Title: Fisheries Technician 1- Eelgrass Habitat Monitoring (18-1085)
Location: Tiburon, CA (94920)
Anticipated Start Date: September 17, 2018
Position Type: Temporary (6 months or less), Hourly/Non-Exempt
Benefits Eligible: No | www.psmfc.org/benefits
Salary Target: $17.02/hour
Job Number: 18-1085
How to Apply: Online at www.psmfc.org/careers
Closing Date: September 7, 2018 at 11:59pm PT
The San Francisco Bay Living Shorelines Project at Giant Marsh is a pioneering pilot habitat restoration project that integrates subtidal restoration activities with adjacent tidal wetlands. The project restores critical eelgrass and oyster habitat, pilots innovative designs to create connectivity between submerged areas and adjacent tidal wetlands, and tests alternatives to hard/structural stabilization in a cost-effective and multi-objective project. Information provided by this project supports Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) consultations regarding shoreline development and protection in San Francisco Bay and throughout California.
We are recruiting a Fish Tech 1 to support monitoring of eelgrass and the habitat it provides to fish and invertebrates at this living shorelines project. The Fish Tech 1 will work with a Fish Tech 2 prior to project installation to monitor fish and invertebrate use of the future project area and a reference eelgrass bed through trapping with minnow and collapsible traps. Post-installation, monitoring will include counts of vegetative and flowering shoot numbers, lengths, and epiphyte loads in the restored and natural eelgrass areas. Invertebrate monitoring will include trapping and eelgrass shoot collection to assess clinging epifauna in eelgrass plantings with and without adjacent oyster reefs and in comparison to the natural eelgrass reference site. Fish monitoring post-installation will include trapping and assistance with sonar assessments of fish use of both the restored and natural sites. The Fish Tech 1 will assist a Fish Tech 2 with sorting and identification of invertebrate epifauna from the shoot collections under a microscope.
** 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:
a. Field experience working in intertidal estuarine environments.
b. Strong organizational and data management skills.
c. Knowledge of San Francisco Bay ecology.
d. Knowledge of and familiarity with eelgrass, native oysters, and fish.
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 Skills:
• electronic detection technol.
• able to swim
• lift 40 - 50 lbs.
• valid driver's license
• operate GPS
• habitat typing
• habitat monitoring
• fish species ID skills
• compile and collect neat and accurate data
• specific software skills (spreadsheet, word processing, database, GIS, statistical)
• oral communication skills
• written communication 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, 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.
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:
The Fish Tech 1 must have the following minimum qualifications:
Coursework at an accredited college or university with a major directly related in a field of study as related to the requirements of specifics tasks order with emphasis in fisheries, oceanography, social science, natural science, mathematics, or hydrology.
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.