State of Washington Classified Job Specification
SCIENTIFIC TECHNICIAN 4
Plans and conducts environmental studies on salmon, groundfish 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 shellfish, salmon and groundfish; 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 aides;
Performs other work as required.
Knowledge and Abilities
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.
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.
Class Specification History
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.