Freshwater Monitoring Technician – Scientific Technician 2 – 2 Openings – Non-Permanent – *03214-23 – La Conner, Washington – Skagit County

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
La Conner, Washington – Skagit County
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$2,957.00 - $3,915.00 Monthly
Last Date to Apply
TWO (2) OPENINGS FULL-TIME/NON-PERMANENT FRESHWATER MONITORING TECHNICIAN SCIENTIFIC TECHNICIAN 2 Fish Program La Conner, Washington – Skagit County Anticipated Appointment Length: 8.5 Months March 15, 2023 – December 31, 2023 Collect catch and angler effort information for salmon, steelhead, and other fish species via interviews and drive-around effort counts in the Samish, Skagit, and Nooksack River basins. Build rapport and interact with anglers while conducting creel interviews, provide feedback about sampling protocols, and accurately recording data. This is an opportunity to conduct angler creel interviews to estimate catch of target species and incidental impacts to non-target species during freshwater recreational salmon and steelhead fisheries. In this dynamic role, you will be the liaison to the regional supervisor on fishery violations observed in the field. With your experience you will provide feedback about sampling protocols. You are excited to provide sport fishing regulatory information to the public. Duties: Our Freshwater Monitoring Technician, -Performs surveys to assess angling effort, counting angler vehicles and trailers at multiple, pre-determined river locations accessed by motor vehicle. -Records data into iPad application and on scale card paper form. -Samples all Chinook and coho salmon with electronic CWT detection devices. -Classifies, sorts, and enumerates marked (adipose fin-clipped) and unmarked salmon by CWT status. -Uses a knife to remove snouts from Chinook and Coho salmon with CWTs, which are used to assess stock specific impacts for fisheries modeling. -Samples salmon catch to obtain stock composition (DNA taken with scissors), age structure (scales taken with forceps), fish length (length taken by measuring device), and hatchery and natural-origin proportions (mark-status). -Contact anglers to conduct creel interviews, traveling by foot to contact bank anglers at river access points and monitoring boat ramps for groups of returning boat anglers. -During interviews ask predetermined questions about an angler’s fishing experience (e.g., trip length, target species, and catch and/or harvest). -ID salmonids to species and sex. -Observe and record and hatchery or research marks on the fish. -Legibly record data. -Accurately enter data to electronic devices. WORKING CONDITIONS: Work Setting, including hazards: -Work is primarily conducted in the field. -Adverse weather and environmental conditions, noise, odors, repetitive movements of hands, finger manipulations, long periods of sitting, squatting, and walking through vegetation and in uneven terrain in and near streams and rivers to obtain 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 and standing in confined space, fish blood and slime, slippery surfaces, biting and stinging insects, use of knives, transporting agency staff and equipment in agency vehicles. -Must be able to negotiate water in emergency situations. Schedule: -All days during the week, including weekends and holidays with overtime required, as assigned. -Typically, 8 to 10 hours per day, between 5 a.m. and 11 p.m. -Must be able to work variable days with shifts up to 12 hours including early morning and late-night hours. Travel Requirements: -North Puget Sound area. -No overnight travel requirements but long drives may be assigned to collect equipment. Tools and Equipment: -The following items are needed for sampling duties; iPad, electronic sampling equipment (CWT detector), knives, forceps, head lamp, measuring board, tally counter, totes/bins, paper forms, labels, scale cards, pencils, pens, clipboard, and scissors. -The following clothing is supplied: WDFW apparel, gloves, rain gear and rubber boots/waders/hip boots as needed. -Copies of current recreational and commercial sampling manuals. -Employee is required to wear attire that identifies they represent WDFW, with minimum being an agency hat. Customer Interactions: -Interactions with co-workers from WDFW and co-managing Tribes, recreational anglers; 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. -Includes possible contact with individuals who are angry, distraught, or frustrated. -Provides a high level of customer service to anglers and the public. -Liaison to regional supervisor and enforcement on fishery violations observed in the field.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: **College course work involving major study in biology, zoology, fisheries, chemistry, natural sciences, or closely allied field may substitute year for year for experience. -Graduation from high school or GED and two (2) years of experience as a Scientific Technician 1. Or -Graduation from high school or GED and two (2) years of laboratory or field experience as an assistant to a biologist, chemist, or zoologist. License: -Valid driver’s license. Training: -Successful completion of agency training and/or certification for assigned watercraft dependent on supervisory direction, position need and training availability. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: -Experience sampling adult salmonids for marks and tags, including scanning fish for coded wire tags (CWT) and passive integrated transponder (PIT) tags. -Experience using personal computers or mobile devices for data entry and writing to produce accurate and timely work products. -Working knowledge of Excel and Word. -Ability to identify saltwater and river stage adult salmonids to species. -Ability to identify sex of adult salmonids. -Experience conducting creel surveys. 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. 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