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Salary– $15.74 – $18.48 Hourly

Some of what you will learn to do,

  • Assist lead permitting staff in fish removals and sampling work areas.
  • Seining, sampling, and removal of aquatic species from active construction areas.
  • Cataloging and maintaining accurate records.
  • Environmental sampling in support of maintaining good water quality and site conditions.
  • Water quality sampling including pH, turbidity, and dissolved oxygen, or other site samples.
  • Administrative tasks, including but not limited to paper filing, minor vehicle maintenance, equipment storage, cleaning, and inventory.
  • Assist project permitting staff in acquiring necessary environmental permits to perform project(s).
  • Assist in filling out permit forms and delivery and pick-up to and from appropriate regulatory agencies and environmental labs.


  • Work Setting, including hazards     
    • Substantial time at various field locations throughout Washington under adverse environmental conditions.
    • Will work in potentially fast-moving streams and rivers, as well as lakes and salt-water environments water and occasionally carry 40 pounds on uneven and/or muddy terrain.
    • Work on active construction sites including around heavy equipment.
  • Schedule:
    • Work is non-scheduled, as needed, and on-call – variable hours ranging from 0 to 40 hours per week.
    • Alternative work schedules including overnight stays are likely.
    • There may be an opportunity for remote work, as approved by supervisor.
  • Travel Requirements:    
    • This position requires substantial field time and travel throughout Washington State, long field days and some overnight stays are likely.
  • Tools and Equipment:             
    • Pickup trucks, standard laboratory equipment including water quality probes and turbidity kits.
    • Recording accurate and legible field notes by hand or digital devices, and digital cameras which includes downloading photos/videos to computer.
  • Customer Interactions: 
    • Interacting with the public while accessing work areas, must be professional.

      Any of the following are encouraged to apply:

      Those who have a High School diploma or GED and are currently a college student (enrolled and pursuing a degree at an accredited college or university).

      Those who have graduated within the last six (6) months, majoring in Biology, environmental studies, or a natural resource related degree.


      • Operating a pickup truck and/or SUV.


      • A valid driver’s license.



      • At least four semesters or six quarters work at an accredited college or university.
      • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office package including Word, Excel, and Outlook.
      • Pursuing a degree in natural resource management, fisheries, biology, or a similar discipline.


      As a result of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14 (Download PDF reader) issued on August 9, 2021, all Washington State Agencies are requiring employees to be fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of your employment. Pursuant to this mandate, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination as a part of the hiring process. Please do not upload your vaccination documentation with your application materials – your vaccination status will be verified by your supervisor prior to your first day of work. Exemptions may be granted for religious or medical purposes.

      A list of acceptable documents to provide verification can be reviewed here. Vaccination acceptable documents link (Download PDF reader) (Download PDF reader)

      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:

      • 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. 


      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.

      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:


      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:

      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.