Scientific Technician 3 – Fish Passage Inventory & Assessment – Eight Non-Permanent – *11581-21: Olympia, Washington State

Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife
Olympia, Washington
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Full time Positions
$39,528.00 - $51,432.00 Annually
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EIGHT (8) OPENINGS FULL-TIME/NON-PERMANENT SCIENTIFIC TECHNICIAN 3 (ST3) FISH PASSAGE INVENTORY & ASSESSMENT CREW WDFW Habitat Program Olympia, Washington Anticipated Appointment Length: 6.25 Months December 1st, 2021 - June 9th, 2022 Become part of a dynamic and diverse team that is invested in making a difference in the conservation of Washington State’s anadromous (fish born in freshwater who spend most of their lives in saltwater and return to freshwater to spawn) and resident salmonids. Conduct advanced on-site evaluations statewide for WDFW’s Fish Passage and Diversion Screening Inventory! If this speaks to you then come join a close-knit, collaborative team that values each member for their strengths and works together to provide sound resource management! With that in mind, Picture yourself, participating in fish passage inventories designed to locate and assess natural and human made in-stream features that may pose a passage problem for anadromous and resident salmonids. These are opportunities to help achieve WDFW’s mission to preserve, protect, and perpetuate fish, wildlife, and ecosystems by providing access to productive habitat and protecting fish from degraded habitat on state owned lands. The optimal applicants thrive on building collaboration and teamwork, have a strong work ethic, are highly motivated, able to take initiative, and have excellent inter-personal communication and relationship skills. We are seeking candidates with demonstrated values matching those of WDFW: Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy (ASPIRE). Duties Our Fish Passage Inventory & Assessment Crew, Performs inspections, analysis, and reporting of human-made, in-stream structures such as culverts, dams, fishways, lake outlet screens, and water diversions. Assesses fish utilization and conducts barrier analysis of identified instream features. Inventory also includes locating, identifying, and assessing natural barriers to fish passage such as, waterfalls, high gradient stream sections, and subsurface flow. Independently plans, organizes, and conducts physical habitat evaluations of freshwater streams, including measurement of stream features such as pool-riffle ratios, channel width, water depth, temperature, substrate ratios, stream gradient, estimation of canopy, and in-stream cover. Processes physical and biological stream data, using established data conversion and statistical procedures, in Excel spreadsheets and Access databases. Collects on-site data following a strict protocol that will be used to determine compliance rates for permitted projects, the long-term effectiveness of stream simulation, and no-slope designs. WORKING CONDITIONS: Work Setting, including hazards: Primarily field work, approximately 80% of the work is spent outdoors, in all weather conditions, along busy state highways, walking on slippery surfaces, through streams and thick vegetation, climbing over/around log jams and wood debris on uneven terrain while frequently carrying 10 – 15 lbs. and rarely carrying up to 30 pounds of field gear. Remaining 20% of the work is spent in an office setting, entering data – remote/telework options may be available for office work. Schedule: Typically, Monday – Thursday, 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Workload demands may require work outside the assigned work hours and adjustment of work schedules. Travel Requirements: Travel up to 200 miles per day in vehicles to survey locations. Frequent overnight travel is required. Tools and Equipment: Survey equipment (laser, auto level, stadia rod, gravel probe), and a machete for brushing. Other pertinent sampling gear as needed for data collection per the protocols found in the Fish Passage Barrier and Surface Water Diversion Screening Assessment and Prioritization Manual. Customer Interactions: Represent the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife in a professional manner. Have professional and respectful dialog with other agencies, state and local government officials, Tribal members and representatives, local entities, civilians, etc. Contact landowners before entering private property.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Graduation from high school or GED, including one year of high school science, AND Four (4) years of experience as a Scientific Technician. OR Graduation from high school or GED, including one year of high school science, AND Four (4) years of laboratory or field experience as an assistant to a health or safety professional, biologist, chemist, or zoologist. Please Note: College course work involving major study in biology, zoology, fisheries, chemistry, natural sciences, or a closely allied field will substitute, year for year, for experience. Certifications/Licenses: A Valid Driver’s License PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Knowledge of: WDFW Fish Passage Inventory, Assessment, and Prioritization Manual (2019) protocols. And proficiency in Windows, Word, Excel, Access, ArcGIS, and personal computers. And familiarity in Laser survey equipment, digital cameras, GPS systems, clinometers, and stream morphology measuring tools. Resident and anadromous salmonid life histories. Freshwater habitat requirements of resident and anadromous salmonids. Ability to: Perform advanced data collection and data analysis techniques in barrier determination of man-made instream water features. Observe and identify fishes and the various fish species in the freshwater environment. Interpret aerial photographs, topographic maps, and the ability to navigate using said resources and accurately measure features on maps. Use independent judgment to handle situations encountered in the field that are not addressed in a strict protocol such as the WDFW Fish Passage Inventory, Assessment, and Prioritization Manual (2019). 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: On Monday August 9, 2021, Governor Inslee enacted Proclamation 21-14 which requires that all employees of all state agencies not headed by an elected official be fully vaccinated with a recommended COVID-19 vaccine by October 18, 2021 as a condition of employment. Fully vaccinated includes the two-week waiting period after the last shot in each series, or single shot, is given. If hired for this or any position at WDFW, you will be required to provide verification of COVID vaccination. A list of acceptable documents to provide verification can be reviewed here. Vaccination acceptable documents link (Download PDF reader) (Download PDF reader) 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. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Employer 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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