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Talent Acquisition Specialist - Human Resource Consultant 3 - Permanent - *14570-22


Olympia, Washington 

This recruitment is posted continuously, application review will be ongoing - we encourage you to submit your application materials as soon as possible. The Hiring Manager reserves the right to close the posting at any time.

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple vacancies 

We are looking for people passionate about the mission that WDFW supports! Here you will connect people with career opportunities that advance this great work! Every day you make a difference!
Bring your sense of urgency and desire to see your team succeed. Develop trusted and strategic partnerships with hiring managers by utilizing innovative recruitment strategies to attract a diverse talented candidate pool. 

Cultivate and foster sourcing strategies to create a strong network of talent.
 A group of ducks “sunning” the end of October – Photo Credit: Tina McKail
Our ideal candidate is a champion of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion - you are passionate about establishing and promoting Talent Acquisition programs supporting equity, diversity, and inclusion in hiring practices.
With that in mind you will independently conduct ongoing recruiting functions including but not limited to posting announcements, screening, and referring applicants, and maintaining recruitment records.
Picture yourself participating in recruitment strategies for various outreach events and participating as a member of the recruiting team at virtual and live job fairs, and other hiring, career, and educational events.
With your experience you will provide expert level consultation to staff, managers, job applicants and students. Provide guidance to HR staff on recruitment, selection, outreach, inclusion, and diversity. As such, this position is expected to remain knowledgeable about areas of expertise and communicate advice and guidance professionally and effectively.
We are seeking a candidate who models the 6 values of the agency: Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect and Empathy (ASPIRE).


 October Aspens - Okanogan National Forest - Photo Credit: Scott Fitkin
Here is some of what our Recruiter will do,
  • Provide consulting in areas of, recruitment, selection, affirmative action, diversity, and career counseling.
  • Serve as primary assistant in recruitment, selection, screening of routine, emergent and/or special assignments positions as directed.
  • Review position descriptions and required qualifications for accuracy and work with hiring managers and HR Consultants to update as needed.
  • Post positions in accordance with Agency guidelines and CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreements) requirements.
  • Manage and close recruitments in NeoGov (Online Recruiting System) after a hire is made.
  • Achieve staffing objectives by recruiting and evaluating job candidates and consulting with hiring managers.
  • Develop, create, and maintain recruitment announcements, questionnaires, and bid notifications with assistance and input from supervisors and managers to align with position description. 
  • Perform the screening and assessment process using NeoGov to create a valid certification using HR best practices.
  • Provide guidance to supervisors, managers, employees, and applicants regarding recruitment status, policies and procedures, applicable areas of the collective bargaining agreements, civil service rules, and other state and federal laws such as American Disabilities Act (ADA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and Title VII. 
  • Attract diverse applicant pools by placing job advertisements, contacting recruiters, and using newsgroups and job sites.
  • Assist Supervisor with internship/volunteer programs though outreach, tracking and advising hiring managers on best practices.
  • Attend recruitment hiring events, job fairs, and outreach programs virtual or in person.
  • Work Setting, including hazards:  
  1. Office setting, at a personal computer majority of the day – telework options may be available.
  2. The duty station for this position is in Olympia, WA. Due to the Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order due to the pandemic, many of our positions are currently working remotely, or a combination of office and remote. When the Governor lifts the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order for state employees, combinations of office or telework may be considered.
  • Schedule:
  1. Typically, Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. – ability to work a flexible schedule is dependent upon critical deadlines and varying needs of the job. 
  2. Workload demands may require work outside the assigned work hours and adjustment of work schedules.
  • Travel Requirements:  
  1. Occasional local or state-wide travel to attend meetings, training, or job fairs.     
  • Customer Interactions: 
  1. Daily Teams, phone, and video interaction with WDFW staff and interacting with the public.
  • Four (4 years) of professional level experience engaged in Human Resources or similar field. 
  1. With at least 2 (two) years in Recruiting.
Demonstrated Competencies:
  • Possess advanced creative writing/grammar skills for writing recruitments and marketing of positions as well as other professional written communications.
  • Intermediate level skills with Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Experience with publisher or other graphic software.
  • Outward focused and can communicate clearly with a friendly demeanor to customers.
  • Highly organized in their work and can demonstrate efficiency.
  • Understands process and can create easy to follow processes for a diverse audience.
  • Experience using social media including, but not limited to LinkedIn for building diversity and inclusion and sourcing applicants and building professional relationships related to WDFW activities.
  • Bachelor's Degree in Human Resources, Organizational Management, Business, or a related field.
  • Four (4) years of professional level experience engaged in Human Resources or equivalent. 
  1. With at least two (2) years in Recruiting.
  • Intermediate or advanced experience in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Understanding of LEAN principles and understands how to implement it in workflow.
  • Knowledge of HR best practices, CBA’s, civil service rules, and other state and federal laws such as American Disabilities Act (ADA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Title VII, and Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures (UGESP).
As a result of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14 (Download PDF reader) issued on August 9, 2021, all Washington State Agencies are requiring employees to be fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of your employment. Pursuant to this mandate, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination as a 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 prior to your first day of 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. 
The Department of Fish and Wildlife’s priority during the Covid-19 health crisis is to keep our staff, candidates, and the public safe. We are hiring and encourage you to apply to open positions. We have transitioned to a virtual recruitment process, to include web-based interviews.
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.
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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
  • Subject line should include recruitment number, position, and Vet (for example: #10155 Biologist 1 – Veteran)
  • Include your name as it appears on your application in
To take advantage of military spouse preference, please do the following:
  • Notify us of your military spouse status by email at  
  • Subject line should include recruitment number, position, and MS (for example: #10155 Biologist 1 – MS)
  • Include your name as it appears on your application in
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.
If you are having technical difficulties creating, accessing, or completing your application, please call NEOGOV toll-free at (855) 524-5627 or
*Images shown are Pre-COVID, WDFW Staff follow current COVID Safety Protocol including the use of face masks. 
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