Salary: $2,957.00 – $3,915.00 Monthly
Location: Kitsap County – Other, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Non-Permanent
Department: Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Job Number: 2023-03482
Closing: 3/15/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

Fish Program
Seabeck, Washington – Kitsap County 

Anticipated Appointment Length: 3 Months
 March 16, 2023, – June 15, 2023

Join the WDFW Kitsap team and check fish traps on the Hood Canal Intensively Monitored Watershed (IMW) stream complex – including Little Anderson, Seabeck and Stavis Creek, and the permanent weir on Big Beef Creek.    

Collect data that is used to estimate marine survival, smolt production and the harvest rates of juvenile salmonids! 

Picture yourself checking smolt traps daily, enumerating catch, and sub-sampling catch for size. 

With your experience you will apply Coded Wire Tags (CWT) to coho smolts captured in the Big Beef Creek. 

This is an opportunity to collect Coded Wire Tags (CWT) data that is used in coho forecasting and estimating marine survival and harvest rates. 

We are seeking a candidate who respects and values the opinions of others, creating an inclusive team environment where every member feels they contribute value to the project and WDFW.

Our Smolt Trap Technician,  

Performs Smolt Trapping: 

  • Assists with the installation, removal, operation and maintenance of fence and permanent weirs.
  • Checks smolt traps daily – records species, mark and tag status, enumerates and sub samples catch for fork length and weight and enters data into project database. 
  • Responsible for maintaining trap integrity during high flow and making repairs if damage occurs due to weather, flows, debris, or vandalism. 

Conducts Coded Wire Tagging (CWT):

  • Works with supervisors to apply Coded Wire Tags (CWT) to coho smolts captured in the Big Beef Creek weir – requires appropriate fish handling and tagging techniques. 
  • Responsibilities include tagging, enumerating by tag code, recording, and entering data into project database. 
  • Properly clean and maintain equipment throughout the trapping season. 


  • Work Setting, including hazards:
    • Work is conducted outdoors in inclement weather conditions – requires working alone or at night. 
    • Daily fieldwork includes – wading in streams, hiking short distances over uneven terrain, carrying field equipment and/or buckets of fish weighing 40 pounds or less, occasional exposure to high stream flows, cold water, noise, odors and may encounter wildlife and stinging insects. 
    • On a daily basis work will involve repetitive lifting, hand movements, finger manipulation and long periods of standing.
    • Must be able to negotiate water in emergency situations.
  • Schedule:
    • 24/7 (non-scheduled) – 40 hours per week, 8 – 10 hours per day.
    • Weekend, evening, and holiday work will be required.  
  • Travel Requirements:
    • Travel between trapping locations with state vehicle – occasional travel to Olympia or other trapping locations. 
  • Tools and Equipment:
    • State motor vehicles, water pumps, Coded Wire Tag (CWT) machine, Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) tag reader, computer, cell phone, hand tools, weighing scale, waders, boots, raingear, fence weirs, and fan traps.
  • Customer Interactions:
    • Work with scientists from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) who are conducting steelhead research at Big Beef Creek.
    • Occasional interaction with public and private landowners.


  • 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.

Knowledge and Experience: 

  • Familiar with salmon life history and safe fish-handling techniques.
  • Experience working with juvenile salmonids. 
  • Intermediate computer and Excel experience.


  • Valid driver’s license.


  • Familiarity with study-area streams and area fish populations.
  • Construction skills.

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. 

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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
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:

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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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