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Salary: $2,864.00 – $3,701.00 Monthly

Job Number: 2020-05314
Closing: 8/4/2020 11:59 PM Pacific

Scientific Technician 2’s

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 Three (3) highly motivated and experienced fish Hatchery Technicians to work alongside a diverse team promoting the conservation of Washington State’s salmonid population.  This opportunity is located in Pasco, WA.

This recruitment is to fill three (3) 3.5-month Non-permanent Scientific Technician 2 positions in the Fish Program, Fish Management.  The term of employment is September 1 through December 15, 2020. The duty station is the WDFW District office located in Pasco, 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.
The Scientific Technician 2 plays a key role in the pursuit of Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife’s mission to conserve, enhance, and restore native fish populations in Washington State.   These positions provide technical assistance to project leads collecting biological data on harvested salmonids including length, origin, and presence of any tags.  These activities of the Scientific Technician 2’s are directly related to the conservation pf native fish populations in south central Washington.  These positions will conduct sport fishery creel surveys to monitor fall Chinook, coho, and steelhead fisheries in the Hanford Reach (Columbia River) from September through October.  This monitoring makes it possible to allow recreational fishing opportunities and provide estimates of harvest and wild impacts. From late October through mid-December, the technician will assist on stream surveys for post-spawn fall chinook recovery in the Hanford Reach and in the lower 30 miles of the Yakima River. Stream surveys are conducted primarily by boat with three crews of three technicians conducting surveys daily.  

DutiesConducts Field Surveys
Tasks include:
Conduct steelhead and fall Chinook creel surveys.  Identify fish species found in southeast Washington.  Collects biological data/samples in fish species including sex, length, marks, origin, scales and genetic samples.  Scan fish for coded wire tags, and recover and read CWT’s.  Accurately record and tabulate all data associated with the above listed fishery surveys.
 Field work will include hiking shorelines and boat operation.  Applicant must be able to routinely lift up to 20 pounds with occasional lifting up to 50 pounds.  Applicant must be able to work alone in remote locations and also be able to function as a member of a field team during stream surveys. 

Other duties
Tasks include:
Maintains vehicles, boats, equipment, and tools to ensure proper function and safety.  Compiles with WDFW policies and procedures related to safety and security.  Assist with other fish management duties as assigned.  Compile and check field data as well as enter data into computer using Microsoft Office programs.

Working Conditions
40 hours/week, may require working more than 8 hours/day in remote locations alone or in a team setting.  Work may require working evenings, weekends and holidays. Interactions with the public/anglers during creel surveys.
Work is conducted in the office and field settings and may involve many hours of vehicle travel.  Field work is conducted during inclement weather (including extreme heat, extreme cold, rain and snow).  May require hiking over rough and slippery terrain for long hours (10+hours per day).  Potential encounters with dangerous wildlife including rattlesnakes, or illegal activities (marijuana growing operations, meth labs, poaching, etc.) are possible.  Individual may work with chemicals for biological sampling (ethanol) and vehicle operations (gasoline and oil).  Manual hand tools, knives, PIT tag readers, CWT wands, cameras, satellite phone.

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.”   

QualificationsDesired Qualifications
Graduation 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.

Work Experience
Ability to record research data cleanly and accurately.
Ability to work as a team member or independently.
Be timely, dependable and be willing to have flexibility in their work schedule.
Verbal communications (communicate with the public during field sampling, communicate with supervisor or other lead staff if problems arise or if further instruction is needed).
Able to follow directions or ask for clarification so tasks are completed properly
Organized and detailed oriented (very important so data is collected correctly and completely).

Preferred experience:
1+ years fisheries experience
Degree in fisheries or closely related field.
Proficient identification of freshwater and anadromous fish species in eastern Washington.
Experience working with ESA listed Steelhead and salmon.
Proficient use of personal computer including Microsoft Office programs.
Proficient and safe operations of motor vehicles.
Operation and maintenance of field sampling equipment including: CWT readers, PIT tag readers, knives, etc. 

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.  

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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