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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 388D
Category: Protective Services


As a commissioned, general-authority Peace Officer, certified by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (CJTC),  has primary responsibility for enforcing the Fish and Wildlife Code and associated WDFW regulations; conducts covert and overt investigations of major violations of state, federal and tribal laws and regulations pertaining to Fisheries and Wildlife resources of the state.


Conducts thorough, comprehensive investigations of alleged fish and wildlife violations, particularly those that have the most impact on Washington's fish and wildlife resources such as those that involve structured criminal activity by individuals, businesses, corporations and criminal enterprises; develops investigation/operation plans utilizing overt and covert investigation techniques, confidential informants, advanced investigative technology, and training that will deter violations, apprehend violators, and protect the state's resources.

Typical Work

The principle assignment of investigating complex cases that involve structured criminal activity by individuals, businesses, corporations and criminal enterprises;

Conducts long-termed covert and overt investigations statewide;

Reconstruct criminal patterns from fragmented information through the extensive use of informants, forensics, computer technology, and data management;

Works with other state and federal natural resource and law enforcement agencies on multi-jurisdictional investigations. Responsible for directing and handling informants on both short and long term basis;

Manages a financial undercover account.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

The following legal requirements are necessary for positions in this category. Per RCW 77.15.075, an applicant must be a citizen of the United States of America or a lawful permanent resident who can read and write the English language. All positions require successful completion of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (CJTC) Basic Law Enforcement Academy(BLEA) or successful completion of the Washington State CJTC BLEA Equivalency.

Desirable Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree in an environmental field or criminal justice.


Five years of full-time law enforcement experience and status as a Fish and Wildlife Officer 2 or higher with WDFW’s Law Enforcement Program.

Class Specification History

New class consolidates 41143 Fish and Wildlife Sergeant, 41144 Fish and Wildlife Detective; effective June 1, 2005.
Revised title and definition; adopted June 30, 2015; effective July 1, 2015.
Revised legal requirements, effective June 11, 2020.