Salary: $2,957.00 – $3,915.00 Monthly
Location: Columbia County – Other, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Non-Permanent
Department: Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Job Number: 2023-01342
Closing: 2/12/2023 11:59 PM Pacific


Fish Program – Hatchery-Wild Interactions Unit
 Dayton, Washington – Columbia County 
Anticipated Appointment Length – 3 months
 March 1, 2023 – May 31, 2023

Assist with the installation, maintenance, and the operation of juvenile rotary smolt traps! 

Collect biological and outmigration data on Endangered Species Act (ESA) listed salmonids.

Picture yourself providing critical support in estimating the natural production of Endangered Species Act (ESA) listed salmonids in the rivers of southeastern Washington.  

With your experience you will assist with the operation of rotary screw traps, and sample juvenile salmonids.

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

Assist in the operation of rotary screw traps: 

  • Lift traps with winches to safely remove obstructions and ensure that the rotary screw traps are running smoothly.

Sample juvenile salmonids to collect biological information: 

  • Enumerate (count) the fish by species, collect length, weight sample, and scale sample for age analysis.

Perform Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) tagging on salmonids:

  • Safely insert PIT tags into selected species of fish with syringes.

Perform data entry: 

  • Enter collected data into computer database – verifying there are no errors. 


  • Work Setting, including hazards:
    • Majority of the work is performed in the field.
    • Often handling five (5) gallon buckets of water and fish and lifting up to 50lbs.
    • Potential safety hazards – slippery in or near rivers, loud noises, extreme weather conditions, and bites and stings from insects or snakes. 
    • Must be able to negotiate water in emergency situations.
  • Schedule:
    • Working hours are variable and include night shift – weekends and holidays as needed.    
  • Travel Requirements:
    • Travel to trapping sites will be required. 
  • Tools and Equipment:
    • Smolt traps, Coded-Wire tags (CWT), Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) tags, scanning equipment, chain saws, come-alongs, and winches.
  • Customer Interactions:
    • Interaction with the public is limited. 


  • 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.

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. 



  • Operating smolt traps. 
  • Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) tagging fish. 
  • Identifying juvenile salmonids. 

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.

To Apply
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 current resume. 
  • Three professional references. 

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IMPORTANT NOTE: 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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  • Notify us of your military spouse status by email at  
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