Title: Fisheries Technician 1- Passage Assessment Surveys (21-1105)
Location: Santa Barbara, CA (93109)
Anticipated Start Date: July 19, 2021
Position Type: Full Year (12 months or more), Hourly/Non-Exempt
Benefits Eligible: Yes | www.psmfc.org/benefits
Salary Target: $18.00/hour
Job Number: 21-1105
How to Apply: Online at www.psmfc.org/careers
Closing Date: May 23, 2021 at midnight (PT)
This project will conduct 2nd Pass detailed fish passage barrier and habitat assessments on California Department of Transpiration (Caltrans) stream crossing structures throughout coastal California. Efforts will be focused on crossing structures identified by Caltrans that are believed to be located within streams that are currently or historically have supported anadramous salmonids. The technician hired to support these fish passage barrier assessments will be based out of based out of the California Fish and Wildlife, Santa Barbara Field Office. Periodic overnight travel may be required to access the specified Caltrans crossing structures and support assessment efforts. Ability to conduct field work in streams is required. Work hours may vary based on task needs, but will be between 32-40 hours per week.
We are seeking someone who has the initiative to complete tasks without explicit direction, is well-organized, is meticulous, follows direction well and fully, and works well with others. Candidate must be comfortable in the field under strenuous conditions (hot weather, small poorly lit spaces, biting insects, presence of poison oak, and hiking in densely vegetated riparian habitats with heavy gear). Experience conducting fishery-related field surveys, familiarity with CDFW stream habitat/barrier assessments is a plus, but not required. Travel will be conducted with state vehicles.
This position will be responsible for data management and assisting with the writing of assessment summaries and the final report, therefore strong writing skills (Word) and data management (Excel) are required. Employees will use knowledge of the basic principles and protocols of fish biology to make readings, measurements, and observations; execute tests; collect samples, calibrations scientific instruments, etc.
** 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.).
• Make regular facility inspections including, for example, dewatering equipment, pumps, flumes, gates, tanks, screens, filters, gatewells, 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.
• 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 Skills:
• able to swim
• 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
• repair & maintain equipment
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 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.