Salary: $3,376.00 – $4,497.00 Monthly
Location: Multiple Locations – Western Washington, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Closing Date: 10/16/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

One (1) Position: Issaquah, WA—King County*
* In addition to base salary, this position is eligible for 5% premium pay 
 for positions located in King County.
One (1) Position: LaConner WA—Skagit County
The vitality and abundance of our state’s wild salmon and steelhead populations is important to WDFW’s conservation mission and part of the essential work our Scientific Technicians do to support this.

Picture yourself, 
Working at hatchery facilities and sampling Chinook, coho, sockeye, chum, pink salmon and steelhead.

With your insight and experience,
You will play a crucial role in assessing how ESA (endangered species act) listed or threatened salmonid species are handled by WDFW to help us achieve our program, state and federal permit requirements.

The ideal applicants, 
Are confident collecting, organizing, and interpreting biological data of salmonids and steelhead and have strong computer skills.
We are seeking a candidate, 
Who models WDFW values: Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy (ASPIRE).

Some of the Scientific Technician 2 key duties include,

Biological sampling:

  • Collect biological samples from salmon and steelhead like scales, lengths, otoliths, coded wire tags (CWTs) and DNA. 
  • Identify, enumerate (count) and handle juveniles and adults at hatchery facilities and in the field.
  • Assist with pre-release length and weight sampling of juvenile salmonids, and provide staff support to ensure all sampling is conducted according to established protocols.  

Data management and analysis:

  • Record data collected in the field using an iPad or data sheet.
  • Enter collected data into spreadsheets and databases using computer.
  • Generate summaries of data (tables, charts, and graphs) for the supervisor to use in monthly and annual reports.


  • Work Setting, including hazards:    
  • Majority of the work is performed throughout Region 4 (Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish and King counties), at hatchery facilities and in the field. Approximately 30% of the time is spent in an office environment. 
  • Will require working in inclement weather conditions, navigating rivers, streams, uneven terrain and working in and out of water for up to three (3) miles. 
  • Lift at least 30 pounds of fish, 2-3 days a week, and stand for long periods of time in the water or on land to sample fish. 
  • Must be able to negotiate water in emergency situations. 
  • Schedule:    
    1. Typically, Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
    2. May be required to work nights, weekends, or holidays as needed to meet program goals and objectives. 
  • Travel Requirements: 
    1. Daily and Weekly travel to hatchery facilities within Region 4 and remote stream survey locations, etc. 
    2. Use of an agency vehicle when applicable or a personal vehicle with the option of mileage reimbursement based on agency standards.
  • Tools and Equipment:
    1. Coded wire tag (CWT) wands, bio-sampling equipment (knives, scissors, tweezers, hemostats, measuring tape, iPad), passive integrated transponder (PIT) tag readers, electrofishing equipment, outdoor apparel, laptop.
  • Customer Interactions:
    1.  Comfortable interacting with professionals from other agencies, co-managers, and members of the public when approach during work.


  • 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 or vocational 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.


  • Valid driver’s license


  • Completion of a technical/associates or four (4) year degree or equivalent in fisheries, wildlife management, natural resource science, or environmental science.
  • Strong computer skills using Microsoft Excel, Word, and Access.
  • Skilled in using passive integrated transponder (PIT) tag detectors and injectors and coded wire tag (CWT) wands.
  • Knowledge of salmon and steelhead life histories in Puget Sound Watersheds.

Experienced in collecting, interpreting, and summarizing biological data of salmonids collected at various life stages.

Application Information

To successfully apply for this position, you MUST complete your profile at and attach the following to your profile before completing the online application:

  • Current resume 
  • Cover Letter
  • Three professional references 

For more information and to apply:

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