Fisheries Technician 1- BACI Monitoring (15-624): California

Agency
PACIFIC STATES MARINE FISHERIES
Location
Fort Bragg, CA
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
website
http://www.psmfc.org/psmfc-info/careers/career-search
Salary
13.50-15.50/hour
Start Date
11/02/2015
Last Date to Apply
08/29/2015
Description
PACIFIC STATES MARINE FISHERIES COMMISSION POSITION DESCRIPTION

ALL JOBS WILL BE REMOVED AT MIDNIGHT (EASTERN TIME) ON THE CLOSING DATE (9:00PM (PACIFIC TIME) THE DAY BEFORE THE CLOSING DATE).
NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED ONCE THE JOB IS REMOVED.

Title: Fisheries Technician 1- BACI Monitoring

Anticipated Start Date: November 2, 2015

Position/Project Specifics:
Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission is seeking motivated individuals to assist the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to conduct a Before-After/Control-Impact study to asses the impact of in-stream accelerated large wood recruitment on salmonid productivity. This is a multi-year experiment, requiring pre-treatment and post-treatment summer and winter habitat and abundance evaluations.

Primary responsibilities include; conducting winter habitat census surveys, constructing, operating and maintaining PIT tag arrays, performing spawning ground surveys, operating adult migrant traps and weirs, operating smolt traps, PIT tagging juvenile salmonids, and collecting clean and accurate data following strict protocols.

This position will require working with multiple agencies, technicians, and biologists, so having good interpersonal skills is required. We need motivated, focused, and detail oriented people, who will follow strict field and safety protocols. Candidates must be able to hike up to 8 miles a day, lift up to 50 lbs and perform strenuous field work, orient themselves using topographic maps and GPS units, and properly operate 4wd vehicles and ATV's, on difficult terrain and inclement weather, all while maintaining a positive attitude.

Positions will start November 2nd and will go through the end of March. In general we follow a 4-10 schedule but some holiday and weekend work will be required.

***This position requires a valid driver's license and all offers of employment will be contingent upon passing a driving records check.***

Essential Functions: (The functions listed below are characteristic of the type and level of work associated with this group and pay band. They are not all-inclusive. Individual positions may perform some or all, as well as other similar work.)

Participate in survey crews that conduct regional fishery presence/absence research, recreational/commercial fishing surveys, anadromous fish escapement surveys (carcass, redd, trap/weir, snorkel, etc.), or tag detection and mark recovery surveys. Make standardized observations such as species identification, length, weight, behavior, growth, survival, reproductive condition, and/or signs of parasites, diseases or pathogens, fin clips or tags. Collect and organize biological and habitat samples and collections (such as scales, otoliths, ageing structures, other tissues, water quality, etc.).
Support watershed and stream assessments by working as part of a field team that performs habitat surveys. Includes road inventories, stream habitat inventories, channel typing, habitat typing, woody debris and riparian inventories.
Summarize and input biological or habitat data on field forms, electronic data loggers, and/or desktop computers. May assist with preliminary data summaries and analyses, technical report writing, or database management.

Knowledge Required by the Position:
At the lower end of the range, employees use knowledge of basic arithmetic, reading, writing, and data collection to perform routine or repetitive tasks.

At the upper end of the position range, employees use knowledge of the basic principles and protocols of fish biology to make readings, measurements, and observations; execute tests; collect samples, etc. If complex equipment systems are operated, the employee has the knowledge to perform calibrations or adjustments to achieve desired results.

Additional Mandatory Skills:
trap/weir
carcass and redd surveys
electronic detection technol.
able to swim
lift 40 - 50 lbs.
valid driver's license
hiking
operate GPS
habitat typing
habitat monitoring
fish species ID skills
using fish keys
operate handheld data recorder
compile and collect neat and accurate data
specific software skills (spreadsheet, word processing, database, GIS, statistical)
oral communication skills
written communication skills
repair & maintain equipment

Physical Demands:
Demands can range from moderate --where there is walking, climbing stairs and ladders, reaching, lifting, bending, and strenuous sweeping-- to rigorous. In the latter case, the incumbent must be able to handle buckets of water or gear weighing up to 50 pounds. Long daily periods of hiking, carrying equipment, swimming, and/or standing may be required. Some work requires the ability to maintain footing in fast-moving water.

Work Environment:
A portion of the work is performed in an office setting with adequate lighting, heating and ventilation. The majority is performed in the field. Incumbents may work on narrow, elevated walkways and platforms that are over or adjacent to water. Field work involves exposure to all types of weather, slippery rocks, trails, irregular terrain, insects, poison oak, rough or fast-moving water, or cold water temperatures.
Qualifications
Minimum Qualification Requirements:
A range of experience and education may be presented. At the lower end of the range, candidates must present six months of General Experience* OR one year of education above the high school level that included at least six semester hours in any combination of scientific or technical courses. An equivalent combination of experience and education is also qualifying.

At the upper end of the range, candidates must present one year of Specialized Experience** OR a 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with a major or at least 24 semester hours of coursework in any combination of scientific or technical courses. An equivalent combination of experience and education is also qualifying.

*General Experience is (1) any type of work that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with biological sciences or the processes of the biological sciences.

**Specialized Experience is experience that equips the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and is typically in or related to the work of the position being filled
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Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission is an Affirmative Action (AA) and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and welcomes all qualified applicants. Applicants will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, genetic data, or other legally protected status.

If you have a disability and need assistance completing the application form, you may call the PSMFC human resources office at (503) 595-3100 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. PST, Monday-Friday. Reasonable accommodations for interviews will be provided upon request to individuals with disabilities.

We maintain a drug-free workplace.

Please apply online at: Minimum Qualification Requirements: A range of experience and education may be presented. At the lower end of the range, candidates must present six months of General Experience* OR one year of education above the high school level that included at least six semester hours in any combination of scientific or technical courses. An equivalent combination of experience and education is also qualifying.

At the upper end of the range, candidates must present one year of Specialized Experience** OR a 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with a major or at least 24 semester hours of coursework in any combination of scientific or technical courses. An equivalent combination of experience and education is also qualifying.

*General Experience is (1) any type of work that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with biological sciences or the processes of the biological sciences.

**Specialized Experience is experience that equips the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and is typically in or related to the work of the position being filled

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Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission is an Affirmative Action (AA) and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and welcomes all qualified applicants. Applicants will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, genetic data, or other legally protected status.

If you have a disability and need assistance completing the application form, you may call the PSMFC human resources office at (503) 595-3100 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. PST, Monday-Friday. Reasonable accommodations for interviews will be provided upon request to individuals with disabilities.

We maintain a drug-free workplace.

Please apply online at: http://www.psmfc.org/psmfc-info/careers/career-search
Contact Person
Tiffany Vandecoevering
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