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Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife - Communications Officer/Dispatcher

  • Contact Information

    Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife - Communications Officer/Dispatcher
    Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife - WILDCOMM/ Communications Officer/ Dispatcher. ATTN: Communications Supervisor Captain Philip Johnson
    1111 Washington ST SE, 1st Floor
    Olympia, Washington 98501
    Phone: (360) 586-2145
    Department Website

Agency Added: 06/01/2016 | Last updated: 03/08/2019

Community Information

Washington State boasts lush rainforests, majestic mountain ranges, freshwater lakes, a rugged coastline, rolling hills, alpine meadows, high desert, and winding rivers – a diverse landscape that is home to nearly seven million people and a variety of fish and wildlife species. Land this rich in natural beauty and habitat is ideal for those seeking outdoor recreational opportunities. Most Washingtonians and many visitors enjoy participating in outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, clam digging, boating, and wildlife watching, on both public and private lands throughout the state.

Although Washington’s recreating public tends to have the most contact with our Officers, Fish and Wildlife Police Officers are deployed statewide in both rural and urban areas to enforce all Washington State laws (including criminal code, traffic laws, etc.), fish and wildlife regulations, and specific federal laws.

Department Information

Communications Officers are employed at the WDFW's "WILDCOMM" Statewide Communications Center at the Natural Resources Building in Olympia, WA. This is a law enforcement dispatch and communications system. They are part of the Enforcement Program which currently employs 156 full-time employees. Of these, 143 are commissioned FWOs, which include a Chief, Deputy-Chief, Captains, Detectives, Sergeants, and Officers. Currently, 88% of the Enforcement Program staff is field deployed.

Area Information

  • Population Size: N/A

Agency Requirements:

Category Requirement Required at time of..
Test Hire
Minimum Age 18   X
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident Yes X  
High School Grad/ GED Yes X  
Driver's License Required Yes X  
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult None X  
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile None. X  
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes X  
Vision Requirements Must have corrected or uncorrected vision to 20/40 in each eye. X  
Other Ability to type 35 wpm accurately, though 50 WPM is preferred. X  
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We only consider the most recent score    
Request/ Access Scores On an as-needed basis as vacancies occur    

Agency Disqualifiers:


Category Disqualifier
AutomaticDUI within five years. Also includes reduced charges (e.g. negligent driving).
AutomaticPattern of traffic violations and/or auto accidents in the past five years or while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
PotentialApplicant's driving record.
Drug Usage
AutomaticUse of marijuana in the last 12 months.
AutomaticIllegal drug use other than marijuana in the last 3 years, unless there was an immediate, emergency medical circumstance to justify the use of a prescription controlled substance not prescribed to the person.
AutomaticIllegal drug use while employed in a criminal justice capacity or while serving in the military.
AutomaticManufacture, sale, transporting for sale, or facilitating the sale of illegal drugs (unless under 21 at the time AND the act occurred more than 10 years from the date of application).
PotentialPattern or history of drug use.
Drug schedules 1-5 derived from RCW 69.50.204, RCW 69.50.206, RCW 69.50.208, RCW 69.50.210 and RCW 69.50.212

"Possession" is defined as having actual physical control of any illegal (non-prescribed) drug for personal use or otherwise.

"Use" is defined as trying, testing, or experimenting, which includes, but is not limited to tasting, smoking, injecting, absorbing, sniffing, or inhaling.
Criminal Activity
AutomaticAny felony conviction.
AutomaticAny criminal conviction while employed as a criminal justice professional.
AutomaticConviction for any crime under a domestic violence statute.
PotentialAdult misdemeanor convictions.
PotentialPattern of Fish and Wildlife and/or natural resource violations.
AutomaticDishonorable discharge from the United States armed forces.
AutomaticFalsification of the application, personal history questionnaire, or any other forms during hiring process.
AutomaticPrevious revocation or denial of any CJTC/POST certified status, or suspension of current CJTC/POST certified status.
AutomaticAny termination or resignation in lieu of termination, from a law enforcement agency.
PotentialAny termination or resignation in lieu of termination, from any job.
PotentialSubstandard performance evaluations.
PotentialCivil litigation while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
AutomaticFailure to pay income tax or child support.
PotentialCurrent credit accounts in collection or unresolved accounts in collection.
PotentialAny conduct or pattern of behavior that would tend to disrupt, diminish or otherwise jeopardize public trust in the law enforcement profession.
AutomaticNo Personal History Statement.
PotentialCandidates with any tattoos that are deemed offensive may be disqualified.
PotentialIncomplete Personal History Statement, or inaccurate/outdated information provided in Personal History Statement.
PotentialPattern of fish and wildlife violations

Current Hiring Status

Hiring Status as of 3/8/2019:

We are currently hiring for several Communications Officer positions. 

Salary Information

Communications Officer  - $3,553 - $4,632 Monthly depending on qualifications.

Benefit Information

Benefits include paid vacation and sick leave, military leave, 11 paid holidays, excellent health, life, and long term disability insurance, deferred compensation plans, and a state retirement plan.