Title: Fisheries Technician 1- San Joaquin Carcass Crew (17-942)
Location: La Grange, California (95329)
Anticipated Start Date: October 16, 2017
Position Type: Temporary (3 months or less), Hourly/Non-Exempt
Benefits Eligible: No | www.psmfc.org/benefits
Salary Target: $12.57 – 20.53/hour, DOE
Job Number: 17-942
How to Apply: Online at www.psmfc.org/careers
Closing Date: October 8, 2017 at 9pm PT
Technician will conduct adult escapement surveys on one of the main tributaries to the San Joaquin River with staff from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, La Grange office. Fisheries Technicians will work under the direction of lead Environmental Scientist to implement the sampling protocols for the project and will be primarily responsible for collecting biotic data (length, sex, scales, otoliths etc.) as part of the monitoring on the adult escapement on the San Joaquin tributaries. Specific duties include, but are not limited to weekly surveys of adult salmon spawning; the incumbent will be retrieving dead salmon and processing samples using gaffs, machetes, knives, and forceps. Field surveys use a combination of an open drift boat, kayak, wading and standing for long periods in all types of weather. Experience conducting salmonid escapement surveys and other salmonid sampling is desirable, but not necessary. Boat handling experience is also highly desired.
Other skills required skills: ability to lift 40-50 lbs, ability to reach, lift, bend, twist, handle and carry equipment, ability to maintain footing in fast moving water, towing and maneuvering trailers, ability to swim, ability to work closely with others in a team environment, safety consciousness and a positive attitude. Flexibility to help on other fisheries projects on an as needed basis is also a must.
Work starts October 16 2017 and ends approximately January 15 2018.
*Position requires a valid drivers 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.
• 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.
Additional Mandatory Skills:
• able to swim
• lift 40 - 50 lbs.
• valid driver's license
• operate GPS
• habitat typing
• fish species ID skills
• compile and collect neat and accurate data
• 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. 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.
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