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Aquatic Species Habitat Technician – Scientific Technician 2 – Career Seasonal – *01568-24

Salary: $3,376.00 – $4,497.00 Monthly
Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA
Job Type: Seasonal
Anticipated Season Length: 6 Months April 1, 2024 – October 4, 2024
Job Number: 2024-01568
Department: Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Opening Date: 02/02/2024
Closing Date: 02/19/2024 11:59 PM Pacific
Category: Natural Resources / Animal Services / Research / Sciences / Green-Collar/Environmental
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Habitat Program – Science Division
Olympia, Washington – Thurston County
Anticipated Season Length: 6 Months
April 1, 2024 – October 4, 2024
Collect data on multiple projects as a part of the Chehalis Basin Aquatic Species Restoration Plan (ASRP).
Represent critical support for research projects designed to explore the utility of innovative restoration techniques for meeting the objectives of the ASRP throughout the Chehalis River Basin.
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Beaver pair – Photo Credit: Rebecca Smokoska
This is an opportunity to participate in research designed to inform the effectiveness of stream restoration techniques.
With your experience, you will install and maintain scientific instrumentation and conduct physical habitat and biological surveys.



Our Aquatic Habitat Species Technician,

Performs field data collection to support research projects as a part of state Adaptive Management Programs: 
  • Participates in sampling programs designed to inform the effectiveness of specific stream restoration actions in the Chehalis River Basin for improving water quality and aquatic and semi-aquatic species habitat.
  • Conducts fish, wildlife, and habitat monitoring and research under supervision of a higher-level professional.
  • Uses established procedures to characterize streams and stream habitats.
  • Monitors water quality, including stream temperature and flow.
  • Conducts biological surveys for fish, amphibians, beaver, and aquatic macroinvertebrates.
  • Operates trucks and drives on logging roads on private forestlands.
Downloads monitoring equipment and enters data in the field: 
  • Deploys, maintains and downloads dataloggers.
  • Enters data on handheld iPads.
  • Records tabular data on datasheets.
  • Records field conditions and notes.
Quality checks data and data management:
  • Ensures data quality.
  • Downloads data into existing databases.
  • Work Setting, including hazards:
    • Primarily field work but does involve a minimal amount of field preparation in the office. 90-95% of the time will be spent in the field or preparing to go in the field.
    • While in the field, hiking off-trail through vegetation that may be extremely dense and up and down steep slopes will be required. Employees will at times be required to carry a heavy pack (< 40 pounds) and haul awkward equipment (e.g. rebar). Field work requires bending, ducking, balancing, and crawling through, under, and over dense understory and woody debris. Work both independently and in small teams of 2 or 3. Employees must be comfortable navigating and hiking throughout managed landscapes on foot in some study sites that have been recently harvested, and over downed trees and wood or up streams that may be slippery. Employee must be capable and comfortable navigating off trail over steep, uneven, and slippery terrain. Employees must be comfortable navigating and driving on logging roads located on Private forestlands throughout western Washington. 
  • Schedule:
    • Four (4) 10-hr days, Monday – Thursday. Because this position is one member of a field team, there is no flexibility in workdays or hours.
  • Travel Requirements:
    • Daily trips to field sites located within daily driving distance of the Natural Resources Building (NRB) in Olympia.
    • Camping overnight near study sites may be required on occasion.
  • Tools and Equipment:
    • Employee must be able and willing to drive vehicles (4WD trucks and SUVs) on logging roads located on Private forestlands in western Washington. Wear rubber boots, sometimes caulked boots, a hard hat and high visibility vest, and raingear and/or waders and wading shoes.
    • Use an iPad or other device to enter data collected in the field. Upload data from monitors and sensors and upload data into databases. Haul and lift heavy equipment up to 40 pounds. Perform basic functions using standard software (e.g., Microsoft).
  • Customer Interactions:
    • May be approached by landowners or other users of public and/or private lands when in or on route to study sites. Responsible for maintaining positive and productive working relationships with landowners on whose lands study sites are located as well as other users of those lands. Interact with said individuals in a respectful manner and provide proof of access permits if requested.




  • Graduation from high school or GED, including one year of high school science and two (2) years of experience as a Scientific Technician 1 or field experience as an assistant to a biologist, chemist, or zoologist.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Ability to collect data according to established protocols and make independent judgments in the field in the absence of the Supervisor or other lead staff.
  • Knowledge of principles and procedures of biological research; standard laboratory and field methods; fish, wildlife, and stream ecology.
  • Use standard laboratory and field equipment; perform a variety of outdoor work in inclement weather.
  • Experience with Microsoft software including Word, Excel, and Access.
Please 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 6 semester or 9 quarter hours of natural science classes.
  • Valid driver’s license.
In addition to those required qualifications, our ideal applicant will also have the following: 
  • One (1) year of professional experience conducting field research, familiarity with water quality and physical monitoring.


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/listed on your 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 completed online application that shows your experience as it relates to this position.
  • A cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications of this position (a 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



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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.



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 Cheri.Weld@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 Cheri.Weld@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.


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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.


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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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