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Description The Department of Fish and Wildlife has some of the most talented people in the natural resource field. We celebrate and value diversity, appreciating that a workforce composed of those from different backgrounds and experiences creates an inclusive environment, strengthens positive relationships with the local community, and brings new perspectives and approaches to fulfilling the agency's mission. 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. WDFW's employees\u2013field and laboratory biologists, geneticists, research scientists, hatchery professionals, policy experts, fully commissioned law enforcement officers, land stewards, lab technicians, property acquisition specialists, customer service representatives and others work throughout the state. WDFW employees protect and restore critical habitat, strive to facilitate species recovery when necessary, and manage hundreds of fish and wildlife species. WDFW employees maintain nearly a million acres of public wildlife lands. They interpret, apply and enforce state and federal laws and collaborate with stakeholders to protect fish and wildlife resources. Find out more about us and the important work we are a part of at . \u00a0 Water Science Team Streamflow Restoration Specialist (Fish & Wildlife Research Scientist 2) The Department of Fish and Wildlife is recruiting to fill one full time, permanent, Fish and Wildlife Research Scientist 2. The position is located in the Habitat Program, Science Division. The duty station for this position is the Natural Resource Building, Olympia, Thurston County. Duties The WDFW Water Science Team Streamflow Restoration Specialist will work at the science-policy interface to coordinate and manage the implementation of the Streamflow Restoration Act, ESSB 6091, within the Department. Work will include researching and developing science to inform the agency position on the use of restoration actions to ameliorate loss of instream water (out of kind mitigation), designing training materials to disseminate policy and best practices among regional staff, and coordinating watershed plan development among 15 watersheds statewide. \u00a0 This position is the designated consultant in a specialized area of expertise, provides scientific leadership to, and directs a multidisciplinary, multi-jurisdictional research program. This position is the Department's expert in out of kind mitigation and how both instream and near stream restoration actions can ameliorate the loss of instream water. The Streamflow Restoration Specialist provides internal and external products and services that are essential to achieving the Department's goal of protecting, restoring, and enhancing fish and their habitats from human use of water under RCW 77.57.020. The protection and enhancement of freshwater habitat for salmonids is crucial to the Department's goal of salmon recovery. Duties of the Streamflow Restoration Specialist will include: Drafting and implementing the Department's scientific based guidance for the use of instream and near stream restoration to mitigate for the reductions\/impairment of instream flow water rights including: i) how and where different types of restoration actions may serve as mitigation, ii) their relative potential benefits to fish and wildlife, iii) monitoring necessary to address restoration uncertainty and program success, and iv) types and levels of maintenance required to provide mitigation in perpetuity. Coordinating the implementation of watershed planning described within ESSB 6091 in fifteen watersheds (WRIAs) across the state in conjunction with the Streamflow Restoration Policy Coordinator and Regional Habitat Biologists; Building and maintaining collaborative relations with partner agencies, tribes, and diverse stakeholder groups to develop monitoring protocols and standards for restoration that ensure benefits to salmonids and\/or instream resources that will be used to evaluate outside proposals; Developing and directing new research and monitoring to document the effects of instream and near stream restoration and assess their effectiveness in order to develop the most beneficial approaches for mitigating the loss of habitat associated with the impairment (decrease) of instream water. Qualifications Master's degree in fisheries, aquatic ecology, hydrology, fluvial geomorphology, or hydraulic engineering AND Four (4) years experience demonstrating in-depth knowledge of aquatic resource management, experience at the interface of science and policy related to water law, policy, and program coordination. Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Behaviors Experience coordinating projects among groups of three or more independent entities, designing research studies, conducting and publishing research relevant to instream flows (i.e., fisheries, aquatic ecology, hydrology, hydraulics, water policy) Commitment to preserve, protect, and perpetuate the fish and wildlife of Washington Strong leadership and project management skills Strong communication and collaboration skills Creative problem-solving skills Knowledge of or ability to learn state and federal laws relating to water, fish, and endangered species Ability to understand and resolve complex water policy issues Ability to promote teamwork and lead, coach, and mentor professional staff Flexible and open to change \u00a0 Desired Qualifications and Skills A Ph.D. in fisheries, aquatic ecology, hydrology, fluvial geomorphology, water policy, or natural resource management Proven expertise and knowledge in fisheries, aquatic ecology, hydrology, fluvial geomorphology, water policy, or natural resource management Proficient in use of total stations for stream surveying Experience with ARCGIS software and geospatial data referencing Policy and\/or legislative experience related to water quantity management or instream flows Budget management experience \u00a0 Valid Washington State Driver's License required.

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