Scientific Technician 2 - On-Call/Part-Time - Eight (8) Non-Permanent - *07956-21

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Sunday, August 8, 2021, 11:45pm


Montesano, WA
United States

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WDFW Fish Program

Ocean Park, Washington (3 openings)
Montesano, Washington (5 openings)

Anticipated Appointment Lengths:
2.4 Months: August 16th, 2021 - October 19th, 2021 (3 positions)
1.5 Months: September 13th, 2021 - November 5th, 2021 (3 positions)
2 Months: September 13th, 2021 - November 15th, 2021 (2 positions)

Inquisitive and interested in making a difference towards achieving a more sustainable future for Washington State’s salmon, fish, wildlife and their natural habitats?

As our Commercial On-board Fishery Observers you will serve the Willapa Bay and/or Grays Harbor commercial salmon monitoring programs. You will collaborate with the supervising biologist in the Fish Management program in Region 6.

Our Fishery Observers will also work closely with commercial fishing vessel crew(s), while on-board during the scheduled fishery. As Fishery Observers you will be responsible for conducting a variety of on-board sampling and data collection of each fishing trip; and will report directly to the Willapa Bay Biologist 3. 

As our Commercial On-board Fishery Observers, you will work to achieve the agency’s mission while demonstrating the following WDFW values:

  • Accountability, we hold ourselves and each other responsible for acting consistent with our values and mission.
  • Service, we add value to Washington communities and seek to improve the public’s experience.
  • Professionalism, we serve in a manner that reflects positively on the Department and on ourselves.
  • Integrity, we are consistently open, honest, ethical, and genuine in our actions.
  • Respect, we treat each other with dignity.
  • Empathy, we take time to understand and appreciate others.

With that in mind, 

Picture yourself providing proper implementation of commercial on-board sampling for the Department fishery managers and comanagers with valuable in-season data that state, tribal, and federal fishery managers rely on for in-season management decisions – this results in revenue generated from commercial harvest opportunities of healthy stocks and conservation of threatened/listed salmon stocks.

This is an opportunity to advance WDFW’s mission of sound stewardship of fish and wildlife.

This is a dynamic role to be dedicated to preserving, protecting, and perpetuating the state’s fish, wildlife, and ecosystems, while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational and commercial opportunities.


Our Commercial On-board Fishery Observers, 

Monitor commercial salmon fisheries within Willapa Bay and/or Grays Harbor basins. Tasks include:

  • Boarding commercial fishing vessels randomly from dockside locations or from a support boat (using vessel to vessel transfer). 
  • Capturing and recording all data on paper sampling forms such as net soak times, mesh size, compliance with recovery box use, species landed, and mark status.
  • Collecting biological samples from catch (tissue samples for genetic analysis), and documenting condition of fish upon release, bycatch, pinniped predation, bird entanglement, and utilizing standard detection protocols to detect presence/absence of coded wire tags for all Chinook required to be released. 

Perform data management. Tasks include:

  • Maintaining organized and legible records of data collected and observations made each day while onboard.
  • Maintaining in chronological order tissue samples (genetics) and/or scale cards collected each day. 


Work Setting, including hazards:    

  • Follow all Department COVID-19 protocols for safety regarding social distancing, wearing mask, and sanitizing when participating in this fishery either on the support vessel or the commercial vessel.
  • All work is conducted on a commercial fishing vessel in Willapa Bay and/or Grays Harbor basins. 
  • Complete assigned duties and tasks while at sea, during long days, including adverse sea conditions, and inclement weather (e.g., cold, windy, rainy, or extremely hot in full sun).
  • The work environment is typically outdoors and can be physically demanding. 
  • Hazards include boat-to-boat transfers from a support vessel to and from the commercial vessel.
  • Workdays involve long periods of standing, squatting, bending, negotiating a rocking boat, slippery surfaces, boarding, and disembarking a commercial vessel.
  • May encounter loud noises, close quarters, and repetitive work for long periods.
  • Collecting biological data such as DNA or scale samples on-board a gillnet vessel can be difficult in rough and cold weather dealing with live fish. 


  • Work schedule is intermittent, On-Call, 7-days per week during the open commercial salmon fishery season. 
  • Typical working hours are nonscheduled, hourly, and can be up to 15 hours per day, 3-5 days per week – start and end times for the shift usually fall outside of the normal 8 – 5 work schedule.
  • Weekend, holiday, and evening (overnight) work may be required.
  • Work can vary due to inclement weather and water conditions.

Travel Requirements: 

  • Traveling within Willapa Bay and/or Grays Harbor basins, and depending on location, travel time can be from one (1) hour to four (4) hours, roundtrip.
  • The use of a personal vehicle is required. 
  • Overnight stays may be authorized depending on circumstances.

Tools and Equipment: 

  • PFD’s, DNA kit, scale sample kit, rain gear, forceps, coded wire tag wand, and other safety equipment will be provided by WDFW.

Customer Interactions:

  • Regularly communicating with the commercial captains and crews.
  • Answering basic questions or providing staff contact information for follow-up.



  • Graduation from high school or GED, including one (1) year of high school science AND two (2) years of experience as a Scientific Technician 1.


  • Graduation from high school or GED including one (1) year of high school science AND two (2) 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 Driver’s License.



  • Pacific salmon, sturgeon, marine mammal, and some bird identification experience.
  • Ability to record data quickly, accurately, and legibly with attention to detail.
  • Fisheries sampling experience.
  • Boat experience.
  • Experience communicating with the public.

Supplemental Information

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:

  • 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)
  • Include your name as it appears on your application in 

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

Note: Please blackout any PII (personally identifiable information) data such as social security numbers. For further information, please contact us at
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.

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.

If you are having technical difficulties creating, accessing, or completing your application, please call NEOGOV toll-free at (855) 524-5627 or

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Position Start Date:

Monday, August 16, 2021

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Salary: $2,864.00 - $3,701.00 Monthly

More than Just a Paycheck!
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.
Full-time employees are entitled to eleven* paid holidays:
New Year's Day
January 1
Martin Luther King, Jr's birthday
Third Monday in January
Presidents' Day
Third Monday in February
Memorial Day
Last Monday in May
Independence Day
July 4
Labor Day
First Monday in September
Veterans' Day
November 11
Thanksgiving Day
Fourth Thursday in November & Friday after
Christmas Day
December 25
Personal Holiday
Employee'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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