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Recruitment underway for new Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife director

March 2, 2018 GMT

PUBLIC SERVANTS – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has started searching for a new director.

In January Jim Unsworth, the department’s director since 2015, resigned. He told the state’s Fish and Wildlife Commission in a resignation letter that it’s time for him to pursue other professional and personal goals.

Unsworth had a tumultuous tenure, one marked by workplace scandals and controversy over the handling of bear and wolf hunting practices.

The new director will be chosen by the the Fish and Wildlife Commission, a citizen panel appointed by the governor, according to a WDFW news release. A job announcement along with application instructions is available at WDFW’s website. To be considered for the first round of interviews applications must be submitted by March 30 at 5 p.m.

Send applications to Personnel@dfw.wa.gov. The new director is expected to start work in August. The public can comment and recommend candidates. Comments and recommendations should be sent to commission@dfw.wa.gov.

Commissioners determined the search process and developed the job description during public discussions in January and February.

The WDFW director oversees a 1,800-person staff and a biennial operating budget of $437 million. The position pays up to $170,352 annually.