THREE (3) OPENINGS
AUTOFISH SYSTEM OPERATOR
FISH & WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST 2 (BIO2)
Fish Program – Hatcheries Division
Olympia, Washington – Thurston County
We are recruiting to hire at the Fish and Wildlife Biologist 1 or 2 level and we will train a 1 up to the Fish and Wildlife Biologist 2 level.
Depending on which level you are hired at, your salary will be as follows:
-Fish & Wildlife Biologist 1 - $3,401 - $4,425 Monthly
-Fish & Wildlife Biologist 2 - $4,117 - $5,399 Monthly
Contribute to the Agency goals of the conservation of wild salmon through coded wire tagging and mass marking.
Independently operate an automated/manual mass marking and coded wire tagging mobile wet lab at WDFW hatcheries statewide!
Plan, organize, direct, and conduct coded wire tag experiments and analyze coded wire tag data to determine contribution rates, allocation, brood-stock identification, and effect of mark selective fisheries.
With that in mind,
Picture yourself analyzing coded wire tag recoveries to determine contribution rates, allocation, and escapement using Regional Mark Information System (RMIS) coded wire tag database.
In this dynamic role you will 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.
You thrive in building collaboration and teamwork assist in teaching WDFW staff in proper tagging and marking techniques.
We are seeking a candidate with demonstrated values matching those of WDFW: Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy (ASPIRE).
Our AutoFish System Operator,
-Independently operate an automated/manual coded wire tagging and mass marking mobile wet lab at hatcheries statewide:
-Oversee up to eleven (11) contract employees to perform coded wire tagging and/or mass marking.
-Train new employees and provides hazard communication training and monitor work product.
-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.
-Analyze coded wire tag recoveries to determine contribution rates, allocation, and escapement using RMIS coded wire tag database.
-Work with Hatchery Evaluation & Assessment Team (HEAT) Unit, Hatchery
Data Unit, and Coded Wire Tag (CWT) Head Lab as directed by the Biologist 3 & 4:
-Compiles, Quality Controls (QC’s), and analyses data.
-Provides data and summary reports/analyses to the Biologist 3 for review and distribution to the requesting unit.
Maintain automated/manual coded wire tagging mobile wet labs:
-Remove and repair all mechanical devices once a year to ensure smooth operation during tagging and marking operations.
-Recalibrate video imaging system by removing and cleaning all optics and infra-red sensors.
Work Setting, including hazards:
-Work is performed in an office setting, at automated coded wire tag mobile wet labs, and in hatchery environments – including hatchery ponds, and catwalks over hatchery ponds.
-Work is performed during inclement weather and includes regularly lifting or moving 40 pound buckets of fish, pumps, power cords, and other equipment.
-Generally, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Monday – Friday.
-Considerable overtime and possible shift work mainly in the spring.
-Extensive travel and driving required - up to six (6) months per year, five (5) days a week.
Tools and Equipment:
-Electric hand tools and basic hand tools.
-Interacts with Biologists, Hatchery personnel, Tribal Staff, and the public.
Closely related qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-by-year basis.
To qualify at the Fish & Wildlife Biologist 1 level:
A Bachelor's degree in fisheries, wildlife management, natural resource science, or environmental science. Twelve semester hours or eighteen quarter hours of specific course work may be required for certain positions.
To qualify at the Fish & Wildlife Biologist 2 level:
A Bachelor’s degree in fisheries, wildlife management, natural resource science, or environmental science.
One (1) year of professional experience in fisheries, wildlife management, natural resource science or environmental science.
One year as a Fish and Wildlife Biologist 1.
Please Note: A Master’s degree in the applicable science will substitute for the required experience.
FOR ALL OF THE ABOVE:
-A Valid Washington State Driver’s License.
-Knowledge of the coded wire tag system.
-Ability to work independently and be self-motivated.
-Data analysis skills leading to publication of research findings.
-Operating an automated or manual coded wire tagging/mass marking mobile wet lab.
-Operating and maintaining Mark IV coded wire tag injectors.
-With all types of Electronic Coded Wire Tag Detectors.
-Working in a salmon hatchery environment.
-Supervising or directing employees.
-Working with hand tools for general repairs to mechanical devices.
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.
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 www.careers.wa.gov 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.
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: https://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central/form-i-9-acceptable-documents
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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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VETERAN PREFERENCE NOTICE:
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 RecruitmentTeam@dfw.wa.gov.
-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 careers.wa.gov.
MILITARY SPOUSE PREFERENCE NOTICE:
To take advantage of military spouse preference, please do the following:
-Notify us of your military spouse status by email at RecruitmentTeam@dfw.wa.gov.
-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 careers.wa.gov.
Note: Please blackout any PII (personally identifiable information) data such as social security numbers. For further information, please contact us at RecruitmentTeam@dfw.wa.gov.
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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