Fishery Sampler - Scientific Technician 2 - Seasonal - Three Openings - *04581-24 description image

Fishery Sampler – Scientific Technician 2 – Seasonal – Three Openings – *04581-24

Salary: $3,376.00 – $4,497.00 Monthly
Location: Pierce County – Tacoma, WA
Job Type: Seasonal
Job Number: 2024-04581
Department: Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Opening Date: 04/11/2024
Closing Date: 04/29/2024 11:59 PM Pacific
Category: Environmental Services / Parks and Beaches / Recreation / Parks and Recreation / Natural Resources / Wetlands / Forestry / Research / Geology/Hydrology / Sciences / Green-Collar/Environmental / Wildlife / Geographic Information Systems




Fish Program
 Tacoma, Washington – Pierce County 

Season Length: 5.5 months
 May 25 – November 8 

This is an opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience in fisheries at boat ramps throughout the Puget Sound. 

Envision yourself collecting and summarizing recreational salmon, marine fish and shellfish catch information and collect biological data to meet fisheries sampling goals.  

Fishery Sampler - Scientific Technician 2 - Seasonal - Three Openings - *04581-24 description image

Chinook Salmon – Credit: WDFW 

Picture yourself, 

Obtaining stock composition of the fishery, age structure (scales), length information for legal and sublegal proportions, and hatchery/natural-origin proportions for salmon fisheries. 

In this dynamic role, 

Retrieve coded wire tags (CWT) from the snouts of Chinook and Coho salmon to determine stock specific impacts for fisheries modeling.   

With your experience, 

Properly implement interview procedures and sampling protocols and accurately record data on appropriate electronic or paper forms.

We are seeking a candidate, 

Who models WDFW values: Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy (ASPIRE).




Here is what you will be doing, 

Sample predominantly recreational fisheries for salmon, marine fish and shellfish catch to determine the catch per unit of effort and species composition to obtain valid sport catch estimates for salmon and other marine fish:

  • Interview as many recreational fishery anglers as possible at assigned boat launch facilities.  
  • Observe, count, and accurately identify all salmon and marine fish species. 
  • Sample all Coho and Chinook salmon with electronic coded-wire tag (CWT) detection devices (wand detectors). 
  • Classify, sort, and enumerate marked (adipose fin-clipped) tagged, marked untagged, unmarked tagged, and unmarked untagged salmon.  
  • Sample recreational and or commercial salmon catch for biological data including DNA, age (scales), and sex ratios.
  • May sample commercial salmon fisheries at fish buyers and plants.


Review and summarize data, maintenance duties and other duties as assigned: 

  • Conduct error checks of sampling data. 
  • Operate and maintain an agency vehicle and sampling equipment as needed. 
  • Daily use of iForms, Microsoft Teams and email in Outlook.  



  • Work Setting, including hazards:
    • Work is primarily conducted in the field. Complete assigned duties and tasks while at sea, especially during rough seas and inclement weather
  • Schedule:
    • 24/7 non-scheduled, 40 hours per week. Typically, 8 – 10 hours per day between 5:00 A.M. – 11:00 P.M. 
    • Weekend and evening work is required.
  • Travel Requirements:
    • Puget Sound area with seldom overnight travel.  
    • May transport agency staff and equipment in agency vehicles.
    • Will be required to use personal vehicle for work when an agency owned vehicle is unavailable.
  • Tools and Equipment:
    • iPad, iPhone, electronic accessories, electronic sampling equipment (coded wire tag detector), weighing scale, knives, forceps, head lamp, measuring board, tally counter, tide book, totes/bins, paper forms, labels, scale cards, pencils, pens, clipboard and scissors, personal floatation device (PFD), WDFW apparel, gloves, rain gear and copies of current sampling and administrative manuals.
  • Customer Interactions:
    • Interacts with co-workers from WDFW and Tribes, commercial harvester or fishers, salmon buyers, fish processors, recreational anglers and shellfishers. 
    • Interacts with the public daily for fisheries data collection, sport fishing regulatory information, basic information regarding fisheries resources and agency programs and activities. May include contact with individuals who are frustrated.  
    • Liaison with regional supervisor and enforcement on fishery violations observed in the field. 





  • 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. 


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 six (6) semester or nine (9) 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 is dependent on supervisory direction, position need and?training availability.
  • First Aid/CPR certification within six (6) months of hire.


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

  • Experience conducting creel and sampling fisheries in Puget Sound or a similar area. 
  • Ability to identify all salmon species and common Puget Sound marine fish and shellfish species. 
  • Familiar with salmon life history and sport fishing regulations. 
  • Knowledge of commercial and sport fishing methods and gear. 
  • Experience working with members of the public.


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 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:


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. - Say yes to those who served.

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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
  • Subject line must include recruitment number, position, and Vet (for example: #10155 Biologist 1 – Veteran)
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To take advantage of military spouse preference, please do the following:

  • Notify us of your military spouse status by email at  
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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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