Scientific Technician 2, WA Dpt. of Natural Resources (Forks, WA; 3-month & 6-month temp)

Positions: Washington State Department of Natural Resources – Scientific Technician 2

We are currently recruiting for two positions (3-month and 6-month).  Both positions will be a part of a three-man crew conducting juvenile salmon population estimates with a backpack electrofisher at numerous locations across the western Olympic Peninsula of Washington State.  These sites can be remote and require strenuous hikes into and out of the different watersheds.  In October, the six-month position will transition to redd surveys. Redd surveys are conducted alone often in adverse weather conditions. For more information on the monitoring program, please visit our storymap (

Type of appointment: full time, non-permanent

Duration: 3-month position (July 15th through October 15th) 6-month position (July 15th through January 15th)

Benefits: Positions accrue 8 hours sick leave and 8 hours annual leave per month. Medical insurance is only provided for the six-month position, though everyone is covered while working.

Monthly salary range: $2,700-$3,575 (depending on qualifications)

Required qualifications:  driving license, ability to hike in rugged terrain and work in inclement weather conditions, ability to work well in a team, understanding of environmental monitoring, diligence, and attention to detail in collecting and managing field data

Desired qualifications: Bachelor degree from an environmental science, fisheries, or related program; field experience in fisheries or aquatic ecology; experience in identifying local fish species and fish workup; experience with backpack electrofishing and/or redd surevys; GPS and navigating experience; and experience with data collection and data management

Location: Olympic Experimental State Forest (; stationed in Forks, WA.

Work Schedule: Typically Monday-Thursday (10 hr days) though some days may be longer based on the number of fish collected at each site.

How to apply: Email your resume with three references to Washington Department of Natural Resources’ fish biologist Kyle Martens ( In your email, please indicate any timing constraints that you may have with the positions. Also indicate your position preference and if you would be willing to accept either positions (3 month or 6 month).  Note: In the past, the six-month position has been very competitive and most people who have received interviews have backpack electrofishing or redd survey experience.