PACIFIC STATES MARINE FISHERIES COMMISSION POSITION DESCRIPTION
Title: Fisheries Technician 1- Habitat Restoration Monitoring (17-914)
Location: Fortuna, California (95540)
Anticipated Start Date: August 21, 2017
Position Type: Seasonal (7 months or less), Hourly/Non-Exempt
Benefits Eligible: Yes | www.psmfc.org/benefits
Salary Target: $15.10/hour
Job Number: 17-914
How to Apply: Online at www.psmfc.org/careers
Closing Date: August 7, 2017 at 9pm PT
Under auspices of the restoration monitoring program of California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), the Fisheries Technician will assist the biologists with conducting effectiveness monitoring of habitat restoration projects.
Work involves travel to project sites (often remote) located in watersheds throughout the North, North Central, and San Francisco Bay coastal areas of California. Monitoring of restoration projects employs three approaches: 1) detailed measurement of physical habitat characteristics, including stream longitudinal profiles, before and after restoration projects are completed following a specific study design; 2) a rapid field assessment using treatment-specific, qualitative checklists; and 3) assessment of fish response to instream projects via snorkel and spawner surveys.
The job includes contributing to the assessment of effectiveness of installed restoration structures (such as culverts, fish habitat structures, water diversions) using physical and biological methods. The technician will work closely with two PSMFC Fisheries Biologists and a CDFW Senior Environmental Scientist as well as helping orient new Watershed Steward members.
Tasks include: data collection and management; summarizing data in tables and graphs; and preparing reports and case studies. Applicants should have a working knowledge of aquatic biology, prior field experience, willingness to learn safe ATV use; good organization, communication and interpersonal skills.
Anticipated start date is Aug. 21, 2017 for a 7+ month position.
***This position requires a valid driver's license and all offers of employment will be contingent upon passing a driving records 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.
• 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.
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 Skills:
• carcass and redd surveys
• lift 40 - 50 lbs.
• valid driver's license
• operate GPS
• habitat typing
• habitat monitoring
• fish species ID skills
• 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
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.
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.
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. _________________________________________________________________________
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 p.m. PST, Monday-Friday. Reasonable accommodations for interviews will be provided upon request to individuals with disabilities.
We maintain a drug-free workplace.