Pygmy Rabbit Technician – Scientific Technician 1 – Career Seasonal – *15830-22: Grant County – Ephrata, Washington

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife,
Grant County – Ephrata, Washington
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$2,591.00 - $3,321.00 Monthly
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
FULL-TIME/CAREER SEASONAL PYGMY RABBIT TECHNICIAN SCIENTIFIC TECHNICIAN 1 (ST1) Wildlife Program Ephrata, Washington - Grant County Anticipated Season: Nine (9) Months December 1 - August 31 Perform essential tasks involved for the Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Recovery Project, one of the largest endangered species reintroduction efforts in Washington State! Conduct field surveys to determine survivorship, abundance, and distribution of free-ranging pygmy rabbits. Collect biological samples and data from Pygmy Rabbits in support of on-going research efforts (genetic analysis and disease monitoring). With that in mind, Picture yourself assisting in maintaining a semi-wild breeding program, translocation of juvenile rabbits into the wild to establish self-sustaining populations. This is an opportunity to safely capture rabbits within breeding enclosures or in wild populations using traps and nets. With your experience you will follow established protocols, use GPS device for navigation, collect data on mobile app devices, and collect biological samples at burrow sites. We are seeking a candidate with demonstrated values matching those of WDFW: Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy (ASPIRE). Duties Our Pygmy Rabbit Technician, Animal capture and translocations: Handles captured rabbits while collecting biological samples and data. Assists in tissue biopsy, Passive Integrated Transponders (PIT) tagging, and administering medications. Translocate rabbits to established release sites in the wild. Provides direction to other staff, interns, and volunteers during capture events. Maintains and organizes capture equipment and supplies. Field Surveys: Performs intensive transect surveys for pygmy rabbit burrows. Utilizes ARC GIS software and GPS units during survey efforts. Provides direction to other staff, interns, and volunteers during field surveys. Game camera deployment and monitoring. Shrub-steppe habitat assessment. Infrastructure maintenance and animal husbandry: Construction and repair of breeding enclosures, acclimation pens, with use of hand tools. Setting up fencing materials at field sites involves lifting materials (up to 50 lbs.) and carrying them up to 300 meters in uneven ground and dense vegetation. Disease monitoring: regular fecal sample collection, laboratory preparation and microscopy analysis, and data recording following protocols. WORKING CONDITIONS: Work Setting, including hazards: Mostly field based (80% of time) in shrub-steppe habitat, with temperature/weather extremes (below freezing/snow in winter to 90+ degrees during summer). Fieldwork includes rarely lifting items that weigh up to 50lbs. such as breeding enclosures/release pens, fencing supplies, etc., walking (snowshoeing in winter) up to ten (10) miles a day in rough terrain, and bending/stooping. Schedule: 40 hours per week – Monday – Friday. Regular early morning hours during spring and summer, or late hours during the night, and occasional weekends Travel Requirements: Field work sites are mostly located within a one (1) hour drive of the Ephrata duty station. Overnight or out of the area travel is not anticipated at this time. Tools and Equipment: Hand tools, 4x4 pickup trucks, ATV’s, and snowmobiles. Customer Interactions: Regularly interacts with project partners, volunteers, students, and occasionally with private landowners. A couple times a year will be in the presence of media personnel covering our work.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: High school diploma or GED including one (1) year of high school science. OR Equivalent education/experience. Certifications/Licenses: Valid driver’s license. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Experience with: Wildlife handling, capture, and sample collection Wildlife survey techniques. Snowmobile/ATV’s. GIS Software. Able to: Work in remote field sites, navigation, and strenuous hiking/snowshoeing in winter conditions. Collect spatial data with GPS units and mobile devices. 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 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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