State of Washington Classified Job Specification
SCIENTIFIC TECHNICIAN 2
Conducts visual and microscopic examinations of fish and biological samples to identify specific parasites, organisms, or abnormalities; grows cultures, phytoplankton, and marine animals under close environmental control;
Explains research projects, procedures, and objectives to sport, Indian, and commercial fishermen to enlist their cooperation in watching for marked fish and recording types and locations of catch;
Directs crew in water and marine life sampling, seining, spawning-area counts, experimental fishing, fisherman interviewing, fish marking and tagging; egg taking, and variety of other data-gathering field projects;
Installs and adjusts experimental fish screens, filters, holding tanks, traps, sampling gear, and small field research facilities; performs routine maintenance on research equipment and laboratory instruments;
Performs other work as required.
Knowledge and Abilities
Ability to: record and compile research data, using arithmetic 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 two years of experience as a Scientific Technician 1.
Graduation from high school or GED including one year of high school science and two 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 2); adopted October 10, 1980.
Revise class. Revises definition, minimum qualifications and adds distinguishing characteristics; adopted September 14, 1990.
Revise class. Revises class code (formerly 53240), general revision; adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007