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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 515E
Category: Science & Engineering


Collects and processes marine and hydrographic data; performs routine preparation of specimens; performs routine analysis of data; operates and maintains associated scientific equipment.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Positions in this class are distinguished by the requirement for assisting scientists in conduct of marine research and laboratory experiments in the laboratory, on land, or at sea.

Typical Work

Performs routine analyses of sea water for salinity, oxygen, and nutrient content and marine sediment; 

Performs methods, techniques, and equipment procedures for analysis of samples and raw data processing; records and transcribes scientific data from sensing and recording instruments; 

Collects fishes and other marine life by means of beach seine, town-net, push-trawl, dip net, bottom trawl, and maintains such equipment; assists and instructs students as required in operation of equipment; 

Performs related duties as required.

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

Bachelor of Science in Fisheries, Marine Biology, Oceanography, or other related biological science, or equivalent experience and course work; skill in handling a small boat and field collecting gear.

Class Specification History

New Class: 1-3-73
Revise class. Revises title (formerly Marine Technologist I), class code (formerly 4810), adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007; general revision revises desirable qualifications; effective July 1, 2007.