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Salmon Management Model and Application Developer - IT App Development - Permanent -03505-23

Fish Program
 Olympia, Washington – Thurston County 
This recruitment has been reopened to expand the candidate pool; if you previously applied to this posting you do not need to reapply. 

We are seeking an application developer responsible for coding, maintaining, evaluating, and implementing salmon fishery computer models applications and analysis code used for state-wide, coast-wide, and international management of salmon resources and fisheries.
Pink Salmon – Photo credit: Ryan Lothrop
With that in mind, 
Picture yourself, developing and maintaining computer simulation models used state-wide (North of Falcon), coast-wide (Pacific Fisheries Management Council), and internationally (Pacific Salmon Commission).  
This is an opportunity to collaborate with scientific and policy staff in intrastate, interstate, national, and international forums on natural resource, fishery management, and modeling issues. 
In this dynamic role, you will play a critical role in ensuring agreement between WDFW and tribal technical staff on the implementation of modeling tools, methods, procedures, and techniques. 
With your experience, evaluate current modeling applications and develop new techniques to answer challenging natural resource questions.
The optimal applicants are creative thinkers who operate with integrity and honesty in everything they do. 


Blackmouth fishing – Photo credit: Ryan Lothrop
Some of what our Salmon Management Model and Application Developer will do, 
  • Design, write, test, debug, and maintain complex computer modeling and simulation code.
  • Develop, write code, debug, and maintain user interfaces and computer programs in R and Visual Basic.
  • Develop, update, and maintain several large-scale database systems.
  • Analyze coded-wire tag recoveries and develop methods to estimate exploitation rates.
  • Represent WDFW as an expert in computer simulation modeling and stock/fishery evaluations for various international, federal, state/tribal, and inter-state scientific committees and stakeholder groups.
  • Review and evaluate the effects of fishery proposals or new fishing initiatives on wild salmon stocks.
  • Provide data summaries and analyses for Chinook and Coho by major watershed or management unit.
  • Maintain model code documentation that describes processes and analyses used by the management application.
  • Work Setting, including hazards:
  • Work is performed in an office setting.
  • Schedule:
  • 40 hours per week. Monday – Friday, with overtime necessary during salmon season setting process. 
  • Travel Requirements:
  • Travel during salmon season setting and for committee work. 
  • Tools and Equipment:
  • Laptop and cell phone. 
  • Customer Interactions:
  • Position interacts with highly skilled professionals from Tribal, State, Federal, and international institutions (NWIFC, PSC, PFMC, DFO, ODFW, ADFG, etc.).
Note: Education above the minimum requirement can substitute year for year for experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree with major course work in computer science, mathematics, statistics, or related field.
  • Four years of experience in data modeling, application development, and quantitative analysis or statistics. 
  • Experience in quantitative and modeling applications to natural resource management. 

  • Proven capability for effective communication and leadership in cooperative, team or committee environment.
  • Demonstrated capability working with the coast-wide coded-wire tag database, the Regional Mark Information System (RMIS). 
WDFW requires all employees to be fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment. You will be required to provide proof of vaccination as 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 before you will be allowed to work. Exemptions may be granted for religious or medical purposes.
Supplemental Information
Please note: Failure to follow the instructions below may lead to disqualification.
In order to successfully apply for this position, you MUST complete your profile at and attach the following to your profile before completing the online application:
  • A cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications of this position (Generic cover letter will not be accepted).
  • A current resume. 
  • Three professional references. 
All new employees must complete an Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9 Form) on their first day of work. If hired for this or any position at WDFW, you will be required to provide documentation proving you are eligible to work in the United States. For a list of acceptable documents, please use the following link:
Learn about our agency and the perks of working for WDFW!
The Washington 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. We value demonstrated skill in living WDFW values of Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy (ASPIRE).
WDFW employees may be eligible for the following:
Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s), Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), Vacation, Sick, and other Leave*, 11 Paid Holidays per year*, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader), Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth.
This position is in the bargaining unit represented by the Washington Association of Fish & Wildlife Professionals and is subject to the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the State of Washington, Department of Fish & Wildlife, and the Washington Association of Fish & Wildlife Professionals.
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