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Biologist / Project Lead


Wild Fish Conservancy is seeking an experienced field researcher to fill the role of Biologist / Project Lead. This is a full-time research position that reports to the project manager.

This position is responsible for working with a variety of partners including fisheries managers and commercial fishers to design, construct, operate, and research experimental commercial fish traps in Washington State, Oregon, and British Columbia. The position is well suited for a hard-working, independent individual with a diverse range of skills and experience leading field research crews in remote locations. Strong leadership skills are required; commercial fishing and construction experience are not required but are beneficial.

Wild Fish Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, gender, religion, marital status, veteran’s status, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. People of color, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community are encouraged to apply.



Project Implementation

  • Work closely with experienced WFC staff to design / engineer an experimental commercial fish trap.
  • Finalize study design to estimate survival of captured/released fishes with experienced WFC staff.
  • Lead field staff in the construction of an experimental commercial fish trap in a previously untested location.


Field Research

  • Lead and manage field research staff in a remote location for weeks at a time to operate and research the experimental trap.
  • Deploy and retrieve nets daily to capture fishes and conduct routine maintenance.
  • Independently resolve problems as they arise with creative thinking skills and limited resources to ensure project objectives are met.
  • Handle and identify adult salmonids and other fishes, collect fork length data, gather genetic samples, scan for PIT/CWT tags, implant PIT tags, and perform mark-recapture.
  • Collect and organize data into database.
  • Conduct snorkel surveys and free- or SCUBA-dive when necessary.
  • Maintain relationships with WFC project partners.
  • Report to the project manager.


Data Analysis, Reporting, and Dissemination of Results

  • Organize data and perform QA/QC.
  • Collaborate with project managers to analyze data and perform statistical analyses on catch composition and release survival.
  • Collaborate with project managers in drafting reports and publishing peer-reviewed research.
  • Collaborate with project managers in presenting results at conferences and events.


Working Conditions

Hours of work are generally 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday, but seasonal evening and weekend work will be needed. Significant travel ranging from a week to three weeks is required as project sites are located throughout Washington State, Oregon, and British Columbia.

Field work may include inclement weather, rough water, and long days. Day to day operations will vary depending on projects. Physical fitness will be needed to haul heavy nets, lift heavy weights (80 lb.), swim in cold waters, and handle adult fishes.



Masters or Bachelors degree with an emphasis in fisheries science and four years of professional experience in field research. Experience operating and maintaining a small working skiff. At least one year of field staff management.


Preferred Experience

  • Knowledge of Pacific Salmon stocks.
  • Knowledge of commercial salmon fisheries.
  • Adult fish handling, identification, and tagging experience.
  • Commercial fishing experience.
  • Construction experience or experience with power tools.
  • SCUBA diving certification.
  • Basic knowledge of boater’s safety and navigation.
  • Proficiency in statistical analysis and report writing.



$40k to $60k with benefits, depending on experience.


To Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to

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