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



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

Last updated on August 05, 2022
PST Partner Agency since June 01, 2016

Vacancy: 1

Important Information

Hiring Status as of 8/5/2022:

We currently hiring for one communications officer position.

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 open 7 days a week, from 7AM to 5PM. Our Communications Officers are part of the Enforcement Program which currently employs about 156 full-time employees. Of these, 140 are commissioned FWOs, which include a Chief, Deputy-Chief, Captains, Detectives, Sergeants, and Officers. Currently, 88% of the Enforcement Program staff is field deployed. Communications Officers work 40 hours per week, to include weekends.

Area Information

County: N/A
Population: N/A
# of Staff:

Hiring Status

Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife - Communications Officer/Dispatcher has 1 vacancy.

Hiring Status as of 8/5/2022:

We currently hiring for one communications officer position.    

Salary Information

Communications Officer  - $3,859 - $5,040, 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.

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

Category Requirement Required at time of...
    Test Hire
Written Examination Yes, required
Typing Test Yes, required

The typing test is a critical component of your written test score and you are required to complete the online typing test within 90 days (before or after) your written exam. You will be allowed four (4) attempts at the typing test every seven (7) days and are responsible for selecting the score that you want PST to forward to the agencies you have applied with.

35 WPM; 90% Accuracy

Minimum Age 18
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident US Citizen
High School Grad/ GED Yes
Driver's License Required Yes
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult None.
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile None.
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes

If hired for this or any position at WDFW, you will be required to provide verification of COVID vaccination. Governor Inslee enacted Proclamation 21-14 which requires that all employees of all state agencies not headed by an elected official be fully vaccinated with a recommended COVID-19 vaccine by October 18, 2021 as a condition of employment. Fully vaccinated includes the two-week waiting period after the last shot in each series, or single shot, is given.

Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We only consider the most recent score
Request/Access Scores On an as-needed basis as vacancies occur
Dispatch Typing Test 35 WPM; 90% Accuracy.
50 WPM is preferred.

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

The following are automatic and potential disqualifiers. Applicants should not apply to our agency if they indicate any of the automatic disqualifiers. Potential disqualifiers will be considered on a case by case basis.

Category Disqualifier
Automatic DUI within five years. Also includes reduced charges (e.g. negligent driving).
Automatic Pattern of traffic violations and/or auto accidents in the past five years or while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
Potential Applicant's driving record.
Drug Usage
Automatic Use of marijuana in the last 6 months.
Automatic Illegal 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.
Automatic Illegal drug use while employed in a criminal justice capacity
Automatic Manufacture, 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).
Potential Pattern or history of drug use.
Potential Illegal drug use while serving in the military.
Potential Note:
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
Automatic Any felony conviction.
Automatic Any criminal conviction while employed as a criminal justice professional.
Automatic Conviction for any crime under a domestic violence statute.
Potential Adult misdemeanor convictions.
Potential Pattern of Fish and Wildlife and/or natural resource violations.
Automatic Dishonorable discharge from the United States armed forces.
Automatic Falsification of the application, personal history questionnaire, or any other forms during hiring process.
Automatic Previous revocation or denial of any CJTC/POST certified status, or suspension of current CJTC/POST certified status.
Automatic Any termination or resignation in lieu of termination, from a law enforcement agency.
Potential Any termination or resignation in lieu of termination, from any job.
Potential Substandard performance evaluations.
Potential Civil litigation while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
Automatic Failure to pay income tax or child support.
Potential Current credit accounts in collection or unresolved accounts in collection.
Potential Any conduct or pattern of behavior that would tend to disrupt, diminish or otherwise jeopardize public trust in the law enforcement profession.
Automatic No Personal History Statement.
Potential Candidates with any tattoos that are deemed offensive may be disqualified.
Potential Incomplete Personal History Statement, or inaccurate/outdated information provided in Personal History Statement.
Potential Pattern of fish and wildlife violations

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, WA 98501 N/A County


Agency Test Requirements
Written Examination: Yes, required
Typing Test: Yes, required

Other Washington State Dept. of Fish & Wildlife positions

Fish and Wildlife Officer
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