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Salary– $3,616.00 – $4,738.00 Monthly

Our Spawning Ground Survey Lead,

  • Plans, organizes, conducts, and evaluates the spawning ground survey program on the North Coast.
  • Supervises, schedules, and directs the activities of 1-3 temporary and permanent Scientific Technicians.
  • Collects, compiles, tracks, and analyzes spawning ground and biological data from the rivers and streams on the North Coast.
  • Compiles spawning ground data annually.
  • Coordinates with supervisor, tribal biologists, and Olympic National Park (ONP) biologists to calculate escapement estimates for salmon and steelhead in the respective North Coast River basins (Queets, Hoh, Quillayute and small coastal streams).
  • Prepares data summaries, data tables, charts, and figures for reports.
  • Provides accurate data to the lead biologist for updating annual forecasting models.
  • Provides GPS data on redd location to fish, habitat, and science divisions.
  • Trains staff in the use of established data collection procedures.
  • Schedules and assigns work based on knowledge of project priorities, environmental conditions, and staff safety.



  • Work Setting, including hazards:
    1. Considerable driving on highways and logging roads, hiking into remote, backcountry areas, often in inclement weather, varying stream flow and visibility conditions.
    2. Fieldwork can be strenuous, walking in and along rivers and streams with slick boulders, maneuvering over and around logjams, wading in moderate-fast current, and maneuvering watercraft through small rapids.
    3. Typical office setting at times.
    4. Summer requires substantial office time entering and summarizing data associated with field season.
    5. Ability to drive 4×4 pickups on highways and rural roads under all weather conditions. Ability to handle small boats and rafts in a variety of river conditions as well as train technical staff in the safe operation of these vessels.
    6. Includes snorkeling in cold, fast-flowing/whitewater conditions, walking over rough terrain in varying environmental conditions.
  • Schedule:
    1. Primarily Monday-Friday, but weather and flow conditions sometimes
    2. require working on weekends and holidays.
    3. A flexible hourly and daily work schedule is necessary to perform the assigned tasks.
  • Travel Requirements:
    1. Travel for field work and occasional meetings.
  • Tools and Equipment:
    1. Wading equipment, trail clearing tools, boats, rafts, mountain bikes, GPS, tablets, and computers.
  • Customer Interactions:
    1. Ability to interact positively with other government agencies as well as the public.
    2. Dealing with potentially angry members of the public regarding fishery regulations and seasons.





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 five (5) years of experience as a Scientific Technician, three years of which must be as a Scientific Technician 2 and/or 3.


  • Graduation from high school or GED including one year of high school science and five (5) years of laboratory or field experience as an assistant to a biologist, chemist, or zoologist.


  • Valid driver’s license.



  • Background in elementary biology and in-the-field salmonid identification is required.
  • Knowledge of salmonid life histories and spawning habitat.
  • Computer programs such as Word and Excel.


Ability to:

  • Clearly and concisely observe and record data.
  • Compile data using arithmetical and basic statistical procedures.



  • 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.



  • Experience as a spawning ground surveyor.
  • Experience as a crew lead or supervisor.
  • Knowledge of salmonid species present in the Coastal watersheds, their spawning behavior, and general life histories and fishery management methods.
  • Knowledge of the North Coast area waters.
  • Experience working with recreational anglers and guides.
  • Experience creating, organizing, and querying Access and Excel databases.
  • Computer skills and knowledge of programs such as ArcGIS.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Background in a variety of scientific collection methodologies and the ability to collect and analyze data clearly and concisely.
  • WDFW snorkel training and certification.



As a result of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14 (Download PDF reader) issued on August 9, 2021, all Washington State Agencies are requiring employees to be fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of your employment. Pursuant to this mandate, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination as a 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 prior to your first day of work. Exemptions may be granted for religious or medical purposes.


A list of acceptable documents to provide verification can be reviewed here: Vaccination acceptable documents link (Download PDF reader) (Download PDF reader)


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.