State of Washington Classified Job Specification
SCIENTIFIC TECHNICIAN 3
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 devices on research projects;
Performs microscopic observations of various species of shellfish, salmon and groundfish; conducts limnological survey on fresh water reservoirs analyzing optimum fish rearing environment, and testing for origin, temperature and further analysis of dissolved solids; drafts summaries and reports on research studies and submits findings and recommendations on such studies;
May supervise other aides;
Supervises and directs duties of lower level technicians in completion of workplace chemical sampling and monitoring activities;
Performs high level advanced technical sampling of air contaminants and noise levels under direction of health or safety professional;
Records and analyzes sampling results when required; or prepares samples for laboratory analysis;
Maintains field sample media and respirator supply inventory and initiates laboratory requests for sampling supplies and respirator cartridges as necessary;
Maintains and calibrates sampling equipment for use by industrial hygienists, safety and health officers, safety and health consultants or other technicians;
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,
Four years of experience as a Scientific Technician.
Graduation from high school or GED, including one year of high school science
Four years of laboratory or field experience as an assistant to a health or safety professional, 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 or environmental science classes.
Class Specification History
Revise class. Revises title (formerly Scientific Aide 3), adopted October 10, 1980.
Revise class. Revises definition, distinguishing characteristics and minimum qualifications, adopted September 14, 1990.
Revise class. Revises definition and minimum qualifications adopted May 15, 1992.
Revise class. Revises definition adopted September 10, 1992.
Revise class. Revises definition adopted July 1, 1999.
Revise class. Revises class code (formerly 53260), general revision; adopted May 10, 2007 effective July 10, 2007.