Scientific Technician 2 – Spawning Ground Surveyor – Career Seasonal – *10649-22: Washington

Department of Fish & Wildlife
Forks, Washington
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Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$2,957.00 - $3,821.00 Monthly
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FULL-TIME/CAREER SEASONAL SPAWNING GROUND SURVEYOR SCIENTIFIC TECHNICIAN 2 WDFW Fish Program Forks, Washington Anticipated Appointment Length: 9 Months October 1st to June 30th The Department of Fish and Wildlife's mission statement is: "Sound Stewardship of Fish and Wildlife." This position assists the Region 6 - District 16 area fish biologist in collecting data necessary for the management of the fish resources in the watersheds along the Strait of Juan de Fuca and North Coast. In this role, you will provide the area biologist with data necessary to work with tribal, federal, and private organizations to facilitate cooperative and effective collection and exchange of fishery data. This information is needed to assess stock status, build fishery models, and to forecast salmon returns which is required for the North of Falcon process. This position is important for monitoring and evaluating recovery goals for ESA listed Chinook and steelhead. With that in mind, This is an opportunity to collect daily spawner data, including redd counts and GPS data. You thrive on building collaboration and teamwork, and will help other State, Federal, and/or Tribal biologists in the field as needed. DUTIES Our Spawning Ground Surveyor, Uses established procedures to conduct steelhead redd count surveys by accurately recording observed redds and live and dead fish counts within selected stream reaches of Clallam and West Jefferson counties. Maintains accurate field records. Contacts private landowners, Olympic National Park (ONP), and Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for permission to gain access to land and acquires gate keys to gain access to survey sections. Enters raw data in spreadsheets and databases. Prepares daily data summaries. Communicates spawning activity within chain of command in absence of project lead. Works with local hatcheries as needed during spawning periods or construction. Routine maintenance of assigned field gear, vehicles, and equipment. WORKING CONDITIONS: Work Setting, including hazards: The primary work environment is outdoors and physically demanding and is often done in inclement weather, within varying stream flows and can be strenuous. The job involves considerable driving and hiking, usually 3-5 miles, but can be up to 15 miles on occasion, into remote areas on private and public timberlands. Walking along streams on slick boulders, wading riffles, or maneuvering watercraft (i.e. raft, hard side drift boat, and pontoon boat) requires moderate strength and agility. Lifting equipment up to and or greater than 40 pounds may be required. Occasional work in a typical office setting and on a computer will also be required. Must be able to negotiate water in emergency situations. Schedule: The hours of work are 24/7 (non-schedule) 40 hours per week. Weekend and evening work may be required. Work hours can and may vary due to inclement weather, length of daylight and river conditions. Travel Requirements: Some travel may be required and is typically local or regional to conduct business or attend training. Tools and Equipment: Waders, wading staff, GPS, radios, CWT wands, knives, forceps, drift boats, and pontoon boats. Customer Interactions: Develop and maintain effective relationships with biologists from tribes and other public and private agencies to promote exchange of information. Frequent contact with constituents (clients) including some who may be angry or frustrated. Provide daily reports of observations and project status to supervisor and/or other WDFW biologists.
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. Please note: Volunteer work or past experience with state or federal agencies in technical field positions will be evaluated, and credit may be given, on a case-by-case basis. License: Valid driver’s license. Ability to: Fill out field data forms clearly and concisely and to follow oral and written instructions are necessary. Strong communication skills and the ability to interact with the general public are necessary. Hike long distances (up to 15 miles/day) in riverine environments. Certifications: Obtain basic First Aid/CPR certification, with completion within 6 months of hire. Maintain certification. Successful completion of agency training and/or certification for assigned watercraft dependent on supervisory direction, position need and training availability. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Background in elementary biology and knowledge of Pacific salmonid biology. Previous experience with salmon and steelhead spawning ground surveys. Knowledge of the salmonid species present in North Coast watersheds, their spawning behavior, general life histories, and fishery management methods. Familiarity with the geography of the North Coast area waters. Experience paddling watercraft, such as rafts or hard-sided drift boats. Successful completion of agency training and/or certification for assigned watercraft dependent on supervisory direction, position need, and training availability. Experience wading in rivers and/or floating rivers in various watercraft. Background in fish hatchery procedures. The ability to complete field data forms accurately and to follow oral and written instructions. Strong communication skills and the ability to interact with the public, including the occasional hostile fisherman. Good field observation skills, good handwriting skills for recording field notes, and experience with Microsoft Word and Excel computer software programs. CPR/First Aid certification. 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 (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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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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