The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking applicants for positions on its Wildlife Diversity Advisory Council, which provides management recommendations to the department on endangered, threatened and nongame animals ranging from butterflies to killer whales.

WDFW Director Kelly Susewind will appoint members to the advisory council based on their interest in wildlife and their ability to communicate their perspectives to the department and a broader group of stakeholders.

Nominations must be received by June 20, 2019, to receive consideration.

To ensure the council represents a diversity of views, WDFW especially encourages applications from those who can represent eastern Washington, academia, agricultural and timber industries, hunting and fishing groups, and conservation organizations. Those with experience in communications, social science, and natural resource economics are also encouraged to apply.

Nominees do not have to be affiliated with an organized group to receive consideration. Nominations must be submitted in writing with the following information:

  • Nominee’s name, address, telephone number and email address.
  • Explanation of interest and reasons for wanting to serve as a member of the advisory group.
  • Nominee’s effectiveness in communication.
  • Name and contact information of any individual or organization submitting a nomination.

Nominations should be submitted to Taylor Cotten, Acting Wildlife Diversity Division Manager, by email at[email protected] or by postal mail at Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 600 Capitol Way N, Olympia, WA 98501-1091.

Wildlife advisory council members will serve three-year terms, and should be available for advisory council meetings beginning as early as September. The council holds at least two one-day meetings a year. Sub-committees on specific topics hold conference calls and meetings as needed throughout the year.

WDFW is the state agency tasked with preserving, protecting and perpetuating fish, wildlife and ecosystems, while providing sustainable fishing, hunting and other outdoor recreation opportunities. The agency is currently working to implement State Wildlife Action Plans to conserve and protect 268 species of greatest conservation need.

Council members, upon request, will be reimbursed by WDFW for travel expenses to attend meetings.