Ocean Career: Biologist at Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife

European Green Crab (EGC) Biologist at Washington’s Department of Fish and Wildlife located at Olympia, Washington.

Are you a biologist looking for a unique and exciting new challenge? Do you want to help protect Washington waters from invasive species?

The strategic objective of the Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Prevention Program is to protect state waters by managing AIS. This position is a journey level professional biologist under general supervision that conducts professional biological studies using predetermined methodologies and criteria, and provides analysis and assessment of data collected to provide impacts or determine analysis that may lead to change of agency goals or mission objectives.

Since AIS are not bound by political or jurisdictional boundaries, this position collaborates with intrastate, interstate, national and international forums on AIS issues to build partnerships with citizens, regulated industry, and local, state, federal and tribal governments.

With that in mind,

Picture yourself providing technical consultation to landowners, businesses, agency personnel, and others on EGC-related issues and consulting with other agencies, organizations, and governmental units.

With your experience, you will work with lead project biologist to determine techniques and procedures, perform field investigations or research projects, and assist in preparing management/research reports or proposals based on those activities.

The optimal applicant possesses at least one year of experience managing and monitoring EGC.

You thrive on building collaboration and teamwork, coordinating with agency partners, tribal co-managers, and other entities to conduct EGC work.

You are excited to organize and conduct intensive EGC removal trapping efforts in coordination with federal, state, local, tribal governments, stakeholders, and volunteers. We are seeking a candidate who will support the WDFW mission of protecting, restoring, and enhancing fish and wildlife and their habitats, while providing sustainable fish and wildlife-related recreational and commercial opportunities through habitat protection and enhancement activities.


Our European Green Crab Biologist:

  • Organizes and conducts early detection, monitoring, assessments, rapid responses, control/removal, and research trapping efforts for EGC throughout coastal intertidal and subtidal habitats using established procedures.
  • Organizes and conducts surveys to determine relative abundance, distribution, and population trends of EGC.
  • May operate motorized (i.e. airboats, <26>
  • May work in and around watercrafts performing trapping strategies predetermined for subtidal efforts; incumbents may deploy various traps (i.e. shrimp, minnow, Fukui) from watercrafts, record location and return the following day to retrieve the traps manually or via a pot puller and remove and record any crabs and/or bycatch; this process may be repeated for up to 5 days at a time.
  • Develops initial reports of data collected and provides recommendations to higher level fish and wildlife staff for management actions.
  • Maintains records and prepares reports, prepares detailed summary reports, and conducts higher level quality control and quality assurance on all data.
  • Assists in organization and facilitation of EGC Taskforce meetings.
  • Participates in EGC taskforce meetings providing technical advice and support.
  • Trains staff to properly conduct EGC monitoring using established protocols.
  • Obtains permission to work on private and public property.
  • Supervises Fish and Wildlife regional EGC Bio 1 staff.
  • May assist with other projects such as Zebra/Quagga Mussels, African Clawed Frogs, or any new AIS that pops up in WA state.


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


A Bachelor’s Degree in one of the following:

  • Fisheries.
  • Wildlife management.
  • Natural resource science.
  • Environmental science.


One (1) year of professional experience in one or more of the following:

  • Fish management or research.
  • Wildlife management or research.
  • Habitat management or research.

Please note:

A Master’s degree or Ph. D degree in the applicable science may substitute for one (1) year of the required experience.

Salary: $3,987.00 - $5,229.00 Monthly

Application deadline: This job is posted until May 18, 2022, with a 1st Review of Applications taking place on May 4, 2022. 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.

Learn more about this position and how to apply.

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