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Fisheries Tech: California
Trout Unlimited, CA Department of Fish and Wildlife, SWC-IFFF
Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains
Last Date to Apply
We are looking for two candidates interested in conducting restoration work in the Eastern Sierra for the threatened Lahontan cutthroat trout. Walker Basin Lahontan cutthroat trout currently persist in a few headwater streams, one of which has been illegally stocked with invasive, non-native brook trout. The project will occur primarily on Silver Creek, a tributary to the West Walker River, on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Restoration for Lahontan cutthroat
trout will utilize a combination of backpack electroshocking to remove
nonnative brook trout and temporary barrier placement. Other duties will
include hauling gear to the field site, maintenance of gear, data
management, operating State equipment, and working with and leading
volunteers. Although outdoors, surrounded by amazing vistas and working
with an amazingly beautiful native trout, the work can be repetitious. Due to
anticipated high flows in June, training will occur on a different Lahontan
cutthroat trout water: Slinkard Creek, until flows recede to levels where
efficient sampling can occur.
Ideally the candidate will have at least two years of college level education with at least 10 credits of science, and experience with backpack fish electroshocking techniques. Candidates should be able to carry a ~40 pound backpack while hiking at elevation. Candidates must be comfortable in and around water. Candidates must be fit and able to work without direct supervision following their initial training.
The eastern Sierra is an area of extreme elevations, extreme temperatures, and
volatile weather. Access to the remote restoration sites can be rigorous--with
personal and work gear being hauled in on your back! It can be a very strenuous job, physically, and in this case, habitat restoration for native fish means eliminating (i.e. killing) non-native fish.
If interested, please send a resume and cover letter to Dawne Emery, firstname.lastname@example.org For further information, please email or call (760) 932-7174