Job Title: Non-permanent Scientific Technician 1 *06374-17
Opening Date/Time: Tue. 07/11/17 12:00 AM Pacific Time
Closing Date/Time: Thu. 07/20/17 5:00 PM Pacific Time
Salary: $2,262.00 – $2,914.00 Monthly
Job Type: Full Time – Non-Permanent
Location: Spokane County – Spokane, Washington
Department: Dept. of Fish and Wildlife


The 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.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is dedicated to preserving, protecting and perpetuating fish, wildlife and ecosystems, while providing sustainable  recreational and commercial opportunities dependent on viable fish and wildlife populations.  Each day, WDFW employees facilitate fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities for millions of residents and visitors.  WDFW’s employees–field and laboratory biologists, geneticists, research scientists, hatchery professionals, policy experts, fully commissioned law enforcement officers, land stewards, lab technicians, property acquisition specialists, customer service representatives and others work throughout the state.  WDFW employees protect and restore critical habitat, strive to facilitate species recovery when necessary, and manage hundreds of fish and wildlife species.  WDFW employees maintain nearly a million acres of public wildlife lands. They interpret, apply and enforce state and federal laws and collaborate with stakeholders to protect fish and wildlife resources.  Find out more about us and the important work we are a part of at

This recruitment is to fill two (2) non-permanent 3-month full-time Scientific Technician 1 positions in the Fish Program, Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Prevention Unit. The duty stations are the Spokane Regional office located at 2315 North Discovery Place, Spokane Valley, WA. 99216.

Mandatory Check Stations for Trailered Watercraft
Tasks include: Inspect watercraft at check stations with Enforcement Officers for AIS, identifies and preserves possible AIS from watercraft, interacts with the public about AIS, transports trailered electronic reader board, deploys signage alerting watercraft of check stations, and records data on electronic form using I-Pads.

Office Support
Tasks include: Organize and compile data from check stations on IPad.

Equipment Maintenance
Tasks include: Maintains vehicle, trailered electronic reader board, and I-Pads in a safe and working order.

Other duties as assigned

Working Conditions
Approximately 20% office and 80% field.   Work week will be Sunday to Saturday depending when check stations are scheduled, often on weekends and holidays, 8 hours a day/40 hours a week but occasionally will exceed the daily and weekly hours, and will be required to respond on short notice to infested AIS watercraft during non-scheduled hours.  This position may require frequent travel throughout the state and overnight travel up to four days at times.  Often interacts with the public during mandatory check stations for trailered watercraft and decontaminations of infested AIS watercraft and occasionally is confronted with citizens that are non-compliant or not cooperative.

Works outdoors on land, sometimes independently in remote locations, occasionally during inclement weather, day and night, and must be able to lift 75 pounds.  Must safely transport and operate equipment including trailered electronic reader board, trailered hot-water pressure washer and 1 ton 4×4 truck. Must be efficient in personal computers, smart phones, and I-Pads.

This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the State of Washington, Department of Fish & Wildlife, and the Washington Association of Fish and Wildlife Professionals (WAFWP).  As a condition of employment you must either join the union and pay union dues, or pay the union a representational or other fee within 30 days of the date you are put into pay status

Graduation from high school or GED, including one year of high school science.  Valid Washington State driver’s license.

Preferred/Desired Qualification
Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Fisheries, Wildlife Management, Natural Resources, or Environmental Science.
Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) work experience
Transporting equipment/towing experience

Experience is based on full time equivalency (i.e., 40 or more hours/week). Part time work is prorated (e.g., 20 hours/week for 6 years = 3 years of experience). Do not count experience that was a part of your educational requirements.

 Supplemental Information:
To 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 (please make it succinct)

Three professional references (personal references do not count as professional)

Please note:  Failure to follow the above application instructions will lead to disqualification.  E-mailed documents will not be accepted in lieu of attaching your documents to the online profile.
Upon submission of your online application, you will immediately receive a confirming e-mail.  You will then be notified via e-mail of your status during the process.  In addition to the e-mail notifications, you can check the status of your application at any time by visiting your online profile at  Due to the high volume of applications that we receive, we ask your understanding and encourage you to use the online process and avoid calling for information.

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.  Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 902-2276 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) at (800) 833-6388.