Fish & Wildlife Research Scientist 1 - Fish Program - Permanent-Project - *07869-21

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Monday, August 30, 2021, 11:45pm


Montesano, WA
United States

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If you have an inquisitive mind and enjoy strategizing, developing, and analyzing data that could make a positive impact for salmon, steelhead, and their native habitats, then we have the perfect opportunity for you!

Bring your excellent technical writing skills to this role that enable you to communicate the value and results of scientific work  to a wide variety of conservation/restoration groups and other organizations.

As our Research Scientist you will enjoy collaborating with biologists to design, and manage watershed specific fisheries plans for steelhead populations on the Washington coast including the Olympic Peninsula, Grays Harbor, and Willapa Bay.

You will work with regional teams to design studies to improve estimates of steelhead catch by sport fishermen, analyze existing data, apply, and improve fishery assessment models to watersheds on the Washington Coast.

With that in mind,

This is an opportunity where you will conduct stock assessment activities that involve the performance of statistical analysis, consulting, and use of R statistical program for data analysis, reduction, and fisheries management. You will work with integrated population and fishery assessment models for steelhead. Additionally, in this role you will query, access, and analyze data in WDFW and regional databases (e.g., RMIS and Spawning Ground Survey).

With your experience you will work with the regional team to understand and evaluate current methodologies; design improvements in data collection, analytical methods, analyses, and harvest control rules; assess data availability to inform new methodologies; and assist with data collection and management activities.

The optimal applicants will have strong quantitative abilities, writing skills, and a strong desire and interest in working in a team to understand current methods for data collection analysis and management of sport fisheries.

Our Fish & Wildlife Research Scientist,

Performs data analysis and statistical modeling.

  • Creating models and performing statistical analyses to produce unbiased estimates of steelhead catch with estimates of precision – these estimates may include uncertainty associated with count data and other inputs associated with current and past sampling programs.
  • Implementing the use of new technologies for estimating adult salmon and steelhead abundance including PIT tags and SONAR.


Communicates findings and results of work in written and oral formats.

  • Collaborating work with other scientists and conservation/restoration practitioners from multiple organizations including NOAA, USFW, NPS and private entities.
  • Preparing contractual reports and peer-reviewed publications for dissemination to the public, fisheries managers, and the scientific community.


Work Setting, including hazards:   

  • This position is stationed in WDFW Region 6.
  • Work will be in an office environment but includes periods of field work for data collection.
  • Field work may include encountering streams, extreme temperatures, unstable surfaces (rocks, mud, etc.) and in moving water.


  • Work schedule is typically 5-days, 40 hr./week (exceeding the standard hours a week may become necessary to meet deadlines).
  • This position also includes periods of field activity and coordination with a broad network of collaborators including those working in the field.

Travel Requirements:

  • Sporadic travel, primarily within the Puget Sound and coastal regions.

Tools and Equipment:

  • Laptop, waders, etc.

Customer Interactions:

  • Communicating with the public and fishing groups, and other WDFW staff in a polite and courteous manner is necessary.



  • A Doctoral degree with a major in fisheries science, population biology, or wildlife ecology or mathematics or statistics with emphasis in animal population or management.


  • A Master's degree in wildlife, habitat, or fisheries science, biology, zoology, or in mathematics with emphasis on animal population biology, or closely allied field.


  • Two (2) years of professional experience designing and conducting wildlife, habitat, or fish-related research studies; or statistical or mathematical research in population biology or population management.


  • One (1) year of experience coding in and modifying existing code of statistical programming languages and/or platforms including R.


  • Equivalent combination of education and experience or closely related qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-by-year basis.



  • Valid Driver’s License.


Data analysis:

  • Develops and executes analytical approaches to address scientific questions, and ultimately draws conclusions from biological data based on facts and evidence.
  • Experience with descriptive, comparative, and advanced statistical approaches.
  • Designs studies to estimate adult salmonid abundance including redd surveys, area under-the-curve methods, mark-recapture, and others.
  • Understands sampling theory.
  • Knowledge of fish population dynamics.


  • Clearly articulates scientific concepts and facts, both orally and in writing.
  • Experience presenting research findings at scientific conferences and to general audiences.


