Fisheries Technician 1 – Groundfish Age Reader (15-609): Oregon

Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission
Newport, Oregon (97365)
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Anticipated Start Date: August 3, 2015
Location: Newport, Oregon (97365)
Position Type: Full Time – Regular (12 months or more), Non-exempt
Benefits Eligible: Yes |
Salary Target: $15.21/hour

Job Number: 15-609
How to Apply: Online at
Closing Date: July 6, 2015 at 9pm PT

Position/Project Specifics: The Cooperative Ageing Project (CAP) was established to production age marine fish structures and then route the data to the appropriate database/personnel. The cooperation is primarily between NOAA Fisheries - Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) and the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC). This is the primary ageing laboratory for US West Coast groundfish.

The job entails sitting/standing in one position for long periods of time looking through a microscope. The primary structures aged by this lab are otoliths sampled from the commercial catch and federal surveys. These age data provide direct support to US West Coast stock assessments. Age data helps determine biological attributes of a population such as mortality rate, growth rate, age at maturity, etc. Quality control is monitored through a process of double reads and analysis.

The age reading criteria used by this lab was standardized through multi-agency cooperation in the Committee of Age Reading Experts (C.A.R.E.). This lab also participates in ageing workshops when available and appropriate. The C.A.R.E. meeting happens once every two years and is generally held in Seattle, WA.

While this lab is primarily a production age reading lab, there can be limited opportunities to assist in NOAA Fisheries guided age-related research projects aimed at increasing age reading precision and accuracy.

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.)

• 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.

Successful candidate mandatory skills:
• a valid driver's license
• be able to compile and collect neat and accurate data

Successful candidates desirable skills:
• fishing ageing (scale, otolith, other) experience
• word processing, database, GIS, statistical
• microscope experience
• good oral communication skills

Physical Demands:
This job is microscope intensive and involves long periods of sitting or standing in one spot.

Work Environment:
A portion of the work is performed in an office setting with adequate lighting, heating and ventilation.
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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