Salary: $3,883.00 – $5,214.00 Monthly
Location: Multiple Locations – Western Washington, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Closing Date: 10/10/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

Fish Program – Hatcheries Division – Region 4

Multiple locations in Western Washington – apply for one or all positions listed below by submitting one application! 

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: Mill Creek WA—Snohomish County

One (1) Position: LaConner WA—Skagit County

Support the mission of the agency by monitoring and evaluating sampling and data collection at WDFW hatchery facilities in Region 4. Lead a staff of Scientific Technician 2’s in the field and train them to sample Chinook, coho, sockeye, chum, pink salmon and steelhead at hatcheries, fish traps, and spawning grounds.  

With that in mind, 
Picture yourself, helping to protect salmonids listed as endangered or threatened that are managed by the state.

This is an opportunity to monitor and evaluate the manner in salmonid species are handled by WDFW in various life stages: broodstock collection, egg take, rearing, and release to meet ESA permit requirements.

We are seeking a candidate experienced in collection, organization, interpretation, and summarization of various biological data of salmonids at various life stages.

Some of what our Scientific Technician 3s will do, 

Data Analysis

  • Organize the QA and QC of entered data
  • Retrieves supplemental data analysis (scale ages, PIT data, CWT data) from regional or agency databases and updates local office databases in a timely manner when requested by the M & E biologist.
  • Summarizes collected data in a meaningful way (tables, charts, and graphs) for their supervisor to use in monthly and annual reports
  • Train and assist Scientific Technician 2’s with utilizing the M & E database, data entry, QA/QC, and analysis.

Field Crew Lead

  • As crew lead coordinate M & E staff to sample at hatcheries during bio-sampling events according to established protocols.  
  • Serve as a main point of contact with regional hatchery staff to schedule bio-sampling.  
  • Train M & E staff to take biological samples from salmon and steelhead (Scales, CWTs, PIT tags, sex, lengths, otoliths, and DNA)


  • Lead a team of up to three Scientific Technician 2 positions.
  • Trains others in the sampling protocols and procedures, and checks the data collected for accuracy and completeness. 
  • Participates in team meetings, communicates status of ongoing projects, and coordinates work schedules with the 
  • Assist with staff evaluation and develops training plans to improve efficiency. 


  • Work Setting, including hazards:
    • Primary fieldwork will be conducted in Region 4 at hatchery facilities and rivers, the remaining of the time spent in an office environment. 
    • Hatchery work will predominantly occur around raceways or holding ponds
    • In-river work will require up to 3-miles daily navigation of water and  walking uneven or rugged terrain in and out of water 
    • Field work will be conducted in various weather conditions. Temperature of the water and external atmosphere will fluctuate depending on the season (i.e., snow, rain, cold, heat), so the applicant must be willing to work in all conditions. 
    • Job may require employee to lift at least 50 lbs. and sample fish in the water for long periods of time. 
    • Must be able to negotiate water in various/emergency situations.
  • Schedule:
    • Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; schedule may shift as needed to meet program goals and objectives; position may be required to work nights, weekends, or holidays.  
  • Travel Requirements:
    • Daily/Weekly travel to hatchery facilities within Region 4 and remote stream survey locations, etc. 
    • Use of an agency vehicle when applicable or personal vehicle with the option of mileage reimbursement based on agency standards.
  • Tools and Equipment:
  1.  Coded wire tag (CWT) wands, passive integrated transponder (PIT) tag readers, bio-sampling equipment (knives, scissors, tweezers, hemostats, measuring tape, iPad), outdoor apparel, laptop.
  • Customer Interactions:
    • Interaction with professionals from other agencies, co-managers, and members of the public.


  • Graduation from high school or GED, including one year of high school science AND four (4) years of experience as a Scientific Technician 


  • Graduation from high school or GED including one year of high school science AND four (4) years of laboratory or field experience as an assistant to a biologist, chemist, or zoologist.  
    1. 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 semester or nine quarter hours of natural science classes.  


  • Equivalent education/experience


  • Valid driver’s license


  • Completion of a technical, associates or four-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 PIT tag detectors and injectors and CWT wands.
  • Knowledge of salmon and steelhead life histories in Puget Sound Watersheds
  • Experienced in collection/organization/interpretation/summarization of various biological data of salmonids collected at various life stages.

Application Information

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. 

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