  • Sets clear project objectives, develops a work plan, and meets deadlines.
  • Proficiency in setting and achieving interim project milestones consistent with long-term research priorities.
  • Plans research expenditures and tracks budgets.


  • Publishes articles demonstrating success in writing scientific reports and peer-reviewed research articles.
  • Evaluates multiple sources of information, scientific literature, including data generated, in order to synthesize a narrative that builds biological knowledge.
  • Aptitude for critical thinking, intellectual autonomy, and crafting precise language.

Field experience:

  • Some experience with fisheries sampling techniques in rivers and streams, including electrofishing, rotary screw traps, redd surveys, PIT tags, angling, snorkeling, rafting, and/or wading.

Salmonid ecology:

  • Knowledge of salmonid behavior, life history, ecology, and population dynamics.


Please 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.


All new employees must complete an Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9 Form) on their first day of work. If hired for this or any position at WDFW, you will be required to provide documentation proving you are eligible to work in the United States. For a list of acceptable documents, please use the following link:

The Department of Fish and Wildlife’s priority during the Covid-19 health crisis is to keep our staff, candidates, and the public safe.  We are hiring and encourage you to apply to open positions. We have transitioned to a virtual recruitment process, to include web-based interviews.


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. (ASPIRE)

WDFW employees may be eligible for the following:

Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s), Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), Vacation, Sick, and other Leave*, 11 Paid Holidays per year*, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader), Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth.


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)
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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

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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. 

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Position Start Date:

Monday, August 2, 2021

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Compensation Information:

Salary: $5,102.00 - $6,691.00 Monthly

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 Employee benefits are not just about the kind of services you get, they are also about how much you may have to pay out of pocket. Washington State offers one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation.

We understand that your life revolves around more than just your career and that your priority is making sure that you and your family will maintain health and financial security. That's why choice is a key component of our benefits package. We have a selection of health and retirement plans, paid leave, staff training and other compensation benefits that you can mix and match to meet your current and future needs.
 Read about our benefits: The following information describes typical benefits available for full-time employees who are expected to work more than six months. Actual benefits may vary by appointment type or be prorated for other than full-time work. Check with the agency human resource office for specific benefit information.
Insurance Benefits Employees and families are covered by medical (including vision), dental and basic life insurance.  There are multiple medical plans with affordable monthly premiums that offer coverage throughout the state.  Staff are eligible to enroll each year in a medical flexible spending account which enables them to use tax-deferred dollars toward their health care expenses.  Employees are also covered by basic life and long term disability insurance, with the option to purchase additional coverage amounts.  To view premium rates, coverage choice in your area and how to enroll, please visit the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) website.
 Retirement and Deferred Compensation State Employees are members of the Washington Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS).  New employees have the option of two employer contributed retirement programs.  For additional information, check out the Department of Retirement Systems' web site. Employees also have the ability to participate in the Deferred Compensation Program (DCP).  This is a supplemental retirement savings program (similar to an IRA) that allows you control over the amount of pre-tax salary dollars you defer as well as the flexibility to choose between multiple investment options. 
Vacation (Annual Leave) You begin accruing vacation starting your first month of employment. Since we value your loyalty, the amount of vacation you can accrue increases the longer you work with us. Washington State supports members of the armed forces with 21 days paid military leave per year. Vacation accrues for full-time employees per WAC 357-31-165.
Holidays Full-time employees are entitled to eleven* paid holidays:
 HOLIDAYDATE New Year's DayJanuary 1 Martin Luther King, Jr's birthdayThird Monday in January Presidents' DayThird Monday in February Memorial DayLast Monday in May Independence DayJuly 4 Labor DayFirst Monday in September Veterans' DayNovember 11 Thanksgiving DayFourth Thursday in November & Friday after Christmas DayDecember 25 Personal HolidayEmployee's selection each calendar year
*Employees who are members of certain Unions are entitled to an additional personal leave day of their choice. Please refer to specific Collective Bargaining Agreements for more information. Social Security All state employees are covered by the federal Social Security and Medicare systems. The state and the employee pay an equal amount into the system. Sick Leave Full-time employees earn eight hours of sick leave per month. Paid sick leave may be used for reasons included in WAC 357-31-130. Please visit the State HR Website for more detailed information.

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Salyse Duckworth

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