EIGHTEEN (18) OPENINGS
FULL-TIME & PART-TIME/NON-PERMANENT
SCIENTIFIC TECHNICIAN 2 (ST2)
FISH MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
Region 5: Clark, Cowlitz & Wahkiakum Counties
**** PLEASE NOTE: This recruitment is posted continuously and will remain open until selections are made. Application review will be ongoing, and therefore we encourage you to submit your application materials as soon as possible. First review of applications will be June 11, 2021. The Hiring Manager reserves the right to close the posting at any time once a selection has been made. ****
WDFW staff comprise a talented and passionate group of people dedicated to protecting Washington’s Fish & Wildlife Resources.
Become part of a dynamic and diverse team that is invested in making a difference in the conservation of Washington State’s salmonid population throughout the Lower Columbia River and its tributaries.
Thrive on building collaboration and teamwork while gathering data.
If this sounds like the perfect opportunity for you then apply today and join the WDFW Team!
Apply for one or all of the positions by submitting one application - for a more detailed description of specific job duties, locations, tasks, schedules, and anticipated appointment lengths, please visit the following link:
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With that in mind,
Picture yourself, assisting with monitoring the health and diversity of populations of salmon (including Chinook, Coho, Chum, and Steelhead) and other species, such as Eulachon and Sturgeon.
This is an opportunity 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.
Our Scientific Technician 2’s,
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.
Work Setting, including hazards:
Primarily field work, which entails conducting spawning ground surveys by either foot or cataraft – 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 loads 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.
These positions are non-scheduled, 24/7.
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, PIT tag injectors, PIT tag readers, CWT detectors, GPS units, weighing scales, handheld data loggers, PDAs, and computers.
Interacting with other departmental personnel, personnel from other agencies, commercial fishers, and the public.
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.
Basic operation of a personal computer.
Ability to do basic functions in Microsoft Excel and Access.
A valid driver’s license (driving record abstract may be requested at time of interview).
Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
First Aid and CPR certifications - must be obtained within one (1) month of hire.
Operation of CWT and 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.
Pass a federal background check.
Perform advanced functions in MS Excel and Access.
Operate handheld GPS and data logger devices.
Work alone in remote locations.
Work well with others in both a field and office setting.
Complete/obtain snorkel certification.