Salary: $2,957.00 – $3,915.00 Monthly
Location: Skamania County – Stevenson, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Non-Permanent
Department: Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Job Number: 2023-02498
Closing: 4/5/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

Fish Program
Stevenson, Washington – Skamania County
Anticipated Appointment Length: 2 Months
March 20, 2023 – May 19, 2023

Do you have a passion to protect and provide recreational and commercial fisheries?  Do you have experience maintaining and operating rotary screw traps?

In this role, you will monitor the health and diversity of fish populations in the Wind River, and provide information needed to develop sustainable recreational opportunities.

This is an opportunity to collect scales, biological and morphological data from live specimens.

In this dynamic role, you will assess the population response to the removal of Hemlock Dam.

With your experience you will collect mark-recapture data used to develop abundance estimates of juvenile steelhead via screw traps.

You are excited to conduct spawning ground surveys and snorkel surveys.

Our Wind River Technician,

  • Deploy internal (PIT) tags on juvenile steelhead.
  • Examine live specimens and collect biological data (scales, lengths).
  • Use of rigging (cable, clamps) and tools, winches, ropes, and occasionally inflatable boats to place and secure traps in deep, swift water.
  • Use of provided personal protective equipment (dry suits, PFDs, waders), boats and rope systems to access floating screw traps.
  • Operate and maintain Shipherd Falls adult ladder trap.
  • Examine live specimens for existing visual and internal ID marks using visual inspection and electronic scanning equipment.
  • Deploy internal and external ID tags on adult and juvenile steelhead.
  • Maintain, backup, download, and edit data from ruggedized tablets used to collect screw trap data.
  • QA/QC juvenile data from screw traps in Microsoft Access.
  • Maintain, backup, download, and edit data from field forms and/or ruggedized tablet.


  • Work Setting, including hazards:
    1. 85% outdoors, 15% office/indoors.  
    2. Outdoor tasks include working in and around deep, swift flowing, cold streams and trap systems consisting of heavy rigging and moving parts.  
    3. Weather conditions during this appointment can range from heavy rain/snow to moderate heat.  
    4. Heavy loads and long walks (up to 5 miles) over uneven, slippery, and difficult terrain are the norm.
    5. Must be able to negotiate water in emergency situations.
    6. Fish traps are often accessed by small inflatable boat or canoe.  All personal protective equipment (PPE) and training for this task will be provided.
  • Schedule:
    1. Typically, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, – Saturday – Wednesday.
    2. Weekends will be included.
    3. Rotating and variable (night) shifts will occur.
  • Travel Requirements:
    1. Travel from office to work locations provided by employer.
  • Tools and Equipment:
    1. Most field work is accomplished wearing chest waders, dry suits or wet suits, PFDs, and frequently rain gear, all of which will be provided.
    2. Use of basic automotive hand tools, ropes, cabling, winches, etc. occurs frequently.
    3. Specialty equipment is regularly used for capture of fish (traps, seins) anesthesia, tagging, electronic scanning, and storing data.
  • Customer Interactions:
    1. Frequent, unscheduled interactions with public occur at many field work locations.

College course work involving major study in biology, zoology, fisheries, chemistry, natural sciences, or closely allied field may substitute year for year for experience.

  • Graduation from high school or GED and two (2) years of experience as a Scientific Technician 1.


  • Graduation from high school or GED including and two (2) years of laboratory or field experience as an assistant to a biologist, chemist, or zoologist.


  • Valid driver’s license.


  • Successful completion of agency training and/or certification for assigned watercraft dependent on supervisory direction, position need and training availability.


  • Experience working in and around rivers. 
  • Experience wading in streams and swimming in water deeper than 5’.
  • Ability to operate inflatable boats on a flowing river is preferable.  
  • Experience with installation and operation of rotary screw traps and adult salmonid traps and seines, experience with live handling, PIT tagging, and biological data collection on adult and juvenile steelhead or salmon are preferable. 
  • Experience with Microsoft Access and Excel.

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
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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:

  • Three professional references. 

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Supplemental Information
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