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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 388B
Category: Protective Services

Class Series Concept

See Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Recruit level.


This is the journey-level of the series. Positions at this level function with the highest degree of independence, responsibility and initiative in solving fish and wildlife enforcement problems violations and performs wildlife control conflict responsibilities duties within an assigned duty area. Positions require fully developed skills and broad familiarity with all departmental programs. Plans, organizes, and has the delegated lead responsibility to plan and conduct enforcement efforts, emphasis patrols, and investigations.

Distinguishing Characteristics

These positions work under general supervision and are expected to work with little direct supervision. Positions require fully developed skills and broad familiarity with all departmental programs.

Typical Work

Plans, organizes, and leads investigations of alleged or suspected violations of state and federal fish and wildlife laws, commercial fishing and shell fishing, migratory waterfowl, illegal marketing of wildlife, collects and assembles facts; conducts surveillance; secures and serves search warrants; issues criminal citations and civil infractions; interviews witnesses and suspects; collects, maintains and documents evidence; prepares administrative and criminal investigative reports; coordinates work and maintains liaison with local, county, state and federal enforcement and natural resource agencies;

Conducts covert operations on a short-term basis;

Operates and maintains patrol equipment, i.e. vehicles, boats with standard or jet propulsion, canoes, drift boats, off road vehicles, wildlife service dogs, horses, snowmobiles;

Assists the Statewide Investigations Unit (SIU) in conducting, developing and coordinating complex investigations (e.g., commercialization or trafficking in fish or wildlife, etc.), may serve as a team leader in coordinating activities or as a member of the SIU team;

Performs the duties of the lower levels in the series.

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, a lawful permanent resident, or a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipient, unless prohibited by other state or federal law, who can speak, read and write the English language. Applicant must be 21 years of age. Applicant must have a valid Washington State driver’s license and acceptable driving record. All positions require successful completion of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (CJTC) Basic Law Enforcement Academy or a Washington CJTC recognized basic law enforcement certificate from another state.

Desirable Qualifications

Requires completion of the Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Recruit requirements and successful completion of the required in-training plan.

Class Specification History

New class replaces 41141 Fish and Wildlife Officer 2; effective June 1, 2005.
Revised legal requirements, effective June 11, 2020.
Base range salary adjustment, revised title, definition, typical work, legal requirements, desirable qualifications and add class series concept and distinguishing characteristics, adopted 6/29/2022, effective 7/1/2022.
Revised Legal Requirements; effective June 6, 2024, due to adopted legislative action.