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Regional Safety Officer - Safety Officer 3 - Permanent - *11221-23


Directors Office

Montesano, Washington - Grays Harbor County

This recruitment will be posted until September 25, 2023 – first review of applications will take place on September 11, 2023. Application review is ongoing, please submit your application materials as soon as possible. This continuous recruitment may be closed at any time.   

Apply today and play an essential role in enhancing employee and public well-being, fostering a culture of safety, and ensuring compliance.

As a key contributor to the Learning and Development Team, you will strategize, implement, and maintain the comprehensive WDFW safety program across Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Kitsap, Mason, Pacific, Pierce and Thurston counties.  

Photo of two (2) employees practicing a swift water rescue training. Employees are wearing proper personal protective equipment (PPE) near river. One employee has a long rope pulling onto an employee floating in the water.

Swiftwater Rescue Training – Credit: Kim Chandler 

Picture yourself, 

Preparing, preventing, reducing, and responding to workplace risks by identifying and addressing hazards.

This is an opportunity,

To travel throughout the northwest to facilities and worksites to provide or facilitate safety trainings and orientations.

With your experience, 

You will develop and implement safety policies, procedures, disaster preparedness, emergency response, and accident prevention plans.

We are seeking a candidate, 

Who models WDFW values: Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy (ASPIRE).



Photo of two (2) people participating in a Immobilization Training. Bear is sedated on mat, and employees are measuring the animals paw. Background shows others surrounding the training and a kennel for the animal. .

Immobilization Training – Credit: Scott Fitkin 

Some of what our Safety Officer 3 will enjoy doing, 

Collaborate with management, supervisors, and employees to execute the WDFW Accident Prevention Program and identify and address specific safety initiatives: 

  • Lead and support safety committees and meetings.
  • Conduct Job Hazard and Job Task Analysis.
  • Provide direction for personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements and use. This will include conducting respirator fit testing.
  • Develop project and site-specific safety standard operating procedures (SOP).
  • Lead chemical safety and security programs including inventory, storage, and response.
  • Conduct confined space assessments including atmospheric testing and entry permits.


Coordinate with agency safety professionals and the Learning and Development Team, to implement and maintain all aspects of the WDFW Enterprise Safety Program: 

  • Contribute and maintain the agency Safety Manual and Accident Prevention Program.
  • Develop and provide enterprise safety information, education, and communications.
  • Plan and execute emergency management drills.
  • Participate in After Action Reviews of critical incidents and develop and implement correction action plans.


Facilitate, provide, and schedule regional and statewide safety trainings:

  • Maintain certifications to provide instruction of designated safety courses and maintain dependability in the instruction of all courses.
  • Work intently with the Training Coordinator to deliver, facilitate, schedule, and audit trainings.


  • Work Setting, including hazards:
    • 30% of duties are performed in an office setting.
    • 70% of duties are in the field/traveling. This may include touring facilities and work areas including hatcheries, wildlife areas, and construction sites.
    • Will work in all weather conditions, including extreme heat, rain, or snow.
    • Drive vehicles, work in off-road vehicles, vessels, watercraft, aircraft, rough terrain, riverbanks, slippery slopes, and other surfaces in all types of weather conditions.
    • Must be able to negotiate water in emergency situations.
  • Schedule:
    • Core agency hours are 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. Monday – Friday.
    • May be required to work occasional weekends and evenings, depending on events or workload.
  • Travel Requirements:
    • Frequent travel is required throughout Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Kitsap, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, and Thurston Counties. Travel across the state for safety functions are as needed.
  • Tools and Equipment:
    • Computer, cell phone and safety program industrial hygiene sampling equipment.
  • Customer Interactions:
    • Will interact and provide service to internal and external customers and stakeholders.



  • A Bachelor’s degree in occupational safety and health, safety studies, natural science, business or public administration, education or allied field.


  • Four (4) years of professional experience in occupational safety and health programs.


Please Note: 

  • Closely related qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-by-year basis.
  • A Master’s degree in occupational safety and health, safety studies, natural science, business or public administration, education or allied field may be substituted for two (2) years of the above professional work experience requirement.


  • Valid Driver’s License.

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of employee safety and health program administration including:
    • Organizational development.
    • Safety and health education and training.
    • Regulatory compliance.
    • Accident investigation.
    • Self-inspection.
    • Record keeping.
    • Publicity.
    • Safety committee operation.
    • Industrial hygiene testing.
    • Other safety and health services common to office settings and industrial workplaces.

Ability to:

  • Interpret L&I and OSHA regulations, safety rules, programs, and policies.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:

  • First Aid, CPR and AED Certification to be completed within six (6) months of employment and maintained at all times of employment.


  • A Master’s degree in occupational safety and health, safety studies, business or public administration, engineering or allied field.
  • Certification as a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Associate Safety Professional (ASP), Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), Occupational Health and Safety Technologist (OHST), Construction Health and Safety Technician, or a Safety Trained Supervisor (STS).


Supplemental Information

Please note: Failure to follow the instructions below may lead to disqualification.

Experience and education selected, listed, and detailed in the Supplemental Questions must be verifiable in the application.


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.

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To take advantage of veteran preference, please do the following:

  • Email a copy of your DD214 (Member 4 copy), NGB 22 or USDVA signed verification of service letter to
  • Subject line must include recruitment number, position, and Vet (for example: #10155 Biologist 1 – Veteran)
  • Include your name as it appears on your application in


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  • Notify us of your military spouse status by email at 
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  • Include your name as it appears on your application in

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As part of WDFW’s efforts to advance respectful and inclusive work environments, the Agency expects inclusivity as part of our professional interactions and communications.   Therefore, we want to ensure that all individuals feel welcome, are treated fairly and respectfully.  All staff are empowered to fully contribute to serving their work unit, Agency, and the citizens of Washington.

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The Department of Fish and Wildlife is an equal opportunity employer.  We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity.   Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply.  

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For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Liz Bullard at  Please reference #2023-11221 in the subject line. 

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