Scientific Technician 2 – Juvenile Monitoring Technician – Career Seasonal – *00938-23

Department of Fish and Wildlife
Chelan County – Wenatchee, WA
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$2,957.00 - $3,915.00 Monthly
Last Date to Apply
FULL-TIME/CAREER SEASONAL JUVENILE MONITORING TECHNICIAN SCIENTIFIC TECHNICIAN 2 Fish Program Wenatchee, Washington – Chelan County Career Season Length: 8 Months March 15, 2023 – November 15, 2023 Conduct data collection activities essential to inform monitoring and evaluation of the hatchery programs in the Wenatchee River basin. Operate established fish collection infrastructure, conducting established counts, collecting biological samples, accurately recording data, and assisting with database management. This is an opportunity to provide critical support for the Juvenile Monitoring Component of the Supplementation Research Team. With your experience you will assist in database entry of collected field data. You thrive on building collaboration and teamwork, and will regularly communicate and update Senior Technician and Project Lead to ensure established procedure and logistics are being executed. We are seeking a candidate 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 Juvenile Monitoring Technician will, Function as part of a team performing routine monitoring activities (rotary smolt trap and electrofishing) to inform population estimates of target species within the study area. Accurately collect and record biological (species identification, length, weight, tags, marks, scales, genetics, etc.) and environmental data (GPS waypoints, temperature, survey time, survey length, etc.). Support and adapt to program sub-components (e.g. Wenatchee Basin Thermal Monitoring) by deploying, downloading and maintenance of thermal data loggers. Drive work vehicles in inclement weather conditions. Provide input to maximize project efficiency. Assist in field duties, data collection, and labor needs for other projects in the Hatchery/Wild Interactions Unit (e.g. Spawning ground surveys, broodstock collection, Fish Ladder Operation). Ensure data is properly stored, organized, and proofed for errors. Conduct routine updates with Senior Technician and Project Lead to ensure all established protocols and standards are being followed. Attend and assist in making contributions to Supplementation Team trainings, classes, project development meetings, protocol updates, and safety needs. Assist in performing tasks essential to Team operations and functions. WORKING CONDITIONS: Work Setting, including hazards: Work at all hours in inclement weather; walking up to 6 miles on rugged uneven terrain in remote locations independently; lifting up to 75 lbs (5-gal buckets of water and fish, and holding tanks). Use of standard chemicals for fish anesthesia (AQUI-S and MS-222) and sterilization chemicals (alcohol) is required. Must be able to negotiate water in emergency situations. Schedule: Night, weekend, split, holiday, and on-call shifts will be required. Work in excess of 40 hrs per week is occasionally required to complete field activities during peak season. Travel Requirements: Will travel locally with possible overnight travel required for trainings. Tools and Equipment: Rotary screw traps, electrofishing equipment, PIT tagging equipment, pumps, generators, various hand tools, trucks, boats, rafts, GPS, and computers. Customer Interactions: Maintains and fosters professional working relationship during all interactions. 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 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. 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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Qualifications College course work involving major study in biology, zoology, fisheries, chemistry, natural science, or closely allied field will substitute, year for year, for experience, provided the course work includes at least six semesters or nine quarter hours of natural science classes. Graduation from High school or GED, and two (2) years of experience as a Scientific technician 1. Or Graduation from high school or GED, 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: Bachelor’s degree in Fisheries Science or other similar field of study. Familiarity and working knowledge of rotary smolt trap, electrofishing and mark-recapture methods and study design. Ability to identify juvenile and adult salmonids. Familiarity with the life-history and populations of salmonids in the Upper Columbia Basin. Ability to apply PIT tags and familiarity with tagging software. Basic computer skills with emphasis on Microsoft Office software.
Contact Person
Cheri Weld
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