Scientific Technician 2 – Juvenile & Adult Salmonid Monitoring Technician – Permanent – *10586-22: Kelso, Washington

Department of Fish & Wildlife
Kelso, Washington
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Full time Positions
$2,957.00 - $3,821.00 Monthly
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FULL-TIME/PERMANENT JUVENILE & ADULT SALMONID MONITORING TECHNICIAN SCIENTIFIC TECHNICIAN 2 WDFW Fish Program Kelso, Washington WDFW is seeking a permanent Scientific Technician 2 to collect, organize, and analyze data for the Lower Columbia Intensively Monitored Watersheds project (LC-IMW). The LC-IMW project is a long-term study designed to evaluate fish population responses to habitat restoration treatments. With that in mind, Picture yourself collecting data from multiple life stages of salmon and steelhead in tributaries of the lower Columbia River This is an opportunity to gather fish population data to help answer the question, “does habitat restoration help imperiled species?” DUTIES Our Monitoring Technician, Follows established procedures for data collection. Operates and maintains 5-ft rotary screw traps. Ensures traps are in good working order. Safely handles and collects biological data from target species. Records field data in electronic format (iPad, Panasonic ToughPad) and verifies data accuracy each day. Communicates status of field operations to the supervisor each day. Enters historical downstream migrant data into contemporary databases. Conducts salmon spawner surveys on foot throughout the study watersheds. Samples carcasses according to study protocols. Adheres to all spawner survey safety procedures. Captures juvenile salmon and steelhead using beach seine, electroshocking, and other fisheries capture methods. PIT-tags salmon and steelhead following guidelines in the PIT marking procedures manual. Conducts routine gear maintenance, modifications, and repairs as needed or as directed by the supervisor. Assist with fish monitoring project activities within the agency as needed or directed. Additional activities may include stream temperature data monitoring and PIT array deployment. Snorkeling - Gather data in rivers via snorkeling to identify, count and/or collect fish, and/or deploy and inspect field gear. WORKING CONDITIONS: Work Setting, including hazards: Up to 90% of the time will be spent in the field or preparing to go in the field. While in the field, employees will be required to wade in streams that will be slippery and hike off-trail through vegetation that may be extremely dense and up and down steep slopes, up to 5 miles per day. Employees will be exposed insect bites and stings, thorny and spiny vegetation, pollen, all weather conditions typical of Western Washington (rain, snow, wind, humidity, and hot/cold) and stream conditions (including high, swift water). Employees may be exposed to unpredictable interactions with wildlife, and domestic animals. Employees will be required to carry buckets full of water (up to 40 lbs.) to transport fish for distances up to 200 yards. Field work requires bending, ducking, and balancing and crawling through, under, and over dense understory and woody debris. Accessing sampling sites can be difficult and requires driving on narrow logging roads and navigating complex, undeveloped road networks while utilizing a CB radio when required to avoid collisions. Employees must be comfortable navigating off-trail using a GPS and hiking throughout forested landscapes on foot. Employees must be comfortable navigating and driving on logging roads located on Private forestlands throughout western Washington. Snorkeling occurs in low velocity stream environments. Stream depth is typically less than 3 feet. Schedule: Generally, the employee will work 40 hours/week, including weekends, evenings, and holidays. Overtime hours may be necessary to complete project goals. Weekly schedules fluctuate based on the season, environmental conditions, and fish migration schedules. Travel Requirements: Daily travel to study sites; minimal overnight travel. Tools and Equipment: Must be able and willing to drive vehicles (4WD trucks and SUVs) on logging roads located on Private and Public Forestlands in western Washington. Required to wear personal flotation devices (i.e., a life vest), waders and wading shoes. Must be able to use an iPad or other device to enter data collected in the field, upload data from monitors and sensors, and upload data into databases. Must be able to haul and lift heavy equipment up to 40 pounds. When in the office, will be required to perform basic functions using standard software (e.g., Microsoft). Employees will be required to use hand tools (i.e., cleaning rakes, shovels, crow bars, sledgehammers) and power tools (i.e., chain saws, drills, circular saws), fish collections equipment (i.e., nets, seine, minnow traps, screw traps, electrofishing equipment) and fish sampling equipment (i.e., knives, scalpels, scissors, measuring boards, syringes) and PIT tagging equipment. Customer Interactions: May be approached by landowners or other users of public and/or private lands when in or on route to study sites. Responsible for maintaining positive and productive working relationships with landowners on whose lands study sites are located as well as other users of those lands. Must interact with said individuals in a respectful manner and provide proof of access permits if requested.
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, provided the course work includes at least six semester or nine 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 without restrictions. Certifications: WDFW snorkel training and certification, with completion within 6 months of hire and renewal expected annually. CPR/First Aid certification must be obtained within 6 months of hire and must be kept current. In addition to the above: Must be able to negotiate water in an emergency situation and assist others in an emergency. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Knowledge of salmon and trout life histories and behavioral characteristics. Knowledge of live fish handling techniques that ensure the safety of fish and personnel. Ability to identify juvenile and adult life stages of salmon and steelhead as well as other fish species encountered. Knowledge and ability to apply PIT tags to juvenile and adult fish and to use hand-held PIT detection equipment. Experience operating rotary screw traps. Experience conducting spawning ground surveys. Ability to collect high quality biological data and complete data entry in both written and electronic formats. Ability to navigate on logging roads and off-trail using GPS and maps. Experience and comfort using a variety of hand tools, power tools and small engine machinery. Ability to follow instructions and communicate outcomes to the supervisor. First aid and CPR certified. CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT: As a result of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14 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. 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: 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: 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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