Fish & Wildlife Biologist 1 – Forage Fish Biologist – Non-Permanent – *16258-22 – Washington State

Department of Fish & Wildlife
Mill Creek, Washington State
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Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$3,401.00 - $4,425.00 Monthly
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FULL-TIME/NON-PERMANENT FORAGE FISH BIOLOGIST FISH & WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST 1 Fish Program Mill Creek, Washington – Snohomish County Anticipated Appointment Length: 6.5 Months December 16, 2022 – June 30, 2023 Are you interesting in expanding your skills and learning more about the duties of a WDFW fish biologist? This position serves as an entry level biologist, working with a team of biologists responsible for assessment and management of forage fish in Puget Sound. In this role, you will be responsible for conducting a variety of forage fish related field work, sample processing, data recording/entry, Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC), and data analysis and assessment. With your experience you will conduct field surveys of marine fish species. You are excited to process biological samples, and performs other lab tasks under supervision of a senior biologist. Duties Our Forage Fish Biologist, Operates and trailers small vessels. Conducts egg deposition surveys. Deploys/retrieves a variety of nets including seines and plankton nets in a marine environment. Interviews and collects samples from commercial and recreational fishmen. Collects data via datasheet and Ipad. Enters and QA/QC new and historic data into database and spreadsheets. Organizes and retrieves data for analysis and summary reports. Assesses biological condition of forage fish and other marine fish via dissection. Assists with determining the age of specimens using scales and/or otoliths. Evaluates fecundity and sex of specimens through gross examination of reproductive organs. May use variety of toxic chemicals (e.g., formalin, ethyl alcohol, hydrochloric acid). Ensures sample processing and lab safety procedures are followed. Assists with acoustic trawl surveys, and assisting with ichthyoplankton, shellfish and groundfish surveys. WORKING CONDITIONS: Work Setting, including hazards: Work involves work in the office, laboratory, and outdoors on beaches and marine waters using small boats during all times of the year. While in the office, the following may be expected: long periods in a cubicle while working at a computer, repetitive motion, florescent lighting, and noises associated with an office environment. While in the laboratory, the following may be expected: long periods looking through a microscope, repetitive motion, florescent lighting, handling potentially dangerous chemicals, use of sharp tools, and exposure to frozen or chemically preserved samples and specimens, and exposure to foul odors. While in the field, the following may be encountered: exposure to inclement weather, loud noises, fish blood and slime, and possible punctures from fish spines or teeth. Work on slippery often unstable surfaces with various nets, lines, cables, winches, and pot pullers which may pose a risk of entanglement, pinch points, and recoil. Other potential hazards include danger from vehicles and vessels during boat launch and retrieval, rough water, odors, repetitive movements of hands, finger manipulations, long periods of sitting, squatting, walking, boating, climbing in and out of boats, carrying, kneeling, lifting or moving up to 40 lbs, working and standing in a confined space, wearing bulky gear, and use of knives. Exposure to extreme weather. Interacting with public. Must be able to negotiate water in emergency situations. Schedule: Typical schedule will be 40 hours/ week. During some times of the year, work may exceed 40 hours per week and be outside core working hours (8 a.m.-5 p.m.). Evening and weekend work to be expected. Travel Requirements: Overnight travel required. Occasional long term (~2 weeks) travel assignments may occur. Tools and Equipment: Boats, vehicles, trailers, personal computers, GPS, transducers, tablet, phone, microscope, chemicals, freezers, knives, pot pullers, tag readers, tag injectors, PFD, and waders. Customer Interactions: Interaction with commercial/recreational fishers, Tribal, other govt. employees, and staff from NGOs and academic partners.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Closely related qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-by-year basis. Bachelor's degree in fisheries, wildlife management, natural resource science, or environmental science. Twelve semesters or eighteen quarter hours of specific course work is required for certain positions. Licenses: Valid driver’s license. Washington State Boater Education Card or valid U.S. Coast Guard Marine Operator License. Training: Successful completion of agency training and/or certification for assigned watercraft dependent on supervisory direction, position need, and training availability. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: At least 1 year of experience safely trailering and operating small vessels in large bodies of water including during times of inclement weather. Motorboat Operator Certification Course. At least 1 year of experience with a variety of fish collection methods including seines, trawls, and/or tangle nets. At least 1 years of experience collecting and analyzing biological data from fish and fish eggs including: species ID, assessing age, development, fecundity, and biometrics. Familiarity with fisheries management principles, and with Washington State forage fish fisheries, rules, and regulations. At least 1 year of experience processing biological samples in a lab, including the safe usage and handling of laboratory equipment and chemicals. At least 2 years of experience using spreadsheets, databases, statistical, and word-processing software to enter, compile, review, and analyze data and produce reports. Using the internet and e-mail to effectively gather information and communicate with inter- and extra-agency staff, consultants, vendors, and partners. Experience with developing and using digital data forms such as Iforms. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite. Effectively expresses ideas and information to project and Agency staff. Listens to and understands verbal instructions. Experience developing reports to disseminate the results of surveys and other studies. Understanding of agency and program procedures and policies and willingness to comply with established processes, policies, and WACs. Takes personal responsibility for the quality and timeliness of work, and achieves results with little oversight. Effectively coordinates and organizes schedules with staff involved in assessment surveys to maximize data collection and efficiency of State resources. Provides logistic support to supervisory biologists and team. Makes timely, informed decisions taking into account the facts, goals, constraints, and risks. Displays good judgment when conducting all activities. Responds quickly and safely to rapidly changing work conditions. Capable of handling multiple workloads to complete assigned tasks in a timely and accurate manner. Managing complex field operations and conducting safe work practices. 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. Yes Vets - Say yes to those who served. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Employer 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 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 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 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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