descriptive Tasks/Responsibilities for Position

**Now Hiring Entry-Level AND Lateral Officers**

Picture yourself being responsible for enforcing numerous laws and regulations related to health and public safety, dangerous wildlife/human conflicts, fish and wildlife protection, hunting and fishing license regulations, habitat protection, and commercial fish and shellfish harvest.

These are opportunities to patrol various parts of Washington State using motor vehicles, vessels, ATVs, ROVs, snowmobiles and on foot while investigating complaints and deterring criminal activities.

With your experience, you will provide advice and resolve dangerous wildlife situations, respond to crimes in progress/public safety emergencies and investigate hunting and boating accidents.

We are seeking team players with demonstrated talent representing WDFW values of Accountability. Service. Professionalism. Integrity. Respect. Empathy.

We are recruiting to hire at the Fish & Wildlife Recruit and Fish and Wildlife Lateral Officer level, and we will train the selected candidates to the Officer level.

Depending on whether you are a Recruit (entry level) or Lateral Officer, your monthly salary will be as follows while in-training:

Fish & Wildlife Officer Recruit – $5,587.00
Fish & Wildlife Lateral Officer - $6,034.00 - $7,904.00 (Salary depends on experience)
Education Incentive (2% Associate’s Degree / 4% Bachelor’s Degree)
Once the in-training plan is successfully completed, your monthly salary will be as follows:

Fish & Wildlife Officer - $6,034.00 - $7,904.00
Education Incentive (2% Associate’s Degree / 4% Bachelor’s Degree)
10% Assignment Pay

Our Fish & Wildlife Officers,
Enforce the Fish and Wildlife Code and associated WDFW regulations.
Enforce forest products, boating laws and all other laws of the State.
Execute and serve all criminal processes related to enforcement activities, safeguard department lands and equipment.
Provide assistance to other law enforcement agencies within their assigned areas.
Resolve conflicts between humans and wildlife, including but not limited to predation of domestic animals, big game crop damage concerns and assessments.
Present programs to the public.

Fish & Wildlife Officers also have a variety of opportunities available to them throughout their enforcement career, such as:

Undercover operations
Field Training Officer
Defensive Tactics Instructor
Firearms Instructor
EVOC Instructor
Vessel Operation Instructor
Tactical First Aid Instructor
Swiftwater Rescue Team
Critical Incident and Stress Management Team
Karelian Bear Dog Handler
Promotional Opportunities: Detective, Sergeant and Captain

Work Setting, including hazards:
Work is performed in an outdoor environment enforcing fish, wildlife and state laws.
Patrols take place at all hours of the day/night, are conducted on land and water and during all weather conditions.
In-training schedule: 160 hours / 28 days.
Training completed schedule: 171 hours / 28 days – Overtime Eligible.
Must be able to work weekends, holidays, rotating shifts, and be on call 24-hours a day.
Travel Requirements:
There are travel requirements throughout the assigned area.
Must be willing to accept statewide assignments.
Customer Interactions:
Sound judgment is required when dealing with violators encountered and in determining the appropriate course of action based on the circumstances of each contact.



Two (2) years of college coursework (60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits) in any major or discipline.
Three (3) years of paid, full-time natural resource experience.
Three (3) years of honorable active-duty military service.
Three (3) years of full-time law enforcement experience and a current Criminal Justice Training Center (CJTC) commission or equivalent.
Must be 21 years of age at time of employment.
Must be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.
Must have NO felony convictions.
Must have the ability to read and speak the English language.
Must have or be able to obtain a valid Washington Driver’s License.
Must have at least 20/40 vision (corrected or uncorrected).
Must be able to physically perform the duties of a Fish and Wildlife Officer.
All applicants must pass the Physical Abilities Test that is required for entry into the Academy.
Must pass a background check, polygraph, medical examination and a psychological assessment.
Adaptability & Flexibility.
Custody & Security.
Enforcing Laws, Rules, and Regulations.
Ethics & Integrity.
Influencing for Voluntary Compliance.
Resourcefulness in Problem Solving.
High Stress Tolerance.
Ability to Recognize and respond appropriately to life-threatening situations.
Verbal & Written Communication skills.
As a result of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14 (Download PDF reader) issued on August 9, 2021, all Washington State Agencies are requiring employees to be fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of your employment. Pursuant to this mandate, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination as a part of the hiring process. Please do not upload your vaccination documentation with your application materials - your vaccination status will be verified by your supervisor prior to your first day of work. Exemptions may be granted for religious or medical purposes.

IMPORTANT: Apply online with Public Safety Testing (PST) ( and schedule initial testing.

Application Period

Application Period Begins: 09/13/2022

Application Period Ends: 03/04/2023

Number Positions to be Filled: 26

Yearly Salary: $67,044.00 to $94,848.00
(Some agencies may post only their standard hourly rate)

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