AIS Monitoring Technician: Montana

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Helena, MT Other Locations: Missoula, Billings, Kalispell, Miles City
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
13.02 Hourly
Last Date to Apply
“Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks works to perpetuate all that it means to hunt, camp, fish, hike, ride, float, play, climb, sit, wander, explore and revel – to venture outside and into this land we call Montana. The outside is in us all.”

Be sure to attach your Resume and Cover letter. In your cover letter, please answer the questions listed below. Label each document you attach. Applications without the required documents will be considered incomplete and may not advance in the process. This position does not require a state of Montana application. This position closes at 11:59 PM MST on 03/31/2017. Please apply through the State of Montana Career site.

In your cover letter, please include the answers to these questions:

How can organizational skills aid in the success of the FWP’s AIS monitoring program?
Will you explain how monitoring for aquatic invasive species is an important facet for FWP’s overall aquatic invasive species program?


Special Information:
These positions may be located in Helena, Missoula, Kalispell, Billings, Bozeman, Great Falls or Miles City.

The Fisheries Division develops programs and budgets to meet this mandate for aquatic resources. The Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Program is managed and coordinated by staff within the Department headquarters. Implementation of programs are accomplished by the respective AIS coordinators. Monitoring technicians assist the AIS Monitoring Coordinators in carrying out specified AIS management and research activities. Management decisions will often have local, statewide and national effects on resource status and conservation.

Identity of applicants who become finalists may be released to the public if the Department deems it necessary. Employees who exceed 1,040 hours in a calendar year are also provided health, dental and life insurance. Other benefits include retirement, paid vacation, sick and holidays. This position may be covered by a VEBA (Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association).
A successful applicant will be subject to a background investigation.

Women and minorities are under-represented in this job category and are encouraged to apply

Job Duties:
Working with the supervisor, the technician coordinates field and laboratory work schedules with AIS Monitoring Coordinators and other co-workers to collect a variety of scientific data associated with prioritized AIS projects using established protocols and guidelines; develops field and laboratory schedules and coordinates specimen sampling. As necessary, evaluates the situation and determines the best approach for data collection. Completes basic analysis of samples collected; enters, records, summarizes, and manages ecological/biological data. Technician completes basic analysis of samples. Conducts the maintenance, purchase, repair, assembly, and testing of a variety of field equipment such as boats and motors, vehicles, and nets. Cleans and decontaminates boats and equipment to prevent the spread of AIS into other waterbodies. Operates equipment such as motorized boats, rafts and other non-motorized watercraft, four-wheel drive vehicles, and ATVs. May serve as a lead worker for day-to-day operations; provides leadership and training for co-workers and volunteers. Represents FWP in public education and outreach.

Physical and Environmental Demands:
The technician works with minimal or no direct supervision. Work will involve field research activities that require planning, prioritization, and often require a change and re-organization of work schedules, and overnight travel. Primitive camping is required while traveling overnight. Working conditions are routinely hazardous. Technician will work in/around water on lakes, rivers, and streams that may be dangerous. Exposure to chemical agents for equipment decontamination and specimen preservation, and offensive sights and sounds is possible. Extreme caution and safety protocols need to be followed to prevent exposure to serious health hazards indoors and outdoors. Occasional exposure to outdoor hazards such as severe weather, water hazards, and extreme terrain is expected. Requires lifting heavy objects and carrying 75 lbs. on uneven terrain or in water, which may expose the employee to slick walking surfaces. In addition, work in and around watercraft is expected.
Basic knowledge and understanding of or ability to quickly learn sampling and field operations will be required.
Ability to prioritize and carryout project processes and act as a co-lead worker.
Identification of native and non-native aquatic plants and macroinvertebrates including but not limited to bivalves, crustaceans, fish, and aquatic insects.
Ability to use a dichotomous key for identification of species.
Knowledge and experience with computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and database applications are required.
Map reading skills and familiarity with map coordinate systems are required.
Good organizational and time management skills
Ability to accurately collect, record, and summarize data.
Ability to work with professional biologists, other research assistants and the public.
Communication skills, both written and verbal.
Be knowledgeable and familiar with motorboat operation with training
Be knowledgeable and familiar with non-motorized watercraft operation with training
Be able to operate four-wheel drive vehicles with training.
Ability to handle trailers in unique settings.
Able to work with little or no direct supervision in potentially hazardous conditions is expected.
Experience with mapping software and the use of GPS units are preferred.

Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience):
The knowledge, skills, and abilities of this position are normally attained through combination of education and experience equivalent to a High School Diploma and 2 years of related experience. Other combinations of education and experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Required Application Materials: Cover Letter, Resume, Supplemental Questions (Refer to Job Posting)
Contact Person
Carol Fah
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