Salary: $2,957.00 – $3,915.00 Monthly
Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Department: Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Job Number: 2023-00825
Closing: 2/1/2023 11:59 PM Pacific


Perform research duties relating to the management and monitoring of Puget Sound and coastal Troll commercial fisheries. 

Work extensively with WDFW program managers, commercial fishers, commercial buyers, and other WDFW staff to maintain a positive rapport. 

This is an opportunity to analyze the commercial regulations (WAC’s) to effectively monitor the compliance of commercial salmon fishers and dealers.

With your experience, you will conduct field monitoring of Puget Sound to monitor commercial fishing efforts.

You thrive on building collaboration and teamwork, corresponding with commercial fishers, commercial buyers, fishery managers, enforcement, and fellow commercial team members.

We are seeking a candidate who will support the WDFW mission of protecting, restoring, and enhancing fish and wildlife and their habitats, while providing sustainable fish and wildlife-related recreational and commercial opportunities through habitat protection and enhancement activities.

Our Commercial Fishing Monitoring Technician will,

  • Receive, analyze, input, and maintain Puget Sound and Ocean Troll Quick Reported non-treaty and treaty commercial catch data.
  • Responsible for researching and analyzing received commercial salmon harvest data for accuracy and completeness to derive commercial catch data used in writing daily/weekly catch estimate reports.
  • Responsible for performing comparison checks of quick reported data with catch estimate surveys and mailed fish ticket information, which results in a commercial salmon harvest database that is current, complete, and error free.
  • The Quick reporter analyzes the annual commercial catch data for accuracy for the data to be used in writing annual reports of species catch by commercial salmon management and catch reporting areas.
  • Log, input, organize, and summarize long-term salmon scale databases from Puget Sound test fisheries, commercial fisheries, and hatcheries, to assessments, and scientific research projects.
  • Responsible for building and maintaining a positive rapport with key individuals that play a role in the collection of commercial catch data by establishing a constituency that is aware of reporting requirements which leads to an accurate dataset prior to being entered into the agency’s database.
  • Write daily/weekly catch estimate reports used during in-season management.
  • Maintain archived records consisting of Non-Treaty and Treaty catch reports, reconciliations, copies of commercial Fish Receiving Tickets, Enforcement Records and other documents required to be retained according to the Washington State Archive Schedule.

Work Setting, including hazards:

  • Mainly office setting. Occasional fieldwork.
  • Hazards: Chemicals, on-board tripping hazards, inclement weather, sharp tools, lifting and carrying (50 lb. max), boat-to-boat transfers, repetitive movements of hands, long periods of sitting/standing, fish blood and slime, occasional hostility from constituents. Must be able to negotiate water in emergency situations.

Schedule: 40 hours per week, 8 hours per day, usually Monday through Friday.
Fieldwork may involve overtime and/or weekend hours.
Travel Requirements: Minimal travel required.
Tools and Equipment: Computer.
Customer Interactions: Ongoing interactions with commercial fish buyers, commercial fishers, the public and representatives from other agencies.

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 hours or nine quarter hours of natural sciences.

  • Graduation from high school or GED, and two (2) years of experience as a Scientific Technician 1.


  • Graduation from high school or GED and two (2) years of laboratory or field experience as an assistant to a biologist, chemist, or zoologist.

License: Valid driver’s license.


  • Proficient in Microsoft Access, Excel, and Word.
  • Have excellent customer service skills and legible handwriting.
  • Able to work with a wide variety of people and keep a positive attitude.
  • Basic understanding or knowledge of the basic principles of scientific inquiry, Puget Sound fish and invertebrates and their life history in marine and riverine habitats, field sampling techniques, and general lab procedures.
  • It is also beneficial to have an attention to detail and the ability to judge when guidance is needed in certain situations.

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT: WDFW requires all employees to be fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment. You will be required to provide proof of vaccination as part of the hiring process. Please do not upload your vaccination documentation with your application materials – your vaccination status will be verified by your supervisor before you will be allowed to work. Exemptions may be granted for religious or medical purposes.

Supplemental Information
Please note: Failure to follow the instructions below may lead to disqualification.

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:

  • Three professional references. 

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IMPORTANT NOTES: 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:

JOIN THE WDFW TEAM: 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.
UNION – WAFWP: 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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  • Email a copy of your DD214 (Member 4 copy), NGB 22 or USDVA signed verification of service letter to
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  • Notify us of your military spouse status by email at  
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