Freshwater Recreation Fisheries Technician- Scientific Technician 2- Non-Perm- 6 Openings- *06686-23 – Mill Creek, Washington

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Mill Creek, Washington – Snohomish County
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$2,957.00 - $3,915.00 Monthly
Last Date to Apply
SIX (6) OPENINGS FULL-TIME/NON-PERMANENT FRESHWATER RECREATIONAL FISHERIES TECHNICIAN SCIENTIFIC TECHNICIAN 2 Fish Program Mill Creek, Washington – Snohomish County 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. Anticipated Appointment Length: 2.5 Months August 16, 2023 – October 31, 2023 As a creel technician, you will be responsible for interviewing anglers, recording fishing effort on the rivers, and recording species harvest. These technicians will work as part of a sampling team to provide in season estimates of salmon and game fish harvest on the Stillaguamish and Snohomish Rivers. If this sounds like the perfect opportunity for you then apply today and join the WDFW Team! Picture yourself gaining valuable conservation experience while working in the great outdoors! In this dynamic role, you may be asked to help clear access trail/paths for spawning ground surveys as well as raft repair. You are excited to conduct angler interviews at boat ramps, WDFW access sites, and along the riverbank in some locations. We are seeking candidates who will support the WDFW mission of protecting, restoring, and enhancing fish and wildlife and their habitats, while providing sustainable fish and wildlife-related recreational and commercial opportunities through habitat protection and enhancement activities. Duties: Our Freshwater Recreational Fisheries Technician, Collects and summarizes recreational fisheries data in freshwater systems. Examines angler catch and sample salmonids and game fish including steelhead. Drives along the river enumerating angler fishing effort and catch at predetermine locations. Collects biological data: scanning for CWT’s, scales, length measurements, and DNA. Follows sampling protocol established by the WDFW biometricians for creel surveys. Records daily creel data using iPads. Conducts quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) over their own data and syncing it to the database at the end of each sampling day. Aids Supervisor with fisheries estimates entering data in excel workbook, fish database, ArcGIS, or R statistical program. Maintains and services equipment including electronic sampling gear (iPads), T wands, measuring board, and trucks. May participate in float surveys for creels, stream snorkel surveys, marine fry surveys, biological sampling of fish carcasses and/or spawning ground surveys as needed. WORKING CONDITIONS: Work Setting, including hazards: Primary field work in and around rivers and streams walking up to 3 miles on rugged often slippery/uneven terrain in and out of water and manipulating fish up to 50 lbs. Variable temperature and weather may be encountered in the field such as heavy rain, snow, fog, and extreme heat. Technicians might be asked to drive in areas where the roads are partially flooded or covered in snow to get to access sites. Majority of creel technicians time will be spent in a vehicle driving to each sampling location on the river and waiting for anglers to complete their fishing trip for interviews. May encounter swift moving water during moderate river flows and log jams operating a pontoon. Must be able to negotiate water in emergency situations. There will be periodic computer work at WDFW regional office. Schedule: Typically, work schedule is Monday through Sunday, non-scheduled, 24/7. Weekend work, non-consecutive days off, and occasional long hours required. Travel Requirements: Travel is required from your assigned duty station to river sites. Technicians will cover a large spatial area daily to survey. There is the possibility to use agency automobiles as well as personal vehicles if authorized. Tools and Equipment: Agency will provide trucks, exposure apparel (raincoat and pants, hat, waders/boots), sampling gear (knives, scissors, tweezers, hemostats, measuring board, PFD, iPad, T wand) and laptop. Customer Interactions: Strong customer service skills are essential to communicate with the public and recreational anglers, private landowners, and co-managers regarding current fishing regulations and regulatory actions.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: 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 6 semester or 9 quarter hours of natural science classes. 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. 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: Completion of a four-year degree or equivalent in fisheries, wildlife management, natural resource science, or environmental science. Capability to identify river stage salmonids, juvenile salmonids, and other game fish species. Knowledge of the watersheds and fisheries of the Snohomish County. Experience with fisheries creel methodology. Experience operating a non-motorized watercraft (i.e., pontoon or kayak) for creel or spawning ground surveys. 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. 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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