Fishways Technician - Scientific Technician 2 - Permanent - 2 Openings - *01741-24 description image

Fishways Technician – Scientific Technician 2 – Permanent – 2 Openings – *01741-24

Salary: $3,376.00 – $4,497.00 Monthly
Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Job Number: 2024-01741
Department: Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Opening Date: 02/07/2024
Closing Date: 02/21/2024 11:59 PM Pacific
Category: Environmental Services / Parks and Beaches / Recreation / Parks and Recreation / Natural Resources / Wetlands / Maintenance / Research / Geology/Hydrology / Sciences / Green-Collar/Environmental / Geographic Information Systems




Habitat Program 
Olympia, Washington – Thurston County


Join a dynamic team focused on enhancing fish passage across Washington.

Envision yourself conducting assessments, maintenance, and prioritizing fish passage improvement structures to improve access to spawning and rearing habitat for migrating salmonids.

Two (2) chum salmon swimming on bottom of rocky bottom water. Looking directly at the camera.

 Chum salmon – Credit: WDFW  


Picture yourself,

 Working with agency staff and external partners to sustainably accomplish fish passage goals and seasonally assist with fish rescue.

In this dynamic role, 

 You will be performing maintenance at fishways such as removal of woody debris and sediment, raking trash racks, and trail clearing.

With your data collection expertise,

Accurately transcribe field data into oral and written reports.

We are seeking a candidate, 

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




Some of what our Fishways Technician will enjoy doing, 

Conduct operation and maintenance monitoring of WDFW owned fish passage improvement structures (fishways): 

  • Perform basic maintenance at fishways such as debris removal, raking trash racks, and trail clearing. 
  • Improve function of fishways for fish passage with the use of hand tools (rake, pitchfork, shovel, picaroon, hedge trimmer, weed whacker, machete, chainsaw.
  • Take notes and photos of sites and surroundings to report to supervisor and use in written reports.

Data collection for inventory, assessment, and maintenance of agency fish passage improvement structures (fishways): 

  • Conduct advanced on-site evaluations statewide for WDFW’s Fish Passage, Diversion, and Screening section, including inspection, analysis, and reporting of human-made instream structures such as fishways, dams, screens, and diversions. 
  • Utilize the best available scientific resources to evaluate and assess fish passage improvement structures, referring to WDFW’s Fish Passage Inventory, Assessment, and Prioritization Manual (2019) protocols when necessary.

Write summaries:

  • Organize and prepare summaries of data for use in development of recommendations for minor and major repairs to benefit anadromous and resident salmonids. 
  • Accurately transcribe field data into oral and written reports.


  • Work Setting, including hazards:
    • Primarily a field position with approximately 85% of the work week spent outside in various locations statewide. 
    • The other 15% of the work week is spent in the office entering data.
    • Will work long hours in inclement weather conditions, walk streams, climb over and around wood debris on uneven terrain and slippery surfaces while carrying up to 40lbs of field gear (hand tools such as rakes and shovels) daily. 
    • Must be able to negotiate water in emergency situations.
  • Schedule:
    • Typically, Monday – Thursday, 7:00 A.M. – 5:30 P.M. 
    • May include evenings and weekends.
  • Travel Requirements:
    • Vehicle travel statewide. Overnight travel required.
  • Tools and Equipment:
    • Standard office equipment, assessment equipment (laser, stadia rod, gravel probe), maintenance equipment (rake, pitchfork, shovel, machete, log maneuvering tools, chainsaw), other pertinent sampling gear as needed for data collection per the protocols found in Fish Passage Barrier Inventory, Assessment, and Prioritization Manual (2019).
  • Customer Interactions:
    • Interact within agency, other agencies, state and local government officials, Tribal members and representatives, local entities, and the public. 
    • Contact, or work with supervisor to contact, landowners before entering private property.





  • 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.


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

Knowledge of/Familiarity with: 

  • WDFW Fish Passage Inventory, Assessment, and Prioritization Manual (2019) protocols. NOAA Fisheries WCR Anadromous Salmonid Design Manual (NMFS 2022) designs.
  • Microsoft Windows, Word, Excel, Outlook, OneDrive, Access, ArcGIS, and personal computers.
  • Pacific salmonid life history and ecology.
  • Survey equipment, GPS systems, and basic hand tools.

Skill/Ability to:

  • Meet inspection objectives and maximize data accuracy and integrity.
  • Perform basic maintenance of wooden, concrete, and metal structures.
  • Interpret aerial photographs and topographic maps and the ability to navigate using said resources and accurately measure features on maps.


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:

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
  • 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



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  • 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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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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