Fisheries Technician 1- Steelhead Monitoring Program (17-900) – Caifornia

Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission
Sacramento, CA
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Title: Fisheries Technician 1- Steelhead Monitoring Program (17-900)
Location: Sacramento, CA (95814)
Position Type: Temporary, 3 months or less, Hourly/Non-Exempt
Benefits Eligible: No |
Salary Target: $16.00/hour, DOE
Anticipated Start Date: August 1, 2017

Job Number: 17-900
How to Apply: Online at
Closing Date: July 17, 2017 at 9pm PT

Group Definition:

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.
Position/Project Specifics:
This position is Temporary Field Crew (2-3 months) for the Central Valley Steelhead Monitoring Program (CVSMP) based in Sacramento, CA. Positions are expected to begin Aug 1, 2017. Under direct supervision of Lead Biologist and Crew Leaders, Fisheries Technicians will assist with daily field data collection activities. The position will obtain scientific information to examine the distribution, abundance, and population trends of Central Valley (CV) steelhead trout in the Sacramento River watershed by using mark-recapture methods with large wire fyke traps on the mainstem Sacramento River. Data collection will occur seven days a week. Position will work five days a week, including weekends and some holidays. Position requires operating and working on 25 ft long motorized watercraft. Motorboat operator training will be provided.
Duties and responsibilities include:
• Operate and maintain 25 ft long motorized water craft and 4WD trucks
• Operate and maintain large wire fyke traps
• Handle, anesthetize, tag, and collect biological samples from adult steelhead trout
• Assist with QA/QC of all data and data input
• Candidate must be willing and able to work long hours on motorized watercraft in adverse weather conditions.
• Assist with other project tasks as assigned Position Requirements:
• Knowledge of computer applications and software (Excel, Access, Word, Outlook)
• Good oral and written communication skills
• Fish ID skills
• Must be able to swim 50 yards and tread water for 10 minutes
• Must be comfortable working from, operating, and trailering motorized watercraft
• CPR/First Aid certified (provided)
• Swiftwater Rescue certified (provided)
• Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
• Must have a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record
• Must work a flexible schedule, including the ability to work weekends and occasionally nights
Desirable Skills:
• Knowledge of salmonid biology and life history
• Adult fish trapping experience
• Adult fish handling experience
• PIT and Floy-tagging experience
• Knowledge of mark-recapture methods and theory
• Electric winch operation experience
• Knowledge of Sacramento River system fish species assemblage
***This position requires a valid driver's license and all offers of employment will be contingent upon passing a driving records check.***
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 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.).
• 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.
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:
• electronic detection technol.
• able to swim
• lift 40 - 50 lbs.
• valid driver's license
• hiking
• 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
Physical Demands: 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. Work Environment:
Majority of the work will be on motorized watercraft in moving water or from the banks of a large river. Field work may involve long days working in inclement weather, exposure to cold, rain, heat, sun, wind, walking on wet / slippery rocks, docks, and boat decks, irregular terrain, insects, poison oak, fast moving water, and cold water temperatures. Some work will be in office and warehouse setting with adequate lighting, heating, and ventilation.
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.

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