State of Washington Classified Job Specification
FISH & WILDLIFE ENFORCEMENT SERGEANT
Supervises a detachment of Fish and Wildlife Officers, Detectives and/or non-commissioned personnel and provides a full range of supervisory functions. Provides leadership to and is responsible for employee performance and favorable mission outcomes with the detachment.
Provides supervisory leadership for all enforcement activities in a detachment including developing detachment work plans, monitoring enforcement activities, evaluating unit performance and ensuring compliance with program regulations and agency policy.
Positions at this level will assist higher-level management in performing one or more of the following activities:
- Conducts regional or statewide-level agency investigations of Officers, Detectives, and/or non-commissioned personnel;
- Conducts investigations of citizen complaints;
- Supervises staff on projects crossing detachment, regional, and/or state lines;
- Supervises and coordinates the workflow, use of Officers, and budget on assigned Enforcement contracts at or exceeding $50,000 at a Regional or Statewide level;
- Seeks and develops grant proposals and manages grants on behalf of the agency;
- Represents the agency at national level conferences and attends and participates in negotiations between WDFW Police and NOAA.
Supervises all enforcement activities within a detachment; works with each assigned officer to develop individual work plans and works with their supervisor to develop detachment work plans; monitors activity and evaluates performance; makes necessary work assignments and ensures that all work in area is covered during employees' leave, conducts detachment meetings, provides career and performance counseling; conducts internal investigations of Officers, Detectives, and/or non-commissioned personnel and engages in discipline such as verbal and written reprimands, as well as corrective action as necessary;
Supervises and coordinates the workflow, use of Officers, and budget on assigned Enforcement contracts; manages day-to-day work and expenditures of agency grants;
Directs agency programs such as but not limited to, statewide training or the marijuana eradication team (ERAD).
Supervises one or more Officers assigned to a Wildlife Service Dog or Patrol Equine.
Performs patrols, issues citations and infractions, takes part in emphasis patrols, collects evidence, writes reports, creates and executes search warrants, testifies in criminal court and at administrative hearings, and collaborates with local, county, state, and federal enforcement agencies in areas of joint jurisdiction or for special cases;
Ensures investigations are initiated by officers, completed and tracked to ensure successful prosecutions; Conducts bi-annual detachment evidence unit and unannounced inspections;
Conducts investigations led by the Law Enforcement Program’s Statewide Investigations Unit and performs other special assignments;
Serves as the primary point of contact for local tribal law enforcement in their geographic area of responsibility;
Responsible for training and implementing response protocols for trial enforcement interactions;
Works with the Wildlife Program staff on landowner wildlife-damage issues; coordinates and reviews statewide resource-management recommendations, and responds to regional and statewide requests for information and project assistance; initiates or participates in public outreach and education activities;
Initiates and responds to media contacts to educate the public about important fish and wildlife issues and to fortify the agency's positive image; conducts media interviews which may be used as footage on local news stations; interacts with Washington State Senate and House members and provide updates on their detachment’s accomplishments and areas where the legislature might facilitate Program funding;
Organizes training for officers; implements region-wide mandatory training; ensures that officers and they themselves are complying with Program regulations and agency policies;
Assists in vessel design regarding enforcement requirements and specifications;
Supervises the operation and maintenance of marine patrol vessels ranging 24’ to 43’;
May operate vessels 27 feet and longer.
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 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.
A Bachelor’s degree in an environmental field or criminal justice.
Five years of full-time commissioned law enforcement experience as a Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officer and has obtained Fish and Wildlife Officer 2 status or higher with WDFW.
Class Specification History
New class; adopted June 30, 2015; effective July 1, 2015.
Revised definition, added distinguishing characteristics, revised typical work; adopted June 13, 2019; effective July 1, 2019.