Fisheries Technician: Montana

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Job Category
Full time Positions
19.73 Hourly
Last Date to Apply
April 26, 2017
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks works to perpetuate all that it means to hunt, camp, fish, hike, ride, float, play, climb, sit, wander, explore and revel – to venture outside and into this land we call Montana. The outside is in us all.

Remember to attach the required cover letter answering the below prompted questions listed in this announcement. This position closes at 11:59 PM MST on Wednesday April 26, 2017. You must apply through the State of Montana Career site.

Special Information:
In your cover letter (maximum of 2 pages), please answer the following two questions:
1. How would you describe your personal natural resource ethic as it relates to this job?
2. How do you envision this position balancing fish management/recovery efforts and non-native sport fish management, including the relative importance of these two aspects?

A resume and unofficial college transcripts will be required for those accepting an invitation for interview.

Requires consistent work outdoors under all weather conditions during Spring-Fall, heavy lifting, walking and working in streams, operation and work on a variety of boats during daylight and night, hiking with 60+ pound pack for up to 5 miles.

Work schedule is extremely variable, depending on field sampling schedule and needs. Flexible work schedule is essential.

The FWP Region 2 Headquarters lies just outside the city limits of Missoula in western Montana. Missoula has repeatedly been rated as one of the most desirable cities in America for outdoor enthusiasts to reside. With a population of ~ 80,000, it lies at the heart of millions of acres of public lands, hundreds of miles of blue ribbon trout streams with public access and is surrounded by numerous lakes at various elevations.

Identity of applicants who become finalists may be released to the public if the Department deems it necessary. Employees who exceed 1,040 hours in a calendar year are also provided health, dental and life insurance. Other benefits include retirement, paid vacation, sick and holidays. This position may be covered by a VEBA (Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association).

A successful applicant will be subject to a background investigation.

Women and minorities are under-represented in this job category and are encouraged to apply.

This is a senior level field technician position, with many duties related to fisheries research, monitoring, public interface, data management, GIS, and technical report preparation for a large area of West-Central Montana (Missoula & Mineral Counties), including portions of the Clark Fork, Blackfoot, Clearwater, and Bitterroot River and tributary basins.
Ability to develop, plan, and prioritize projects in coordination with the biologist and fish manager. Knowledge and understanding of sampling, laboratory, field operations will be required. Supervise, manage, and train staff to conduct surveys and using electronic tracking equipment is required. Knowledge of and experience with computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and data storage and analysis with statistical applications are required. Map reading skills and familiarity with map coordinate systems are required. Good organizational and time management skills are needed as well as the ability to accurately collect, record, and summarize data. Knowledge of the safe collection of blood, tissue, or other samples from fish and aquatic organisms is required. Applicants must demonstrate an ability to work with professional biologists, other research assistants and the public. Communication skills, both written and verbal, are required. Applicants must be knowledgeable and be familiar with motorboat operation, safety and be able to operate a four-wheel drive vehicles with training. The ability to work with little or no direct supervision in potentially hazardous conditions is expected.

Education and Experience:
The knowledge, skills, and abilities of this position are normally attained through combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in fish biology, fish and wildlife management, ecology, biology, and three years of progressive job-related experience or work closely related to fish and aquatic biology. Combinations of education and experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
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Erin Focher
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