Our mission and values
The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife’s mission is to preserve, protect, and perpetuate fish, wildlife, and ecosystems while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational and commercial opportunities. We perform these services on behalf of the public in ways that demonstrate our values:
Accountability, we hold ourselves and each other responsible for acting consistent with our values and mission.
Service, we add value to Washington communities and seek to improve the public’s experience.
Professionalism, we serve in a manner that reflects positively on the Department and on ourselves.
Integrity, we are consistently open, honest, ethical, and genuine in our actions.
Respect, we treat each other with dignity.
Empathy, we take time to understand and appreciate others.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has some of the most talented people in the natural resource field. We celebrate and value diversity, appreciating that a workforce composed of those from different backgrounds and experiences creates an inclusive environment, strengthens positive relationships with the local community, and brings new perspectives and approaches to fulfilling the agency’s mission.
WDFW is a great place to work and has implemented several, and is developing additional, initiatives that create a great working environment, including:
- We offer flexible/alternative work schedules and mobile and telework options (depending on job duties).
- We promote diversity, equity and inclusion.
- We offer the state-wide total compensation package.
- We offer alternate transportation incentives (depending on location).
- We offer professional development opportunities, including formal and informal training and conference attendance.
We offer a diverse range of job opportunities, whether you're a biologist, law enforcement officer, administrator, recent graduate, or if you just share our passion for Washington's wildlife. We operate six regional offices and numerous other facilities around the state, which means there's a place for you no matter where you live in Washington.
Applicants with disabilities who require assistance with the application and employment process will be accommodated to the extent reasonably possible. Requests should be made to the Human Resources Office by calling 360-902-2276. Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may dial 711 to place a call through Washington Relay, the state's free telecommunication access service.