DEPT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE: Heavy Equipment Operator Lead - Construction & Maintenance Project Lead - Olympia,WA

Employer: Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

Job Description:
Our Heavy Equipment Operator & Project Leader,

Project Leadership:

Effectively communicates project scope and expectations to a crew by translating general work requirements into a prioritized plan for individual tasks and assignments.
Conduct meetings to discuss daily milestones and safety precautions.
Determine materials, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), equipment, and manpower needed and ensures its availability.
Identify needs and deficiencies in the plan/schedule and reports these to the Construction and Maintenance Project Supervisor.

Heavy Construction Equipment Operation and Maintenance:

Clear, remove, and transport mud and debris from on-site hatchery abatement ponds, intake structures, demolition projects and general construction tasks using excavators, boom trucks, backhoes, and dump trucks.
Picks up, transports, and delivers building materials using commercial truck and trailer combinations.


Install, disassemble, and replace a multitude of plumbing components such as pipes, valves, gates, couplers, manifolds, etc.

Metal Fabrication:

Assess a variety of metal structures, often safety barriers, for physical or structural defects. Makes needed repairs to safety and integrity where needed.


Constructs small to medium scale structures, such as handrails, decks, roofed covers, and Kiosks.


Work Setting, including hazards:
Duties are performed at construction sites on hatchery and wildlife areas – some tasks involve working at a desk on a computer.
Hazards include working on rough terrain, riverbanks, slippery slopes, and other surfaces, confined and difficult to reach spaces, and working and driving in all types of weather conditions, including extreme heat, rain, or snow.
Bending, stooping, squatting, twisting, pushing, pulling, and lifting of 50 pounds of tools and equipment repetitively when loading and unloading trucks or moving materials around project site.
Must be able to negotiate water in emergency situations.
6:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Monday - Thursday.
Overtime as needed/requested, this may include overnight stays and evening and weekend work.
Travel Requirements:
Travel required 80-90% depending on season.
Tools and Equipment:
Computers, basic hand tools, power tools such as drills, roto hammers, cut off saws, circular saws, hydraulic punch, metal band saws, welders, cutting torch, chainsaws, trailers, dewatering and recirculating pumps, powered motors for automotive and heavy equipment.
Customer Interactions:
Frequent interactions varying between Federal, Local, Inter-Agency, and Intra-Agency customers and vendors.



Four (4) years of experience in the operation of heavy equipment.

Including one (1) or more of the following:

Two (2) years of vocational training in heavy equipment, commercial plumbing, general construction, carpentry, concrete, or a similarly related field.
Two (2) years of experience in the construction or building trades.
Two (2) years as a Maintenance Mechanic 1 or a higher level.
Two (2) years of similarly related experience.


Knowledge of common methods, practices, and materials used in repairing buildings, mechanical equipment, and building facilities.
Ability to use hand and power tools with reasonable degree of skill, work safely, perform work from oral and written instructions without direct supervision and perform heavy manual tasks.
Proficiently read and work from blueprints, plans, and sketches - estimate materials and time needed to complete jobs.


A valid driver’s license recognized by the state of Washington and acceptable driving record.


Experience with GPS controlled heavy equipment.
Tanker Endorsement.
Boom truck certification.
Forklift Operation certification.
Valid First Aid and CPR certification.
High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) fusion certification.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:

Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) endorsement with current Medical Examiner’s Certificate.


WDFW requires all employees to be fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment. You will be required to provide proof of vaccination as part of the hiring process. Please do not upload your vaccination documentation with your application materials - your vaccination status will be verified by your supervisor before you will be allowed to work. Exemptions may be granted for religious or medical purposes.

Supplemental Information

Please note: Failure to follow the instructions below may lead to disqualification.

In order to successfully apply for this position, you MUST complete your profile at and attach the following to your profile before completing the online application:

A cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications of this position (Generic cover letter will not be accepted).
A current resume.
Three professional references.


All new employees must complete an Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9 Form) on their first day of work. If hired for this or any position at WDFW, you will be required to provide documentation proving you are eligible to work in the United States. For a list of acceptable documents, please use the following link:


Learn about our agency and the perks of working for WDFW!

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife 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. We value demonstrated skill in living WDFW values of Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy (ASPIRE).

WDFW employees may be eligible for the following:

Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s), Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), Vacation, Sick, and other Leave*, 11 Paid Holidays per year*, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader), Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth.


This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the State of Washington, Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE). This recruitment may be used to fill positions in addition to those listed.

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To take advantage of veteran preference, please do the following:

Email a copy of your DD214 (Member 4 copy), NGB 22 or USDVA signed verification of service letter to
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To take advantage of military spouse preference, please do the following:

Notify us of your military spouse status by email at
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Note: Please blackout any PII (personally identifiable information) data such as social security numbers. For further information, please contact us at

As part of WDFW’s efforts to advance respectful and inclusive work environments, the Agency expects inclusivity as part of our professional interactions and communications. Therefore, we want to ensure that all individuals feel welcome, are treated fairly and respectfully. All staff are empowered to fully contribute to serving their work unit, Agency, and the citizens of Washington.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply.

Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 902-2276 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) at (800) 833-6388.

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Contact Person:
Location: Olympia, WA
Application Method: Online:
Base Pay: $5,268.00 - $6,105.00 /MO

Posted on May 24, 2023

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