Fisheries Technician 1-Ground Fish Commercial Sampler (15-657): California

Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission
Monterey, CA
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Title: Fisheries Technician 1-Ground Fish Commercial Sampler

Anticipated Start Date: December 21, 2015
Location: Monterey, California (93940)
Position Type: Full Time – Regular (12 months or more), Hourly/Non-exempt
Benefits Eligible: Yes |
Salary Target: $15.48 – 16.50/hour

Job Number: 15-657
How to Apply: Online at
Closing Date: December 10, 2015 at 9pm PT
Group Definition: Fisheries Technicians perform duties related to the protection, preservation, propagation, and sampling of fish species and the preservation or enhancement of their habitat. They use knowledge of procedural requirements and processes to support the technical work of their unit. They provide practical technical support to research, operations, or program administration efforts.

Position/Project Specifics:
Position requires employee to summarize and input biological or habitat data on field forms, electronic data loggers, and/or desktop computers. They may assist with preliminary data summaries and analysis, technical report writing or database management.

Employee will go to the commercial fish docks to collect their data. They then return to the office to process the data collected.

They may use a State vehicle or their own vehicle for travel to the commercial docks. If they use their own vehicle, mileage will be reimbursed. Employee will work a 40-hour week but the days and hours are variable.

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

Essential Job Functions:
• Participate in survey crews that conduct regional fishery research, commercial fishing surveys, or tag detection and mark recovery surveys. Make standardized observations such as special identification, length, weight, growth, survival, reproductive condition, and/or signs of parasites, diseases or pathogens, fin clips or tags.
• Collect and organize biological samples and collections (such as scales, otoliths, ageing structures, other tissues, etc.)
• 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.
• Perform precision ageing of various fish species in a laboratory setting. Record age and growth data in the appropriate format.

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:
• lift 40 - 50 lbs.
• valid driver's license
• fish species ID skills
• using fish keys
• specific software skills (spreadsheet, word processing)
• oral communication skills
• written communication skills
• repair & maintain equipment

Supervisory Controls:
At the lower end of the range, the supervisor or higher graded employee assigns specific tasks and provides clear, detailed, and specific instructions on the methods to be used in completing those tasks. An experienced employee is available to solve problems that might arise.

At the upper end of the range, the employee receives daily, weekly, or even monthly directions and is expected to independently perform the recurring work. Within established procedures, the employee independently performs tasks sequences. Direction is available when technical or procedural problems are encountered.

In all cases, supervisors review overall project progress to insure that the employee works effectively and produces a high quality end product.

Guides may be regulations, maps and charts, sampling and survey methodologies, standing operating procedures, emergency response protocols, oral instructions, equipment or instrument manuals, hardware/software manuals, and/or fish identification keys. At the lower end of the range, the guides are directly applicable, specific, and used repetitively. At the upper end of the range, the guides often require careful study or cross-referencing to locate the applicable rule or answer and can involve some interpretation or judgment to resolve the issue.

At the lower end of the range, tasks are clear-cut and directly related. There is little or no choice in deciding what needs to be done. Actions to be taken or responses to be made are readily discernible. At the upper end of the range, duties often have steps or processes that vary depending upon factors such as the reason the work is being performed or the conditions under which it is being performed. The employee has to be independent in recognizing such differences, choosing the right course of action, and then executing the proper sequences to complete the work.

Scope and Effect:
The employee's work affects the quality of day-to-day operations of a significant, ongoing program. Operation of equipment outside of prescribed ranges can cause serious injury or death to employee(s) and/or thousands of fish. Incorrectly collected or processed biological samples or statistical data can result in faulty assessments and unsound management decisions.

Personal Contacts:
Contacts are with project/program co-workers, project supervisor, program manager, PSMFC HR staff, landowners, and the general public.

Purpose of Contacts:
Contacts are established to exchange information, request repairs or supplies, update and inform others of changes or problems encountered, and assure that scientifically correct methods and procedures are being followed.

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.

Work Environment:
A portion of the work is performed in an office setting with adequate lighting, heating and ventilation. The majority is performed in fish processing labs, fish holding areas, and/or 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 docks, or cold water temperatures.
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.

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.
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