Thursday, October 1, 2015

FT Fish Biologist 1 (Dept. Fish & Wildlife)

State of Washington 
Dept. of Fish and Wildlife 
invites applications for the position of:
Permanent Fish Biologist 1 *09142-15 

SALARY: $2,873.00 - $3,740.00 Monthly
OPENING DATE: 09/24/15
CLOSING DATE: 10/04/15 05:00 PM

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is dedicated to protecting native fish and wildlife, and providing sustainable fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities for millions of residents and visitors. Working throughout the state, WDFW’s employees–field biologists, enforcement officers, land stewards, lab technicians, customer service representatives and others—manage hundreds of fish and wildlife species, maintain nearly a million acres of public wildlife lands, provide opportunities for recreational and commercial fishing, wildlife viewing and hunting, protect and restore habitat and enforce laws that protect fish and wildlife resources. Find out more about us and the important work we are a part of at

This recruitment is to fill one (1) permanent full-time Fish Biologist 1 position in the Fish Program, Fish management, Marine Resources Unit. The duty station for this position in the Natural Resource Building located in Olympia, WA.

The incumbent provides technical support for research studies in WDFW's Toxics in Biota component of the Puget Sound Ecosystem Monitoring Program. As such, the position supports the Agency's goals of protecting, restoring and enhancing fish and wildlife and their habitats, and providing sustainable and wildlife-related recreational and commercial opportunities. This work also supports the mission of the Puget Sound Partnership and its Action Agenda, as part of the governor's Recovery of Puget Sound 2020 Initiative. The is an entry level position biologist that will perform field surveys to collect specimens for toxicology monitoring studies, process sample in the laboratory using standard operating procedures, process data for the PSEMP databases, and analyze data for publication.

Laboratory work 
Tasks include: 
Processing field samples for biological metrics, analysis of toxic chemicals, disease, and genomic endpoints. Involves dissecting tissues and other body components from fishes and invertebrates using clean or sterile techniques defined in standard operating procedures. Creates composite samples of tissues. Maintains clean or sterile lab environment and equipment as needed
Conduct field surveys
Tasks include: 
Organizing, and conducting regular field surveys involving a wide range of sampling techniques including bottom trawling from a chartered fishing vessel, gill-netting for Pacific herring from small vessels, and beach seining for juvenile salmonids. Acquiring adult salmon samples by purchasing from tribal fisheries. Includes planning staffing schedules, supply inventories, and all aspects of managing and tracking fish samples from the field to the lab.
Data analysis
Tasks include: 
Processing data related to sampling effort and locations, tissue types collected, chemical concentrations returned from the analytical laboratory, and other related metrics. Work with other Unit staff to determine and apply appropriate statistical analyses of contaminant and related data.
Prepare written reports 
Tasks include:
Preparing data summaries, graphics, and written narratives to support the production of reports and peerreviewed journal articles.
Other duties 
Tasks include: Training, administrative requirements

Working Conditions 
Office: Working at a desk to enter and analyze data and prepare for lab and field efforts. Work schedule is 8 hours a day, M-F, however schedule may be altered for field work, including participating in sampling efforts that may last up to 16 hrs/day. Field work may occur on weekends.

Field: Collection of biota from boats and along the Puget Sound shoreline. May include living on a boat for up to a week at a time. Incumbent will be subjected to inclement weather, including rough seas that may induce motion sickness. Shoreline sampling of mussels may occur along rocky and muddy shorelines at night in remote areas. Lifting heavy objects such as ice-filled cooler is required. Fish handled by staff may possess sharp and venomous spines, and may bite.

Lab: Work will involve sitting or standing at a lab bench dissecting fish for long periods of time. Dissections and sample creation may occur in a mobile laboratory set up on boat or off-site location but mostly will occur at the NRB Marine Resources Lab. Involves hauling frozen samples in and out of a walk-in freezer. May involve the use of chemicals including formalin, alcohol, and RNAlater. Use of sharp instruments such as scalpels and knives is required.
This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the State of Washington, Department of Fish & Wildlife, and the Washington Association of Fish and Wildlife Professionals (WAFWP). As a condition of employment you must either join the union and pay union dues, or pay the union a representational or other fee within 30 days of the date you are put into pay status

A Bachelor's degree in environmental science, marine ecology, ecotoxicology or related natural science.
Knowledge of the basic principles of scientific inquiry.
Knowledge of Puget Sound fish and invertebrates and their life history in marine and riverine habitats.
Ability to follow standard operating procedures in the lab and field, especially the use of clean or sterile techniques to obtain tissue samples.
Ability to apply statistical procedures including summary statistics, analysis of variance, multiple linear regression.
Facility with MS-Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Access software
Ability to demonstrate professionalism with others under demanding field conditions and in inclement weather. Strong oral and written communication skills.
Ability to work well with a wide range of people, including scientists, biologists, technical staff, administrators, and the public. Job Bulletin[9/24/2015 10:41:55 AM]
Ability to perform repetitive lab procedures for long periods of time to collect consistent, high quality tissue samples.
Must possess attention to detail and an ability to judge when guidance is needed.

Preferred/Desired Qualifications: 
License for and experience with small boat operations. Experience with statistical software packages such as R and Systat.

To 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 preferred qualifications of this position (generic cover letter will not be accepted)
             A current resume (please make it succinct)
             Three professional references (personal references do not count as professional)

Please note: Failure to follow the above application instructions will lead to disqualification. E-mailed documents will not be accepted in lieu of attaching your documents to the online profile.

Upon submission of your online application, you will immediately receive a confirming e-mail. You will then be notified via e-mail of your status during the process. In addition to the e-mail notifications, you can check the status of your application at any time by visiting your online profile at Due to the high volume of applications that we receive, we ask your understanding and encourage you to use the online process and avoid calling for information.

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. Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 902-2276 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) at (800) 833-6388.

Permanent Fish Biologist 1 *09142-15 Supplemental Questionnaire
* 1. Have you ever been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony within the last ten (10) years?
 Yes No

* 2. Do you have a valid Washington State, or other state, driver's license? (If selected for an interview, you may be asked to furnish your license and driving record.)
 Yes No

* 3. Do you have a license for and experience with small boat operations?
 Yes No

* 4. Do you experience with statistical software packages such as R and Systat?
 Yes No

* 5. Do you have working knowledge of the basic principles of scientific inquiry?
 Yes No

* 6. Do you have working knowledge of Puget Sound fish and invertebrates and their life history in marine and riverine habitats?
 Yes No

* 7. Do you have the ability to follow standard operating procedures in the lab and field, especially the use of clean or sterile techniques to obtain tissue samples?
 Yes No

* 8. Do you have the ability to apply statistical procedures including summary statistics, analysis of variance, multiple linear regression?
 Yes No

* Required Question