The Lake Washington Area Fish Biologist is responsible for all of the WDFW Fish Program’s biological activities within the Lake Washington watershed, located within District 12. As such, the Lake Washington Area Fish Biologist coordinates monitoring and research activities across programs within WDFW as well as with Tribal Co-Managers and other external government agencies, including NOAA, USFWS, King County, and the City of Seattle. The Lake Washington Area Fish Biologist manages all contract work associated with fish monitoring activities in the Lake Washington basin, including the development of the scope of work, development of cost estimates, and implementation/oversight of all contract obligations.
The Lake Washington Area Fish Biologist is responsible for all of the WDFW Fish Program’s biological monitoring activities within the Lake Washington watershed. The person in this position implements biological monitoring programs (spawning ground surveys), and collects biological data (i.e.., DNA, otoliths, scales, etc.) associated with naturally spawning Chinook, coho, sockeye, steelhead, and kokanee populations. This position monitors and evaluates the performance of hatchery programs and recreational fisheries within the Lake Washington watershed. The Area Fish Biologist coordinates monitoring and research activities across programs within WDFW as well as with Tribal Co-Managers and other external government agencies, including NOAA, USFWS, King County, and the City of Seattle.
The Area Fish Biologist has the principal responsibility for the analysis and interpretation of biological data.
The person in this position calculates spawning escapement estimates and pre-season salmon forecasts for natural and hatchery-origin salmon within the Lake Washington watershed. This position contributes to the agency mission by helping to provide recreational fishing opportunities while ensuring the long-term conservation of salmon, steelhead, and inland fisheries resources, and by contributing to the recovery of federal ESA listed anadromous stocks.
The Area Fish Biologist actively participates in spawning ground survey work for salmon. The person in this position will be required to walk long distances in stream channels at times. This position also requires the ability and willingness to navigate swift-water sections of large rivers (Cedar River) using single person and larger rafts. This position may require working alone, sometimes in adverse weather conditions and remote locations.
Bachelor’s Science degree in fisheries science, natural resources management, or a closely related field, and three or more years of experience conducting stock assessment work for Pacific salmon or steelhead.
Professional equivalent experience may substitute, year for year, for education requirement.
- Master’s degree in fisheries science, natural resources management, or a closely related field, and three or more years of experience conducting stock assessment work for Pacific salmon or steelhead.
- Preferred applicants should have at least three years of professional prior experience conducting spawning ground surveys for Pacific salmon (Chinook, coho, sockeye, chum, or pink salmon) or steelhead, and must be able to use redd counts, live fish counts, or other fish census metrics to generate estimates of spawning escapement.
- Closely related experience involving fish population abundance monitoring of non-salmonids may be substituted for spawning ground survey work.
- Must have the ability to effectively analyze field data and prepare written reports summarizing biological data and stock assessment work that has been conducted.
- Must be capable of organizing and managing a variety of biological data in electronic databases using standard software such as Microsoft Excel or Access.
- Must have the ability to coordinate and supervise seasonal technicians and/or volunteers to complete salmon and steelhead stock assessment work or other related field projects.
- Must be able to perform physically demanding work for long hours, including hiking in rocky streams, carrying equipment over rugged terrain, handling fish carcasses, and rowing rafts in rivers.
- Must work confidently and safely as a team member or when working alone in remote locations.
- Must be able to work effectively with biologists or other staff members from outside organizations to complete cooperative projects involving fish management or stock assessment.
- Must be comfortable interacting with the Public.