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Scientific Technician 2, On-Call *08165-18

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State Of Washington Montesano , WA 98563

Posted 4 months ago


The 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.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is dedicated to preserving, protecting and perpetuating fish, wildlife and ecosystems, while providing sustainable recreational and commercial opportunities dependent on viable fish and wildlife populations. Each day, WDFW employees facilitate fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities for millions of residents and visitors.

WDFW's employeesfield and laboratory biologists, geneticists, research scientists, hatchery professionals, policy experts, fully commissioned law enforcement officers, land stewards, lab technicians, property acquisition specialists, customer service representatives and others work throughout the state. WDFW employees protect and restore critical habitat, strive to facilitate species recovery when necessary, and manage hundreds of fish and wildlife species. WDFW employees maintain nearly a million acres of public wildlife lands.

They interpret, apply and enforce state and federal laws and collaborate with stakeholders to protect fish and wildlife resources. Find out more about us and the important work we are a part of at

The Fish Program, Region 6 Salmon Management Division of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is currently hiring 6 temporary Scientific Technician 2's to monitor the Willapa Bay commercial salmon fisheries for the fall season of 2018. Anticipated start date for all of these positions is either September 1 or September 16, 2018.

These on-call positions will be commercial salmon fisheries observers. Observers will conduct on-the-water sampling of commercial fisheries throughout Willapa Bay and/or Grays Harbor.


Primary responsibilities:

  • Boarding or riding aboard gillnet vessels during the commercial fishery to quantify salmon catch, encounters of released salmon, by-catch, and incidental encounters with sea birds and marine mammals.

  • Collect biological samples such as physical data, scales, mark status, tissues for genetic analysis, and coded wire tag presence or absence, and/or bycatch information.

Work conditions: Intermittent, on-call 7 days a week from either September 1st to October 15th, September 16th to October 15th, or September 16th to November 15th.

Duty locations will be Nahcotta or Montesano depending on fishery. A state vehicle is not available, and a personal vehicle will be authorized from duty station to field sites, and per diem will be provided, depending on position and if state requirements are met. Work hours may be outside of the regular 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. including early mornings, evenings, holidays or weekends may be required.

Work days can be long, 4 a.m. to 9 p.m., and in adverse weather conditions is possible. Valid driver's license required.


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. Qualifications

Graduation from high school or GED, including one-year high school science and two years of experience as Scientific Technician 1, OR

Graduation from high school or GED including one year of high school science and two 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.

Preferred Qualifications:

Salmon identification experience is necessary.

Supplemental Information

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

Three professional references (personal references do not count as professional)

Please note: Failure to follow the above application instructions will lead to disqualification. E-mailed documents will not be accepted in lieu of attaching your documents to the online profile.

Upon submission of your online application, you will immediately receive a confirming e-mail. You will then be notified via e-mail of your status during the process.

In addition to the e-mail notifications, you can check the status of your application at any time by visiting your online profile at Due to the high volume of applications that we receive, we ask your understanding and encourage you to use the online process and avoid calling for information.

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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Scientific Technician 2, On-Call *08165-18

Expired Job

State Of Washington