Fisheries – Scientific Technician II
Fisheries – Scientific Technician IIPuyallup Tribe of Indians
Puyallup, WA Full-time
Posted on November 29, 2018
Fisheries – Scientific Technician II
PUYALLUP TRIBE OF INDIANS
OPENS: NOVEMBER 20, 2018 CLOSES: DECEMBER 31, 2018
JOB TITLE: SCIENTIFIC TECHNICIAN II DEPARTMENT: FISHERIES
REPORTS TO: STOCK ASSESSMENT BIOLOGIST
SALARY: $21.40/HOUR HOURS: 40 HRS/WK - TEMPORARY
(MAY INCLUDE GRAVEYARD/NIGHT SHIFTS) (NOTE: THIS IS A TEMPORARY POSITION EFFECTIVE
MIDDLE OF JANUARY TO JUNE 2019 – NO BENEFITS)
The Scientific Technician II will work under direction of the Puyallup Tribal Fisheries staff to monitor
juvenile salmon during spring emigration using a rotary screw trap on the Puyallup and White Rivers.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Help install, maintain and monitor rotary screw traps in the Puyallup and White
2. Sample and collect data in the field; including identification of juvenile pacific
salmon and other local freshwater species, taking/recording length, collecting
scales and DNA tissue, and PIT tagging.
3. Perform trap calibration experiments using mark-recapture methods for a variety
of juvenile salmon species.
4. Enter field data collected into excel database for Puyallup Tribal Fisheries
analysis, includes QA/QC.
5. Work in inclement weather during day and night shifts to protect the trap from
flood damage and clear trap of debris.
6. Provide security at the trap location and maintain trap; including grease fittings,
riveting screens, using axe/chainsaw and fixing mechanical issues that may arise.
7. Assist in preparing final trapping report; including data coalescing to report fork
length, catch totals and species composition.
8. Perform other duties as assigned.
This position has no supervisory responsibilities.
QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential
Education and/or Experience
Minimum requirement of four years of smolt trapping experience, or Bachelor's degree (B.A. or B.S.) in
Environmental Science or related field from four-year college or university; and at least one-year related
experience and/or training on smolt traps; or satisfactory equivalent combination of education and
experience. Must have beginning to intermediate computer skills in Excel and Word and be able to
accurately enter and compile data into a computer spreadsheet. Also must be comfortable working in
and around boats in inclement weather.
Note: Part-time work is prorated in crediting experience (e.g. if you work 20 hours per week for a 12
month period you will be credited with 6 months of experience)
Additional Preferred Skills
Ability to work alone and at night.
Identification/knowledge of juvenile/adult salmonids and other freshwater species
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and
procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively
before groups and employees of the organization.
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common
fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and draw and interpret information
from various types of graphs.
Ability to apply common sense understanding to the job from detailed written or oral instructions. Ability
to deal with problems involving potentially dangerous situations in a safe manner.
Licenses or Certificates
Must have and maintain a valid and unrestricted Driver’s License and proof of auto insurance
required. Driver’s License must not contain any restrictions that would otherwise prevent an employee
from operating a GSA vehicle and complying with the Tribe’s Vehicle Use Policy.
May be required to successfully pass a background check prior to hire, and periodically throughout
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to
successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to
enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand and
use hands to finger, handle or feel.
The employee is occasionally required to walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; climb or
balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear.
The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth
perception, and ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters
while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable
individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to wet, humid
conditions, outside weather conditions, and moving mechanical parts.
The employee is regularly exposed to extreme cold and extreme heat.
The employee is occasionally exposed to risk of electrical shock.
The noise level in the river environment is usually moderate.
The noise level in the office environment is usually moderate.
Requires occasional travel using employee’s own transportation or use of GSA vehicles.
The Puyallup Tribe of Indians reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as the
need arises. This position description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.
INDIAN PREFERENCE EMPLOYER AS REQUIRED BY LAW
H O W T O A P P L Y:
Submit application and resume postmarked by the closing date to:
Human Resource Department
Puyallup Tribe of Indians
3009 East Portland Avenue Ph.#: (253)573-7863
Tacoma, WA 98404 Fax#: (253)573-7963
Note: Applications & copies of job announcements available at Rm. # 157
or online at www.puyallup-tribe.com