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Salary: $2,781.00 – $3,593.00 Monthly

Job Number: 2020-04803
Closing: 6/26/2020 5:00 PM Pacific

Scientific Technician 2

Are you a problem solver that enjoys a challenge? Do you want to make a difference by making a positive impact on the environment? If so, then join a great team that shares your interests!

We are looking for applicants who possess excellent people skills, the ability to juggle several high-priority scopes of work, and who want the opportunity to independently problem-solve.

WDFW employees are provided one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation – find out more about us and the important work we are a part of at

We are seeking one (1) highly motivated and experienced field Scientific Technician to work alongside a diverse team promoting the conservation of Washington State’s salmonid population.  This opportunity is located in Chelan County and the anticipated appointment length is 4-months.

Our ideal applicants will have a positive can-do attitude as they collect/sample data.  In addition, the candidate will share our values of trust, respect, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and is eager to work hard and have fun in an environment where there’s never a dull moment.

This recruitment is for one (1) 4-month non-permanent Scientific Technician 2 in the Fish Program – Science- Hatchery Wild Interactions.  The duty station is located at 3515 Chelan Hwy 92-A, Wenatchee, WA. 98801.
Within the Fish Program – Science Division, the Hatchery/Wild Interactions Unit works to ensure that salmonid hatcheries, and the products produced, are managed using scientific principles within an ecosystem context so that fish populations are protected, restored and enhanced to produce a suite of sustainable conservation and utilization benefits. As a member of the Supplementation Research Team within the unit, this position will conduct data collection activities essential to inform monitoring and evaluation of the hatchery programs in the Wenatchee River basin. These activities will encompass several large scale field projects that are critical to ongoing research of salmonids in the area (Aquaculture, Juvenile, and Adult components). Specifically, this position will provide critical support for the Juvenile Monitoring Component of the supplementation Research Team. This position will be working outdoors conducting field work as part of the team consisting of biologists and technicians. Primary duties include operating established fish collection infrastructure, conducting established counts, collecting biological samples, accurately recording data, and assisting with database management. Position requires ability to work a flexible schedule, work long hours and meet labor demands.

DutiesJuvenile Monitoring Activates
Tasks include:
Function as part of a team performing routine monitoring activities (rotary smolt trap and electrofishing) to inform population estimates of target species within the study area. Accurately collect and record biological (species identification, length, weight, tags, marks, scales, genetics, etc.) and environmental data (GPS waypoints, temperature, survey time, survey length, etc.). Support and adapt to program sub-components (e.g. Wenatchee Basin Thermal Monitoring) by deploying, downloading and maintenance of thermal data loggers. Drive work vehicles in inclement weather conditions. Regularly communicate and update Senior Technician and Project Lead to ensure established procedure and logistics are being executed. Provide input to maximize project efficiency.

Data Processing and Management
Tasks include: Assist in database entry of collected field data. Ensure data is properly stored, organized and proofed for errors. Conduct routine updates with Senior Technician and Project Lead to ensure all established protocols and standards are being followed.

Other Duties as Assigned
Tasks include: Assist in field duties, data collection, and labor needs for other projects in the Hatchery/Wild Interactions Unit (e.g. Other Monitoring and Evaluation Components, Fish Ladder Operation, Radio Telemetry, Egg to Fry survival studies).

Team Member
Tasks include: Attend and assist in making contributions to Supplementation Team trainings, classes, project development meetings, protocol updates, and safety needs. Assist in performing tasks essential to Team operations and functions.

Working Conditions
Night, weekend, split, and on-call shifts will be required. Work in excess of 40 hours per week is occasionally required to complete field activities.  Will travel local with possible overnight travel required.  Maintains and fosters professional working relationship during all interactions.

Work in inclement weather at night; walking up to 6 miles on rugged uneven terrain in remote locations independently; lifting up to 75 bs.  Use of standard chemicals for fish anesthesia (AQUI-S and MS-222) and sterilization chemicals (alcohol) required.  Rotary screw traps, electrofishing equipment, PIT tagging equipment, pumps, generators, various hand tools, trucks, boats, rafts GPS and computers.

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).

QualificationsGraduation from High School or GED, including one year of High school and two years of experience as a Scientific Technician 1.  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 science, or closely allied field will substitute, year for year, for experience, provided the course work includes at least six semesters or nine quarter hours of natural classes.  A valid state’s driver license is required.

Preferred Experience
Bachelor’s degree in Fisheries Science or other similar field of study.
Familiarity and working knowledge of rotary smolt trap, electrofishing and mark-recapture methods and study design.  Ability to identify juvenile and adult salmonids.
Basic computer skills with emphasis on Microsoft Office software.

Supplemental Information

In order to successfully 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
  • Three professional references

Learn about our agency and the perks of working for WDFW!
The Washington 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. We value demonstrated skill in living WDFW values of professionalism, accountability, empathy, integrity, service, and respect.

To take advantage of veteran preference, please do the following:

  • Email a copy of your DD214 (Member 4 copy), NGB 22 or USDVA signed verification of service letter to
  • Subject line should include recruitment number, position and Vet (for example: #10155 Biologist 1 – Veteran)
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To take advantage of military spouse preference, please do the following:

  • Notify us of your military spouse status by email at 
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As part of WDFW’s efforts to advance respectful and inclusive work environments, the Agency expects inclusivity as part of our professional interactions and communications.  Therefore; we want to ensure that all individuals feel welcome, are treated fairly and respectfully.  All staff are empowered to fully contribute to serving their work unit, Agency, and the citizens of Washington.”

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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