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This is recruitment is for (6) 3 - months to 4-months non-permanent full-time Scientific Technician 2 positions in the Fish Program, Science. The duty stations are Independence Creek Rd SW, Rochester WA 98579, (State housing provided on site), W3914 Fish Hatchery Road, Elma WA 98541, (State housing provided on site), 1111 Washington Street SE, Olympia, WA 98501.
The non-permanent positions operating and maintaining fish traps in multiple locations of the Chehalis River Basin to estimate freshwater production (smolt abundance). Technicians will check fish traps on a daily basis enumerating catch by species and sub-sampling catch for size. Technicians will be responsible for applying Coded-Wire tags (CWT's) to wild coho smolts captured, prior to releasing them downstream. Technicians will be responsible for recapture efforts including releasing fish upstream of traps. CWT data are used to estimate coho smolt production in the Chehalis River Basin.
Position works directly with supervisor and will coordinate trapping and staff schedule with supervisor and fellow technicians. Works under guidance of State and Federal regulations and Agency policies and procedures. This person works alongside fellow technicians and reports to their immediate supervisor, the project lead biologist in Olympia. Employee may also interact with administrative and other personnel from State, Federal, Tribal, and local agencies, private companies and general public. Work is assigned verbally. Operate juvenile salmon and steelhead traps and manage data
- Assists with the installation/removal, operation and maintenance of juvenile fish traps.
- Check traps on a daily basis, enumerating and sub-sampling juvenile salmonid catch for size (fork length).
- Collect and record related biological and environmental data as assigned by supervisor.
- Use various marking techniques including coded wire tags (CWTs), passive integrated transponder (PIT) tags, visible implant elastomer (VIE), and bismark brown
- Perform recapture efforts by marking and releasing fish upstream of traps.
- Enter and error check catch and biological sampling field data into agency program computer database.
- Maintain trap integrity during high flow events and make repairs if damage occurs due to weather, flows, debris or vandalism.
- Organize and maintain all trap related gear, sampling equipment and data forms.
Other Duties as assigned
Technicians may be asked to assist on occasion with other fish monitoring projects.
The traps are operated 7 days/week, 24hr/day throughout the season, requiring work on weekends and holidays.
Furthermore, during peak migration or periods of high flow/heavy debris, the employees must be able to work long hours, as needed, until all the fish are processed, to ensure that they are released in good condition. Work sites are exposed, meaning work may be conducted in rain, wind and cold conditions, during all hours of the day and night.
Trapping operations are dependent on fish migration and environmental conditions. Maintaining traps require person to be in good physical condition, able to operate cleaning rakes/brushes for prolonged periods of time when debris loads are high. Processing fish requires prolonged exposure of hands to cold water. Technicians will regularly transport 5 gallon buckets of water in slippery conditions on uneven terrain. To ensure the fish are handled with minimal stress, they are anesthetized with MS-222. The process of marking fish involves using sharp objects, VIE paint, and bismark brown. A valid Washington State or other state's driver's license.
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.(WAFWP) Graduation from high school or GED, including one year of high school science and two years of experience as a Scientific Technician 1. OR
Graduation from high school or GED including one year of high school science and two 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.
Preferred work experience
Must be able to identify juvenile salmonids.
Familiar with the use of coded-wire tag injector and detection equipment is preferable, but not mandatory.
Must be able to effectively coordinate and communicate with co-workers and other fisheries professionals.
Must be able to maintain computer files and use spreadsheets (e.g. Microsoft Excel, Access) software.
Must be familiar with salmon life history and proper fish-handling techniques.<