NINETEEN (19) OPENINGS
FULL-TIME & ON-CALL - NON-PERMANENT
SCIENTIFIC TECHNICIAN 2 (ST2)
19 VARIOUS FISHERIES RELATED POSITIONS AVAILABLE
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WDFW FISH PROGRAM
Region 5: Cathlamet, Kelso, & Ridgefield Washington
This recruitment is posted open continuously. First review of applications will be June 7, 2022. Application review will be ongoing, and therefore we encourage you to submit your application materials as soon as possible. The Hiring Manager reserves the right to close the posting at any time once selections have been made.
We are recruiting to fill a variety of non-permanent full-time (salary) and on-call (hourly) Scientific Technician 2 positions with an assortment of anticipated appointment lengths, job duties, and locations.
Supplemental questions are provided for you to indicate your interest regarding location, employment length, type of position, and skills.
WDFW employee on the river bank performing sampling on a Chinook Salmon Carcass. Rafts in the background on the river bank - river in the background with trees on the other side. Sunny day.
*Sampling Chinook Carcass – Photo Credit: Danny Warren – WDFW
With that in mind,
These are opportunities to gather and provide essential information that is needed to assess the status of different stocks of these populations for conservation and to help maintain sustainable recreational and commercial fisheries.
The optimal applicants will have a positive can-do attitude as they collect/sample data and are eager to work hard and have fun in an environment where there's never a dull moment.
We are seeking candidates who respect and value the opinions of others, creating an inclusive team environment where every member feels they contribute value to the project and WDFW.
Positions filled through this recruitment will vary in the duties that are required, typical work may include one or more of the following:
Conduct adult salmonid spawning ground surveys on the Lower Columbia River and its tributaries.
Identify and enumerate adult salmonids (live and dead) and redds while using GPS devices to mark redd locations.
Capture, identify, enumerate, handle and tag and/or mark salmonids (juveniles and adults) for mark/recapture programs and distribution monitoring.
Assist with the installation, maintenance, operation and removal of monitoring structures and devices for adult and juvenile salmonid monitoring such as traps and weirs.
Interview sport anglers and record catch by species and collect biological samples from fish such as salmon, trout, and sturgeon.
Monitor and observe commercial fisheries.
Use established protocols to detect and collect coded wire tags (CWT) and passive integrated transponders (PIT), collecting DNA for Genetic Stock Identification (GSI) and making Visual Stock Identification (VSI) calls.
Accurately enter data into dataloggers and PDAs.
Conducting snorkel surveys in streams and rivers.
Collect broodstock for established enhancement and hatchery programs.
Positions filled through this recruitment will vary in the working conditions that are required, typical working conditions may include:
Work Setting, including hazards:
Primarily field work, which entails conducting spawning ground surveys by either foot or cata-raft – some work is performed in an office and/or laboratory setting.
Field work is performed outdoors during all weather conditions, duties are often conducted on wet slippery surfaces and include repetitively carrying cata-rafts that weight up to 70 pounds for short distances over rough terrain, walking up to fifteen miles per day and climbing in and out of motorized and non-motorized boats.
Must be willing to sample spawned out salmon carcasses that can contain very strong odors and lift large alive/dead fish with or without assistance.
On-Call Positions – Hourly: 24/7, non-scheduled, may work early/late hours, weekends, and holidays as needed.
Non-Permanent Positions – Salary: Typically, 40 hours per week - 24/7, non-scheduled, may include working on weekends and holidays.
Daily travel from the duty station to/from field locations is required with either a departmental issued vehicle or personal vehicle.
Overnight travel may be required.
Tools and Equipment:
Basic hand/carpentry tools, winches, pulleys/blocks, motorized/non-motorized watercraft, 4x4 vehicles and must be able to tow vehicles.
200’ beach seines, Passive Integrated Transponders (PIT) tag injectors, PIT tag readers, coded wire tags (CWT) detectors, GPS units, weighing scales, handheld data loggers, Personal Digital Assistance (PDAs), and computers.
Interacting with other departmental personnel, personnel from other agencies, commercial fishers, and the public.
Positions filled through this pool will vary in the Preferred Qualifications, typical qualifications may include:
Graduation from high school/GED, including one year of high school science And Two (2) years of experience as a Scientific Technician 1.
Graduation from high school/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.
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.
Basic operation of a personal computer.
Ability to do basic functions in Microsoft Excel and Access.
A valid driver’s license.
Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
First Aid and CPR certifications - must be obtained within one (1) month of hire.
WDFW snorkel training and certification, with completion within 6 months of hire and renewal expected annually.
WDFW snorkel training and certification.
Operation of Coded Wire Tag (CWT) and Passive Integrated Transponders (PIT) tag detectors.
Resistance board and fixed panel adult fish weirs.
Operation of rotary screw and fence-panel (with live box) juvenile traps.
Fish marking and tagging protocols.
Fishery monitoring, observing, and sampling.
Commercial fishing gear types and methods.
Basic operations of motorized vessels.
Identify salmonids and other fish species in larval, juvenile and/or adult life stages.
Identify salmonid redds.
Perform advanced functions in Microsoft Excel and Access.
Operate handheld GPS and data logger devices.
CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:
As a result of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14 (Download PDF reader) issued on August 9, 2021, all Washington State Agencies are requiring employees to be fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of your employment. Pursuant to this mandate, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination as a 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 prior to your first day of work. Exemptions may be granted for religious or medical purposes.
A list of acceptable documents to provide verification can be reviewed here. Vaccination acceptable documents link (Download PDF reader) (Download PDF reader)
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 www.careers.wa.gov 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.
The Department of Fish and Wildlife’s priority during the Covid-19 health crisis is to keep our staff, candidates, and the public safe. We are hiring and encourage you to apply to open positions. We have transitioned to a virtual recruitment process, to include web-based interviews.
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: https://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central/form-i-9-acceptable-documents
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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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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 RecruitmentTeam@dfw.wa.gov.
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 careers.wa.gov.
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 RecruitmentTeam@dfw.wa.gov.
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 careers.wa.gov.
Note: Please blackout any PII (personally identifiable information) data such as social security numbers. For further information, please contact us at RecruitmentTeam@dfw.wa.gov.
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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*Images shown are Pre-COVID, WDFW Staff follow current COVID Safety Protocol including the use of face masks.
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