Scientist V; Lynker

Job Title: 
Scientist V
Job Location: 
Seattle, Washington

Lynker is seeking a Scientist to provide support to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC), Fish Ecology (FE) Division. The Fish Ecology Division conducts scientific research on threatened and endangered salmon populations in the Pacific Northwest.

This position will assist with field research projects that monitor the ecology of marine and freshwater habitats for fish and invertebrate species. This employee shall assist with the following: plan and execute field and laboratory research, analyze data, present results, and write reports and manuscripts. Field sites are located in Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Participating in these projects will require travel to field sites and the operation of federal motor vehicles.

Projects: The employee shall assist with a number of different projects. These include but are not limited to:

  • Idaho Chinook Study (Idaho Chinook): linking physical, chemical and biological characteristics of the habitat to the growth and survival of juvenile Chinook and steelhead
  • Walleye eDNA: investigating whether eDNA can be a useful tool for locating where non-native walleye reside in Lake Washington during different seasons.
  • Functional role of shellfish aquaculture (Shellfish): evaluating how fish and invertebrate species utilize shellfish aquaculture habitat compared to natural eelgrass habitat.
  • Ecological impacts of fall Chinook salmon hatchery reductions.
  • Evaluating modified growth rates in juvenile Chinook and juvenile sculpin collected in areas with high concentrations of legacy pollutants using microstructural analysis of otoliths

Coordination and Planning

  • Idaho Chinook Study: Plan for fieldwork in July-September of each year. Planning shall include inventory, testing and packing field equipment, coordinating field sampling schedule with other staff, communication with state and federal agencies regarding planned research, and permit coordination.
  • Walleye eDNA: work with investigators to identify how to locate walleye in Lake Washington.
  • Shellfish: participate in planning session to determine how to deploy cameras to capture use of habitats by fish and invertebrate.
  • Ecological Impacts: plan for field sampling when needed


  • General: Chemical, physical and biological data shall be collected from freshwater, estuarine and marine study systems in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Periodic assistance on vessels may be needed. Collected data shall be entered into Excel spreadsheets and Access database. Data summaries generated from the primary data shall be produced within Excel or other statistical software programs. Primary and derived data shall be submitted to the NMFS Project Leader.
  • Idaho: Access up to 15 streams in the Salmon River Basin in July-September. Federal motor vehicles shall be available for transport to and from field sites. Chartered aircraft are also provided to access two or three sites in remote Wilderness areas. Work shall be conducted in collaboration with NOAA scientists and other workers.
  • Walleye eDNA: Access sites on Lake Washington to locate walleye and collect water samples.
  • Shellfish: assist with methods development and deployment of camera technology in shellfish beds and eelgrass sites.
  • Ecological Impacts: assist project leader in field when needed

Sample processing and data analysis

  • Prepare and analyze samples at NWFSC or for transmitting to external laboratory (e.g., stable isotope analysis, water chemistry, algal abundance, otoliths, etc.).
  • Analyze data: The types of analyses include basic linear regression, logistic regression, analysis of variance, and other analyses. Data analysis meetings with project collaborators shall occur regularly.


  • Assist with writing summaries of results in written reports. Work with project collaborators on manuscripts for publication in peer reviewed journal, as appropriate.
  • Complete permit reports summarizing results of fieldwork.

Presentation of results

  • When appropriate, present results of project at regional and/or national meeting such as the Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association Meeting or WA Sea Grant Shellfish meeting.


Candidates must have the following minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree, or higher, from an accredited college or university with a major directly related in a field of study with emphasis in fisheries, oceanography, social science, natural science, mathematics, or hydrology, plus three (3) years of experience in related field or combination of such totaling seven (7) years combined education and experience. Master’s Degree may be substituted for experience.

Additional required qualifications include:

  • Field work experience in streams in Salmon River Basin, Idaho.
  • Proficient with working in nearshore habitats in Puget Sound
  • Proficient with otolith analysis and stable isotope analysis
  • Valid driver’s license

Additional preferred qualifications include:

  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs, unassisted.
  • Ability to work in potentially harsh weather conditions.

About Lynker

Lynker Technologies, LLC is a growing, Hub-zone certified small business specializing in professional, scientific and technical services. Our continually expanding team combines scientific expertise with mature, results-driven processes and tools to achieve technically sound, cost effective solutions in hydrology/water sciences, geospatial analysis, information technology, resource management, conservation, and management and business process improvement.

We focus on putting the right people in the right place to be effective. And having the right people is critical for success. Our streamlined organization enables and empowers our talented professionals to tackle our customers’ scientific and technical priorities – creatively and effectively.

Lynker offers a team-oriented work environment, competitive salaries and benefits, and the opportunity to work in a culture of exceptionally skilled and diverse professionals who embrace sound science and creative solutions.

Lynker Technologies is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply.

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