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Salary- $3,294.00 – $4,286.00 Monthly

Our Scientific Technician Assistant Supervisor, 

  • Serves as a lead, assisting with the hiring, training, and overseeing sampling staff.
  • Fills in for some supervisory duties when the area supervisor is on leave including but not limited to directing and assigning work, adjusting schedules, approving timesheets, assisting with Travel and Expense Management Systems (TEMs), addressing personnel issues and consulting with management and HR when needed, and maintaining a safe work environment.
  • Executes intense sampling design, as well as training of temporary staff needed to conduct fisheries catch estimates.
  • Provides sport fishing regulatory information to sampling staff and the public.
  • Liaisons to regional supervisor on fishery violations and sampling issues observed in the field.
  • Conducts minor vessel maintenance such as checking fluid levels, inspecting critical components for wear and tear when required and ensures daily logs are maintained.
  • Interviews large numbers of recreational anglers at assigned boat launch facilities, marinas, and shore-based fishing locations.
  • Observes, counts, identifies, and records all salmon and marine fish species; collects scales, CWT data, determines sex, and measures fork length for salmon and marine fish.
  • Assists with coordinating high effort recreational fisheries including mark-selective salmon, marine fish including halibut and shellfish fisheries.
  • Assists with overseeing the sampling by samplers of commercial salmon catch from both tribal and non-tribal fisheries; samples commercial fisheries during peak workloads and times when sufficient staff are not available.
  • Uses electronic CWT detection devices to sample all coho and Chinook salmon (wand or tunnel detectors).
  • Recovers coded-wire tags (CWT) while monitoring recreational and commercial fisheries of multiple species of salmon.
  • Classifies sorts and enumerates marked (adipose fin-clipped) tagged, marked untagged, unmarked tagged, and unmarked untagged salmon.
  • Collects spot shrimp data for shellfish fisheries.
  • Operates WDFW research vessels to conduct test fishing for recreational salmon fisheries.
  • Performs minor routine maintenance on the boat, motor, trailer, and test fishing equipment.
  • Provides written reports on fishery violations observed in the field and may give testimony informally or in court.


  • Work Setting, including hazards:    
    1. Typically, work is performed in the field and in the office settings.
    2. Field work may consist of adverse weather and sea conditions, noise, repetitive movements of hands, finger manipulations, long periods of sitting, squatting, walking, and boating.
    3. Climbing in and out of boats, sampling salmon in a boat, carrying, kneeling, heavy lifting fish and equipment (weighing up to 40 lbs. unassisted).
    4. Office work consists of long periods of sitting, typing, viewing screens, and interacting with the public.
  • Schedule:   
  1. Typically, work schedule is 24/7 (non-scheduled); 8-10 hours per day between 5 a.m. – 11 p.m., 40 hours per week; weekend and evening work required – including paid holidays.
  • Travel Requirements: 
  1. Occasional travel in and around Puget Sound.
  2. Seldom-overnight travel.
  • Tools and Equipment: 
    1. iPad, cell phone, electronic sampling device (CWT detector), weighing scale, calculator, knives, forceps, head lamp, measuring board, tally counter, tide book, canopy for shade (when necessary), portable table, totes/bins.
    2. Paper forms, labels, scale cards, pencils, label maker, projector, Bluetooth conference speaker, bar code scanner, battery tester, pens, clipboard, and scissors.
    3. A government vehicle and gas credit card.
    4. Outboard motorboat, boat trailer, GPS, compass, fishing tackle and gear including downriggers, computer, VHF radio, marine survival suit, rubber boots, rain gear PFD and first aid kit.
  • Customer Interactions:
    1. Frequent interactions with co-workers from WDFW and Tribes, commercial anglers, salmon buyers, fish processors, recreational anglers and shell fishers, and the public during data collection.
    2. Regularly provides basic information regarding fisheries resources to the public, as well as agency programs and activities.
    3. Occasional contact with individuals who are angry, distraught, or frustrated.
    4. Will serve as a liaison to South Sound supervisor and enforcement on fishery violations observed in the field.


  • Graduation from high school or GED, including one (1) year of high school science.


  • Four (4) years of experience as a Scientific Technician.


  • Four (4) years of laboratory or field experience as an assistant to a health or safety professional, 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 or environmental science classes.


  • Valid driver’s license.


  • Six (6) months or more of lead or supervisory experience.
  • Motorboat experience of vessels 16 to 26 feet in marine waters.


Skills and Abilities with:

  • Creel sampling recreational and commercial fisheries in Puget Sound or a similar area.
  • Identifying all salmon species and common Puget Sound marine fish and shellfish species.
  • Salmon life history and sport fishing regulations.
  • Commercial and sport fishing methods and gear.
  • Proper fish handling technique.
  • Microsoft (MS) Word, MS Excel, MS Outlook, and MS Windows.
  • First Aid/CPR Certification
  • Motorboat Operator’s Certification Course (MOCC or equivalent)

Other Skills and abilities with:

  • Accurately identifying all salmon species, crab, and shrimp species, and common marine fish species in Puget Sound.
  • Using effective techniques for communicating and asks angler interview questions in a manner that facilitates clarity, information flow, and reliability of the information.