Salary: $2,957.00 – $3,821.00 Monthly
Location: Jefferson County – Port Townsend, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Non-Permanent
Department: Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Job Number: 2022-17670


Port Townsend, Washington – Jefferson County
Anticipated Appointment Length: Four (4) Months
 February 1, 2023 – May 31, 2023

Support Native Fish Recovery by implementing monitoring programs for Endangered Species Act (ESA) listed summer chum salmon – focusing on monitoring programs for juvenile life stages! 


Operate traps, conduct biological sampling, and enter and summarize data that is used for stock assessment, recovery planning, and research relating particularly to ESA listed species.                           

With that in mind, 

Picture yourself assessing the ongoing integrity of data collection using the inclined plane floating trap on the Salmon Creek summer chum outmigration project.

This is an opportunity to perform daily inspections for safe trap operation, including adjusting anchor cables with hand tools and maintaining the boardwalk and deck.

With your experience, you will be maintaining daily datasheets recording numbers of fish, species, and stained recaptures.

We are seeking candidates that respect and value the opinions of others, creating an inclusive team environment where every member feels they contribute value to the project and WDFW.                   

Our Salmon Creek Juvenile Trap Technician,  

Juvenile trap operation for Salmon Creek outmigrant fry trap:

  • Raising the inclined plane each hour and removing chum fry from the trap.

  • Transporting the fry in four-gallon buckets to the processing station.

  • Sorting and counting the fry then releasing them safely downstream.

  • Staining 100 juvenile summer chum each night and releasing the stained fish from the previous night upstream of the trap to assess trapping efficiency.

  • Assess and respond to weather and stream flow conditions.

Data recording and reporting for the Salmon Creek trap:

  • Maintaining daily datasheets recording the number of fish, species, and stained recaptures.

  • Calculate and record nightly trapping efficiency which is used to make subsequent adjustments to the inclined plane.

  • Reporting numbers to the project field lead each day and maintaining the trap log for the other technician.

Providing support for the Snow Creek weir in April and May:

  • Assisting in the replacement of adult screens (4ft x 5ft aluminum panels) on the weir with smolt screens.

  • Occasional trap checks of the upstream box. Visual inspection of the trap box for adult steelhead and notifying field lead of live adult steelhead in the trap.


  • Work Setting, including hazards:

    • The Salmon Creek trap site is located at the WDFW Discovery Bay Wildlife Area – the site is somewhat remote and will require working alone. Fieldwork will include hours of darkness in inclement weather which can result in wet, cold, icy conditions, and negotiating water in emergency situations. 

    • A mobile trailer is stationed at the worksite with electricity, bottled water, Sani-can, and heat, outside the trailer, an awning covers the tables where fish are sorted, counted, and stained – the trap floats on two pontoons next to the trailer.  Outside lighting and headlamps are provided.  

    • Though the creek is small, water levels do fluctuate and can be swift during high flows – there are handrails and no-slip surfaces, but footing can still be slippery.  Most trapping occurs during hours of darkness.  

  • Schedule:

    • Hours worked will be 12-hour shifts consisting of 4 nights on and 4 nights off – the schedule is contingent on fish migration patterns, weather, and stream flow. 

    • 12-hour shifts in the early season, decreasing to 11-hour shifts as daylight time increases later in the spring.  

    • Schedule floats, advancing a day each week due to the four-on (4), four-off (4), such that weekends and holidays may coincide with the shifting schedule.

  • Travel Requirements:

    • Less than a mile occasionally to the Snow Creek weir on the other side of the Wildlife Area.

  • Tools and Equipment:

    • Personal Floatation Device (PFD), waders, headlamps, boots, rain gear, and various hand tools for installation and maintenance of traps. 

  • Customer Interactions:

    • Volunteers and occasional interaction with the local public.


  • 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. 


  • Experience handling, identifying, and sampling juvenile salmonids.


  • Experience with installing and maintaining temporary and permanent fish weirs and traps.   

  • Ability to collect, record, and compile data.

  • Ability to work independently and as a leader within a team. 


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