Scientific Technician 2 – Shellfish Scientific Technician – Permanent – *13515-22: Washington

Department of Fish & Wildlife
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Full time Positions
$2,957.00 - $3,821.00 Monthly
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FULL-TIME/PERMANENT SHELLFISH SCIENTIFIC TECHNICIAN SCIENTIFIC TECHNICIAN 2 Fish Program Port Townsend, Washington Are you a shellfish and marine fisheries aficionado and a lover of the outdoors? Interested in becoming part of a dynamic team that is invested in making a difference in the stewardship of Washington State’s marine species? Do you enjoy working in the field? If so, apply to become a Shellfish Scientific Technician! As our Shellfish Scientific Technician, you will conduct field surveys and sample and collect biological and fisheries data for intertidal bivalve, crustacean, forage fish, and echinoderm management throughout Puget Sound. Picture yourself performing recreational fishery monitoring from small planes, via beach and dockside creel surveys, boat or land-based buoy and boat counts, and low tide harvester counts. This is an opportunity for you to gather and provide essential data that is needed to assess the status of marine species and to help maintain sustainable recreational and commercial shellfisheries. The optimal applicant 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 a candidate 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. Duties Our Shellfish Scientific Technician, Conducts recreational effort surveys to advise intertidal clam, oyster, and shrimp harvest management, including counts harvesters on the beach, buoys, or participating fishing vessels, from small planes and while on-board marine vessels. Collects data used to monitor harvest and behavior of fishers in recreational shellfisheries. Collects recreational fishery catch data, including creel surveys (harvester interviews and catch sampling) to monitor recreational catch of bivalves, crustaceans, and squid at boat ramps and access points. Examines recreational catch, identifies bivalve and crustacean species, counts, measures and weighs species harvested, and records data. Supports resource assessment survey, including serving as a key member of intertidal survey team and helps acquire and process samples for estimating oyster and clam populations. Conducts forage fish surveys as a lead surveyor to quantify spawn deposition, extent, and abundance. Operates an inflatable boat, deploys a submersible rake for collecting and recording herring egg samples and marine algae species. Handles and assists in maintenance of biological and fisheries data, including recording, summarizing, and tabulating field data utilizing electronic devices, software programs, and paper forms. Conducts data entry and QA/QC on bivalve harvester databases in ArcGIS, Microsoft Access, and Excel. Performs weekly proofing of aerial and ground-based harvester counts in ArcGIS online. WORKING CONDITIONS: Work Setting, including hazards: Work occurs both in the field and in an office environment, approximately 70% in the field. Involves lifting and carrying up to 60 lbs on a periodic and infrequent basis, including over rough terrain such as slippery rocks, sticky mud and steep banks, and to sit for extended periods of time over an 8-hour workday. Field work is conducted traversing public beaches, from aboard fixed wing aircraft for several hours, and aboard various vessels in marine waters - including the 38-foot WDFW Vessel #699 research vessel and smaller boats (small outboard motorboats, inflatable rafts, and 24’ to 34’ agency vessels). Must be able to negotiate water in emergency situations. Boat-board work is conducted in all waters of Puget Sound and the eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca in inclement weather conditions. Office-based work will require work at a computer for prolonged periods, as well as utilizing scanners and copiers, and processing samples in a wet lab. Schedule: Monday through Friday 8-5. Occasional weekend and evening work required seasonally. Will occasionally involve working irregular hours. Travel Requirements: Occasional overnight travel required seasonally. Tools and Equipment: Laptop computer, GPS units, iPads, cellphones, motor vehicles, navigation systems, depth sounders, marine radios, outboard boats and engines, rafts, chest waders, knives, scales, calipers, microscopes, and cameras. Customer Interactions: Correspondence and face-to-face with the public and fishing stakeholders including questions regarding shellfish and fishing seasons and regulations, as well as biological information.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: 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. 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. Ability to: Negotiate water in emergency situations. Training: Completion of both “basic flight” and “water ditching and survival” training before working aboard small aircraft. Aircraft safety training must be taken before first flight. Successful completion of agency training and/or certification for assigned watercraft dependent on supervisory direction, position need and training availability. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Demonstrated experience conducting sometime strenuous biological field work and data collection in sometimes challenging conditions; experience working on-board vessels in marine waters; experience towing, deploying, and operating small vessels safely. Familiarity with geography of Puget Sound and Hood Canal region. Experience in crustacean, molluscan, and finfish species identification and handling. Experience using a GPS to collect waypoints, electronic scales, and calipers for biological data collection; and experience using electronic data collection tools. Experience in interacting with stakeholders in a natural resource management setting. Experience on-board small aircraft. Experience as an organizer or coordinator in biological fieldwork settings. Experience using computers, including Microsoft-based applications like Word, Excel, Teams, and Access. 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. 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, 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. Yes Vets - Say yes to those who served. 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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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