PACIFIC STATES MARINE FISHERIES COMMISSION POSITION DESCRIPTION
Title: Fisheries Technician 1- Spawning Ground Surveys (17-911)
Location: Cathlamet, WA (98612)
Position Type: Temporary, 6 plus months or less, Hourly/Non-Exempt
Benefits Eligible: No | www.psmfc.org/benefits
Salary Target: $14.91 to $19.75/hour, DOE
Anticipated Start Date: September 18, 2017, 3 positions
Job Number: 17-911
How to Apply: Online at www.psmfc.org/careers
Closing Date: August 07, 2017 at 9pm PT
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.
The duty station for these three positions will be at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Beaver Creek field office in Cathlamet, WA. The anticipated start date is Monday, September 18, 2017 until January 18, 2018 or until spawning ceases. The work locations are the Elochoman, Skamokawa, and Grays river basins on the Lower Columbia River in SW Washington.
Job duties include conducting adult salmonid spawning ground surveys by identifying and enumerating adult salmonids (live and dead) and redds, using GPS devices to mark redd locations, and collecting biological data from carcasses. Experience using pontoon rafts with oarlocks in class I-II rapids preferred, but not required.
Duties and responsibilities include:
• Operating and maintaining a resistance board weir
• Handling, tagging and collection of biological information from adult live salmon
• Assisting in the monitoring of a commercial gill-net fishery in Deep River, WA
• Handling and collecting biological information from various species of salmon carcasses
***These positions require a valid driver's license and all offers of employment will be contingent upon passing a driving records check.***
(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, as well as other similar work under close to general supervision.)
• 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.).
• 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
• electronic detection technol.
• able to swim
• lift 40 - 50 lbs.
• load boats on trailers
• tow & maneuver trailers
• valid driver's license
• operate non-motorized boats
• operate GPS
• 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. 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.
Please apply online at: http://www.psmfc.org/psmfc-info/careers/career-search
We do not accept applications outside of our applicant tracking system.
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.