The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Ocean Sampling Program is recruiting to fill (9) Non-permanent Scientific Technician 2 port sampling positions. Employment will begin approximately 5-1-2018 with an anticipated duration of 5 months. These positions are stationed in either the port of Ilwaco, Westport, La Push, or Neah Bay, Washington. Depending on how ocean salmon fisheries are structured this season, we may hire up to an addition 15 port samplers coast-wide in June.
JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: Duties include collection of catch effort and biological data from ocean recreational and commercial troll fisheries through dockside angler interviews and sampling of catches; and upload and reporting of field data on a daily basis to fisheries managers for maintaining in-season quota management goals. Data collection will utilize iPads, electronic forms, and standardized sampling protocols to conduct vessel effort counts, identify and enumerate salmon and other marine fishes, detect coded wire tags in salmon, and collect biological data (lengths, scales, snouts, tissue, etc.). This position also requires regular communication with the public regarding current recreational and commercial marine fisheries state and federal fishing regulations, in-season regulatory actions, and answering other questions in a professional manner as a representative for the agency.
SCHEDULE: Generally 40 hours/week, Monday-Sunday. Weekend and holiday work, occasional overtime, as well as non-consecutive days off are required. Shifts are generally 8 hours, but vary with sampling needs and angler effort. Shifts begin as early as 4AM and can end as late as 10PM. *HOUSING and TRANSPORTATION ARE NOT PROVIDED.
WORKING CONDITIONS: Work duties will occur 100% in the field. Sampling will be performed in all types of weather conditions. Staff will work over water and are required to wear a personal flotation device. Applicants should be able to lift up to 40 pounds of weight, and be able to perform sampling activities (walking, kneeling, bending, and climbing in and out of moored boats) over the course of a full shift.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A high school diploma and two years college education in a natural science; experience as an assistant to a biologist may be substituted year-for-year for college education. Applicants must have access to a vehicle and a driver’s license valid in Washington State. Successful applicants will have good oral communication skills and an understanding of basic data collection; training on specific sampling techniques and fish identification is provided.
These positions are filled from the WDFW agency “Non-permanent Scientific Technician 2 POOL”, which is located on the http://careers.wa.gov/ website. To be considered for these positions, you MUST complete an applicant profile on the careers.wa.gov website, and apply to the job posting “10383-12 Non-permanent Scientific Technician 2 POOL”. Follow all instructions on the careers.wa.gov website, and answer all supplemental questions.
**Email a resume and cover letter (indicating your port preference(s) and the date you are available) to William Dezan (email@example.com) no later than March 27th, 2018 by 5:00PM to convey interest in positions beginning 5/1/18.**
Applications for positions beginning approximately June 26th, 2018 will be accepted through 6/8/18.
*Please note that an interview, conducted from the Montesano Regional Office, is required.