Scientific Technician 2 – Skagit River Juvenile Salmon Trapping – Career Seasonal – *15170 $2864 – 3701 per month





Fish Program – Wild Salmon Production Evaluation Unit (WSPE)

Mount Vernon, Washington – Skagit County

Anticipated Career Seasonal Appointment: 6 Months

January 24th – July 20th

Become part of a dynamic and diverse team that is invested in making a difference in the conservation of Washington State’s salmonid populations.

Assist with the installation/removal, maintenance, and operation of downstream-migrant traps on the mainstem Skagit River and tributaries.

Generate population and biological data for Skagit River Steelhead, Bull Trout, Chinook, Coho, Chum, and Pink Salmon.

If this sounds like the perfect opportunity for you then apply today and join the WDFW Team!

Skagit Fish Trap – Photo Submitted By: Clayton Kinsel

With that in mind,

Picture yourself identifying, enumerating, and sampling juvenile salmonids for length/weight and collecting biological samples such as scales and tissue samples.

This is an opportunity to conduct mark-release/recapture experiments under varying flows and capture rates to determine trap efficiency for enabling juvenile population estimates.

The optimal applicants will have a positive can-do attitude as they collect/sample data and are eager to work hard and have fun in an environment where there’s never a dull moment.

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.


*Sampling Smolts – Photo Submitted By: Clayton Kinsel

Our Scientific Technician 2,

  • Works as part of a crew in this complex operation to monitor juvenile salmonid populations over a range of flows and variable out-migrant timing patterns.
  • Stays at the mainstem trap site while gear is fishing to maintain gear and ensure traps are fishing safely and effectively – much of this work occurs at night and occasionally during periods of high flows, and debris.
  • Works as part of a team to maintain, repair, and clean traps ensuring proper operation – safely operates motorboat to access the fish traps.
  • Communicates regularly with supervisor regarding any issues related to trapping gear or operation throughout season.
  • Performs biological sampling which includes enumerating and identifying all fish captured to species, age, and origin – this also includes identifying any external marks (fin-clips) that indicate origin and or may indicate presence of a PIT-tag (small radio transponder).
  • Performs a sub-sample of steelhead smolts that will be measured for fork-length and have scale and genetic samples collected to determine population age and genetic structure.
  • Accurately collects, compiles, edits, and enters data weekly into spreadsheets and/or computer database.
  • Double checks data for possible entry errors and ensures data will be clean, ready to summarize and analyze by project supervisor.


  • Work Setting, including hazards:
  • Primarily fieldwork conducted at the mainstem Skagit River trapping location – position is based out of RV trailers that serve as the duty station/office, the fish traps (screw, scoop traps) float in the middle of the river and are accessed by motorboat – traps have minimal cover, are exposed to inclement weather, are subject to the motion of the water, and highly variable stream flows.
  • Work will involve removing of debris from traps and the occasional use of power equipment/hand tools to keep gear clean and functioning -hands will be in cold water for extended periods of time.
  • Trap decks may be slippery, the path the leads to the boat is steep and slippery and work includes lifting outboard motors, generators, pumps, and water buckets that weigh up to 100 pounds either by yourself or with the assistance of a team member – this lifting occurs during every shift.
  • Schedule:
  • Typically, 40 hours per week on a rotating schedule – trapping operations are dependent on fish migration and environmental conditions, because the traps are operated 7 days a week throughout the season, this position requires nighttime, weekend, and holiday work.
  • During peak migration or periods of high flow/heavy debris, the employee must be able to work long hours, as needed, in potentially hazardous conditions (weather, water, etc.) until all the fish are processed, to ensure that they are released in good condition.
  • Travel Requirements:
  • Occasional travel to Olympia or within the Skagit Basin.
  • Tools and Equipment:
  • PIT-tag readers, scissors, scalpel, computer, winches, generators, hydraulic pumps, automobile, screw traps, sump pumps, outboard motors, boats, water buckets, chainsaws, and electric drills.
  • Customer Interactions:
  • Private landowners, the public, biologists, and natural resources staff from other organizations.



  • Graduation from high school or GED, including one year of high school science AND Two (2) years of experience as a Scientific Technician 1.


  • Graduation from high school or GED including one 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
  • CPR Certification must be obtained within the first season.
  • Boat Safety or Motorboat Operator Certification must be obtained within the first season.


Familiarity with:

  • Skagit Watershed.
  • Salmonid species at the juvenile stage and with salmonid life-histories.


  • Working on boats and on rivers.
  • Working with power tools and chainsaws.


  • Must be able to maintain computer files and use spreadsheet (e.g., Microsoft Excel, Word, Access) software.
  • Ability to follow complex data collection and entry protocols.
  • Good organizational and communication skills.


  • Boat Safety or Motorboat Operator Certification.
  • CPR Certification.

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 current resume.
  • Three professional references.


On Monday August 9, 2021, Governor Inslee enacted which requires that all employees of all state agencies not headed by an elected official be fully vaccinated with a recommended COVID-19 vaccine by October 18, 2021 as a condition of employment. Fully vaccinated includes the two-week waiting period after the last shot in each series, or single shot, is given. If hired for this or any position at WDFW, you will be required to provide verification of COVID vaccination. A list of acceptable documents to provide verification can be reviewed here.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife’s priority during the Covid-19 health crisis is to keep our staff, candidates, and the public safe. We are hiring and encourage you to apply to open positions. We have transitioned to a virtual recruitment process, to include web-based interviews.

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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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 skills 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.


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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As part of WDFW’s efforts to advance respectful and inclusive work environments, the Agency expects inclusivity as part of our professional interactions and communications. Therefore, we want to ensure that all individuals feel welcome, are treated fairly and respectfully. All staff are empowered to fully contribute to serving their work unit, Agency, and the citizens of Washington.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status and are encouraged to apply.

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