Washington State Permanent Scientific Technician 3 *10509-16 in Forks, Washington


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 is a one (1) permanent, full-time Scientific Technician 3 position in the Fish Program, Marine Resources . The duty station is located at 411Tillicum Lane, Forks, WA. 98331-9271. The anticipated start date is January 1, 2017.

This position contributes to the collection of critical scientific information used to assess and manage marine fish species that support valuable ocean fisheries. Marine Fish Science port samplers collect and process primarily commercial groundfish catch, biological and logbook data used by state and federal research scientist to conduct scientific population assessments and by resource managers to develop fishery management plans for groundfish fisheries along the coast of Washington, Puget Sound, Oregon, and California. Marine Fish Science port samplers also collect data from other fisheries as needed to support federal and state assessment and management. Port samplers serve as the agency's liaison with the commercial industry and with other enforcement agencies.

The work conducted by this position is directly linked to WDFW's mission to ensure "Sustainable management of marine resources to maintain the economic well-being and stability of the state's fishing industry and to enhance recreational and commercial fishing in state and off-shore waters."


Independently monitor*commercial* landings from 60 up to 100 species of marine fish in several distinct fisheries, including treaty and non-treaty, in the ocean (coast), Straits of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound Tasks include:

  • Accurately identify and enumerate fish by species; adhering to established quality standards, collect catch and biological data to meet established sampling goals.
  • Completely and accurately document required sampling information on either paper or electronic data forms.
  • Monitor fishing activity within port through constant communication with individual fishers and buyers.
  • Track weather and other factors that might influence or modify fishing schedules. Schedule work hours to correspond with fishing activity to ensure sampling goals (week, month. annual) are met for assigned port(s). Data and sample processing: Process and submit biological structures, and compile, summarize and submit catch, logbook and sampling data on schedule. * *Tasks*include:*

  • Skillfully prepares fish age structures (e.g., fins, otoliths, and vertebrae). The incumbent will be responsible for preparing samples using established procedures for proper processing (cleaning, labeling and packaging) of fish age structures and ensure data integrity through careful documentation to link age structure and associated sampling data.

  • Collect logbooks from fishers, compile with corresponding fish tickets and accurately enter log/fish ticket data into electronic database.
  • Collect fish tickets from commercial dealers, check for errors and summarize data into an electronic spreadsheet on a weekly basis.
  • Conduct error-checking procedures per protocols for biological sample database and fish ticket database entries specific to assigned fisheries/gears/areas. Flag errors to database administrators. Fish expertise Tasks include:

  • Maintain knowledge of current fishery regulations and general management actions.

  • Disseminate new regulations or alert industry to anticipated changes. Educate industry as needed to ensure compliance with regulations; notify enforcement with non-compliance issues and serves as expert witness in specific court cases.
  • Keep department managers apprised of activities in port.
  • Coordinate with enforcement agency to conduct training sessions. Obtain fish for identification courses.

Tasks as assigned Tasks*Include:*

  • Following study protocols assist with Marine Fish research projects, at-sea fishery surveys, and observe (ride-along) at-sea commercial vessel fishing activity. Working Conditions Position involves working days, evenings, nights, weekends as needed; it includes working long days (12+ hours) and/or intense work schedules (less than 8 hours between "shifts"). otherwise 8 hours/5 days a week. Travel (occasionally overnight) to other ports (in state and out-of-state), or to locations to sample or provide training is required.

Field work: Work is most often outdoors and frequently in inclement weather (rain. wind, cold, etc.) and primarily shore-based on commercial or recreational fishing docks, but can include at-sea on vessels. Indoors includes: laboratory and office.

At-sea:onboard agency owned vessels or chartered vessels or commercial fishing vessels, extended trips require living onboard vessel with limited or reduced accommodations (i.e. bunking in shared space, water restrictions for bathing, basic cooking facilities) Hazards include: climbing ladders, rough seas, exposure to severe to inclement weather, wet, slippery decks and docks, exposure to specimen preservative chemicals, risk of puncture wounds and infection from fish spines. Frequent and repetitive lifting is involved, often up to 50 pounds. Handling fish is necessary to extract or remove age structures with a knife or saw.

Union This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the State of Washington, Department of Fish & Wildlife, and the Washington Association of Fish and Wildlife Professionals (WAFWP). As a condition of employment you must either join the union and pay union dues, or pay the union a representational or other fee within 30 days of the date you are put into pay status.


Graduation from high school or GED, including one year of high school science, and four yearsof experience as a Scientific Technician. OR Graduation from high school or GED, including one year of high school science and four yearsof laboratory or field experience as an assistant to a health or safety professional, 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 or environmental science classes

Desirable Qualification/Experience:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Biology, Fisheries, Wildlife Management, Natural Resources, or Environmental Science
  • Strong marine fish identification skills
  • Must be physically capable of: climbing ladders, climbing on-board a vessel, walking and balancing on docks and vessels that are wet/slippery/steep/moving, repetitive lifting up to 50 pounds over an 8-10 hour work shift, working in inclement weather.
  • Familiarity with recreational and commercial marine fishing gears and methods
  • Ability to collect data systematically with a high degree of accuracy, precision and completeness
  • Know how to use electronic sampling equipment, know how to troubleshoot malfunctioning equipment and make minor repairs Experience is based on full time equivalency (i.e., 40 or more hours/weeks). Part time work is prorated (e.g., 20 hours/week for 6 years = 3 years of experience). Do not count experience that was a part of your educational Requirements

Supplemental Information

To apply for this position you MUST complete your profile at www.careers.wa.gov and attach the following to your profile before completing the online application:

Cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications of this positon (generic cover letter will not be accepted).

Three professional references (personal references do not count as professional)

Please note: Failure to follow the above application instructions will lead to disqualification. E-mailed documents will not be accepted in lieu of attaching your documents to the online profile. Upon submission of your online application, you will immediately receive a confirming e-mail. You will then be notified via e-mail of your status during the process. In addition to the e-mail notifications, you can check the status of your application at any time by visiting your online profile at www.careers.wa.gov. Due to the high volume of applications that we receive, we ask your understanding and encourage you to use the online process and avoid calling for information.

Please note that initial screening will be solely based on the completeness of application materials submitted and the contents and completeness of the "work experience" section of your application in NeoGov. A resume will not substitute for the "work experience" section of the application. The information provided in your application must support your selected answers in the supplemental questions. Responses not supported in your application may disqualify you from consideration for employment in this position. All information will be verified and documentation may be required.

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.

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Job Number: 2016-10509

Department: Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

Closing: 10/26/2016 5:00 PM Pacific

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

Salary: $2,925.00 - $3,807.00 Monthly

Location: Clallam County – Forks, WA