Scientific Technician 2 - Fish Program - Career Seasonal - *08173-21

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Monday, August 16, 2021, 11:45pm


Tacoma, WA
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WDFW Fish Program - Science Division
Region 6 - Duty Stations:

Seabeck, Washington - Kitsap, County
Tacoma, Washington - Pierce, County

Anticipated Season Length: 10 Months
June 24th - May 7th

Be part of a dynamic team that is invested in making a difference in the conservation of Washington State’s salmon and fresh water species!

Do you thrive on building collaboration and teamwork while getting your boats dirty working in the field?

As our Scientific Technician you will collect, and summarize recreational salmon, lingcod, marine fish, and shellfish data. You will be collecting biological data to meet fisheries sampling goals. As a technician, you will obtain stock composition such as Coded Wire Tags (CWT), DNA, age structure (scales), length information for legal and sub-legal and hatchery/natural origin proportions (clipped/unclipped status) – the sampling goals for these fisheries are set by biometricians. Tribal and WDFW biologists use this data to determine the status of the resource and to manage the fisheries. 

From October through January this position will be part of the team operating and maintaining an adult salmon weir on Big Beef Creek and walking streams to count the number of spawning salmon.

With that in mind,
Picture yourself
properly implementing this region's fisheries sampling program by providing information necessary to estimate fisheries catch and effort for both commercial and recreational fisheries management; and assessing biological information by stock, subsequent achievement of spawning escapements, and agreed to catch allocations.
In this is dynamic role you will assist with Hood Canal intensively monitored watershed (IMW) project conducting adult salmon monitoring activities.
In this opportunity 
you will conduct spawning ground surveys on Big Beef, Seabeck, Stavis and Little Anderson Creeks; you will also operate and maintain an adult salmon weir on Big Beef Creek, and a sampling terminal area at a Coho fishery for coded wire tagged Coho.

As Our Scientific Technician, here are some of the things you will do,

Perform Puget Sound Sampling. Tasks include:

  • Conducting angler creel interviews, assisting in establishing sampling protocols, and accurately recording data into appropriate electronic forms.
  • Observing, counting, and accurately identifying all salmon, marine fish, and shellfish species. 
  • Sampling Chinook and Coho salmon with electronic CWT detection devices.

Conducts spawning ground surveys at Hood Canal Intensively Monitored Watersheds (IMW). Tasks include:

  • Performing weekly Coho and chum spawning ground surveys on Hood Canal IMW stream complex during the summer/fall season, based on habitat accessibility as a function of stream flow and habitat condition. 
  • Record the number of observed live and dead salmon, counting redds, and collecting biological samples from salmon carcasses. 

 Operates and maintenances Big Beef Creek salmon weir. Tasks include:

  • Checking Big Beef Creek weir daily; identifying, sampling and enumerating salmon before passing them upstream; weir will be checked at a minimum of once a day during low water periods. 
  • Entering data legibly and accurately on provided trap check forms and entering data into database. 

Assists with sampling of terminal area tribal fisheries at Puget Sound Sampling/Hood Canal Intensively Monitored Watersheds (IMW). Tasks include:

  • Working with a team to coordinate with tribal fishers to sample their catch for presence of CWT’s. 
  • Recording catch data and coded wire sampling data on provided sampling forms.

Performs other duties as assigned. Tasks include:

  • Collecting additional catch/biological information for salmon, marine fish, or shellfish for special studies with the Puget Sound Sampling Unit. 
  • Performing error checks and editing sampling data accuracy when needed; may beta test electronic sampling platforms.


Work Setting, including hazards:    

  • Must follow COVID-19 federal, state and agency protocols.
  • The work is conducted primarily in the field.
  • Possible exposure to adverse weather and sea conditions.
  • Repetitive movements of hands, finger manipulations, long periods of sitting, squatting, standing, walking; carrying, bending, crawling, climbing, kneeling, heavy lifting up to 50-100 lbs. (e.g., large buckets of water for transporting fish, outboard motors, generators, and pumps) unassisted.
  • Boating for conducting angler interviews and sampling salmon (climbing in and out); exposure to fish blood and slime; use of knives.
  • May encounter slippery surfaces; biting, and stinging insects; thorny/spiny vegetation, and pollen; unstable rocks, large logjams and rotting woody debris; deep pools, and thick stands of vine maple, blackberry brambles, and other riparian vegetation.
  • Safe use of power tools (chain saws, etc.) to clear large woody debris from the traps and to make repairs.
  • Weir operations may occur during nighttime periods and for extended periods of time during high flow, debris, and fish periods.


  • Typical work hours are 24/7 (non-scheduled); 8-10 hours per day between 5:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. (40 hours per week).
  • Weekend and evening work required. 
  • Overtime may be required.

Travel Requirements: 

  • A valid driver’s license is required and must have insurance when using privately owned vehicle for official state business; mileage reimbursement may be granted.
  • Significant driving is required via state, federal, and county roads throughout South Puget Sound and Hood Canal, seldom overnight.

Tools and Equipment: 

  • iPad, cell phone, electronic sampling device (CWT detector), weighing scale, calculator.
  • Knives, forceps, head lamp, measuring board, tally counter, tide book, canopy for shade, portable table, totes/bins, paper forms, labels, scale cards, pencils, pens, clipboard, and scissors; PFD and first aid kit.
  • WDFW apparel, rubber boots, gloves, and rain gear. 
  • Current recreational and commercial sampling manuals.
  • Pick-up trucks, water pumps, motorboats, chainsaw, coded wire tag wands, and winches.

