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Juvenile Salmon Trapping Technician - Scientific Technician 2 - Non-Permanent - *01292-24




Fish Program - Ecology Life Cycle Monitoring Unit 

Cosmopolis, Washington - Grays Harbor County 

Anticipated Appointment Length: 4 Months 

March 1, 2024 - June 30, 2024


Come join WDFW’s Ecology Life Cycle Monitoring Unit and conduct juvenile salmon abundance studies.

Collect data that shows population estimates, productivity, and diversity of natural origin salmonids.  


With that in mind, 

Picture yourself working on a five-foot rotary screw trap located on the North River in the Willapa Basin.

You thrive on building collaboration and teamwork, operate juvenile salmon traps and collect data alongside fellow technicians.

We are seeking a candidate with demonstrated values matching those of WDFW: Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy (ASPIRE).



Our Juvenile Salmon Trapping Technician, 

Operate juvenile salmon traps: 

  • Assists with the installation/removal, operation, and maintenance of juvenile fish traps. Traps include a juvenile Chum weir, and juvenile 5-foot rotary screw trap.
  • Check traps daily, enumerating (counting), and sub-sampling juvenile salmonid catch.
  • Collect and record related biological and environmental data as assigned by supervisor. 
  • Use various marking/ tagging techniques. 
  • Maintain trap integrity during high flow events and make repairs if damage occurs due to weather, flows, debris, or vandalism. 
  • Organize and maintain all trap related gear, sampling equipment and data forms.
  • Enter and error check field data into agency database.
  • Maintain data integrity - ensure data entry is complete and accurate.


  • Work Setting, including hazards:         
    • 100% of this position is field work. 
    • During peak migration or periods of high flow/heavy debris, the employees must be able to work long hours, as needed, until all the fish are processed, to ensure that they are released in good condition. 
    • Maintaining traps requires a person to be in good physical condition, and able to work for extended periods of time. 
    • Technicians will regularly transport 5-gallon buckets of water (weighing approximately 40 lbs.) in slippery conditions on uneven terrain. 
    • Work sites are exposed, meaning work may be conducted in rain, wind, and cold conditions, during all hours of the day and night. 
    • Processing fish requires prolonged exposure of hands to cold water. To ensure the fish are handled with minimal stress, they are anesthetized with MS-222. 
    • The process of marking fish involves using sharp objects. 
    • Must be able to negotiate water in emergency situations. 
  • Schedule:        
    • 40 hours per week, 24/7 non-scheduled. 
    • May work weekends and holidays as needed. May work over-time if needed.
  • Living Accommodations: 
    • On-site living accommodations (Travel Trailer) including utilities are provided for the duration of the appointment length.
  • Travel Requirements:        
    • Daily travel from duty station to field locations using agency vehicle. 
    • Some navigating on gravel logging roads with a 4x4 truck.
  • Tools and Equipment:        
    • 4x4 trucks, water pumps, chain saws, power tools, hand tools, filet knives, scissors, scalpels. Passive Integrated Transponders (PIT) tagging equipment, Visible Implant Elastomer (VIE) tagging equipment, and other sampling equipment.
    • Tough pads and laptop computers.
  • Customer Interactions: 
    • Interactions with the public can be common.
    • Occasional interactions with personnel from private companies, tribes, federal, state, and local agencies.





  • 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.
  • OR            
  • 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:

  • Equivalent education/experience. 
  • Professional and volunteer experience involving biology, zoology, fisheries, chemistry, natural resources, engineering, or closely allied fields may substitute, year for year, for experience.
  • 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.



  • A Valid Driver’s License.


In addition to those required qualifications, our ideal applicant will also have some or all of the following: 

Knowledge of:

  • Salmon life history and proper fish-handling techniques.
  • Juvenile salmon trapping techniques.
  • Fish marking and tagging protocols.
  • Basic construction and use of hand & power tools.


Ability To:

  • Identify juvenile salmonids by species.
  • Enter data into computer files and spreadsheets (e.g. Microsoft Excel, Access) software.
  • Effectively coordinate and communicate with co-workers and other fisheries professionals.
  • Good organizational skills.



Supplemental Information


Please note: Failure to follow the instructions below may lead to disqualification.


Experience and education selected, listed, and detailed in the Supplemental Questions must be verifiable in the application.


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. 


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:


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.


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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