Title: Fisheries Technician 2 - Cushman Fish Passage (20-1147)
Location: Hoodsport, WA (98548)
Anticipated Start Date: October 26, 2020
Position Type: Full Year (12 months or more), Hourly/Non-Exempt
Benefits Eligible: Yes | www.psmfc.org/benefits
Salary Target: $20.50 - $21.00/hour, DOE
Job Number: 20-1147
How to Apply: Online at www.psmfc.org/careers
Closing Date: October 18, 2020 at midnight (PT)
Group Definition: Fisheries Technicians perform duties related to the protection, preservation, or propagation of fish species and the preservation or enhancement of species 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.
Location: Based at Tacoma's North Fork Hatchery on the North Fork of the Skokomish River, near Hoodsport, WA. Occasional travel to other Tacoma facilities will be required.
The successful candidate will support a broad suite of tasks associated with fisheries/habitat/water quality programs at Tacoma facilities. Duties may include but won't be limited to:
• Processing of adult and juvenile fish, including marking, identification and enumeration by species and mark status, sorting by disposition type, collection of fish of interest, accurate and thorough collection, recording, and dissemination of assorted biological data
• Operating, downloading, and maintaining a variety of telemetry, water quality, and environmental monitoring equipment
• Collecting and summarizing covariate data associated with fisheries evaluations, habitat monitoring, zooplankton monitoring, water quality monitoring, and hatchery facility operations
• Support reporting requirements, including collection, collation, analysis, and summarization of data, and drafting of annual report
• Assist with the operation of fish collection facilities
• Coordinate and lead spawning ground survey efforts on rivers and streams within watersheds associated with Tacoma's hydroprojects
• Operate small watercraft, including trailering.
The successful candidate will also assist in other monitoring and evaluation efforts, as needed. The candidate will assist with new and ongoing studies which may involve multiple agencies and consultants. They will assist in fish passage evaluations, hatchery operations, and habitat and water quality monitoring efforts at Tacoma facilities, including the Cushman, Cowlitz, Wynoochee and Nisqually Hydroprojects. In addition, the candidate will assist as needed with hatchery operations at the Cushman Project's North Fork and Saltwater hatcheries, and the Cowlitz Salmon and Trout Hatcheries. This position requires excellent communication skills, the ability to work remotely and independently or as part of a team, as needed.
This job provides ideal experience for those pursuing a career in aquatic and fisheries sciences. At a minimum, this position will extend into November 2021, and continued employment may be offered to well-suited candidates. The work takes place in a beautiful setting on one of Washington State's most popular river destinations.
** This position requires a valid driver's license and all offers of employment will be contingent upon passing a driving record check. **
• Lead and participate in survey crews that conduct 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, fin clips or tags, and/or signs of parasites, diseases or pathogens.
• Lead and participate in crews engaged in captive fish rearing activities including spawning, incubating, feeding, sampling, sorting, handling, medicating, anesthetizing, and transporting fish. Crew may also monitor the status of facility systems and equipment, fabricate, construct, and maintain systems. Gather research data and organize information from fish samples or experimental projects.
• Lead crew in regular facility inspections including, for example, dewatering equipment, pumps, flumes, gates, tanks, screens, filters, gatewells, and/or tag interrogation equipment. Crew may also monitor and maintain water quality levels. Record findings and adjustments made. Provide input for facility improvements. Respond appropriately and immediately to emergencies.
• Lead crew in watershed and stream assessments and habitat surveys. May include stream habitat inventories (channel typing, habitat typing, woody debris, etc.), road inventories, and riparian inventories.
• Develop and install components of naturalistic environments. Assist with analysis of the behavior of different species in simulated environments. Videotape, photograph, and record data for characteristics such as growth, health, fitness, social activity, reproductive success, foraging success, and anti-predator behavior.
• Update database by entering, checking, and/or editing biological or habitat data that has been inputted on field forms, electronic data loggers, and/or desktop computers. Maintain, organize and provide access to databases. Write memoranda and short reports for transfer of data. Produce summaries including corrections. Produce presentation quality tables and graphs of data.
• Assist pathologists with routine diagnoses of fish mortalities including necropsy and sampling for pathogens.
• Perform precision ageing of two to four different species of fish in a laboratory setting. Record age and growth data in the appropriate format; summarize and input data. Collect and organize biological samples and collections. Document ageing problems, techniques and results in annual production ageing reports. May assist with preliminary data summaries and analyses, or technical report writing.
Knowledge Required by the Position:
• Knowledge of fishery biology (including knowledge of particular species of fish).
• Knowledge of fish husbandry.
• Knowledge of aquatic habitats.
• Knowledge of the scientific method.
• Knowledge of sampling protocols.
• Knowledge of personal computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, e-mail, publishing software, presentation software, database software, topographic software, bibliographic software, and statistical analysis packages.
• Knowledge of technical writing protocols.
• Knowledge of basic math.
Employees have the knowledge to resolve common technical or procedural problems for themselves or their work crew. They are able to assess or interpret the significance of their results and relate that to the overall objective of the project. They have the knowledge to outline, organize and execute the details of projects where unusual or irregular procedural or technical problems arise.
Additional Mandatory Skills:
• lift 40 - 50 lbs.
• valid driver's license
• fish species ID skills
• compile and collect neat and accurate data
• specific software skills (spreadsheet, word processing, database, GIS, statistical)
• oral communication skills
• written communication skills
Additional Desirable Skills:
• mark fish
• electronic detection technol.
• able to swim
• load boats on trailers
• tow & maneuver trailers
• operate motorized boats
• CPR/First Aid
• operate GPS
• fish ageing (scale, otolith, other)
• using fish keys
• Carcass and redd surveys
Demands can range from moderate-including walking, climbing stairs and ladders, reaching, lifting, bending, and strenuous sweeping-to rigorous. In the latter case, the employee 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 or living at sea in vessels with minimal amenities 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, fish processing plants, 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, research vessels, or commercial fishing vessels may be required.
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 one year of Specialized Experience** OR one semester of graduate education that is directly related to the work of the position. 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 year of graduate education that is directly related to the work of the position. An equivalent combination of experience and education is also qualifying.
**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. To be creditable, Specialized Experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled.