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Ocean Fisheries Port Sampler – Scientific Technician 2 – Career Seasonal – *01432-24

Salary: $3,376.00 – $4,497.00 Monthly
Location: Clallam County – La Push, WA
Job Type: Seasonal
Anticipated Season Length: 7 months March 11 – October 15
Job Number: 2024-01432
Department: Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Opening Date: 02/01/2024
Closing Date: 02/15/2024 11:59 PM Pacific
Category: Environmental Services / Parks and Beaches / Recreation / Parks and Recreation / Natural Resources / Wetlands / Records Management / Research / Geology/Hydrology / Sciences / Green-Collar/Environmental


Fish Program
La Push, Washington – Clallam County

Season Length: 7 months
 March 11 – October 15

Make a positive impact for maximum fishing opportunity while assuring that conservation objectives are met for long-term fishery sustainability.

Envision yourself in the field, collecting recreational and commercial catch data used for short-term quota management and long-term management of ocean recreational and commercial fisheries. 

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WDFW Staff holding Lingcod – Credit: WDFW 

Picture yourself, 

Collecting catch effort and biological data from the ocean recreational and commercial troll fisheries through angler interviews, and examination of marine fish catches.

With your experience, 

Record, summarize, and tabulate field data utilizing electronic devices, software programs, and paper forms.

The optimal applicant, 

Will have strong interpersonal and communication skills to allow effective leadership and to interact positively with the public.

We are seeking a candidate, 

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




Some of what our Ocean Fisheries Port Sampler will enjoy doing, 

Conduct port sampling of recreational and commercial fisheries: 


  • Collect catch effort and biological data from the ocean recreational and commercial troll fisheries through angler interviews, examination of marine fish catches, and collection of various biological data.
  • Provide feedback and make judgments regarding sampling protocols and field procedures which directly affect the statistical validity of data used by ocean fishery managers.
  • Record, summarize, and tabulate field data utilizing electronic devices, software programs, and paper forms.
  • Daily synchronization of data collection devices to external databases, and the reporting of all data on forms error-free and promptly to fishery managers used for in-season quota management.
  • Regular professional interactions with sport, tribal, and commercial fishermen to explain WDFW research projects, procedures, and objectives. Request their cooperation in reporting marked fish encounters, recording the types and locations of catches, and overall fishing effort.


  • Work Setting, including hazards:
    • Fieldwork is 100% of the position, with some computer work. Long and odd hours during the ocean fisheries. Coastal temperature and weather extremes may be encountered in the field.
    • The work can take place in busy fish houses or cannery rooms around various types of equipment and machinery. 
    • Stand, walk, bend, and negotiate steep ramps, slippery surfaces, unstable docks, boarding vessels. 
    • Lift, handle, and manipulate fish up to 60 pounds. 
    • The work involves the utilization of or being near sharp sampling tools or fishing gear.
    • Must be able to negotiate water in emergency situations. 
  • Schedule:
    • Non-scheduled 24/7 and will work 40 hours per week. 
    • This position will return every year and work from Match 11 – October 15.
    • Requires weekend work, non-consecutive days off, occasional long hours, overtime, and holiday work.
  • Travel Requirements:
    • Daily travel required within assigned port and occasional travel to Montesano or other ports within Washington.
  • Tools and Equipment:
    • Knives, scissors, tweezers, hemostats, measuring board, personal flotation device, iPad, T-wand, and laptop.
  • Customer Interactions:
    • Communicate with the public and recreational/commercial marine fisheries participants regarding current federal/state fishing regulations, regulatory actions and answer questions.





  • 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 school science AND two (2) years of laboratory or field experience as an assistant to a biologist, chemist, or zoologist.


Please Note: College coursework 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:


  • Six (6) months experience in marine fishery sampling.

Knowledge of: 

  • Salmonid identification in their ocean phase. 

Skill/ability to:

  • Proficiently collect catch and effort data from ocean fisheries. 
  • Record and synchronize data utilizing electronic devices and paper forms in an error-free manner. 
  • Exhibit a good understanding of sampling objectives and methodologies. 
  • Meet sampling objectives and maximize data accuracy and integrity. 
  • Demonstrate excellent competence in sampling duties; fish handling, species identification, standardized interviews, coded wire tag (CWT) wanding technique, Chinook DNA, and scale collection. 
  • Distribute accurate information on ocean seasons and management actions to the public. 
  • Provide insights and feedback concerning sampling activities and staff performance to the supervisor. 
  • Maintain and promote personal, staff, constituent, and public safety. 
  • Maintain assigned gear. 


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 www.careers.wa.gov and attach the following to your profile before completing the online application:

  • 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


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 Elizabeth.Bullard@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 Elizabeth.Bullard@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.


Note: Please blackout any PII (personally identifiable information) data such as social security numbers. 


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.  

Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this announcement in an alternative format please contact Jayme Chase by phone at 360-902-2278 or email Jayme.Chase@dfw.wa.gov or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) at 800-833-6388.

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