Fisheries Tech III: Washington

Kalispel Tribe of Indians
Usk, WA
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Start Date
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The incumbent of this position will work under the direction of the Fisheries Technician IV+ as a journey-level technician with a high level of independence. Duties will include assisting fisheries technicians, biologists, and program managers in data collection and data entry, and conducting fisheries conservation and management protection, monitoring, and enhancement actions.

The Fisheries Technician III will complete diverse work elements including collection of biological data and habitat conditions using established scientific principles and techniques that will guide resource management. Incumbent will assist conservation programs/projects such as fence building, planting vegetation, distributing fish, operating and maintaining equipment, gill netting, trapping, piscicide application, and electrofishing (boat and backpack).

This position is a permanent seasonal or temporary position where the incumbent will likely be required to work long, unusual hours, weekends, and occasionally holidays. This work is primarily performed outdoors and requires lifting, pulling, and hauling in all kinds of weather conditions on variable terrain. The Fisheries Technician III will also provide support to other projects and departments as needed.

The Fisheries Technician III performs work under the supervision of the Fisheries Technician IV+ with latitude for exercise of independent judgment and decision making. Work is reviewed by the Fisheries Technician IV+ one-on-one discussions.

This position exercises no direct or indirect supervision.

• Conducts biological studies and inventories using established data collection techniques. Enters biological data and performs QA/QC. Assists with studies and/or research for which precedence and patterns have been established.
• Participates in sampling programs and projects designed to provide catch, effort, mortality, species composition, life history, abundance, distribution, movement, age, growth, and other biological data to inform fishery management decisions.
• Participates in netting, trapping, electrofishing, and piscicide projects designed to reduce or eliminate target non-native fish populations.
• Assists as a crew member in standardized fisheries data collection with gill nets, trap nets, boat electrofishing, backpack electrofishing, angling, snorkeling, fixed station and mobile biotelemetry.
• Participates in stream, lake, and river habitat enhancement and restoration projects including: fencing, vegetation planting, bank stabalization, instream structure placement, channel construction, road obliteration, fish passage improvement, distributing fish, operating and maintaining equipment.
• May assist with or perform other work as required.
A High School diploma AND 4 years of combined education/experience as a natural resources technician or a closely related field that has provided the applicant the experience to perform this position; OR
An Associates of Arts degree AND 2 years experience as a natural resources technician; OR
A Bachelors of Science degree in fisheries, wildlife, natural resources science, or aquatic sciences.

• Must submit all applicable college transcripts and certificates of training for related continuing education.
• Valid Washington State Boater Education Card preferred or obtained within 90 days of hire date.
• Demonstrated skills as a crew member on non-motorized (cataraft, canoe, rowboat) and motorized boats up to 26’ in length in still and flowing waters. Experience with outboard motor, boat electrofishing units, hydraulic systems operation and maintenance preferred.
• Must possess a valid Driver’s License and be eligible for coverage under the Tribes’ vehicle policy and insurance.
• Work history must reflect excellent attendance.
• Must be willing to travel for work projects, meetings, training and conference participation as necessary.
• Must be able to work in a multi-cultural environment and work variable hours, long days, early mornings, holidays, and weekends as the work dictates.
• Must be in good physical condition to be able to work and hike in inclement weather conditions and over variable and rugged terrain. Must be able to lift at least 70 pounds.
• This position has been identified as a Safety Sensitive Position. Pursuant to Kalispel Tribe policies, this position is subject to pre-employment, post accident and random drug testing.
• Must be able to gain a Kalispel Tribe Work Permit.
• Washington State Aquatic Pesticide Applicator license preferred.
• Indian preference does apply.

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