Creel Monitoring & Spawner Surveys – Scientific Technician 2 – Three Career Seasonal – *06652-23 – Montesano, Washington

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Montesano, Washington – Grays Harbor County
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Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$2,957.00 - $3,915.00 Monthly
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THREE (3) OPENINGS FULL-TIME/CAREER SEASONAL CREEL MONITORING & SPAWNER SURVEY TECHNICIANS SCIENTIFIC TECHNICIAN 2 (ST2) Fish Program Montesano, Washington – Grays Harbor County Anticipated Season Length: Five (5) Months August 1 – December 31 Effective July 1, 2023, the Washington State Legislature has granted a 4% general wage adjustment to positions represented by the Washington Association of Fish & Wildlife Professionals (WAFWP). Also, effective July 1, 2023, the Scientific Technician 2 classification will be changing from Salary Range 36 to Salary Range 40. Conduct salmon spawner surveys and recreational creel monitoring in the Willapa Bay Watershed! Collect data necessary for the management of the fish resources in Willapa Bay. Provide biologists with data that is essential to work with federal, public, and private organizations to facilitate cooperative and effective collection and exchange of fishery and escapement data. Five fishers on a boat on the water - recreational fishing. One of the fishers has a fish on the line and another has the caught fish in a large fish net. Coho Fishing – Photo Credit: Brett Rosson With that in mind, Picture yourself collecting data used to estimate stock status of hatchery and natural stocks by measuring abundance, productivity, diversity, and spatial distribution of salmon on the spawning grounds. These are opportunities to conduct angler interviews and identify, record, and sample salmon and other species landed and/or released (encounters) throughout the marine recreational fishery in Willapa Bay marine area 2.1. We are seeking candidates that respect and value the opinions of others and create an inclusive team environment where every member feels they contribute value to the project and WDFW. Duties: Our Creel Monitoring & Spawner Survey Technician, Marine Recreational Creel Monitoring (Marine Area 2.1): Collect data from the marine recreational fishery (Marine Area 2.1) through angler interviews and examination of landed salmon that are used to estimate catch, effort, species origin, age, stock composition, and encounter rates of Chinook or coho. Biological sampling of landed salmon may include identifying mark status (adipose/dorsal fin), scale sampling (age/origin), coded wire tags (CWT) recovery, opercle punch, t-tags/or jaw tags, and DNA tissue samples. Spawner Surveys & Stock Assessments: Identify, record, and monitor salmonid redds and carcass recovery (live/dead fish counts) within selected stream reaches. Conduct stream surveys on foot and/or by raft, pontoon/drift boat, or by jet powered river sled. Biological collection of dead fish (carcasses) includes identification of mark status (adipose/dorsal fin), scale sampling (age/origin), coded wire tags (CWT) recovery, fork length, sex identification, identifying opercle punch presence or absence, t-tags or jaw tags, and DNA tissue samples. Commercial Fishery Monitoring and Sampling Collect data from the commercial fishery through observer on-board monitoring and examination of landed salmon at fish house buyer locations. WORKING CONDITIONS: Work Setting, including hazards: Work is primarily performed outdoors, during all weather conditions and can be physically demanding – field work may include hiking up to 10 miles a day along streams and slick boulders, wading riffles, maneuvering watercrafts, bending, negotiating boat ramps or slippery surfaces boarding vessels, and frequently lift, handle, and manipulate fish and equipment that weighs up to 40 pounds during spawner surveys. During recreational fishery monitoring and commercial monitoring, duties are conducted at the dock, boat launch, gillnet vessel or fish house. During spawning ground surveys, the work involves considerable driving, and hiking into remote areas on private and public timberlands. Must be able to negotiate water in emergency situations. Schedule: Work hours can vary due to inclement weather, river conditions, access, stream flow patterns, fish densities, and length of daylight hours. Work may involve weekends, holidays, and evenings. Field sampling start and end times usually fall outside of the normal 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. work schedule. Travel Requirements: Travel requirements are within Willapa Bay basin (Pacific County) from duty station to assigned ports for recreational or commercial monitoring or to freshwater river systems for spawning ground surveys. Travel time will fluctuate daily depending on field site location. Tools and Equipment: Personal flotation device (PFD), DNA & Scale sample kits, rain gear, coded wire tag (CWT) wand, GPS and iPads will be provided. Customer Interactions: Communicate with the public (recreational or commercial anglers or landowners) regarding current fishery status and regulatory actions.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Graduation from high school or GED, including one year of high school science AND Two (2) years of experience as a Scientific Technician 1. OR Graduation from high school or GED including one year of high school science AND Two (2) years of laboratory or field experience as an assistant to a biologist, chemist, or zoologist. Please Note: 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. Certifications/Licenses: A valid driver’s license. Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment: Successful completion of agency training and/or certification for assigned watercraft is dependent on supervisory direction, position need, and training availability. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Background in elementary biology, in-the-field salmonid identification, and spawning ground survey methodologies. Familiarity with the geography of the Willapa Bay basin. Understand basic field sampling techniques, procedures, and sample rates. Experience in Microsoft Office Knowledge of: Salmonid species, their spawning behavior, and general life histories. Fishery management methods. Spawning ground survey methodologies. 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 NOTE: 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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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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