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Salary: 2,781.00 – $3,593.00 Monthly
Job Number: 2020-04807

Closing: 6/29/2020 11:59 PM Pacific


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.  WDFW employees protect and restore critical habitat, strive to facilitate species recovery when necessary, and manage hundreds of fish and wildlife species.

The Habitat Program within the Department of Fish and Wildlife is looking to fill TWO (2) Scientific Technician 2 positions. We are seeking highly motivated and experienced field technicians to work alongside diverse teams while promoting the conservation of Washington State’s freshwater mussel populations. These opportunities are located in the Chehalis River Basin and the anticipated appointment length is 3 months, starting July 7th and ending November 15th. 

As a Scientific Technician 2, you will support field research addressing the Chehalis Basin Strategy by surveying for freshwater mussels in the Chehalis Basin and may assist with other surveys for amphibians and fish in the basin. The Scientific Technician 2 position contributes to the WDFW mission by gathering and providing essential information/data needed to inform and evaluate habitat restoration, potential impacts of proposed flood control alternatives and watershed plan development in the Chehalis River Basin. Successful candidates will be required to pass a WDFW snorkeling certification training within 2 weeks of hire.

Our ideal candidate is a team player who respects and values the opinions of others, creating an inclusive cohesive team environment where every member feels they contribute value to the project and WDFW. Time in the field will be both rewarding and challenging, well-suited candidates will have the emotional intelligence to interact positively while maintaining team morale regardless of the situation. In addition, candidates will share our values of trust, respect, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and be eager to work hard and have fun in an environment where there’s never a dull moment.


  • Assist in a field crew of 2 to 4 surveying for freshwater mussels, either by snorkeling, kayaking or wading variable stream sizes.
  • Collect, classify, and record biotic and habitat data on various devices or paper.
  • Using logic, knowledge of the project area, and established quality control methods, evaluate data for completeness, reasonableness, reliability, accuracy, consistency and comparability with other data.
  • Work respectfully with private landowners while surveying on or near their property.
  • Hike off-trail through dense vegetation on steep slopes, harvested areas if necessary to access sites.
  • Covid-19 safety protocols will be required to be followed while performing all duties with these positions. Some of the Covid-19 safety requirements will be health screen every day before work, mandatory social distancing and wearing a mask when interacting with public and staff.


Work Setting, including hazards:

  • Approximately 95% of the work is performed in the field, which at times may include inclement/adverse weather conditions, dense understory vegetation, muddy wetlands, slippery river rocks, steep slopes, clear cuts and biting/stinging insects.
  • Fieldwork occurs in a variety of locations within the Chehalis Basin, including managed timberlands, river floodplains with dense understory, agricultural settings and mainstem river reaches.
  • Must be comfortable navigating and operating safely throughout such landscapes on foot and/or by small boat to reach survey locations.
  • If assisting with fish and amphibian surveys, extended time will be spent on hands and knees, bending, walking and crawling through challenging environments carrying and deploying field equipment of up to 40 lbs.
  • A small portion of time may be spent in the office, must be able to remain focused and courteous in a busy office environment.
  • Selected candidates will receive training for safety, agency policies/procedures, survey protocols and species identification.

Schedule & Travel Requirements:

  • Schedule is variable, work week is Monday through Thursday, hours are usually between 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Four days per week, 10 hours per day – 40 hours per week.
  • Traveling within the Chehalis River Basin area.



  • Graduation from high school/GED, including one year of high school science AND two years of experience as a Scientific Technician 1.


  • Graduation from high school/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).


  • Knowledge, experience, and/or fluency with:
    • Principles and procedures of biological research.
    • Standard laboratory and field methods.
    • Fish, wildlife and habitat ecology.


  • Ability to walk, kayak or snorkel varied sizes of streams.
  • Tolerate inclement weather and difficult field conditions, including working in clear cuts, on slippery river rocks and varied river currents, but judiciously evaluate the safety of local conditions.
  • Conduct field surveys for aquatic species by visually identifying and distinguishing associated biological and physical features.
  • Operate common electronic and scientific equipment to collect data.
  • Follow prescribed protocols and procedures, making independent judgments in the field as needed.
  • Use critical thinking to collect, record, compile, and summarize data meticulously.
  • Effectively practice quality control methods to evaluate data for completeness, reasonableness, reliability, accuracy, consistency and comparability with other data.
  • Perform routine and repetitive work in a punctual dependable manner.
  • Follow oral and written directions and consistently apply excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Work independently as required and supervise as part of a 2-4-persons team.
  • Maintain a professional relationship with coworkers, landowners, and collaborators.
  • Think and act in a safe manner.
  • Drive 4WD vehicles on logging roads utilizing a CB radio for safety.
  • Safely operate non-motorized watercraft in moderate river currents.
  • If assisting on other surveys, do field work for extended time on hands and knees, bending, squatting, walking and crawling through these and other similarly challenging environments carrying and deploying field equipment of up to 40 lbs.
  • Abide by all applicable agency policies.


  • Two years professional experience conducting aquatics field research, preferably in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Familiarity with lentic and lotic habitats associated with stream systems, especially those in alluvial floodplains.
  • Knowledge of principles and procedures of biological research.
  • Varied natural history experience including animals and plants, both locally native and non-native.
  • Familiarity with technology including Windows computers, MS office software, iOS handhelds/apps(iPads), digital cameras, GPS, laser range finders, etc.
  • Ability to navigate (by vehicle or foot) throughout the landscape to reach remote study locations using primitive (map/compass) and modern (GPS/nav apps) means, and record location data on maps.
  • Emotional intelligence and ability to interact positively with entire community, including your crew.
  • Knowledge of geography, culture and history of the Chehalis Basin.


  • Valid Washington State or other State Driver’s License.
  • Successful completion of WDFW Snorkel Certification Training within the first 2 weeks of work.

Supplemental InformationPlease note: Failure to follow the instructions below may lead to disqualification.

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.


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.


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)
  • Include your name as it appears on your application in


To take advantage of military spouse preference, please do the following:

  • Notify us of your military spouse status by email at 
  • Subject line should include recruitment number, position and MS (for example: #10155 Biologist 1 – MS)
  • Include your name as it appears on your application in
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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