Location - WDFW Cathlamet
Project Length - 4 months or less
Position Type - Temporary
Travel Requirements - 0% - 25%
Water Vessel Operation - No
Salary Target - $16.00-$19.00/Hour DOE
Closing Date - Jul 3, 2022
Expected Start Date: July 1, 2022
Expected End Date: September 30, 2022
Group Definition: Fisheries Technicians perform duties related to the protection, preservation, propagation, and sampling of fish species and the preservation or enhancement of their habitat. They use knowledge of procedural requirements and processes to support the technical work of their unit. They provide practical technical support to research, operations, or program administration efforts.
Participate in survey crews that conduct recreational and commercial fishing surveys.
Collection of catch, effort, and biological data from the ocean recreational and commercial troll fisheries through angler interviews, examination of marine fish catches, and collection of various biological data.
Make standardized observations such as species identification, length, weight, fin clips or tags.
Collect and organize biological samples and collections (such as coded wire tagged snouts, scales, otoliths, other tissues, etc.).
Record, summarize, and tabulate field data utilizing electronic devices, software programs, and paper forms; including daily synchronization of data collection devices to external databases, and the reporting of all data on forms error free and in a timely manner to fishery managers used for in-season quota management.
Provide feedback and make judgments regarding sampling protocols and field procedures.
Interactions with recreational, tribal, and commercial fishers to explain WDFW research projects, procedures, and objectives to enlist their cooperation in reporting encounters, recording the types and locations of catches, and overall fishing effort.
Essential Functions: (The functions listed below are characteristic of the type and level of work associated with this group and pay band. They are not all-inclusive. Individual positions may perform some or all, as well as other similar work.)
Participate in survey crews that conduct recreational/commercial fishing surveys. Make standardized observations such as species identification, length, weight, fin clips or tags.
Collect and organize biological samples and collections (such as scales, otoliths, ageing structures, other tissues, water quality, etc.).
Summarize and input biological data on field forms, electronic data loggers, and/or desktop computers.
Knowledge Required by the Position:
At the lower end of the range, employees use knowledge of basic arithmetic, reading, writing, and data collection to perform routine or repetitive tasks.
At the upper end of the position range, employees use knowledge of the basic principles and protocols of fish biology to make readings, measurements, and observations; execute tests; collect samples, etc. If complex equipment systems are operated, the employee has the knowledge to perform calibrations or adjustments to achieve desired results.
Additional Mandatory Skills:
Valid driver's license
Lift 40 - 50 lbs.
compile and collect neat and accurate data
oral communication skills
written communication skills
Additional Desirable Skills:
perform creel census
electronic detection technology
fish species ID skills
using fish keys
operate handheld data recorder
Demands can range from moderate --where there is walking, climbing stairs and ladders, reaching, lifting, bending -- to rigorous. In the latter case, the incumbent must be able to fish or gear weighing up to 50 pounds. The work requires long and odd hours during the ocean fisheries. Work hours are spent standing, walking, bending, negotiating steep ramps, slippery surfaces and unstable docks, boarding vessels, and handling fish.
A large majority of work is spent in the field. This position requires complying with standard operating procedures, adhering to safety protocols, and utilizing recommended personal protective equipment (PPE). The work involves utilization of or being in close proximity to sharp sampling tools and fishing gear. The work can take place in busy fish houses or in cannery rooms around various types of equipment and machinery. Coastal temperature and weather extremes may be encountered in thee field. Some computer work.
Minimum Qualification Requirements:
A range of experience and education may be presented. At the lower end of the range, candidates must present six months of General Experience* OR one year of education above the high school level that included at least six semester hours in any combination of scientific or technical courses. An equivalent combination of experience and education is also qualifying.
At the upper end of the range, candidates must present one year of Specialized Experience** OR a 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with a major or at least 24 semester hours of coursework in any combination of scientific or technical courses. An equivalent combination of experience and education is also qualifying.
*General Experience is (1) any type of work that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with biological sciences or the processes of the biological sciences.
**Specialized Experience is experience that equips the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and is typically in or related to the work of the position being filled