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Natural Resource Scientist 3 - Hatchery Evaluation & Assessment Scientist - Permanent - 05287-22

State of Washington
Olympia, Washington, US
Closing date
Aug 19, 2022

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Fish Program - Hatcheries Division

Olympia, Washington - Thurston County

Please Note: This recruitment has been re-opened to increase the applicant pool. If you applied previously, your application is still under consideration and you do not need to re-apply.

This job is posted open continuous. Application review will be ongoing, and therefore we encourage you to submit your application materials as soon as possible. The Hiring Manager reserves the right to close the posting at any time once a selection has been made.

Do you believe that the recovery of salmon and steelhead is a goal of major significance?

Apply a high level of expertise in the field of fishery resource management to develop the most scientifically defensible hatchery operations for salmon and steelhead in relation to stock recovery and fishery objectives.

Showcase your ability to communicate with management and stake holders regarding best available science on hatchery reform!

Spring Chinook Smolts - Photo Credit: Joshua Holowatz - WDFW

With that in mind,

Picture yourself preparing and assessing hatchery production information - providing expertise and consultation to others on salmon and salmon hatchery research.

With your experience, you will be responsible for coordinating and implementing natural resource management practices resulting from research findings, such as planning, developing, and designing professional resource assessments and providing the analysis, assessment, and interpretation of the results and preparation of final reports.

In this dynamic roleyou will identify and prioritize research as a subject matter expert with knowledge of salmon life history, hatchery operations, and biological requirements when assessing artificial production methods.

You thrive on building collaboration and teamwork,develop statements for management as necessary and provide external coordination with Tribal, Federal, and other entities - consultation includes the review of scientific and statistical data, assessments, and reports, to critically evaluate the appropriate applications to management and policy.

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

* Chum Salmon Spawning - Photo Credit: Rachel Blomker - WDFW

Our Hatchery Evaluation and Assessment Scientist,

Defines research projects and consults with agency management to determine needs, goals, and objectives as it relates to hatchery reform. Tasks include, but are not limited to:

* Develop study designs and analytical and statistical methods for collecting data and conducting analyses. Including the use of the All "H" Analyzer (AHA), demographic geneflow model (DGM), Chinook Assessment Model (CAM), or other models that may arise to assess hatchery/wild interactions.
* Develop appropriate recommendations to comply with Federal Endangered Species Act (ESA), state law, and other associated policies.
* Develop and maintain appropriate data bases and documents for hatchery evaluation projects and provides advice on the collection, storage, and analysis of scientific data.
* Assesses hatchery production programs and assists with cost-benefit analysis and development of recommendations for cost efficiencies.
* Prepares written reports to communicate statistical and other findings on the analysis, assessment, and interpretation of the results and preparation of final reports, such as and/or acceptance of ideas and actions.
* Design, implement, and monitor hatchery evaluation studies including release time studies.
* Develop manuscripts for publication and present at conferences and internal/external meetings.

Mentor junior staff. Tasks include, but are not limited to:

* Participate in hiring and training staff.
* Provides guidance on latest science.


* Work Setting, including hazards:
* Work is conducted primarily in an office or telework setting and at meetings.
* Some field work may be required to collect scientific data - fieldwork is often conducted in adverse environmental conditions.

* Schedule:
* Standard business hours are Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. - must be willing to work non-scheduled work week.
* A flexible work schedule will be considered - subject to supervisory approval.
* Field work and attending meetings and site visits is likely to be necessary during portions of all seasons and might require occasional alternative work schedules.

* Travel Requirements:
* Local or regional travel may be required to meet with regional staff, attend committee meetings, evaluate properties, conduct general business, or to attend/provide trainings.

* Tools and Equipment:
* Standard office furniture and equipment (e.g., desk, filing cabinet, computer, printer, telephone, copy machine, etc.) and operation of a motor vehicle.

* Customer Interactions:
* Frequent contact with clients, including some contact with those who may be frustrated. Frequent contact with partners (state, federal, and Non-Governmental Organizations).


Closely related qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-by-year basis.

* Bachelor's degree in fisheries, natural resources, or a related field.


* Four (4) years of professional research work experience in fisheries, natural resources, or related field.


* An in depth understanding of fish hatchery operations, data, and database management.
* Use or development of fisheries-based models.
* Well-developed communication skills.

Please Note:

* A Master's degree will substitute for two (2) years of the required experience and aPh.D. degree will substitute for all the required experience - provided the field of major study was in the specific specialty (fish management or fish research, or habitat management or habitat research).


* Valid State Driver's License.


* Two (2) peer reviewed journal articles with at least one (1) as primary author.
* American Fisheries Society Certified Fisheries Professional.

In depth knowledge of:

* Washington state fish hatchery systems.
* Hatchery reform.
* Federal Endangers Species Act (ESA) process.
* Fisheries research on salmonids.
* Fisheries co-management.

Knowledge and/or use of:

* The All "H" Analyzer (AHA), demographic geneflow model (DGM).
* Chinook Assessment Model (CAM).
* Other models that may arise to assess hatchery/wild interactions.


As a result of Gov. Jay Inslee'sProclamation 21-14 (Download PDF reader) issued on August 9, 2021, all Washington State Agencies are requiringemployees to be fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccineas a condition of your employment. Pursuant to this mandate, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination as a part of the hiring process.Please do not upload your vaccination documentation with your application materials - your vaccination status will be verified by your supervisor prior to your first day of work.Exemptions may be granted for religious or medical purposes.

A list of acceptable documents to provide verification can be reviewed here.Vaccination acceptable documents link(Download PDF reader)

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

In order to successfully apply for this position, you MUST complete your profile 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.


The Department of Fish and Wildlife's priority during the Covid-19 health crisis is to keep our staff, candidates, and the public safe. We are hiring and encourage you to apply to open positions. We have transitioned to a virtual recruitment process, to include web-based interviews.

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 ouragencyand theperksof 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 ofAccountability, 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.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Employer


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
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To take advantage of military spouse preference, please do the following:

* Notify us of your military spouse status by email
* Subject line should include recruitment number, position, and MS (for example: #10155 Biologist 1 - MS)
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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.

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.

If you are having technical difficulties creating, accessing, or completing your application, please call NEOGOV toll-free at (855) 524-5627

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