These positions will conduct electrofishing surveys for Bull Trout in the John Day River drainage. Duties will include driving and hiking to remote field sites, navigating by map, compass, and GPS, capturing fish with a variety of sampling gears including backpack electrofishing gear, identifying fish to species, weighing and measuring fish, tagging fish with PIT tags, collecting genetic and scale samples from fish, and characterizing stream habitat. Work will require hiking up to 16 km per day to access field sites, sampling up to 2 km of stream daily, and carrying heavy loads (e.g., up to 22.5 kg); access to sample sites may require hiking off-trail over rugged and uneven terrain. Personnel must keep accurate records of all data and properly maintain field equipment. Personnel will work in weather conditions varying in temperature from less than 0°C to greater than 35°C. Personnel will work with limited direct supervision and must adhere to safety guidelines.
Minimum qualifications are not established for these positions. Preference will be given to applicants that have or are working toward a college degree with major emphasis in fisheries or wildlife science or a related biological/ecological degree and with previous experience working on field-based fisheries projects that have included electrofishing, collecting biological data and samples from salmonids and federally listed fishes, and working in remote areas with limited direct supervision. All applicants must have a valid driver license and an acceptable driving record. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will check driving records for in-state finalists. Out-of-state finalists will be required to present a current driving record for review.
For instructions on how to apply go to http://www.dfw.state.or.us/hr/seasonal_jobs.asp