SCIENTIFIC TECHNICIAN 2 - FISH PROGRAM
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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. Each day, WDFW employees facilitate fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities for millions of residents and visitors. WDFW's employees–field and laboratory biologists, geneticists, research scientists, hatchery professionals, policy experts, fully commissioned law enforcement officers, land stewards, lab technicians, property acquisition specialists, customer service representatives and others work throughout the state. WDFW employees protect and restore critical habitat, strive to facilitate species recovery when necessary, and manage hundreds of fish and wildlife species. WDFW employees maintain nearly a million acres of public wildlife lands. They interpret, apply and enforce state and federal laws and collaborate with stakeholders to protect fish and wildlife resources. Find out more about us and the important work we are a part of at www.wdfw.wa.gov
This posting will be used to fill multiple positions. It will remain open until all positions are filled. The initial review of applications will begin on June 10, 2019. The hiring authority reserves the right to offer the job at any time. It's to your advantage to apply quickly.
The Department of Fish and Wildlife, Fish Program is recruiting to fill a variety of non-permanent Scientific Technician 2 positions throughout Region 5. This posting will be used to fill up to twenty-three (23) non-permanent positions stationed out of the Ridgefield, Kelso and Beaver Creek field offices. Some positions may be shortened or extended due to workload needs. The hours and days of these positions are variable and may include full-time, part-time, and on-call schedules.
For a more detailed description of specific job duties, tasks, and duration, please visit the following link:https://wdfw.wa.gov/sites/default/files/hr/2019_st2_available_positions_in_detail.pdf(Download PDF reader)
These positions are covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the State of Washington, Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Washington Association of Fish and Wildlife Professionals (WAFWP), which contains a "union security" provision.
These positions filled conducted a variety of duties that are required. Typical work could include:
Assist with regional fisheries projects
Tasks may include:
- Conducting adult salmonid spawning ground surveys on the Lower Columbia River and its tributaries; identifying and enumerating adult salmonids (live and dead) and redds; using GPS devices to mark redd locations;
- Capturing, identifying, enumerating, handling, and tagging and/or marking salmonids (juveniles and adults) for mark/recapture programs and distribution monitoring;
- Assisting with the installation, maintenance, operation and removal of monitoring structures and devices for adult and juvenile salmonid monitoring such as traps and weirs;
- Interviewing sport anglers and recording catch by species, effort and biological data and collecting biological samples from fish such as salmon, trout, and sturgeon;
- Monitoring and observation of commercial fisheries;
- Travelling to fish buying locations and tribal in-lieu sites to collect biological samples from commercial catch; using established protocols to detect and collect coded wire tags (CWT) and passive integrated transponders (PIT), collecting DNA for Genetic Stock Identification (GSI) and making Visual Stock Identification (VSI) calls;
- Entering data into dataloggers and PDAs;
- Conducting snorkel surveys in streams and rivers;
- Collecting broodstock for established enhancement and hatchery programs;
- Sampling and spawning of fish at hatcheries;
- Operating motorized and/or non-motorized vessels for monitoring and conducting surveys;
- Conducting larval tows using plankton nets to collect eulachon and other fish species larvae;
- Operating set-lines for sturgeon population estimates;
- Identifying and enumerating larval, juvenile and adult stage eulachon and sturgeon;
- Assisting with trout creel surveys and lake plants;
- Monitoring of marine mammals;
- Working stand-by at field locations.
Some positions may:
- Entail working nights and/or weekends, holidays and overtime. Additionally, these positions are located in a variety of locations throughout the region, (Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, and Wahkiakum counties) encompassing a variety of environmental factors.
- Work may be in inclement weather conditions including snow, rain, wind, and direct sun. Some positions may require travel, possibly for multiple days.
- While working outdoors, candidates may be exposed to extreme temperatures, with the possibility of daytime highs greater than 100°F and daytime lows less than 30°F, with wind speeds of greater than 25 mph. Duties are often conducted on wet slippery surfaces.
- Require the ability to:
- Lift, either with or without assistance, large, live and dead fish, typically up to 30 lbs and rarely over 100 lbs.
- Repetitively carry loads up to 70 pounds for short distances over rough terrain.
- Walk up to fifteen miles per day over rough terrain under adverse weather conditions.
- Climb in and out of motorized and non-motorized boats.
- Require driving long distances in state-owned vehicles or personally-owned vehicles with mileage reimbursement.
- Require swimming/snorkeling in rivers and streams
- Operating motorized and/or non-motorized boats on lakes and rivers in up to Class III waters
- Necessitate working alone in isolated areas.
- Willing to sample spawned out salmon carcasses that can contain very strong odors.
- Require being on various types of vessels for long periods of time in inclement weather.
- Require interacting with other departmental personnel, the public, personnel from other agencies, and local landowners in a professional manner.
- Candidates must have the ability to accurately record repetitive data under adverse environmental conditions for long periods of time.
Graduation from high school or GED, including one year of high school science and two years of experience as a Scientific Technician.
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.
Valid Washington State, or other state, driver's license is required.
- Ability to identify salmonids and other fish species in larval, juvenile and/or adult life stages.
- Ability to identify salmonid redds.
- Knowledge of resistance board and fixed panel adult fish weirs.
- Knowledge of fish marking and tagging protocols.
- Knowledge of fishery monitoring, observing and sampling.
- Knowledge of commercial fishing gear types and methods.
- Ability to row non-motorized oar-framed boats such as drift boats and catarafts in white water conditions in Class 1 through 3 rapids.
- Knowledge of the basic operations of motorized vessels
- Ability to do basic functions in MS Excel and Access.
- Knowledge in how to operate CWT and PIT tag detectors.
- Ability to operate handheld GPS and data logger devices.
- Ability to work alone in remote locations.
- Ability to work well with others in both a field and office setting.
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