Contact the Director

Mailing Address
600 Capitol Way N.
Olympia, WA 98501-1091

Phone: 360-902-2225
Fax: 360-902-2947



The Directorís Office provides strategic direction and operational oversight for Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) employees throughout the state, working to turn policies adopted by the state Legislature and the Fish and Wildlife Commission into action.

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Unsworth, age 57, has spent more than 30 years in wildlife management with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and has served as deputy director for the agency since 2008. He previously held several management positions for the department, including wildlife bureau chief and state big game manager.

Unsworth holds a bachelor's degree in wildlife management from the University of Idaho, a master's degree in fish and wildlife management from Montana State University and a doctorate in forestry, wildlife and range sciences from the University of Idaho.

"I'm thrilled at this opportunity," Unsworth said. "I look forward to taking on the many exciting challenges that come with managing fish and wildlife in the state of Washington."

Unsworth and his wife Michele have four adult children. He is an avid hunter and fisher.


WDFW Director Jim Unsworth

Jim Unsworth,

Address: 600 Capitol Way N.
Olympia, WA 98501
Telephone: (360) 902-2200
Fax: (360) 902-2947
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