Washington State Permanent Fisheries Biologist 3 *10624-16 in Other, 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 recruitment will fill a permanent, full-time Fisheries Biologist 3 position in the Fish Program, Fish Management, Region 4. The duty station is the Region 4 Office located at 16018 Mill Creek Blvd, Mill Creek, WA. 98012.
The Lake Washington Area Fish Biologist plans and directs all biological studies, resource assessments, biological sample collection, analysis, and reporting associated with fish populations inhabiting the Lake Washington Basin and, as needed, throughout Region 4. The Lake Washington Area Fish Biologist coordinates monitoring and research activities across programs within WDFW as well as with Tribal Co-Managers and other external government agencies, including NOAA, USFWS, King County, and the City of Seattle. The Lake Washington Area Fish Biologist manages all contract work associated with fish monitoring activities in the Lake Washington basin, including the development of the scope of work, development of cost estimates, and implementation/oversight of all contract obligations. The Lake Washington Area Fish Biologist is the Regional lead in planning and directing all contract related monitoring work associated with the Lake Washington sockeye program. The person in this position hires, supervises, trains, and evaluates the work performance of multiple temporary seasonal staff hired to conduct spawning ground surveys or other biological monitoring projects in the Lake Washington Basin. The Lake Washington Area Fish Biologist will, as needed, support any key research projects conducted in WRIA 8.
Working independently, the Lake Washington Area Fish Biologist plans, directs, and provides analysis for biological studies or research projects in the Lake Washington basin. The Lake Washington Area Fish Biologist interprets the results of biological studies and prepares final written reports that include management recommendations affecting key fish species. The Lake Washington Biologist directs stock assessment, stock forecasting/prediction, and hatchery evaluation studies for salmon populations inhibiting the Lake Washington basin or, as needed, other watersheds within Region 4. The Lake Washington Biologist coordinates escapement estimates, pre-season forecasts, and other biological metrics with Tribal Biologists to achieve technical agreement with Tribal Co-Managers.
The Lake Washington Area Fish Biologist provides support for inland fish management activities in the Lake Washington basin as needed. The Lake Washington Biologist is also responsible for the maintenance of equipment necessary for sampling and stock assessment work in the Lake Washington basin.
The Lake Washington Area Fish Biologist supports and helps implement the new initiative "Green River and Lake Washington New Urban Management Strategy for Salmon and Steelhead" for the Lake Washington basin. Plays a lead role in fishery and hatchery management actions associated with the "Green River and Lake Washington New Urban Management Strategy for Salmon and Steelhead". Plans and directs biological studies supporting the New Urban Management Strategy and develops management recommendations to help guide development of New Urban Management Strategy programs in the Lake Washington basin.
This position is part of the WDFW Fish Program (Fish Management Division), is located in Region 4, and reports to the District 12 Biologist. This position contributes to the agency mission by helping to provide recreational fishing opportunities while ensuring the long-term conservation of salmon, steelhead, and inland fisheries resources, and by contributing to the recovery of federal ESA listed anadromous stocks.
Field Work Associated with Biological Studies (primarily Salmon and Steelhead Spawning Ground Surveys) Tasks include: The Lake Washington Area Fish Biologist organizes, directs and participates in spawning ground surveys, and collects biological data (i.e., DNA, otoliths, scales, etc.) associated with naturally spawning Chinook, coho, sockeye, steelhead, and kokanee populations throughout the Lake Washington Basin, and in other Region 4 watersheds as needed. The person in this position also assists in monitoring recreational salmon, steelhead, and/or trout fisheries to estimate angler effort and harvest.
Analysis, Interpretation and Reporting on Biological Studies Tasks include: The Lake Washington Area Fish Biologist is responsible for the organization, analysis, interpretation, and reporting associated with biological studies and assessments of a variety of fish species within the Lake Washington watershed. The person in this position analyzes and reports on stock assessment work, directs the preparation of spawning escapement estimates, and develops pre-season forecasts/predictions for salmon and steelhead stocks inhabiting the Lake Washington basin. This person provides biological recommendations that are used in the annual North of Falcon Process as well as the Hatchery Reform Initiative. This person will inform and update statewide databases, including the Salmon and Steelhead Stock Inventory database and the Spawning Ground Survey database.
