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Salary: $2,864.00 – $3,701.00 Monthly
Job Number: 2020-05364
Closing: 8/5/2020 11:59 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 Scientific Technicians to work alongside a diverse team promoting the conservation of Washington State’s salmonid population.  This opportunity is located in Columbia County.

This recruitment is for one (1) 6–months in the Fish Program, Science – Hatchery Wild Interactions.  The duty station is located at 401 S Cottonwood St, Dayton, WA.

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 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 a non-permanent fall Chinook technician at the Snake River Lab
Tasks include: Assists in data entry, QA/QC of data, reconciliation and summarization of data. Conducts fall Chinook spawning ground and carcass surveys.  Assists in fall Chinook spawning and sorting at Lyons Ferry Hatchery.  Other duties include CWT retrieval and decoding from fall Chinook spawning and surveys, egg picking at Lyons Ferry, and scale and otolith sampling.

Assists other Snake River Lab Biologist/technicians as needed with the completion of LSRCP work plan tasks.
Tasks include: Conducts spring Chinook spawning ground and carcass surveys.  Assists with spring Chinook spawning at Lyons Ferry Hatchery. May also assist with CWT retrieval and decoding from spring Chinook spawning and surveys.

Assisting with stream surveys in the Tucannon River
Tasks include: Identifying and logging live fish and active fall Chinook and coho redds.  Sampling salmonid carcasses that includes measuring fork length, taking DNA and scale samples, identifying presence/absence of adipose clip and removal of snout for CWT retrieval and decoding.

Other duties as required
Tasks include: Assisting other staff in various needs to ensure projects are completed in a timely and efficient manner.

Working Conditions

Schedule:  8 hours/5 days per week. Hours are primarily 7am-3:30pm and may include overtime beginning the week of October 22. This position is a combination of both office and field duties.  The employee will be scheduled Monday – Friday to provide office and field support to Snake River Lab biologists.  Some private landowner contacts are required to complete surveys.  Answering questions from visitors and general public’s curiosity during field activities, fielding calls from the public and directing them to the appropriate contacts.  Ability to work in a hatchery environment.  Safety hazards include slippery conditions in/near the streams, loud noises, extreme heat and cold, bites or stings from insects or snakes.  The ability to lift objects that may weigh up to 50 lbs.  The ability to see coded wire tags that are 3mm and 1.5mm long.  Valid driver’s license is required.

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.”

QualificationsGraduation from high school or GED, including one year of high school science and two years of experience as a Scientific Technician 1. 
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/Desired 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.

Supplemental InformationIn 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

Pursuant to the Governor’s Directive, 20-08, this position will be subject to one furlough day per week through July 25, 2020, and one day per month beginning August 1, 2020, through November 30, 2020.

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)
  • 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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