Fisheries Sampler – Scientific Technician 2 – Non-permanent – FOUR (4) Openings – *06239-23

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Shelton, Washington - Quilcene, Washington
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$2,957.00 - $3,915.00 Monthly
Last Date to Apply
FOUR (4) OPENINGS! FULL-TIME/NON-PERMANENT FISHERIES SAMPLER SCIENTIFIC TECHNICIAN 2 (ST2) Puget Sound Sampling Unit Three (3) positions - Shelton, Washington – Mason County One (1) position – Quilcene, Washington – Jefferson County Anticipated appointment length – Four (4) months July 1, 2023 – October 31, 2023 The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's stated mission is to preserve, protect and perpetuate fish, wildlife and ecosystems while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational and commercial opportunities. Collect and summarize recreational salmon, marine fish and shellfish catch information, and collect biological data to meet fisheries sampling goals. Tribal and WDFW biologists use this sampling data to determine the status of the resource and to manage fisheries resources. The sampling work occurs at boat ramps throughout Puget Sound during salmon, marine fish and shellfish fisheries. With that in mind, Picture yourself, sampling predominantly recreational fisheries for salmon, marine fish and shellfish catch to determine the catch per unit of effort and species composition to obtain valid sport catch estimates for salmon and other marine fish. The optimal applicants demonstrate proficiency and creativity in computer skills related to data entry, manipulation, and word processing. You are excited to work effectively as part of a team, and help create a workplace that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are seeking a candidate who models WDFW agency ASPIRE values: Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, Empathy. Duties: Our Fisheries Sampler will, Interview as many recreational fishery anglers as possible at assigned boat launch facilities. Properly implement interview procedures and sampling protocols, and accurately record data on appropriate electronic or paper forms. Observe, count, and accurately identify all salmon and marine fish species. Sample all Coho and Chinook salmon with electronic coded-wire tag (CWT) detection devices (wand detectors). Classify, sort, and enumerate marked (adipose fin-clipped) tagged, marked untagged, unmarked tagged, and unmarked untagged salmon. Retrieve CWTs from the snouts of Chinook and Coho salmon to determine stock specific impacts for fisheries modeling. Sample recreational and or commercial salmon catch for biological data including DNA, age (scales), and sex ratios. WORKING CONDITIONS: Work Setting, including hazards: Work is primarily conducted in the field. May encounter adverse weather and sea conditions, noise, odors, repetitive movements of hands, finger manipulations, long periods of squatting, boating for angler interviews, climbing in and out of boats, sampling salmon in a boat, carrying, kneeling, heavy lifting (up to 40 lbs. unassisted) containers of fish, working in confined spaces. May encounter fish blood and slime, slippery surfaces, biting and stinging insects, use of knives, transporting agency staff and equipment in agency vehicles. Schedule: Typically 8-10 hours per day, between 5:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. 24/7 non-scheduled, 40 hours per week, weekend and evening work required. Travel Requirements: Puget Sound area travel. Seldom overnight. Tools and Equipment: The following is provided for sampling duties: iPad, electronic sampling equipment (CWT detector), weighing scale, calculator, knives, forceps, head lamp, measuring board, tally counter, tide book, totes/bins, paper forms, labels, scale cards, pencils, pens, clipboard and scissors. This position is provided a PFD. The following clothing is supplied: WDFW apparel, gloves, and rain gear. Copies of current recreational and commercial sampling manuals. Customer Interactions: Interactions with co-workers from WDFW and Tribes, commercial harvester or fishers, salmon buyers, fish processors, recreational anglers and shellfishers. Interacts with the public during data collection, and provide basic information regarding fisheries resources, as well as agency programs and activities. Provides sport fishing regulatory information to the public. Work includes possible contact with individuals who are angry, distraught, or frustrated. Liaison to regional supervisor and enforcement on fishery violations observed in the field.
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. 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. LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS: A valid Driver’s License is required. First Aid/CPR certification (within six months of hire) PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Experience conducting creel and sampling fisheries in Puget Sound or a similar area. Able to identify all salmon species and common Puget Sound marine fish and shellfish species. Familiar with salmon life history and sport fishing regulations. Knowledge of commercial and sport fishing methods and gear. Experience working with members of the public. 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. - 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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