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Bull Trout Monitoring Technician - Scientific Tech 2 - Non-Perm - *06827-24


Habitat Program – Fish Passage & Screening Division
 Ellensburg, Washington – Kittitas County

Anticipated Appointment Length: Four (4) months

July 1, 2024 – October 31, 2024

Bull Trout are federally listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. This position will work with the supervisor and WDFW staff to monitor and restore volitional fish passage in tributaries to BOR operated reservoirs in the Yakima basin.

This position works to preserve, protect, and perpetuate fish life in a unique way by WDFW standards because of the variety of duties and focus areas.  The candidate will assist with monitoring fish passage conditions for Endangered Species Act-listed Bull Trout in tributary streams to reservoirs in the central Cascade mountains. In this role, the incumbent will need to have a strong work ethic and attention to detail. 



Here is what you will be doing, 

  • Document fish passage conditions temporally and spatially at each stream using GPS and camera.  
  • Document and remove any barriers to fish passage by removing recreational rock dams, bridges or other features that negatively impact fish passage.  
  • Fish passage remediation is achieved by proactively modifying the streams using hand tools and native materials to create volitional fish passage.  
  • Construct, by hand, channel training bars, weirs, or other features to maintain and improve fish passage.  



  • Work Setting, including hazards:
    • Working outside with potential loud noises and extreme weather exposure including sun, rain, snow, and wildfire smoke. 
    • Carry 50-75lbs of gear over rough and uneven terrain, Night work, boat operation, work in cold flowing water, walking 3-8 miles per day.
    • Working in remote locations with limited communication. 
    • Minimal office work. 
    • Must be able to negotiate water in emergency situations. 
  • Schedule:
    • Non-scheduled. Night and daytime work based on work tasks as assigned.
  • Travel Requirements:
    • Travel and hotel stays required.
  • Tools and Equipment:
    • Operation of motor vehicles including 4x4 trucks, ATV’s, boats, ability to safely tow a trailer.  Hand tools such as rakes, shovels, post pounders and hay hooks.
  • Customer Interactions:
    • Frequent interactions with the public, area recreationalists, neighboring private landowners, United States Forest Service (USFS), Yakama Nation tribal members and fisheries staff (YN), United States Bureau of Reclamation (USBOR), United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and local Bull trout recovery partners such as Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group (MCFEG), Kittitas Conservation Trust (KCT) and others.




Graduation from high school or GED, including one year of high school science and two years of experience as a Scientific Technician 1.


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


*Equivalent education/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.


  • Valid driver’s license



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

  • Experience with Fish Biometrics 
  • Experience with Yakima River Basin Fish identification
  • Prior manual labor experience including the use of various hand tools.


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: Benefits

Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s), Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), Vacation, Sick, and other Leave types. 

Eleven (11) Paid Holidays per year and one (1) personal holiday if the employee is scheduled to be, or has been, continuously employed by the State of Washington for at least four (4) months. 

Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA),  and an Employee Assistance Program.



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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To take advantage of veteran preference, please do the following:

  • Email a copy of your DD214 (Member 4 copy), NGB 22 or USDVA signed verification of service letter to 
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  • Notify us of your military spouse status by email at 
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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.   Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply.  

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