AutoFish Supervisor – Fish & Wildlife Biologist 3 – Permanent – *06226-23 – Olympia, Washington

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Olympia, Washington – Thurston County
Job Category
Full time Positions
$4,892.00 - $6,575.00 Monthly
Last Date to Apply
FULL-TIME/PERMANENT AUTOFISH SUPERVISOR FISH & WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST 3 Fish Program Olympia, Washington – Thurston County Supervise the automated/manual marking and coded wire tagging operations to increase efficiency and quality and reduce operational costs. When needed, work independently to operate an automated/manual mass marking and coded wire tagging mobile wet lab at hatcheries statewide. Contribute to agency and program goals by providing marked salmon and steelhead for sustainable mark selective fisheries and to conserve and protect native fish and implement hatchery reform, consistent with the agency’s Hatchery and Fishery Reform Policy. Ensure fishery impacts on native fish are reduced to levels consistent with conservation goals. This is an opportunity to provide key leadership and coordination of multi-agency marking and tagging projects ensuring the successful completion of all projects statewide on an annual basis. In this dynamic role, you will negotiate, plan, develop, research, and conduct or oversee technical data collection and coordinate reviews draft reports. With your experience, you will direct Bio 2 trailer operators in prescribing appropriate resource protection requirements and mitigation for the protection of fish life during marking and tagging projects. You thrive on building collaboration and teamwork, facilitating improved communication with hatchery staff regarding the function and impact of data and the importance of ensuring its accuracy. Duties: Our AutoFish Supervisor will, Supervise Fish & Wildlife Biologist 1 & 2 trailer operator throughputs and performance. Develop performance standards and improvement plans for Auto Trailer operators. Provide in-field supervision of marking and tagging operations. Document performance/improvements to be used during evaluations to provide a clear path for staff development. Conduct all tag group QCs for supervised staff to establish consistency and to monitor the operator’s effectiveness. Conduct technical reviews of coded wire tagging projects statewide. Responsible for reviewing, recommending, and assessing biological studies related to the application of coded wire tags in salmon and steelhead for WDFW hatcheries statewide. Perform coded wire tagging and/or mass marking. Train new employees and provides hazard communication training and monitor work product. Act as the primary trainer when teaching WDFW staff in proper tagging and marking techniques. Conduct, author, and present research intended to improve the efficiency of marking and tagging operations and the integrity of analytical data. Collaborate with HEAT unit and Hatchery Data unit staff to ensure accurate data is reported for budget and policy decisions. Plan, organize, direct, and conduct coded wire tag experiments. Ensure scientific random sampling to obtain representative populations during tagging experiments. Diagnose and repair problems with state-of-the-art automated marking/tagging mobile wet labs including complex robotic systems, video imaging systems, and complex software. Monitor work product and fish health to provide sound scientific results. Analyzes coded wire tag recoveries to determine contribution rates, allocation, and escapement using RMIS coded wire tag database. Review data pulled from RMIS by the Bio 2 positions. Check reports for accuracy. Work directly with HEAT unit staff to ensure the reports are meeting their needs. Provide clear reporting protocols to ensure consistent reporting. Guide Bio 2’s in identifying inaccuracies in marking and tagging data. Work directly with the Hatchery Data unit to make corrections. Work with Hatchery Data and IT staff to improve the reporting process. WORKING CONDITIONS: Work Setting, including hazards: Automated coded wire tag mobile wet lab, hatchery environment, work during inclement weather, office setting. Lift or move 40 pounds commonly, ability to work around hatchery ponds, and catwalks over hatchery ponds. Must be able to negotiate water in emergency situations. Schedule: Generally, Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Considerable overtime and possible shift work, mainly in the spring. Travel Requirements: Extensive travel and driving required. Up to six months per year, 5 days a week. Tools and Equipment: Ability to use electric hand tools, basic hand tools. Customer Interactions: Interacts with Biologists, Hatchery personnel, Tribal Staff, and general public.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Closely related qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-by-year basis. A Bachelor’s degree in fisheries, wildlife management, natural resource science, or environmental science. And Three (3) years of professional experience in fisheries, wildlife management, natural resource science or environmental science. A Master’s degree in the applicable science will substitute for the required experience. Or One (1) year as a Fish & Wildlife Biologist 2. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Experience operating an automated or manual coded wire tagging/mass marking mobile wet lab. Experience operating and maintaining Mark IV coded wire tag injectors. Knowledge of the coded wire tag system. Knowledge and experience with all types of Electronic Coded Wire Tag Detectors. Experience working in a salmon hatchery environment. Experience supervising or directing employees. Ability to work independently and be self-motivated. Experience working with hand tools for general repairs to mechanical devices. Data analysis skills leading to publication of research findings. CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT: WDFW requires all employees to be fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment. You will be required to provide proof of vaccination as 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 before you will be allowed to 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. IMPORTANT NOTES: 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: JOIN THE WDFW TEAM: 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. UNION - WAFWP: 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. 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