New members sought for Wolf Advisory Group

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Staci Lehman, 509-710-4511

Updated June 3 to clarify that there are five vacancies on the Wolf Advisory Group and the deadline to apply has been extended to June 13, 2022.

OLYMPIA- The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking candidates to serve a two-year appointment on the citizen committee that advises WDFW’s Director on wolf conservation and management. 

The Wolf Advisory Group (WAG) was formed in 2013 with nine members representing the interests of environmentalists, hunters, livestock producers, and other stakeholders. In 2015, WDFW increased the group's size to 18 members to better reflect the diversity of perspectives on wolf conservation and management. 

There are currently five vacancies on the WAG. Based on the current composition of the group, WDFW is especially interested in recruiting stakeholders who represent 1) hunting organizations/interests, 2) livestock production/organizations in the northeast region of the state, and 3) other “at large” interests.

Successful candidates must demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively with those whose views may significantly differ from their own and seek to constructively engage in developing advice and recommendations to WDFW regarding Washington wolf recovery and management. 

The WAG holds at least four two-day meetings per year. While most meetings will take place in Spokane, Ellensburg, and Olympia, virtual meetings will be used as desired and necessary. Advisory group members may be reimbursed by WDFW for travel expenses to attend meetings. 

Online applications are available on the WDFW WAG page. If you are unable to submit an online application, you may submit a written application by visiting the WAG page and downloading the form or requesting a printed application form by emailing wagfacilitationteam@rossstrategic.com. Requests for the form can also be mailed to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, P. O. Box 43200, Olympia, WA 98504-3200.

While postal mail applications will be accepted, email/online responses are requested. All applicants will be notified by email (or postal mail, if no email address) regarding the status of their application throughout the process. Regardless of the method of application, all applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. Pacific, June 13, 2022. 

For more information about the Wolf Advisory Group, see wdfw.wa.gov/about/advisory/wag/. WDFW’s wolf conservation and management website is located at wdfw.wa.gov/species-habitats/at-risk/species-recovery/gray-wolf

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) celebrates and values diversity, appreciating that an advisory group composed of those from different backgrounds and experiences creates an inclusive environment, strengthens positive relationships with stakeholders, and brings new perspectives and approaches to fulfilling the agency’s mission.  

Applicants requiring assistance with the application 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. 

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife works to preserve, protect, and perpetuate fish, wildlife and ecosystems while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational and commercial opportunities.

Individuals who need to receive this information in an alternative format, language, or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact the Title VI/ADA Compliance Coordinator by phone at 360-902-2349, TTY (711), or email (Title6@dfw.wa.gov). For more information, see https://wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/requests-accommodation.