Steelhead Hatchery-Wild Interactions Technician – Scientific Technician 2 – Permanent – *13436-22: Snohomish County – Mill Creek, Washington

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife,
Mill Creek, Washington - Snohomish County
Job Category
Full time Positions
$2,957.00 - $3,821.00 Monthly
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Last Date to Apply
FULL-TIME/PERMANENT STEELHEAD HATCHERY-WILD INTERACTIONS TECHNICIAN SCIENTIFIC TECHNICIAN 2 (ST2) Fish Program - Science Division Mill Creek, Washington - Snohomish County Monitor the impacts of steelhead hatchery programs on wild salmon and steelhead populations, and track population abundance, distribution, diversity, and productivity trends for Endangered Species Act (ESA) listed salmon and steelhead in Puget Sound! With that in mind, Picture yourself conducting steelhead hatchery-wild interactions monitoring such as collecting DNA tissue samples to evaluate introgression between hatchery and wild steelhead, and sampling hatchery steelhead smolts to assess rates of precocial maturation This is an opportunity to assist with a variety of long-term monitoring programs and short-term research studies and become a core member of the regional snorkeling team. You thrive on building collaboration, and you have strong inter-personal communication skills, teamwork, professionalism, and the ability to work well with a wide variety of people. We are seeking a candidate with demonstrated values matching those of WDFW: Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy (ASPIRE). Duties Our Steelhead Hatchery-Wild Interactions Technician, Conduct steelhead hatchery-wild interactions monitoring: Use hook and line to capture and sample adult steelhead and use backpack electrofishing to capture and sample juvenile steelhead. Collect biological samples from captured fish including length, sex, origin, scale, and tissue samples. Sample hatchery steelhead smolts prior to release to assess rates of precocial maturation. Collect biological samples from hatchery smolts including length, weight, assess for smolt index and maturity. Collect and conduct biological sampling on hatchery broodstock. Enter, proof, organize and manage, and summarize data. Conduct steelhead and salmon population assessment monitoring and studies: Conduct steelhead redd surveys to estimate adult abundance and spawning distribution. Hike or float via pontoon, raft, or drift boat and count live and dead steelhead, and count and mark steelhead redds using flagging and GPS. Collect biological samples from steelhead carcasses including length, sex, origin, scale, and tissue samples. Snorkel rivers to identify and count fish, collect fish, and deploy field gear. Capture and tag adult summer steelhead to estimate abundance using mark-recapture/resight methods. Conduct SONAR studies and review SONAR data to estimate adult steelhead abundance and migration timing. Use backpack electrofishing to capture, identify and count juvenile salmonids for population abundance, productivity, and diversity studies. WORKING CONDITIONS: Work Setting, including hazards: Primarily field work in rivers and streams including walking up to 10 miles in rugged terrain, snorkeling in cold, fast-flowing/whitewater conditions up to 3 miles, and floating in rafts or boats in varying environmental conditions. Often requires working alone, sometimes in remote locations - must be able to negotiate water in emergency situations. Schedule: Eight (8) hours per day, Monday through Friday - some flexibility required for working with changing weather and river conditions. Travel Requirements: Frequent local travel to field sites is required. Tools and Equipment: Exposure apparel (waders/boots, raincoat, sunglasses, hat, gloves), electronic sampling equipment, GPS, Garmin inReach, laptop, sampling gear and equipment. Customer Interactions: Communication with private landowners and the public.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Graduation from high school/GED, including one year of high school science AND Two (2) years of experience as a Scientific Technician 1. OR Graduation from high school/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: 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. Certifications/Licenses: Valid driver’s license. Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment: WDFW snorkel training and certification, with completion within six (6) months of hire and renewal expected annually. Successful completion of agency training and/or certification for assigned watercraft dependent is on supervisory direction, position need and training availability. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Experience: Identifying, handling, and biologically sampling salmonids. Operating a raft/pontoon in a variety of stream flow conditions including whitewater. Background in biology and experience in the natural resources field. Able to: Follow data collection and data entry protocols and to collect high quality biological data. Maintain focus and quality of data while performing repetitive tasks on the computer, experience with Microsoft Word and Excel computer software programs. Follow safety protocols and use judgement in the field to maintain a safe working environment. Skills: Strong work ethic, able to take initiative and work independently with little oversight. Strong inter-personal communication skills, teamwork, professionalism, and ability to work well with a wide variety of people Comfortable in and around water, and able to swim. 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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