Scientific Technician 2, Permanent *07119-18

$2,595.00 – $3,353.00 Monthly
Columbia County – Other, WA
Job Type
Full Time – Permanent
Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Job Number
7/29/2018 11:59 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 is for (1) one permanent full-time Scientific Technician 2 in the Fish Program, Hatchery Wild Interaction Unit.  The duty station for this position is located at 401 S. Cottonwood, Dayton, WA  99328.

This journey level position is to assist in the collection of field and spawning data necessary to evaluate the mitigation and recovery efforts for primarily fall Chinook (but can also include spring Chinook and summer steelhead) by the Lower Snake River Compensation Plan.  This position includes field data collection, accurate data entry into large data sets, and summarization of such data that helps the agency meet its goal of healthy and diverse fish and wildlife populations. The primary purpose of this journey level position is to assist in the sampling and spawning of fall Chinook at Lyons Ferry Hatchery (including recovery and reading of coded-wire tag, biological sampling such as length, sex scales, etc…), conduct spawning ground surveys, data entry and QA/QC of entered data.  The incumbent will also create and upload/download PIT tag information to/from the PTAGIS website, and provide data summaries (table and graphs) for annual reports as requested.

Serves as the permanent fall Chinook technician at the Snake River Lab
Tasks include:
Assists in data entry, QA/QC of data, and summarization (tables and graphs as needed for annual reports) of such data from fall Chinook spawning ground and carcass surveys, fall Chinook spawning and sorting at Lyons Ferry Hatchery, juvenile sampling of fall Chinook at Lyons Ferry and Irrigon Hatcheries, and fall Chinook PIT tagging activities (uploads and downloads to/from PTAGIS).  Other duties include CWT retrieval and decoding from fall Chinook spawning and surveys, egg picking at Lyons Ferry, and scale and otolith sampling.   Assists lead biologist as needed with hatchery adult reports and plants reports.  May direct other crew (temporary technicians) in biological sampling techniques, spawning area counts, and a variety of other data gathering activities.Assists other Snake River Lab Biologist/technicians as needed with the completion of LSRCP work plan tasks.
Tasks include:
Conducts spring Chinook and summer spawning ground and carcass surveys, PIT tagging of spring Chinook and summer steelhead at Lyons Ferry/Tucannon FH.  May also assist with adult trapping efforts within the local area, assist in the operation of smolt traps and collecting samples at such traps, and assists in the installation/maintenance of PIT tag arrays as needed.  May also conduct electro-fishing and snorkel surveys for juvenile salmonids if needed.

Assisting with other duties as required
Tasks include: 
Tasks may include data entry, data proofing and assisting other staff in various needs to ensure projects are completed in a timely and efficient manner.

Working Conditions
This position is a combination of both office and field duties and typically Monday through Friday, 40 hours/week, with some weekend and work outside the normal work hours may be required.  For most of the year, the employee will be scheduled Monday – Friday to provide office and field support to Snake River Lab biologists.  Some variations in work schedule could occur during the fall Chinook spawning season, and during the spring months.  This could involve working weekends, nights and/or holidays.  Safety hazards include slippery conditions in/near the streams, loud noises, extreme heat and cold, bites or stings from insects or snakes.  Occasional travel is expected for completing field surveys and/or for attending conferences/meetings.

This position is in the bargaining unit represented by the Washington Association of Fish & Wildlife Professionals and is subject to the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the State of Washington, Department of Fish & Wildlife, and the Washington Association of Fish & Wildlife Professionals.

Graduation from high school or GED, including one year of high school science and two years of experience as a Scientific Technician.  OR Graduation from high school or GED including one year of high school science and two years of laboratory or field experience as an assistant to a 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 science classes.

Preferred work experience
Have basic biological understanding of salmonid species, particularly fall Chinook, spring Chinook, summer steelhead in the Pacific Northwest, and if possible in the Snake River Basin.

Physical or environmental requirements associated with performing key work (e.g. lifting, carrying, and climbing)

  1. Capable to lift objects that weigh up to 50 lbs (5-gallon buckets of water, fish, and field gear)
  2. Capable to walk 4-5 miles in a flowing stream under all weather conditions including climbing up and down steep and slippery stream banks.
  3. Able to swim.
  4. Able to work in adverse conditions including rain, snow, wind, extreme ambient temperatures (heat and cold), or in small cramped spaces.
  5. Able to see coded-wire tags that are 1.5 and 3 mm long.
  6. Able to drive vehicles with either automatic or manual transmissions.

Mental requirements

  1. Proficient in working with Microsoft Office including, but not limited to, Access, Excel and Word.  Have a keen eye for detail.  Be able to identify and correct when data seems to be incorrect or missing.
  2. Professional behavior – Able to maintain calm demeanor when interacting with WDFW staff, the public, personnel from other state, federal and tribal agencies, and privatel landowners.
  3. Ability to accurately record repetitive data under adverse environmental conditions for long hours.
  4. Ability to effectively multi-task.


  1. Willing to sample salmon carcasses in various states of decay with very strong odors.
  2. Willing to, at times, begin work very early in the morning to assure tasks are completed within the allotted timeframe.
  3. Willing to work long days, weekends, nights, and some holidays when fieldwork and/or other projects require it.
  4. Willing to work outdoors under all weather conditions.
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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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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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.
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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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