Fish Biologist 3, Permanent *04687-18


Fish Biologist 3, Permanent *04687-18

$4,292.00 – $5,632.00 Monthly
King County – Other, WA
Job Type
Full Time – Permanent
Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Job Number
5/24/2018 5:00 PM Pacific
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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 will fill a permanent, full-time Fisheries Biologist 3 position in the Fish Program, Fish Management, Region 4.  The duty station is the Region 4 Office located at 16018 Mill Creek Blvd, Mill Creek, WA. 98012.

The Lake Washington Area Fish Biologist plans, develops, and designs biological studies and resource assessments, provides analysis, assessment, and interpretation of the results, and prepares final written reports.  The biological studies, assessments, and reports will have a direct impact on key programs involving fish populations inhabiting the Lake Washington Basin and, as needed, throughout Region 4.

The Lake Washington Area Fish Biologist is responsible for all of the WDFW Fish Program’s biological activities within the Lake Washington watershed, located within District 12.  As such, the Lake Washington Area Fish Biologist coordinates monitoring and research activities across programs within WDFW as well as with Tribal Co-Managers and other external government agencies, including NOAA, USFWS, King County, and the City of Seattle.  The Lake Washington Area Fish Biologist manages all contract work associated with fish monitoring activities in the Lake Washington basin, including the development of the scope of work, development of cost estimates, and implementation/oversight of all contract obligations.  The Lake Washington Area Fish Biologist is the Regional lead in planning and directing all contract related monitoring work associated with the Lake Washington sockeye program.  The person in this position hires, supervises, trains, and evaluates the work performance of multiple temporary seasonal staff hired to conduct spawning ground surveys or other biological monitoring projects in the Lake Washington Basin.  The Lake Washington Area Fish Biologist will, as needed, support any key research projects conducted in WRIA 8.

Working independently, the Lake Washington Area Fish Biologist plans, directs, and provides analysis for biological studies or research projects in the Lake Washington basin.  The Lake Washington Area Fish Biologist interprets the results of biological studies and prepares final written reports that include management recommendations affecting key fish species.  The Lake Washington Biologist directs stock assessment, stock forecasting/prediction, and hatchery evaluation studies for salmon populations inhibiting the Lake Washington basin or, as needed, other watersheds within Region 4.  The Lake Washington Biologist coordinates escapement estimates, pre-season forecasts, and other biological metrics with Tribal Biologists to achieve technical agreement with Tribal Co-Managers.

The Lake Washington Area Fish Biologist provides support for inland fish management activities in the Lake Washington basin as needed.  The Lake Washington Biologist is also responsible for the maintenance of equipment necessary for sampling and stock assessment work in the Lake Washington basin.

This position is part of the WDFW Fish Program (Fish Management Division), is located in Region 4, and reports to the District 12 Biologist.  This position contributes to the agency mission by helping to provide recreational fishing opportunities while ensuring the long-term conservation of salmon, steelhead, and inland fisheries resources, and by contributing to the recovery of federal ESA listed anadromous stocks.

Salmon and Steelhead Spawning Ground Surveys
Tasks include:
Plans, develops, and designs biological studies (spawning ground surveys), and collects biological data (i.e., DNA, otoliths, scales, etc.) associated with naturally spawning Chinook, coho, sockeye, steelhead, and kokanee populations throughout the Lake Washington Basin, and in other Region 4 watersheds as needed.  Coordinates monitoring and research activities across programs within WDFW as well as with Tribal Co-Managers and other external government agencies, including NOAA, USFWS, King County, and the City of Seattle.  Monitors public recreational salmon, steelhead, and/or trout fisheries to estimate angler effort and harvest.

Salmon and Steelhead Stock Assessment, Analysis, Prediction, and Reporting
Tasks include:
Has the principal responsibility for the collection, analysis, and interpretation of biological data, as well as the development of conclusions and recommendations for management.  Directs spawning escapement estimates, prediction (pre-season forecasts), enhancement, harvest management, life history, and mortality studies within the Lake Washington watershed.  Updates statewide databases, including the Salmon and Steelhead Stock Inventory database and the Spawning Ground Survey database.

Tasks include:
Supervises, trains, and evaluates work performance for temporary seasonal biological staff hired to help conduct spawning ground survey work or other monitoring projects in WRIA 8.  Promotes safety in the workplace by discussing safety issues and accident/injury prevention.