Contract Management and Supervision Tasks include: The Lake Washington Area Fish Biologist manages all contract work associated with fish monitoring activities in the Lake Washington basin, including the development of the scope of work, development of cost estimates, and implementation/oversight of all contract obligations. The Lake Washington Area Fish Biologist provides supervision, support, and training for temporary seasonal biological staff hired to help conduct spawning ground survey work or other monitoring projects in WRIA 8. The person in this position promotes safety in the workplace for temporary employees by discussing with staff safety issues and accident/injury prevention to reduce time loss injuries.
Communication and Coordination Tasks include: The Lake Washington Area Fish Biologist disseminates salmon and steelhead stock information to agency staff, non-agency colleagues, and other interested groups and/or individuals. The Area Fish Biologist regularly interacts with other biologists representing State, Federal, County, Tribal, and local City governments/organizations. The Lake Washington Biologist coordinates escapement estimates, pre-season forecasts, and other biological metrics with Tribal Biologists to achieve technical agreement with Tribal Co-Managers. The person in this position will provide logistical support for key research projects conducted within WRIA 8. As needed, the Lake Washington Area Fish Biologist will respond to correspondences (phone calls, emails and letters) regarding salmon or steelhead stock status in WRIA 8.
Working Conditions The schedule for this position will generally be 8 hours per day, five days per week. Seasonal travel and work in excess of eight hours per day to meet critical deadlines may be required. The person in this position will interact with members of the general public, answering questions about biological resources in the Lake Washington watershed. As needed, the Lake Washington Area Fish Biologist will respond to correspondences (phone calls, emails and letters) regarding salmon or steelhead in WRIA 8.
This position often requires working alone, sometimes in adverse weather conditions and remote locations. The person in this position will be required to walk long distances in stream channels, and use a raft to float down larger rivers. When not conducting field work, the work setting for this position will be at a computer desk.
Responsible for: Equipment includes a 4x4 vehicle, waders, raft, GPS Unit, wading staff, and any other equipment needed to safely conduct spawning ground survey work. Other tools include a computer equipped with a variety of software packages.
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.
Education requirements for this position include completion of a Bachelor's degree in fisheries science, natural resources management, or a closely related field.
The Lake Washington Area Fish Biologist should have at least three years of professional prior experience designing and implementing biological resource assessment work, spawning ground surveys, or related studies for Pacific salmon (Chinook, coho, sockeye, chum, or pink salmon) or steelhead, and must be able to use redd counts, live fish counts, or other fish census metrics to generate estimates of spawning escapement.
The Lake Washington Area Fish Biologist must have the ability to effectively analyze complex sets of field data and prepare written reports summarizing and interpreting biological resource assessment work that has been conducted. This person must be capable of organizing and managing complex biological data in electronic databases using standard software such as Microsoft Excel or Access.
The Lake Washington Area Fish Biologist must have the ability to coordinate and supervise biological technicians and/or volunteers to complete salmon and steelhead stock assessment work or other related field projects. Takes a lead role in biological resource assessment projects involving technical staff from other organizations, including biologists from local city, county, or Tribal governments.
The Lake Washington Area Fish Biologist must be able to perform physically demanding work for long hours, including hiking in rocky streams, carrying equipment over rugged terrain, handling fish carcasses, and rowing rafts in rivers. This person must work confidently and safely as a team member or when working alone in remote locations.
The Lake Washington Area Fish Biologist must be able to work effectively with biologists or other staff members from outside organizations to complete cooperative projects involving fish management or stock assessment. This person must be comfortable interacting with the Public.
Preferred/Desired Qualifications: A Master's degree in fisheries science, natural resources management, or a closely related field, and three or more years of experience conducting stock assessment work for Pacific salmon or steelhead.
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:
A cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications of this position (generic cover letter will not be accepted)
A current resume (please make it succinct)
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.
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: 2016-10624
Department: Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Closing: 10/27/2016 5:00 PM Pacific
Agency: State of Washington
Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.
Salary: $4,208.00 - $5,522.00 Monthly
Location: King County – Other, WA