Fisheries Technician 1 – Cowlitz Falls Fish Facility

Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission
Randle, WA
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Group Definition:  Fisheries Technicians perform duties related to the protection, preservation, propagation, and sampling of fish species and the preservation or enhancement of their habitat.  They use knowledge of procedural requirements and processes to support the technical work of their unit.  They provide practical technical support to research, operations, or program administration efforts. Job Type: Temporary ~3 Months Anticipated Start Date 4/20/23 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 other similar work.) 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, aging 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 the development, fabrication, construction, and maintenance of systems. Make regular facility inspections, including, for example, dewatering equipment, pumps, flumes, gates, tanks, screens, filters, gate wells, and/or tag interrogation equipment. Monitor and maintain water quality levels. Record findings and adjustments made. Respond appropriately and immediately to emergencies. Support watershed and stream assessments by working as part of a field team that performs habitat surveys. Includes road inventories, stream habitat inventories, channel typing, habitat typing, woody debris, and riparian inventories. 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. Perform precision aging of various fish species in a laboratory setting. Record age and growth data in the appropriate format. Research the land ownership of survey sites and assist in processes for gaining access approval, which may include direct landowner contact. 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.  Additional Mandatory/Desirable Skills:  (A pick list.  Supervisor makes the selection and indicates whether M or D for the candidate to possess at the time of hire.) snorkeling                                            electrofishing-boat                   electrofishing-backpack scuba diving                                        repair nets (seine, gill, etc.)     trap/weir mark fish                                             perform creel census               carcass and redd surveys electronic detection technol.                able to swim                            lift 40 - 50 lbs. load boats on trailers                          tow & maneuver trailers         valid driver's license operate motorized boats                      operate non-motorized boats   hiking                                                  camping                                  field cooking skills CPR/First Aid                                     survival training                      operate GPS habitat typing                                      habitat monitoring                   restoration project. monitoring research land ownership                    literature search/review fish aging (scale, otolith, other)         fish species ID skills                using fish keys operate handheld data recorder          compile and collect neat and accurate data    specific software skills (spreadsheet, word processing, database, GIS, statistical) oral communication skills                   written communication skills construction, fabrication, and installation skills                                   repair & maintain equipment Supervisory Controls:  At the lower end of the range, the supervisor or higher-graded employee assigns specific tasks and provides clear, detailed, and specific instructions on how to complete those tasks.  An experienced employee is available to solve problems that might arise. At the upper end of the range, the employee receives daily, weekly, or even monthly directions and is expected to perform the recurring work independently. Within established procedures, the employee independently performs task sequences.  Direction is available when technical or procedural problems are encountered.  In all cases, supervisors review overall project progress to ensure that the employee works effectively and produces a high-quality end product. Guidelines: Guides may be regulations, maps and charts, sampling and survey methodologies, standing operating procedures, emergency response protocols, oral instructions, equipment or instrument manuals, hardware/software manuals, and/or fish identification keys.  At the lower end of the range, the guides are directly applicable, specific, and used repetitively.  At the upper end of the range, the guides often require careful study or cross-referencing to locate the applicable rule or answer and can involve some interpretation or judgment to resolve the issue.  Complexity: At the lower end of the range, tasks are clear-cut and directly related.   There is little or no choice in deciding what needs to be done.  Actions to be taken or responses to be made are readily discernible. At the upper end of the range, duties often have steps or processes that vary depending upon factors such as the reason the work is being performed or the conditions under which it is being performed.  The employee must be independent in recognizing such differences, choosing the right course of action, and executing the proper sequences to complete the work.  Scope and Effect: The employee's work affects the quality of day-to-day operations of a significant, ongoing program.  Operation of equipment outside of prescribed ranges can cause serious injury or death to the employee(s) and/or thousands of fish.  Incorrectly collected or processed biological samples or statistical data can result in faulty assessments and unsound management decisions.  Personal Contacts: Contacts are with project/program co-workers, the project supervisor, the program manager, PSMFC HR staff, landowners, and the general public. Purpose of Contacts Contacts are established to exchange information, request repairs or supplies, update and inform others of changes or problems encountered, and assure that scientifically correct methods and procedures are followed. Physical Demands: 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.  Camping out for extended periods may be required. Some work requires the ability to maintain footing in fast-moving water.  Work Environment: 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 the field.  Incumbents may work on narrow, elevated walkways and platforms 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. PSMFC is an EEO/AAP employer. 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
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