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Ocean Fisheries Port Sampler – Scientific Technician 2 -Twenty-Two (22) Non-Permanent – *02030-24

Salary: $3,376.00 – $4,497.00 Monthly
Location: Multiple Locations – Western Washington, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Non-Permanent
Job Number: 2024-02030
Department: Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Opening Date: 02/13/2024
Closing Date: 03/26/2024 11:59 PM Pacific
Category: Environmental Services / Parks and Beaches / Recreation / Parks and Recreation / Natural Resources / Animal Services / Customer Service / Research / Sciences / Green-Collar/Environmental




Fish Program – Ocean Management Division 


Application review is ongoing, submit your application materials as soon as possible.   First review of applications will take place on February 20, 2024.  This recruitment may be closed at any time. 

Multiple locations within Western Washington and a variety of anticipated appointment lengths – apply for one, a few, or ALL twenty-two (22) positions by submitting one application!


Anticipated Appointment Length: 4.5 Months
 May 1, 2024 – September 15, 2024 

One (1) Position – La Push, Washington – Clallam County
Two (2) Positions – Ilwaco, Washington – Pacific County
Four (4) Positions – Westport, Washington – Grays Harbor County
 Four (4) Positions – Neah Bay, Washington – Clallam County


 Anticipated Appointment Length 3.5 Months
 June 16, 2024 – September 30, 2024


One (1) Position – Neah Bay, Washington – Clallam County
Four (4) Positions – Westport, Washington – Grays Harbor County
Six (6) Positions – Ilwaco, Washington – Pacific County


Come join the WDFW Team and gather catch effort and biological data from the ocean recreational and commercial troll fisheries through angler interviews. 

Examine marine fish catches and collect various biological data including, scales, DNA, otoliths and Coded Wire Tags (CWTs).

Make a positive impact for maximum fishing opportunities in our coastal communities while assuring that conservation objectives are met for fishery sustainability.

A fisher on the waters on a boat holding onto a very large King Salmon.  Clear sky and calm ocean waters.   Large rock in the background sticking up out of the ocean.

Thirty-Pound King caught in La Push – Credit: Jennene Hurley 

This is an opportunity to help ensure that ocean fishery catches do not exceed allowable levels established and ensure conservation of fish resources.

You thrive on building collaboration and teamwork, by interacting with recreational, tribal, and commercial fishers to enlist their cooperation in reporting marked fish encounters, types, locations of catches, and overall fishing effort.

The optimal applicants are motivated to help WDFW conserve and protect native and hatchery fish populations while providing sustainable recreational and commercial fishing experiences. 

We are seeking candidates with demonstrated values matching those of WDFW: Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy (ASPIRE).





A line of anglers fishing off the rocky shoreline for Lingcod at Westport.  Clouds in the sky - calm ocean waters. Rocks are very large.

Anglers casting for Lingcod at Westport – Credit: WDFW

Our Ocean Fisheries Port Samplers,  

Conduct port sampling of recreational and commercial fisheries: 

  • Provide feedback and make judgments daily regarding sampling protocols and field procedures – directly affects the statistical validity of data used by ocean fishery managers. 
  • Assist fishery managers in regulating the exploitation of ocean fish populations while promoting the conservation of fish populations through sustainable harvest of fish stocks – directly affect the economies, livelihoods, and unique culture of Washington’s coastal communities. 
  • Record, summarize, and chart field data utilizing electronic devices and software programs – requires daily synchronization of data collected into external databases and an emphasis on promptness and error-free records. 


  • Work Setting, including hazards:
    • Position is 100% field work – working near sharp sampling tools, fishing gear and various equipment/machinery in fish houses or cannery rooms, negotiating steep ramps, slippery surfaces, unstable docks, boarding vessels, and lifting, handling, and manipulating fish daily/frequently, and rarely lifting fish weighing up to 60 lbs. 
    • Field work includes working in all the various coastal temperatures and inclement weather conditions – must be able to negotiate water in emergency situations. 
    • Some computer work to be expected. 
  • Schedule:
    • Monday – Sunday, non-scheduled, 24/7. 
    • Weekend work, non-consecutive days off, and occasional long hours are required.  
  • Travel Requirements:
    • Daily travel is required within assigned ports.
    • Occasionally travel is needed to Montesano or other ports within Washington.
  • Tools and Equipment:
    • Knives, scissors, tweezers, hemostats, measuring board, Personal Flotation Devices (PFD), iPad, laptop, and Coded Wire Tag wands (CWT-wands).
  • Customer Interactions:
    • Communicates with the public and recreational/commercial marine fisheries participants regarding current federal and state fishing regulations, regulatory actions, and other questions as requested. 





  • 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 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. 


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 kaila.daudt@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 kaila.daudt@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 360-902-2278 or email Jayme.Chase@dfw.wa.gov, or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) at 800-833-6388.

If you are having technical difficulties creating, accessing, or completing your application, please call NEOGOV toll-free at (855) 524-5627 or support@neogov.com.

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