Title: Fisheries Technician 1 (18-1097)
Location: Shelton, WA (98584)
Anticipated Start Date: December 3, 2018
Position Type: Seasonal (6+ months but less than 12 months), Hourly/Non-Exempt
Benefits Eligible: Yes | www.psmfc.org/benefits
Salary Target: $15.00 - $17.00/hour, DOE
Job Number: 18-1097
How to Apply: Online at www.psmfc.org/careers
Closing Date: October 15, 2018 at 11:59pm PT
Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission is looking for a motivated, upbeat Fisheries Technician 1 to assist with fisheries work at Tacoma Power's Cushman Hydroelectric Facility near Hoodsport WA. This position will support the salmon fisheries mitigation work including fish passage, fisheries research, hatchery programs and operation of the passage facilities.
• Assist with upstream adult fish passage evaluations using radio telemetry and PIT technology
• Assist with downstream juvenile fish passage evolutions using acoustic telemetry, and PIT technology
• Conduct fish surveys including salmon spawning, snorkeling in canyon reach of North Fork Skokomish River
• Assist with collection of water quality and lake productivity data
• Operate upstream adult collection facility
• Operate Floating Surface Collector
• Assist in operation of Cushman hatchery facilities
• Analyze data, conduct literature/information review, and prepare various records, logs and reports pertaining to water resources, fisheries and other natural resource sciences.
• Assist with other Tacoma Power re-licensing activities as required
This position requires field work, often during adverse climatic conditions, while operating 4-wheel drive pick-ups, off-road vehicles, and boats; walking and cross-country hiking over rugged terrain; floating/swimming in rivers in dry suits; performing arduous duties such as heavy lifting, using various hand tools and operating power equipment; and collecting data using various methods of measurement and documentation.
This position also requires working indoors using various computer programs, attending meetings, writing notes, reading, and conducting telephone and e-mail correspondence.
This position will require weekend work.
PSMFC will not pay relocation or housing costs.
** 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 fishery research, surveys, anadromous fish surveys (trap/weir, 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 captive fish rearing activities including spawning, incubating, feeding, sampling, sorting, handling, medicating, anesthetizing, and transporting fish. Monitor the status of facility systems and equipment. Assist in development, fabrication, construction, and maintenance of systems.
• 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.
• Experience with mark-recapture studies including radio telemetry, acoustic telemetry or PIT
• Valid driver's license
• Demonstrated field work in inclement weather conditions
• Ability to record detailed data
• Experience operating, GPS, handheld data recorders, motorized/ non-motorized boats, large tow vehicles
• CPR/First Aid training
• Using Fish identification keys
• Accurate and neat data collection
• Microsoft Access, Excel, and Word
• Oral and written communication
• Fish Species ID Skills
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 on uneven terrain, carrying equipment, swimming, and/or standing may be required. Camping out for extended periods may be required. Some work requires the ability to maintain footing in fast-moving water.
A portion of the work is performed in an office setting with adequate lighting, heating and ventilation. The majority is performed in fish processing labs, fish holding areas, and/or in the field. Incumbents may work on narrow, elevated walkways and platforms that are over or adjacent to water. 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 at high elevations or aboard boats may be required.
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.
Minimum Qualification Requirements:
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.
Preference will be given to candidates with Associates Degree in Fisheries Science or related major.