Mannser Creek & Baker River Fish Trap Technician – Scientific Technician 2 – Non-Perm -*03541-23

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Concrete, Washington – Skagit County
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Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$2,957.00 - $3,915.00 Monthly
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FULL-TIME/NON-PERMANENT MANNSER CREEK & BAKER RIVER FISH TRAP TECHNICIAN SCIENTIFIC TECHNICIAN 2 (ST2) Fish Program Concrete, Washington – Skagit County Anticipated Appointment Length: 2 months April 11, 2023 – June 15, 2023 Contribute to the mission of providing sustainable recreational and commercial fishing opportunities! Check juvenile fish traps at Mannser Creek and apply Coded Wire Tags (CWT) to smolt at Puget Sound Energy’s Baker Lake Dam. With that in mind, Picture yourself checking fish traps daily, enumerating catch and subsampling catch for size. In this dynamic role release fin-marked Coho smolt downstream at the Mannser Creek trap to enable recapture efforts at the Skagit mainstem trapping operation and to provide a basis for smolt production estimates. With your experience you will apply Coded Wire Tags (CWT) to smolt at Baker Lake Dam to enable marine survival estimates that are essential to forecasting. We are seeking a candidate who respects and values the opinions of others, creating an inclusive team environment where every member feels they contribute value to the project and WDFW. Duties: Our Mannser Creek & Baker River Fish Trap Technician, Operates the Mannser Creek Weir trap: -Assists with the installation, removal, and maintenance of the Mannser Creek fence weir – checks trap, enumerates catch, and marks Coho smolts. -Performs daily trap checks – records date, time, catch by species, individual fork lengths, notes and enters data into project data base. -Maintains trap integrity during high flow and makes repairs if damage occurs due to weather, flows, debris or vandalism. Performs Coded Wire Tagging (CWT) at Baker Lake Dam: -Coordinates the Coded Wire Tagging (CWT) of wild coho smolts captured in the Puget Sound Energy (PSE) Baker Lake fish trap and works cooperatively with PSE staff arranging a daily sampling schedule. -Enumerates and tags smolts, records data on provided tagging forms and enters data into project data base. WORKING CONDITIONS: Work Setting, including hazards: -Work sites are exposed to inclement weather conditions – including rain, wind and cold temperatures. -Technician will regularly transport five (5) gallon buckets of water in slippery conditions and uneven terrain. -Must be able to negotiate water in emergency situations. Schedule: -Scheduled 40 hours per week, 7 days a week - requires working on weekends, holidays, and occasional night work to meet trap operation needs. -During peak migration, periods of high flow and heavy debris will require working long hours as needed. Travel Requirements: -Requires daily driving to various trap sites throughout Skagit Basin - occasional travel to Olympia. Tools and Equipment: -Coded Wire Tag (CWT) machine, scalpel, nets, rake, shovel, fish anesthesia (MS-222). Customer Interactions: -Interacts with public, landowners, and employees from other organizations.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: -Graduation from high school or GED, including one (1) 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 (1) year of high school science AND two (2) years of laboratory or field experience as an assistant to a biologist, chemist, or zoologist. Please 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. Knowledge and Experience: -Able to identify juvenile salmonids. -Familiar with salmon life history and safe fish-handling techniques. -Intermediate computer and Excel experience. License/Certifications: -Valid Driver’s License. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: -Familiarity with study area streams. -Experience applying Coded Wire Tags (CWT) to juvenile salmon. -Familiarity with the Skagit River and local fish species. -Construction skills. Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment: -Successful completion of agency training and/or certification for assigned watercraft is dependent on supervisory direction, position need and training availability. 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 current resume. IMPORTANT NOTE: 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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