Salary: $3,401.00 – $4,425.00 Monthly
Location: King County – Other, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Department: Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Job Number: 2022-17503



Fish Program
Fall City, Washington – King County

Please note: Salary listed does not include the 5% premium pay granted to all King County employees. In addition to the base salary, this position is eligible for 5% premium pay for positions located in King County.

Are you an experienced fisheries technician looking to expand your skills and share your knowledge with others?

You will have lead responsibility for conducting stock assessment activities in the Snohomish watershed including spawning ground surveys that are used to estimate Chinook, coho, pink, and chum salmon and steelhead escapement.

Come join an amazing team of talented and passionate people dedicated to protecting Washington’s natural resources while providing sustainable recreational opportunities for all.

In this dynamic role, you will be rowing pontoon boats and piloting the jet sled for District 13!

You thrive on building collaboration and teamwork, training and educating seasonal and temporary staff in proficient operation of watercraft and the ability to work well with a wide variety of people.

You are excited to get in the water and snorkel for adult salmon counts, steelhead resights, deploying nets for capture of fish for sampling, and/or snorkel for juvenile salmon presence/absence observations.


Our Snohomish Watershed Technician, 

  • Leads spawning ground surveys and sampling efforts.
  • Plans and conducts surveys using discretion in selecting or modifying techniques and timing of surveys based on priority and environmental
  • conditions.
  • Trains and educates seasonal and temporary staff on work unit procedures and priorities.
  • Addresses private landowner concerns relative to work unit activities.
  • Leads and directs biological sampling activities including collecting age structures, hatchery mark information, and genetic samples, from salmon and steelhead encountered on spawning grounds, hatchery, and angler creel.
  • May perform hook and line surveys.
  • Works to maximize carcass recovery and sampling efforts.
  • Pilots powered watercraft.
  • Gathers data in rivers via snorkeling to identify, count and/or collect fish, and/or deploy and inspect field gear.
  • Accurately summarizes and reports field data in a timely manner.


  • Work Setting, including hazards:
    1. Primarily field work in rivers and streams walking up to 8 miles in rugged terrain in and out of the water, floating in rafts or boats in variable flow conditions and weather.
    2. Includes snorkeling in cold, fast flowing water.
    3. Must be able to negotiate water in emergency situations.
    4. Good watercraft handling and trailering skills and the ability to operate motorized vessels safely in inclement weather in a variety of stream flow conditions.
  • Schedule:
    1. Eight hours per day, five days per week.
    2. Occasional weekend hours.
  • Travel Requirements:
    1. Adhesion to agency vehicle operation policies.
    2. Daily travel in agency assigned vehicle from assigned duty station to field sampling locations.
  • Tools and Equipment:
    1. Project inventory.
    2. Agency provided vehicles (trucks, boats and trailers), exposure
    3. apparel (waders/boots, raincoat, drysuit and snorkel gear, hat, gloves), backpack, pike staff, sampling implements, and instruments including gps and satellite locators.
    4. Agency laptop, phone, and data tablet.
    5. Trail maintenance equipment including chainsaw, machete and loppers.
  • Customer Interactions:
    1. Interacts with WDFW staff, tribes, other government agencies, and the public.

College course work involving major study in biology, zoology, fisheries, chemistry, natural sciences, or closely allied field may substitute year for year for experience, provided the course work includes at least six semester or nine quarter hours of natural science classes.

  • 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.


  • Valid driver’s license.

Experience with:

  • Operating a raft, drift boat, pontoon and/or jet sled in rivers or streams.


  • Successful completion of agency training and/or certification for assigned watercraft dependent on supervisory direction, position need, and training availability.
  • WDFW snorkel training and certification, with completion within 6 months of hire and renewal expected annually.
  • First Aid/CPR within 6 months of hire.


  • Competency in operation of digital devices using data management and mapping software.
  • Follow data collection and data entry protocols and to collect high quality biological data.
  • Must communicate well with others.
  • WDFW snorkel training and MOCC certification.
  • Experience operating motorized watercraft in Puget Sound rivers.
  • Experience snorkeling rivers for salmon observation and enumeration.
  • Hook and line angling experience.

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:

  • 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. 


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:

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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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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
  • Subject line should include recruitment number, position, and Vet (for example: #10155 Biologist 1 – Veteran)
  • Include your name as it appears on your application in


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  • Notify us of your military spouse status by email at
  • Subject line should include recruitment number, position, and MS (for example: #10155 Biologist 1 – MS)
  • Include your name as it appears on your application in

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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.

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.

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