Opening Date/Time: Fri. 09/01/17 12:00 AM Pacific Time
Closing Date/Time: Sun. 09/17/17 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Salary: $2,984.00 – $3,883.00 Monthly
Job Type: Full Time – Non-Permanent
Location: Thurston County – Olympia, Washington
Department: Dept. of Fish and Wildlife


The Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) 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.

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

Scientific Technician 3
(Full-time; Non-Permanent)
The Department of Fish and Wildlife is recruiting to fill two (2) full-time, non-permanent Scientific Technician 3 positions located in the Habitat Program.  The duty station is in the Natural Resources Building, Olympia, Thurston County.

These positions report to the Fish Passage Inventory Coordinator within the Fish Passage Division of the Habitat Program. These positions 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. These positions may also participate in Hydraulic Project Approval compliance and effectiveness monitoring.

The position duration is approximately 9 months, with the possibility of an extension.  The anticipated start date is October 16, 2017.

These positions are responsible for conducting fish passage inventories to locate and assess natural and human-made in-stream features that may pose a passage or entrainment problem for salmonids. Fish passage inventories support prioritization and implementation of fish habitat enhancement and recovery projects in Washington.  These positions may also collect monitoring data on hydraulic project approval permits issued by WDFW.

This is primarily a field position, with approximately 80% of the work to be conducted in field conditions, year round. Approximately 20% of the week is spent in the office entering data and preparing summary reports. The successful candidate must be willing and able to adapt to flexible work schedules, work along busy state highways, work long hours in adverse weather conditions, and walk streams to take measurements. Walking streams requires safely moving through thick vegetation, climbing over and around log jams, wood debris and walking on uneven terrain and slippery surfaces while carrying up to 30lbs of field gear.

  • Independently plan, organize, and conduct advanced on-site evaluations (e.g. slope, velocity, substrate composition) using prescribed protocols and procedures to inspect, analyze, and report human-made structures including (but not limited to) culverts, dams, bridges, fishways, lake outlet screens, and surface water diversions on streams.
  • Use on-site measurements and information to determine the application of the appropriate protocol and techniques for collecting data to assess stream crossings for fish passage. Analyze data to determine barrier status and fish habitat impacted.
  • Process physical and biological stream data using established protocols and procedures in Excel spreadsheets. Organize and enter data into the Fish Passage Diversion Screening Inventory (FPDSI) Microsoft Access database.
  • Use GIS software (ArcMap) to analyze data and create maps of assessment sites and fish passage features.
  • Conduct physical habitat assessments (e.g. stream width, depth, and substrate) to evaluate the extent of fish use in streams associated with stream crossings.
  • Provide technical assistance to other Environmental Restoration Division staff members in the inventory and evaluation of fish passage barriers and water diversions and conduct training of barrier assessment and habitat quantification techniques for co-workers and new hires.
  • Collect on-site data that will be used to determine compliance rates for permitted projects.


  • HS diploma or GED including one year of high school science, and 4 years of experience as a Scientific Technician or equivalent.
  • College coursework involving major study in biology, zoology, fisheries, chemistry, natural sciences, or closely allied field will substitute, year for year, for experience provided the coursework includes at least six semester or nine quarter hours of natural or environmental science classes. Note: while a college degree is not required, it is strongly preferred.

A valid driver’s license. (If selected for an interview, you may be asked to furnish your license and driving record.)

Preferred/Desired Qualifications:
Professional or scholarly experience conducting field research, preferably in the Pacific Northwest; knowledge of principles and procedures of research; familiarity with the use of GPS or other devices for collecting data in the field; experience with Microsoft Word and Excel and familiarity with Windows driven computer programs; ability to encourage and maintain team cohesiveness; ability to act safely and decisively in the field; ability to adapt to challenges in order to complete project objectives.

Ability to: think critically; collect, record, and compile data; perform work in a safe manner; work independently and as part of a team; accept supervision; follow prescribed protocols and procedures; follow oral and written direction; develop and maintain positive, productive, respectful working relationships with coworkers, collaborators, and local landowners; make independent judgments in the field; perform a variety of outdoor work in inclement weather; tolerate difficult and sometimes tedious work conditions; abide by all applicable agency policies.

Well qualified applicants will demonstrate competencies in the following areas:

  • Thorough understanding of the WDFW’s Fish Passage Barrier and Surface Water Diversion Screening Assessment and Prioritization methodologies and protocols.
  • Ability to use independent judgment to handle situations encountered in the field that are not addressed in the WDFW Fish Passage Barrier and Surface Water Diversion Screening Assessment and Prioritization manual.
  • Understanding of the freshwater habitat requirements and life histories of Washington’s native salmonids.
  • Ability to observe and assess condition or quality of spawning and rearing habitat for Washington native salmonids.
  • Ability to observe and identify the various fish species found in Washington.
  • Ability to perform advanced data collection and analysis in barrier determination of human-made instream water features.
  • Ability to interpret aerial photographs and topographic maps and to navigate using said maps; accurately measure features on the maps.
  • Proficiency in the use of laser survey equipment, digital cameras, and GPS systems.
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office and ArcMap software.
  • Must be self-motivated, reliable, punctual, and demonstrate good scientific ethics and integrity.
 Supplemental Information:
Working Conditions
The work schedule will typically be Monday through Thursday, 40 hours per week, but applicants must be able and willing to work alternative work schedules including nights, weekends, and overnight stays.

The successful candidate must be willing and able to:

  • Safely work in all weather conditions including extreme heat or snow and sometimes over difficult terrain and surfaces up to 80% of the time.
  • Work schedule is typically 7:00 AM – 5:30 PM, Monday – Thursday, though may include some evening and weekend hours.
  • Transport equipment weighing up to 30 pounds over long distances and uneven terrain.
  • Travel by vehicle up to 200 miles per day to survey locations.
  • Safely operate motor vehicles.
  • Work both independently and in a team environment.
  • Communicate effectively with co-workers, other agency staff, and the public.

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.

How to Apply
To apply for this position you MUST complete your profile at
If you do not fill out the application profile employment history section and provide references in the application profile, then please attach the following to your profile before completing the online application:

  • A current resume (please make it succinct)
  • Three professional references (personal references do not count as professional)

Please ATTACH cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications of this position (generic cover letter will not be accepted). Failure to attach a cover letter will eliminate you from continuing to compete for the position.

Please note:  Failure to follow the above application instructions will lead to disqualification. Please do not include any attachments other than the ones requested above. E-mailed documents will not be accepted after the closing of the recruitment or 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.

Please note that initial screening will be solely based on the completeness of application materials submitted and the contents and completeness of the “work experience” section of your application in NeoGov. A resume will not substitute for the “work experience” section of the application. The information provided in your application must support your selected answers in the supplemental questions. Responses not supported in your application may disqualify you from consideration for employment in this position. All information will be verified and documentation may be required.

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.