Fish and Wildlife Scientific Aid (Fisheries) Del Norte, CA

California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Crescent City, CA
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$15.68 - $18.60 per Hour
Last Date to Apply
Are you looking to be part of a dynamic team that protects the environment? The Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Anadromous Fisheries Resource Assessment & Monitoring Program (AFRAMP) is seeking a motivated individual to work as a Scientific Aide out of AFRAMP's office located in Crescent City, CA. This position will conduct fisheries monitoring field work throughout the Wild and Scenic Smith River Basin and may also provide assistance to projects on the Mad River, Humboldt Bay tributaries, and other scenic watersheds on the North Coast. This may be one of your lifetime memories. Duties include: • Assist with salmonid population monitoring activities in the Smith and/or Mad River basin, and/or Redwood Creek basin, and/or Humboldt Bay tributaries on an as-needed basis. Activities may include: spawner surveys, adult and juvenile snorkel surveys, seining, sonar monitoring, hook and line, creel surveying, outmigrant trapping and water quality sampling. • Assist in maintaining the operation of PIT tag antenna stations located in coastal stream basins. Duties include, antenna construction, regular battery changes, redeployment after storms, antenna quality control, and data transfers to secure databases. • Assist in data entry and quality assurance of field data maintained in relational databases. • Assist the Project Leader in organizing, categorizing, preserving, storing, and cataloging a large salmonid scale/ tissue collection. Develop and implement the necessary techniques to ensure the long-term viability of this unique and valuable collection. Once techniques are established, the incumbent will operate independently and be responsible for maintaining the archive. • Data management and analysis; prepare brief written reports and presentations. • Assist Environmental Scientists in other fisheries resource assessment work within Del Norte and Humboldt Counties. Need help understanding the hiring process? We'd love to talk to you! Please contact and include the Job Control number in the subject title. You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement at the CalCareers website. Working Conditions Position is headquartered in Crescent City, Del Norte County. Field studies are located along the Smith River, Del Norte County, Mad River, Redwood Creek, and Humboldt Bay tributaries, Humboldt County. Travel is required. Incumbent must be able to work in remote field settings with the potential for multi-day backcountry backpacking trips that are subject to adverse weather conditions. Incumbent must also be able to hike long-distances to remote field sites to conduct biological surveys.
Minimum Qualifications Possession of a valid driver license. and Either I Education: Equivalent to completion of two years of college with a minimum of 10 semester hours in biological or chemistry sciences. Or II One year of experience in surveying, studying or evaluating fish or wildlife populations, data habitats or users, or working in a chemistry laboratory. DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS: A Bachelor’s degree in Fisheries or similar scientific program highly desired. Good driving record; additional course work or experience in biological or chemical sciences; interest in and knowledge of fishing, hunting, or studying fish, wildlife, invertebrates, or plants; experience in camping, boating, and maintaining or repairing equipment; interest in a career in biology or fish wildlife. An ideal incumbent is dependable, punctual, has a good attitude, is well organized, detail oriented, safety oriented, makes good decisions under pressure, adjusts to adversity. Understands ecological principals and the scientific method, collects data accurately and completely to a precise protocol, is able to identify species correctly, have excellent field observation skills to aid in identifying multiple life stages of salmonid species from a distance and underwater, minimizes negative impacts on study animals. Special Personal Characteristics: Physical strength and agility; ability to swim 50 yards and stay afloat at least five minutes and ability to lift 40 pounds. Works well independently and with others and is a creative problem solver. Incumbent should have strong inter-personal communication skills, with the ability to work with a diverse team. Willingness to work in remote locations with the potential for multi-day backcountry backpacking trips to sample remote locations. Willingness to work irregular hours including weekends and holidays and to travel in performing field work throughout the State. For application instructions please visit the Job Posting on
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