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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 522H
Category: Science & Engineering


This is the expert-level technician positions consult with higher level staff to determine the techniques used in the collection of data.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Working under administrative direction as the designated project leader for an assigned geographic area. As the designated project leader, plans, organizes, conducts, and evaluates technical field projects that support habitat utilization or enhancement, production assessment, or similar studies for an assigned geographic area; participates in the development of new tagging methods and supervises tagging operations; monitors commercial and recreational multi-species fisheries in an assigned area and maintain data bases used for fisheries management and/or habitat; supervises a region for the salmon Puget Sound Sampling Program; manages the technical staff and activities for a laboratory; manages the State Oyster Reserves.

Typical Work

Implements and monitors budget expenditures for assigned projects;

Serves as lead representative in a region interacting and disseminating fishery sampling activities, sport and commercial fishery regulations, agency programs, activities and polices;

Organizes and directs or performs chemical and biological analysis on a variety of species of fish and shellfish;

Plans and conducts environmental studies on fish and shellfish, involving sampling, identification of parasites, age determination, analysis of component parts of the various species, basic bioassays and other research studies; organizes biological field programs which involve data collection, installation of biological devises on research projects;

Performs microscopic observations of various species of fish and shellfish; conducts and plans limnological survey on freshwater reservoirs analyzing optimum fish rearing environment; and testing for origin, temperature and further analysis of dissolved solids; compiles summaries and reports on research studies and submit findings and recommendations on such studies;

May train and supervise other technicians;

Performs the duties of the lower levels in the series;

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: names and functions of principal organs of fish and shellfish; spawning habits and reproductive systems of vertebrates and crustaceans; natural habitats of fresh and salt water commercial and sport fish species; common fish diseases and parasites; laboratory tests for water pH, alkalinity, salinity, oxygen content, fluid density, and viscosity; biological sampling for limnological, pollution, migration, and population studies; commercial and sport fishing methods and gear.

Ability to: record and compile research data, using arithmetical and elementary statistical procedures; organize and present laboratory and field data in writing; enlist assistance and interest of others in biological and/or chemical sampling and data gathering projects; operate, trailer and transport a variety of vessels.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Graduation from high school or GED, including one year of high school science and five years of experience as a Scientific Technician, three years of which must be as a Scientific Technician 2 and/or 3.


Graduation from high school or GED including one year of high school science and five years of laboratory or field experience as an assistant to a biologist, chemist, or zoologist.

College course work involving major study in biology, zoology, fisheries, chemistry, natural sciences, or closely allied field will substitute, year for year, for experience, provided the course work includes at least six semester or nine quarter hours of natural science classes.


Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New class adopted June 9, 1972.
Revise class. Revises title (formerly Scientific Aide 4); adopted October 10, 1980.
Revise class. Revises definition, minimum qualifications, deletes distinguishing characteristics; adopted September 14, 1990.
Revise class. Revises definition; adopted September 10, 1993.
Revise class. Revises definition; adopted July 1, 1999.
Revise class. Revises class code (formerly 53280); adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.
Revised definition, distinguishing characteristics, typical work, knowledge and abilities, desirable qualifications, salary range adjustment, adopted June 22, 2023, effective July 1, 2023.