Title: Fisheries Technician 1- American River Rotary Screw Traps (18-1113)
Location: Sacramento, CA (95628)
Anticipated Start Date: January 2, 2019
Position Type: Temporary (6 months or less), Hourly/Non-Exempt
Benefits Eligible: No | www.psmfc.org/benefits
Salary Target: $16.00/hour
Job Number: 18-1113
How to Apply: Online at www.psmfc.org/careers
Closing Date: November 18, 2018 at 9pm PT
We are looking to fill five Fisheries Technician positions to work on the lower American River and Stanislaus River Rotary Screw Trap Projects based in Sacramento, CA. Under the supervision of two co-leads, Fisheries Technicians will assist with daily field activities and data collection using rotary screw traps to monitor the emigration of juvenile Chinook salmon. A successful candidate will participate in a cohesive crew and will identify various fish species, assess life stage and run and collect environmental data. The candidate will demonstrate safety consciousness and adhere to all safety and data collection protocols. The candidate must be willing to work in inclement weather and be willing to work weekends, nights and overtime.
Duties and responsibilities include:
• Operate and maintain 14 foot motorized water craft and 4WD trucks
• Operate and maintain 8 and 5 foot rotary screw traps
• Identify, handle, anesthetize, and collect biological data from juvenile fish species
• Handle endangered or threatened fish species according to permits and protocols
• Assist with daily QA/QC of datasheets and entered data
• Assist with other project tasks as assigned
** This position requires a valid driver's license and all offers of employment will be contingent upon passing a driving record check. **
• 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.).
• 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.
• Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
• Ability to swim 50 yards and tread water for 10 minutes
• Ability to follow oral and written directions
• Knowledge of computer applications and software (Excel, Access, Word, Outlook)
• Must be able to read, write and speak English
• Ability to identify juvenile Chinook salmon and steelhead trout
• Must be comfortable working from, operating, and trailering motorized watercraft
• Must have a valid driver's license with a clean driving record
• Must work a flexible schedule, including the ability to work nights and weekends
• Knowledge of salmonid biology and life history
• Juvenile fish trapping and handling experience
• Knowledge of mark-recapture methods and theory
• Ability to operate and trailer a motorized watercraft
• Current CPR/First aid certification
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.
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 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, age, disability, 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:
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.