Customer Interactions:

  • Interactions with co-workers from WDFW and Tribes, commercial/ recreational anglers, salmon buyers, fish processors, and shell fishers, and the public during data collection.
  • Provides basic information regarding fisheries resources, fishery regulatory information to the public, as well as agency programs and activities. 
  • May occasionally encounter individuals who are angry, distraught, or frustrated. 
  • Acts as liaison to South Sound supervisor, tribal and WDFW staff, and enforcement on fishery violations observed in the field.
  • Occasional interaction with private landowners, interested public and tribal fisherman.



  • Graduation from high school or GED, including one (1) year of high school science AND two (2) years of experience as a Scientific Technician 1.


  • Graduation from high school or GED including one (1) year of high school science AND two (2) years of laboratory or field experience as an assistant to a biologist, chemist, or zoologist.


  • College course work involving major study in biology, zoology, fisheries, chemistry, natural sciences, or closely allied field will substitute, year for year, for experience, provided the course work includes at least six semester or nine quarter hours of natural science classes.


  • Valid Driver’s License.

Hood Canal Intensively Monitored Watersheds (IMW)

  • Experience and the ability to identify salmon species, fish, and common marine fish species. 
  • Familiar with salmon life histories. 
  • Knowledge of commercial and sport fishing methods and gear.
  • Previous experience working with adult salmon.
  • Previous experience walking spawning ground surveys.
  • Experience accurately recording information.

 Puget Sound Sampling Unit

  • At least twelve (12) months experience creel sampling recreational and/or commercial fisheries in Puget Sound or a similar area.
  • Able to identify all salmon species and common Puget Sound marine fish and shellfish species. 
  • Familiar with salmon life history and sport fishing regulations. 
  • Knowledge of commercial and sport fishing methods and gear. 
  • Experience with proper fish handling techniques. 
  • Ability to operate boats up to 18’ in length in adverse weather and sea conditions.

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 attach the following to your profile before completing the online application:

  • 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:

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.
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 professionalism, accountability, empathy, integrity, service, and respect. (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 in the bargaining unit represented by the Washington Association of Fish & Wildlife Professionals and is subject to the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the State of Washington, Department of Fish & Wildlife, and the Washington Association of Fish & Wildlife Professionals.

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.
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Position Start Date:

Thursday, June 24, 2021

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Salary: $2,864.00 - $3,701.00 Monthly

More than Just a Paycheck! Employee benefits are not just about the kind of services you get, they are also about how much you may have to pay out of pocket. Washington State offers one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation.

We understand that your life revolves around more than just your career and that your priority is making sure that you and your family will maintain health and financial security. That's why choice is a key component of our benefits package. We have a selection of health and retirement plans, paid leave, staff training and other compensation benefits that you can mix and match to meet your current and future needs.
 Read about our benefits: The following information describes typical benefits available for full-time employees who are expected to work more than six months. Actual benefits may vary by appointment type or be prorated for other than full-time work. Check with the agency human resource office for specific benefit information.
Insurance Benefits Employees and families are covered by medical (including vision), dental and basic life insurance.  There are multiple medical plans with affordable monthly premiums that offer coverage throughout the state.  Staff are eligible to enroll each year in a medical flexible spending account which enables them to use tax-deferred dollars toward their health care expenses.  Employees are also covered by basic life and long term disability insurance, with the option to purchase additional coverage amounts.  To view premium rates, coverage choice in your area and how to enroll, please visit the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) website.
 Retirement and Deferred Compensation State Employees are members of the Washington Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS).  New employees have the option of two employer contributed retirement programs.  For additional information, check out the Department of Retirement Systems' web site. Employees also have the ability to participate in the Deferred Compensation Program (DCP).  This is a supplemental retirement savings program (similar to an IRA) that allows you control over the amount of pre-tax salary dollars you defer as well as the flexibility to choose between multiple investment options. 
Vacation (Annual Leave) You begin accruing vacation starting your first month of employment. Since we value your loyalty, the amount of vacation you can accrue increases the longer you work with us. Washington State supports members of the armed forces with 21 days paid military leave per year. Vacation accrues for full-time employees per WAC 357-31-165.
Holidays Full-time employees are entitled to eleven* paid holidays:
 HOLIDAYDATE New Year's DayJanuary 1 Martin Luther King, Jr's birthdayThird Monday in January Presidents' DayThird Monday in February Memorial DayLast Monday in May Independence DayJuly 4 Labor DayFirst Monday in September Veterans' DayNovember 11 Thanksgiving DayFourth Thursday in November & Friday after Christmas DayDecember 25 Personal HolidayEmployee's selection each calendar year
*Employees who are members of certain Unions are entitled to an additional personal leave day of their choice. Please refer to specific Collective Bargaining Agreements for more information. Social Security All state employees are covered by the federal Social Security and Medicare systems. The state and the employee pay an equal amount into the system. Sick Leave Full-time employees earn eight hours of sick leave per month. Paid sick leave may be used for reasons included in WAC 357-31-130


Please visit the State HR Website for more detailed information.

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