|Job Title:||Permanent Scientific Technician 3 *08449-17|
|Opening Date/Time:||Thu. 09/14/17 12:00 AM Pacific Time|
|Closing Date/Time:||Sun. 09/24/17 11:59 PM Pacific Time|
|Salary:||$2,984.00 – $3,883.00 Monthly|
|Job Type:||Full Time – Permanent|
|Location:||Whatcom County – Bellingham, 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. 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. Find out more about us and the important work we are a part of at www.wdfw.wa.gov
This recruitment is for (1) one permanent full-time Scientific Technician 3 in the Fish Program, Fish Management – Marine Resources and Salmon. The duty station is 2620 North Harbor Loop Drive, Suite 20, Bellingham, WA 98225-2052.
This position functions as a Coastal Marine Fish Science commercial groundfish fishery port sampler collecting and processing catch, biological and logbook data used by state and federal resource managers and research scientists to develop fishery management plans for groundfish fisheries along the coast of Washington, Oregon and California. Port samplers serve as the agency’s liason with the commercial industry and with other enforcement agencies.
This position also functions as lead fishery sampler, performing advanced technical scientific duties, independently executing established and new sampling procedures, and training and directing technicians in sampling northern Puget Sound Fisheries. The work is conducted primarily in Marine Areas 6, 7, 8-1 and 8-2. Proper implementation of this region’s fisheries sampling program provides the information necessary to estimate catch and effort statistics for commercial and recreational fisheries management, assessment of biological information by stock, and subsequent achievement of spawning escapements and court-mandated catch allocations.
|Independently monitor and collect biological and catch composition data from the Washington coastal and Puget Sound commercial groundfish fisheries to meet established sampling goals. Process and submit biological structures, and compile, summarize and submit catch, logbook and sampling data on schedule.
Closely monitor port and fishing activity through frequent communication with individual fishers and dealers/buyers. Determine which vessels are fishing and when they are anticipated back in port. Track weather and other factors that might influence or modify fishing schedules. Schedule work hours and days to correspond with fishing activity to ensure sampling goals are met for assigned port(s). Stay abreast of and assess changing fishery or marketing dynamics that may affect sampling goals, methods or protocols; communicate implications for sampling to unit managers, scientists.
Closely coordinate efforts with other port samplers to meet MFS unit sampling goals. Accurately identify fish species and assign to appropriate management category.
Accurately document sampling information using electronic data forms or paper data sheets.
Collect required fish measurements accurately and completely. Follow established procedures for proper collection, handling and processing of fish age structures (fins, opercles, otoliths). Ensure data integrity through careful documentation to link age structure and associated sampling data.
Collect paper fish tickets from commercial buyers and summarize required data and enter into electronic database on a weekly basis if/as needed.
Collect logbooks from fishers, compile with corresponding fish tickets and accurately enter log/fish ticket data into electronic database in timely manner.
Conduct and report QA/QC on final datasets in agency databases (BDS, WaFT) per unit protocols.
Maintain equipment and vehicle in working order.
In Northern Puget Sound, samples recreational fisheries for salmon, marine fish and shellfish catch and commercial treaty and non-treaty salmon fisheries to determine catch per unit of effort and species composition in order to obtain valid sport catch estimates for salmon and marine fish. Coded-wire tag and biological data sampling.
Act as liaison between the department and industry (commercial fishers and buyers, recreational fishers), and other management or enforcement agencies.
Participates in special studies.
Provide fish identification training for WDFW employees and state and federal enforcement officers. Assist dealers and buyers with groundfish species identification.
Marine Fish Research Support
Other Duties as assigned.
|Graduation from high school or GED, including one year of high school science, and four years of experience as a Scientific Technician. OR Graduation from high school or GED, including one year of high school science and four years of laboratory or field experience as an assistant to a health or safety professional, biologist, chemist, or zoologist.
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 or environmental science classes.
Preferred work experience:
|To apply for this position you MUST complete your profile at www.careers.wa.gov 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.
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.