Fisheries Field Crew Worker - Scientific Technician 2 - Non-Perm - Twenty-Five Openings - *06238-24

Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife   Kelso, WA   Temporary     Farming / Fishing / Forestry
Posted on June 10, 2024
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Fish Program
Region 5 – Clark, Cowlitz, & Wahkiakum Counties

Salary: $3,376.00 - $4,497.00 Monthly

This recruitment will be posted until July 3, 2024 – the first review of applications will take place on June 5, 2024. Application review is ongoing, please submit your application materials as soon as possible. This recruitment may be closed at any time.

Multiple locations in Western Washington and a variety of anticipated appointment lengths – apply for one (1) or all the positions by submitting one (1) application! 

For a more detailed description of each position, please visit the following link:  Scientific Technician 2 - Position Details (Download PDF reader)

Supplemental questions are provided for you to indicate your preference regarding location.

Picture yourself, 

Assisting with monitoring the health and diversity of salmonid populations in the Lower Columbia River and its tributaries.

With your data collection experience, 

Provide essential information that is needed to assess the status of different stocks of fish populations for conservation and to help maintain sustainable fisheries.  

We are seeking a candidate, 

Who models WDFW values: Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy (ASPIRE).



Positions filled through this recruitment will vary in the duties that are required. Typical work may include one or more of the following:

  • Capture, identify, enumerate (count), handle, and tag/mark salmonids (juveniles and adults) for mark/recapture programs and distribution monitoring.
  • Interview sport anglers and record catch by species, effort, and biological data. Includes collecting biological samples from fish such as salmon, trout, and sturgeon.
  • Conduct snorkel surveys in streams and rivers.
  • Monitor and observe commercial fisheries and research test fisheries.
  • Assist with the installation, maintenance, operation and removal of monitoring structures and devices (such as weirs) for adult salmonid monitoring.
  • Use a computer at the regional office or in the field to enter data into established spreadsheets and/or databases (such as a trap, weirs, and survey databases and carcass tagging spreadsheets). 
  • Enter data into dataloggers and personal digital assistants (PDA).
  • Conduct adult salmonid spawning ground surveys on the Lower Columbia River and its tributaries. Identify and enumerate adult salmonids (live and dead) and redds and using GPS devices to mark redd locations.
  • Assist with the installation, maintenance, operation and removal of a temporary resistance board salmon weir and fish trap on the South Fork Toutle and Coweeman Rivers.
  • Collect broodstock for established enhancement and hatchery programs.



  • Graduation from high school or GED including one (1) year of high school science. 


  • One (1) or more of the following, totaling at least two (2) years: 
    • Experience as a Scientific Technician 1.
    • 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.
    • Professional or volunteer experience involving biology, zoology, fisheries, chemistry, natural resources, engineering, or closely allied fields.


  • Valid Driver’s License.



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 Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy (ASPIRE).

WDFW employees may be eligible for the following: Benefits

Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s), Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), Vacation, Sick, and other Leave types. 

Eleven (11) Paid Holidays per year and one (1) personal holiday if the employee is scheduled to be, or has been, continuously employed by the State of Washington for at least four (4) months. 

Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), and an Employee Assistance Program.


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.


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