Scientific Technician 3 – Fish Passage Technicians – 5 Openings – Permanent – *10887-22: Washington

Department of Fish & Wildlife
Olympia, Washington
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Full time Positions
$3,401.00 - $4,425.00 Monthly
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FIVE (5) OPENINGS FULL-TIME/PERMANENT FISH PASSAGE TECHNICIANS SCIENTIFIC TECHNICIAN 3 WDFW Habitat Program Olympia, Washington Are you an experienced Scientific Technician skilled in collecting data and data analysis? Do you possess knowledge of fish passage barriers? These positions will participate 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. If protecting fish from degraded habitats is important to you, apply today and join the WDFW team! With that in mind, This is an opportunity to locate, identify, and assess natural barriers to fish passage such as, waterfalls, high gradient stream sections, and subsurface flow. With your experience, you will assess fish utilization and conduct a barrier analysis of identified in-stream features. We are seeking candidates 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 Fish Passage Technicians will, Conduct advanced on-site evaluations statewide for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (WDFW’s) Fish Passage and Diversion Screening Inventory, including inspection, analysis, and reporting of human-made, in-stream structures such as culverts, dams, fishways, lake outlet screens, and water diversions. Independently plan, organize, and conduct physical habitat evaluations of freshwater streams, including measurement of stream features such as pool-riffle ratios, channel width, water depth, temperature, substrate ratios, and stream gradient and estimation of canopy and in-stream cover. Consider species use potential throughout the stream, and spawning and rearing habitat quality is characterized to develop priority index values for barrier correction. Process physical and biological stream data, using established data conversion and statistical procedures, in Excel spreadsheets and Access databases. Use GIS software (ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro) for creating maps of fish passage features and habitat assessment sites. Use ArcMap, ArcGIS Pro, and GIS web applications for calculations relating to the analysis of habitat data and Level B Hydraulic Analysis, including stream gradient, stream length, elevations, precipitation, and drainage basin area. Collect on-site data following a strict protocol that will be used to determine compliance rates for permitted projects and the long-term effectiveness of stream simulation and no-slope designs. WORKING CONDITIONS: Work Setting, including hazards: These are primarily field positions with approximately 80% of the work week spent outside. Incumbents will need to be able to work long hours in inclement weather conditions along busy state highways and walk streams through thick vegetation, climbing over and around log jams and wood debris on uneven terrain and slippery surfaces while carrying up to 30lbs of field gear. The other 20% of the work week is spent in the office entering data with typical office hazards (e.g. sharp edges on desks, unprotected corners on overhead cabinets, unsecured shelving and cabinets, and tripping hazards). Schedule: Typically, 7:00AM - 5:30PM Monday - Thursday. May include evenings and weekends. Travel Requirements: Vehicle travel up to 200 miles per day to survey locations. Overnight travel required. Tools and Equipment: Survey equipment (laser, auto level, stadia rod, gravel probe), 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: 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 or environmental science classes. Graduation from high school or GED, including one (1) year of high school science, AND four (4) years of experience as a Scientific Technician. Or Graduation from high school or GED, including one (1) 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. License: 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 in-stream water features. Observe and identify fishes and the various fish species in the freshwater environment. Interpret aerial photographs and 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). CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT: As a result of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14 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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