Spawning Ground Surveyor – Scientific Technician 2 – Two Openings – Non-Perm *10601-22: Montesano, WA

Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife
Montesano, WA
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Full time Positions
$2,957.00 - $3,821.00 Monthly
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TWO (2) OPENINGS FULL-TIME/NON-PERMANENT SCIENTIFIC TECHNICIAN 2 Spawning Ground Surveyor WDFW Fish Program Montesano, Washington – Grays Harbor County Anticipated Appointment Length: September 16, 2022 – December 31, 2022 Are you passionate about commercial and recreational opportunities for fishing in Washington? WDFW is seeking TWO (2) Spawning Ground Surveyors (Scientific Technician 2s) to provide biologists with the data necessary to work with the federal, public, and private organizations to facilitate cooperative and effective collection and exchange of fishery and escapement data. These positions provide the information necessary to assess stock status, build fishery models, create escapement estimates and to forecast salmon returns! Spawning Ground Surveyor - Scientific Technician 2 - Two Openings - Non-Perm *10601-22 description image Hatchery Chinook – Photo Credit: Marsha Conces Picture yourself providing essential information that is needed to assess the status of different stocks of fish populations for conservation and to help maintain sustainable recreational and commercial fisheries. The optimal candidates are respectful team players who are motivated, hard-working, and dependable. This is an opportunity to gain valuable conservation experience while working in the great outdoors! 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 Spawning Ground Surveyor - Scientific Technician 2 - Two Openings - Non-Perm *10601-22 description image Chinook Salmon – Photo Credit: T. Black Our Spawning Ground Surveyor, Identifies, records, and monitors salmonid redds and carcass recovery (live/dead fish counts) within selected stream reaches. Conducts stream surveys on foot and/or by raft, pontoon/drift boat, or by jet powered river sled. Performs biological collection of dead fish (carcasses) includes identification of mark status (adipose/dorsal fin), scale sampling (age/origin), coded wire tags recovery (CWT; stock composition), fork length identifying opercle punch, t-tags or jaw tags, DNA tissue samples, or collects any other biological samples, as needed. Maintains accurate and timely field records is important to meet management needs. Keeps supervisor informed daily on the status of work projects and/or any emerging issues, which may include other WDFW programs such as Enforcement, Habitat, and Wildlife. Maintains regular and professional contact and continue positive relationships with landowners to gain access to surveyed reaches through private property. Performs commercial monitoring or sampling. May participate in the commercial gillnet fishery sampling landed catch and/or commercial on-board monitoring within Willapa Bay and/or Grays Harbor. Performs routine maintenance of assigned field gear, fleet vehicles, agency watercrafts and/or equipment as assigned. Checks all equipment to ensure it is maintained, properly stored, accounted for, and meets safety requirements daily. WORKING CONDITIONS: Work Setting, including hazards: Work is primarily in the field. This environment is outdoors and can be physically demanding. During recreational fishery monitoring and commercial monitoring, duties are conducted at the dock, boat launch, gillnet vessel, or fish house. Work includes standing, walking, bending, negotiating boat ramps or slippery surfaces, boarding vessels, and lifting, handling, and manipulating fish up to 40 lbs. During spawning ground surveys, work involves considerable driving and hiking to remote areas on private and public timberlands. Fieldwork may be conducted in inclement weather, varying stream flows, and can be strenuous. Work includes walking along streams on slick boulders, wading riffles, or maneuvering watercraft requires moderate strength and agility, lifting equipment up to and/or greater than 40 pounds may be required. Commercial on-board monitoring involves boarding gillnet vessels in the early morning hours and in wet conditions. All work includes wet/slippery environment, potential loud noise, close quarters, and potential repetitive work for long periods of time. Trail locations to and from stream reaches may be as equally physically challenging. Must be able to negotiate water in emergency situations. Schedule: The hours of work are 24/7 (non-scheduled); weekend, holiday, and evening work may be required. Work hours can vary due to inclement weather, river conditions, access, stream flow patterns, fish densities, and length of daylight hours. Field sampling start and end times usually fall outside of the normal 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM work schedule. Hours over 40 per week accrues as compensation time. Travel Requirements: Travel requirements are within Willapa Bay basin (Pacific County) from duty station to assigned ports for recreational or commercial monitoring or to freshwater river systems for spawning ground surveys. Travel time will fluctuate daily depending on field site location. Tools and Equipment: Waders, wading boots, wading jacket, iPad, serrated knife, CWT Wand, wading staff, life jacket, and sunglasses. These items will be provided by WDFW. Customer Interactions: Interacts with the public (recreational or commercial anglers or landowners) regarding current fishery status and regulatory actions.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Graduation from high school or GED, including one (1) year of high school science AND two (2) years of laboratory or field experience as an assistant to a biologist, chemist, or zoologist. OR Graduation from high school or GED, including one (1) year of high school science AND two (2) years of experience as a Scientific Technician 1. Note: 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. Licenses: Valid Driver’s License. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Knowledge of salmonid species, their spawning behavior, general life histories, fishery management methods, spawning ground survey methodologies, and familiarity with the geography of the Willapa Bay basin. Background in elementary biology, in-the-field salmonid identification, and spawning ground survey methodologies is needed. Understand basic field sampling techniques, procedures, and sample rates. Experience in MS Office. Ability to: Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. is essential. Verbal skills will be employed in communicating ideas in technical discussions with other biologists over the phone and in person. Work with ArcGIS to create maps. Navigate with primitive maps and a GPS to find survey locations. 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. A list of acceptable documents to provide verification can be reviewed here. Vaccination acceptable documents link (Download PDF reader) (Download PDF reader) 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. Spawning Ground Surveyor - Scientific Technician 2 - Two Openings - Non-Perm *10601-22 description image 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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