Fisheries Technician 1- Upper Sacramento Monitoring Surveys (15-602): California

Agency
Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission
Location
Red Bluff, CA
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
website
http://www.psmfc.org/careers
Salary
15.00/hr
Start Date
05/18/2015
Last Date to Apply
05/01/2015
Description
PACIFIC STATES MARINE FISHERIES COMMISSION POSITION DESCRIPTION

Title: Fisheries Technician 1- Upper Sacramento Monitoring Surveys

Anticipated Start Date: May 18, 2015
Location: Red Bluff, CA (96080)
Position Type: Full Time – Temporary (6 months or less)
Salary Target: $15.00/hour

Job Number: 15-602
How to Apply: Apply online at www.psmfc.org/careers
Closing Date: May 1, 2015 at 9 pm PT

Position/Project Specifics:
This position will be working on the Upper Sacramento Basin Salmon and Steelhead monitoring program. The candidate will be required to conduct boat based carcass surveys on the Sacramento River main-stem, as well as conduct boat and foot based redd surveys and snorkel surveys. Knowledge of salmon and steelhead life histories is highly desirable. Boat operation and trailer experience will be required. Weekend work is mandatory.

**This position requires a valid driver's license and all offers of employment will be contingent upon passing a driving record 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:
• snorkeling
• repair nets (seine, gill, etc.)
• trap/weir
• carcass and redd surveys
• electronic detection technol.
• able to swim
• lift 40 - 50 lbs.
• load boats on trailers
• tow & maneuver trailers
• valid driver's license
• operate motorized boats
• operate non-motorized boats
• 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. 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. Work aboard boats is be required.
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.
Contact Person
PSMFC Human Resources
Contact Phone
503.595.3100
Contact eMail
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