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Salary: $2,864.00 – $3,701.00 Monthly
Job Number: 2020-05493
Closing: 8/16/2020 11:59 PM Pacific


Lake Washington Watershed

Anticipated Appointment Length is 4 Months
August 31st, 2020 – December 25th, 2020

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 Fish 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 collect field data associated with adult salmon in the Lake Washington watershed while promoting the conservation of Washington State’s salmonid populations.

The Scientific Technician 2 contributes to the mission by providing the data needed to manage recreational and commercial fishing opportunities while ensuring the long-term conservation of salmon and steelhead populations and by contributing to the recovery of federal ESA listed anadromous stocks.

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.



  • Conduct spawning area surveys and carcass surveys for adult salmon.
  • Identify and count live adult salmon at the Ballard Locks.
  • Accurately identify and count Chinook, Sockeye, and Coho salmon redds in Lake Washington tributary streams and at the Ballard Locks fish ladder viewing window.
  • Walks streams and floats rivers on rafts to access and count salmon redds and carcasses.
  • Take biological samples from salmon carcasses in the field.
  • Explains research projects and sampling procedures to sport fishermen and members of the public to enlist cooperation and support for agency priorities.
  • Reviews, records, and tabulates adult salmon redd, salmon count and carcass related data.


Work Setting, including hazards:

  • This position requires the ability to stand and walk for long periods of time, often outdoors in remote locations over rugged terrain.
  • Work will involve walking and occasionally rafting in swift-water streams or rivers to survey salmon spawning areas.
  • Work will occasionally occur during periods of inclement/adverse weather.
  • Attention to detail and good record keeping are required for accurate data recording.


  • 40 hours per week and may include work on some weekend days and holidays.

Tools and Equipment:

  • Wading gear, hand tally clicker, safety harness, life preserver.

Customer Interactions:

  • Some contact with sport anglers and members of the general public, including visitors to the Locks.

QualificationsRequired Qualifications:

  • Ability to research and gather information effectively.
  • Correctly identifies, collects, organizes and documents count data.
  • Ability to collects biological data from salmon carcasses.
  • Previous experience identifying Pacific salmon and salmon redds.
  • Consistently and accurately documents information and updates records/databases.
  • Understand basic computer operation with experience in Microsoft Excel and Word.
  • Ability to work independently with very little direct oversight.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of salmon life history.
  • Experience collecting biological samples from Pacific salmon or other fish species.
  • Experience handling live fish.

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.