The incumbent to this position will assist with field work, data collection and data analysis, for Asian carp research and removal projects conducted by KDFWR in western Kentucky. Field work will primarily be conducted on the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers in Western Kentucky including Kentucky and Barkley Lakes, as well as the Ohio and Mississippi rivers on occasion. Sampling and removal efforts will include work with gill nets, electrofishing, block nets, experimental gear designs, and commercial fishing. Maintenance, enhancement and tagging fish for the acoustic telemetry array in western Kentucky will be conducted on a routine basis. Required work hours are 37.5 hours/week, however, overtime and irregular shifts are required for completion of projects.
Special requirements or preferred skills: Proficient with boat operation in various waterbodies and weather conditions. Well versed in freshwater fish identification, and conducting fish sampling techniques including gill nets, electrofishing, and trawls. Must be able to swim. Proficient with Microsoft programs including Word, Excel, and Power Point and data analysis with program R preferred. Experienced in trailering boats and heavy equipment, and possessing or willing to acquire a medical card and/ or a Class A CDL preferred.
EDUCATION: Graduate of a college or university with a bachelor's degree. Transcript review must indicate that the following course work has been earned at the undergraduate or graduate level: 1. Biological Sciences: 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) in biological sciences. Four courses (12 semester or 18 quarter hours) must be in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences; 6 of the 12 required semester hours must be directly related to fisheries science and at least one course (3 semester hours) must cover the principles of fisheries science and management. These courses may include fish management, ichthyology, aquaculture, fish ecology, principles of fisheries science, limnology, and stream ecology. The remaining hours can include other biological science courses such as biology, botany, and ecology. Examples of courses include biology, botany, ecology, cellular biology, fish management, ichthyology and limnology. 2. Physical Sciences: 15 semester hours (23 quarter hours) in physical sciences. Examples of courses are chemistry, physics, hydrology, astronomy, earth science and meteorology. 3. Mathematics and Statistics: 6 semester hours (9 quarter hours) in mathematics and statistics. Must include one calculus and one statistics OR two statistics courses. 4. Communications/Human Dimensions: 9 semester hours (13quarter hours) in communications/human dimensions. Courses include verbal and writing courses that include public speaking, discussion, composition and technical writing. Up to 3 semester hours related to Master's thesis or PhD dissertation course work will count towards the 9 semester hour requirement. Human dimensions can include courses in areas of human personnel management, conflict resolution, socioeconomic and survey techniques.
EXPERIENCE, TRAINING, OR SKILLS: Must have one years of professional experience in fishery research, fishery management and/or a related field.
Substitute EDUCATION for EXPERIENCE: Certification by The American Fisheries Society at the Associate Fisheries Professional or Certified Fisheries Professional level will substitute for the education requirements. For additional information on The American Fisheries Society refer to www.fisheries.org A master's degree in fishery management, fishery biology or a related field will substitute for one year of the required experience.
Substitute EXPERIENCE for EDUCATION: NONE