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Creel Surveyor - Scientific Technician 2 - Non-Permanent - Four Openings - *07738-24


Fish Program
 Puyallup, Washington – Pierce County

Two (2) Openings – Anticipated Appointment Length: 3 months - August 12, 2024 – November 15, 2024

Two (2) Openings – Anticipated Appointment Length: 3.5 months - August 12, 2024 – November 30, 2024

Make a difference in the future of fish conservation in South Puget Sound while gaining valuable hands-on field experience. 

Envision yourself collecting creel data from the recreational salmon fisheries on the Carbon and Puyallup rivers, conducting spawning ground surveys and assisting at adult trapping and hatchery facilities.


Picture yourself, 

Conducting interviews with shore anglers on and near the Puyallup and Carbon rivers.

With your data collection experience, 

Record and upload data into electronic data collection devices (iPads) and review data for accuracy. 

The optimal applicants, 

Will have experience identifying inland fish species and knowledge of sportfishing regulations.

We are seeking a candidate, 

Who models WDFW values: Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy (ASPIRE).



Here is what you will be doing, 

Conduct Angler Interviews: 

  • Conduct interviews with shore anglers on and near the river.
  • Data collected will include total hours fished, types of fish encountered, number of individuals in party, type of gear used.
  • Record all data into electronic data collection devices (iPads) and review data for accuracy, and upload data daily at assigned duty station.

Assist with Adult Salmon Traps and at Hatchery Facilities: 

  • Ability to safely handle adult salmonids.
  • Accurately collect and record biological data (species identification, length, weight, tags, marks, scales, and genetics).

Effort Counts:

  • Travel to multiple field sites on the river and observe the number of vehicles present and record data into electronic data collection devices (iPads).

Biological Data Collection:

  • Identify and sample salmon harvested by anglers.
  • Record biological data (species, length, sex, mark status) onto creel forms, scale cards and head tags.
  • Collect samples from harvested salmon including scales, snouts with coded wire tags, tissue (CWT), and otoliths.

Assist Regional Staff with Spawning Ground Surveys:

  • Perform fieldwork including identifying, recording, flagging, and monitoring salmonid redds and live/dead fish counts within selected reaches.



  • Work Setting, including hazards:
    • Working in all weather conditions including driving on and standing near busy parking areas and roadways.
    • Field work can be strenuous while walking in or along streams with slick boulders, crawling over logjams, wading across riffles with moderate/fast current or maneuvering watercrafts.
    • Stand, walk and drive on uneven and rough terrain. Work near fast flowing water.
    • Lift and maneuver equipment that may weigh greater than 40 pounds.
    • Must handle knives and dead fish, carry all sampling equipment on one’s person, and is subjected to outdoor elements (cold and hot weather, rain, wind, insects and wild animals).
    • Must be able to negotiate water in emergency situations.
  • Schedule:
    • Typically, four (4) 10-hour work shifts. Generally, two (2) weekday shifts and two (2) weekend shifts. Holiday work will not be required.
  • Travel Requirements:
    • Employees will be provided state agency vehicles to commute between duty stations and field locations.
  • Tools and Equipment:
    • Coded wire tag (CWT) wand, filet knife, measuring tape, forceps/tweezers, scale cards, head bags and tags, data forms, boots, rain gear, high-visibility vests, and WDFW logo hat/shirt.
  • Customer Interactions:
    • Interact with the public on and near the river including conducting interviews with anglers and communicating information to the public.
    • May encounter members of the public who are frustrated and may  be approached by law enforcement and military personnel.




  • 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.


  • Graduation from high school or GED including one (1) year of high school science AND two (2) years of laboratory of 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 allies field will substitute, year for year, for experience, provided the course work includes at least six (6) semester or nine (9) 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 identifying and sampling salmonids.
  • Experience identifying inland fish species.
  • Knowledge of sportfishing regulation.
  • Experience operating non-motorized watercraft in river type waters.


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 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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