Fish Passage Monitoring and Performance Coordinator

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Washington State Department of Transportation
WA, United States

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Fish Passage Monitoring and Performance Coordinator


Olympia, WA 

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Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is the steward of an integrated, multimodal transportation system that helps to ensure people and goods move safely and efficiently throughout the state. In addition to building, maintaining, and operating the state highway system, WSDOT operates the largest ferry system in the nation, manages the world's longest floating bridge, and recently completed the world's widest tunneling project. 
The Opportunity
WSDOT Environmental Services Office (ESO) is currently seeking a Transportation Planning Specialist 4 (TPS 4) to serve as the Fish Passage Monitoring and Performance Coordinator in Olympia, WA. The Fish Passage Barrier Correction Program is a highly technical and complex program of major size, scope, and impact, and is directed at complying with the March 2013 US District Court Permanent Injunction regarding Culvert Correction. The TPS4 in this position has fish passage expertise and conducts critical program evaluations for the delivery of WSDOT’s fish passage program through planning, and supports the inventory, prioritization, scoping, design, construction, and monitoring of projects. The Fish Passage Monitoring and Performance Coordinator will represent WSDOT in meetings with external stakeholders, including regulatory agencies and tribes. This position also provides critical program evaluations and leads fish passage monitoring, data analysis, and adaptive/performance management, while supporting the delivery of WSDOT’s Fish Passage Program. This position is a professional fish passage biologist who supervises and coordinates the Fish Passage Monitoring Team within the Environmental Services Office.
What to Expect
Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Fish Passage Monitoring and Performance Coordinator will:

  • Plan, coordinate, and implement a comprehensive strategy for monitoring of WSDOT fish passage sites 
  • Schedule field work for monitoring fish passage sites. 
  • Train, supervise, and coordinate Fish Passage Monitoring Team.
  • Provide leadership for fish passage monitoring activities including data collection and analysis, technical report writing, and make recommendations for adaptive/performance management when necessary.
  • Plan, schedule and facilitate quarterly meetings with HQ Hydraulics and Region staff to discuss monitoring results and performance management needs. 
  • Track and oversee performance management of sites. 
  • Research and develop appropriate monitoring techniques to achieve program goals.
  • Provide guidance, technical advice, and information on fish passage to WSDOT technical and professional staff. 
To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:
  • Bachelor of Science or graduate degree in biology, ecology, ecological restoration, fish and/or wildlife science, environmental studies, or closely aligned field. 
  • Five (5) years professional experience in fish passage, including barrier assessment, prioritization, design, construction, and monitoring. 
  • Understanding of fluvial and geomorphic processes. 
  • Knowledge of fish ecology/biology. 
  • Knowledge of aquatic habitat restoration and fish passage barrier correction techniques and construction methods.
  • Ability to read and understand construction drawings. 
  • Experience with aquatic habitat assessment methods and the collection of biological data. 
  • Strong oral and written communication skills. 
  • Ability to effectively communicate complex information to diverse groups. 
  • Good file management, organization, and documentation skills. 
  • Experience using Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and ESRI GIS software programs. 
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license.
It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:
  • Knowledge of WSDOT project delivery process. 
  • Knowledge of fish passage barrier correction standards and rules in Washington State. 
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local project environmental permit requirements. 
  • Meet United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries requirements as a qualified electro fisher operator.
Important Notes 
  • This recruitment may also be used to fill additional positions per business needs.
  • This position offers flexible/hybrid remote work options.
  • Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 357-16-197 mandates that all employees who work for executive cabinet agencies (which includes the Department of Transportation) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Compliance with this mandate is a condition of employment with WSDOT. Exemption may be granted for religious or medical purposes; however, accommodations will be subject to approval based on the essential functions required of the position.  
  • WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit 
  • Work-Life Balance – We offer flexible work schedules that allow you time for your life outside of this excellent opportunity.
  • Paid Leave – In addition to 12 paid holidays, full-time employees earn a minimum 14 paid vacation days per year!
  • Tuition Assistance – Permanent employees have several options for assistance with education expenses, including tuition reimbursement programs, government discounts at participating colleges throughout the state, and eligibility for federal student loan forgiveness.  
  • Plan For Your Future – WSDOT offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a variety of healthcare options. Employees also have their choice of state retirement programs, and much more. Go to State Benefits for more information. 
Check out this video to learn more: Why WSDOT? 

How to Apply
Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Your relevant experience may be evaluated to determine salary. Therefore, it is very important that the “Work Experience” portion of the application be completed in as much detail as possible. 
In order to be considered for this opportunity, please include the following with your online application: 
  • An attached Resume outlining (in reverse chronological order) your experience to date.
  • An attached Cover Letter that further explains your qualifications and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.
  • Contact details for a minimum three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job-related competencies. This information can be entered in the “References” section of the online application; does not require an additional attachment. 
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WSDOT is an equal opportunity employer. We value the importance of creating an environment in which all employees can feel respected, included and empowered to bring unique ideas to the agency. Our diversity and inclusion efforts include embracing different cultures, backgrounds and viewpoints while fostering growth and advancement in the workplace. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans, as well as people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the listed Recruiter.
Contact us
For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Robyn Lovely, at . Please be sure to reference #22DOT-HQ-05134 in the subject line.