Communication and Coordination of Field Activities
Tasks include:
Represents the Department on technical committees and citizen organizations, writes and reviews plans, designs and delivers presentations.  Disseminates salmon and steelhead stock information to agency staff, non-agency colleagues, and other interested groups and/or individuals.  Regularly interacts with other biologists and field staff representing State, Federal, County, Tribal, and local City governments/organizations

Working Conditions
The schedule for this position will generally be 8 hours per day, five days per week.  Seasonal travel and work in excess of eight hours per day to meet critical deadlines may be required.  Represents the Department on technical committees and citizen organizations, writes and reviews plans, designs and delivers presentations.  Disseminates salmon and steelhead stock information to agency staff, non-agency colleagues, and other interested groups and/or individuals.  Regularly interacts with other biologists and field staff representing State, Federal, County, Tribal, and local City governments/organizations

This position often requires working alone, sometimes in adverse weather conditions and remote locations.  The person in this position will be required to walk long distances in stream channels, and use a raft to float down larger rivers.  When not conducting field work, the work setting for this position will be in an office setting at a computer desk.

Responsible for:
Equipment includes a 4×4 vehicle, waders, raft, GPS Unit, wading staff, and any other equipment needed to safely conduct spawning ground survey work.  Other tools include a computer equipped with a variety of software packages.

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.

Education requirements for this position include completion of a Bachelor’s degree in fisheries science, natural resources management, or a closely related field.
Five years of professional prior experience, at least one of which includes spawning ground surveys and escapement estimates for Pacific salmon (Chinook, coho, sockeye, chum, or pink salmon) or steelhead.
Experience with the analysis of field data and the preparation of written reports.  This person must be capable of organizing and managing a variety of biological data in electronic databases using standard software such as Microsoft Excel or Access.
Ability to perform physically demanding work for long hours, including hiking in rocky streams, carrying equipment over rugged terrain, handling fish carcasses, and rowing rafts in rivers.  This person must work confidently and safely as a team member or when working alone in remote locations.
Ability to work effectively with biologists or other staff members from outside organizations to complete cooperative projects involving fish management or stock assessment.  Ability to coordinate and supervise seasonal technicians and/or volunteers to complete salmon and steelhead stock assessment work or other related field projects.  This person must be comfortable interacting with the Public.

Preferred/Desired Qualifications:
A Master’s degree in fisheries science, natural resources management, or a closely related field, and five or more years of experience conducting stock assessment work for Pacific salmon or steelhead.

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.

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Employee benefits are not just about the kind of services you get, they are also about how much you may have to pay out of pocket. Washington State offers one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation.

We understand that your life revolves around more than just your career and that your priority is making sure that you and your family will maintain health and financial security. That’s why choice is a key component of our benefits package. We have a selection of health and retirement plans, paid leave, staff training and other compensation benefits that you can mix and match to meet your current and future needs.

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The following information describes typical benefits available for full-time employees who are expected to work more than six months. Actual benefits may vary by appointment type or be prorated for other than full-time work. Check with the agency human resource office for specific benefit information.
Insurance Benefits
Employees and families are covered by medical (including vision), dental and basic life insurance.  There are multiple medical plans with affordable monthly premiums that offer coverage throughout the state.  Staff are eligible to enroll each year in a medical flexible spending account which enables them to use tax-deferred dollars toward their health care expenses.  Employees are also covered by basic life and long term disability insurance, with the option to purchase additional coverage amounts.  To view premium rates, coverage choice in your area and how to enroll, please visit the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) website.
Retirement and Deferred Compensation
State Employees are members of the Washington Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS).  New employees have the option of two employer contributed retirement programs.  For additional information, check out the Department of Retirement Systems‘ web site.
Employees also have the ability to participate in the Deferred Compensation Program (DCP).  This is a supplemental retirement savings program (similar to an IRA) that allows you control over the amount of pre-tax salary dollars you defer as well as the flexibility to choose between multiple investment options.
Vacation (Annual Leave)
You begin accruing vacation starting your first month of employment. Since we value your loyalty, the amount of vacation you can accrue increases the longer you work with us. Washington State supports members of the armed forces with 21 days paid military leave per year. Vacation accrues for full-time employees per WAC 357-31-165.


Full-time employees are entitled to eleven* paid holidays:

New Year’s Day
January 1
Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday
Third Monday in January
Presidents’ Day
Third Monday in February
Memorial Day
Last Monday in May
Independence Day
July 4
Labor Day
First Monday in September
Veterans’ Day
November 11
Thanksgiving Day
Fourth Thursday in November & Friday after
Christmas Day
December 25
Personal Holiday
Employee’s selection each calendar year

*Employees who are members of certain Unions are entitled to an additional personal leave day of their choice. Please refer to specific Collective Bargaining Agreements for more information.

Social Security
All state employees are covered by the federal Social Security and Medicare systems. The state and the employee pay an equal amount into the system.
Sick Leave
Full-time employees earn eight hours of sick leave per month. Paid sick leave may be used for reasons included in WAC 357-31-130.
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