Juvenile Salmon Tagger & Surveyor - Scientific Technician 2 - Seasonal - *05856-24

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Twisp, Washington

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $3,376.00 - $4,497.00 Monthly
Deadline Jun 03, 2024


Fish Program – Salmon Recovery Science Team
Twisp, Washington – Okanogan County

Season Length: Eight (8) months
July 1 – February 28

As a member of the Salmon Recovers Science team, you will assist with the capture and Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) tagging of juvenile ESA listed salmonids via electrofishing, minnow trapping, the operation and maintenance of two rotary screw traps (smolt traps). 

This position will require accuracy in recording and management of data collected during field surveys. Additional duties may include performing mobile PIT tag surveys via pontoon boat, angler creel surveys, and habitat surveys. 

We are seeking a candidate who models WDFW values: Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy (ASPIRE).


Here is what you will be doing, 

  • Function as part of a team performing routine monitoring activities (rotary-screw trap operation, electrofishing, and minnow trapping) to inform population estimates of target species within the study area. 
  • Accurately collect and record biological (species identification, length, weight, tags, marks, scales, genetics, etc.) and environmental data (GPS waypoints, temperature, survey time, survey length, etc.). PIT tag juvenile salmonids.
  • Raft up to 10 miles per day in winter months (November – March) towing an antenna attached to a 13 ft. pontoon boat to track PIT tagged salmonids.
  • Participate in creel surveys. Conduct surveys on rivers and lakes to gather information on angler usage and harvest.


Work Setting, including hazards:

  • Work at all hours in inclement weather; hiking up to six (6) miles on rugged uneven terrain in remote locations independently; lifting up to 75 lbs. (5-gal buckets of water and fish and holding tanks). 
  • Use of standard chemicals for fish anesthesia (AQUI-S and MS-222) and sterilization chemicals (alcohol) is required. 
  • Must be able to negotiate water in emergency situations. 
  • Must be able to regularly endure long hours of adverse weather and wet conditions with minimal shelter. 
  • Must safely and efficiently hike and/or raft four to ten miles of rugged, low-order river terrain daily and be comfortable working regularly in a swift, whitewater river environment. 


  • The work schedule is typically 40 hours per week, but days worked will vary by week.  
  • Workdays will range from 8 hours to 12 hours, depending on workload.  
  • During peak work periods, working nights, weekends, and holidays may be required.

Travel Requirements:

  • Travel is required to field locations throughout the watershed to accomplish project duties.  
  • Occasional travel may be required to attend meetings, training, or gather supplies from distant locations.

Tools and Equipment:

  • PIT tagging gear, rotary-screw traps, electrofishing equipment, vehicles, trailers, waders, boots, pontoon boats, pumps, generators and various power and hand tools, computers, GPS units, CWT wands, safety equipment (e.g., PFDs, gloves).

Customer Interactions:

  • Frequent interaction with the public and recreational anglers during creel surveys. Occasional contact with the public and other agencies during the course of other duties. 
  • Employee may have interaction with those who have differing opinions regarding the objectives and activities of WDFW.



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


Graduation from high school or GED including one year of high school science and two (2) years of laboratory or field experience as an assistant to a biologist, chemist, or zoologist. 

Note: 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

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:

Successful completion of agency training and/or certification for assigned watercraft dependent on supervisory direction, position need and training availability.


In addition to those required qualifications, our ideal applicant will also have some or all of the following: 

  • Experience in handling, sampling, and tagging juvenile salmonids.
  • Familiarity and working knowledge of rotary screw traps, electrofishing and mark-recapture methods and study design.
  • Experience with P4, and Microsoft Office software.
  • Related degree in fisheries, wildlife, environmental, or natural resource sciences.  
  • Experience operating a non-motorized watercraft (i.e., pontoon boat) for PIT tracking surveys.

Supplemental Information:

Please note: Failure to follow the instructions below may lead to disqualification.

Experience and education selected, listed, and detailed in the Supplemental Questions must be verifiable in the application.

In order to successfully 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. 
  • 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:  https://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central/form-i-9-acceptable-documents


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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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 diana.humes@dfw.wa.gov.
  • Subject line must include recruitment number, position, and Vet (for example: #10155 Biologist 1 – Veteran)
  • Include your name as it appears on your application in careers.wa.gov.


To take advantage of military spouse preference, please do the following:

  • Notify us of your military spouse status by email at diana.humes@dfw.wa.gov.  
  • Subject line must include recruitment number, position, and MS (for example: #10155 Biologist 1 – MS)
  • Include your name as it appears on your application in careers.wa.gov.

Note: Please blackout any PII (personally identifiable information) data such as social security numbers. 

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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