Title: Fisheries Technician 1- Steelhead Monitoring (17-934)
Location: Los Alamitos, California (90720)
Anticipated Start Date: October 2, 2017
Position Type: Temporary (3 months or less), Hourly/Non-Exempt
Benefits Eligible: No | www.psmfc.org/benefits
Salary Target: $16.00/hour
Job Number: 17-934
How to Apply: Online at www.psmfc.org/careers
Closing Date: September 15, 2017 at 9pm PT
This project will evaluate the effects of small dam removal on fish passage and stream habitat for endangered southern steelhead in several drainages in Orange, Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Efforts would include conducting longitudinal profiles and collecting basic habitat assessments (pebble counts, pool and riffle filling and formation) to track the changing habitat condition following dam removal.
Position is full-time October 2, 2017 through December 31, 2017 based out of the California Fish and Wildlife. Los Alamitos Field Office. Ability to conduct field work in streams is required. Work hours may vary based on task needs, but will be 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, biting insects, presence of poison oak, hiking in streams with a heavy load). Experience conducting geomorphic surveys or familiarity with stream habitat assessments is a plus, but not required. Travel by personal vehicle will be required. Technician will be responsible for data management and writing project 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 records check.***
Duties of the Position:
• Conduct habitat typing, snorkeling, and electrofishing surveys, which will include collecting accurate data on water quality, habitat characteristics, and trout morphology, behavior, and abundance.
• Maintain and use field equipment, such as GPS units, digital cameras, stadia rods, dip nets, water meters, electronic data loggers, transect tape, flow meters, waders, wading boots, and snorkel gear.
• Input biological and habitat data on field forms, data loggers, and desktop computers.
Essential Functions: (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.)
• 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.
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
• 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.
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.