Fisheries Technician 2- Eelgrass Habitat Monitoring (18-1086)-California

Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission
Tiburon, CA
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Title: Fisheries Technician 2- Eelgrass Habitat Monitoring (18-1086) Location: Tiburon, CA (94920) Anticipated Start Date: September 17, 2018 Position Type: Seasonal (6+ months but less than 12 months), Hourly/Non-Exempt Benefits Eligible: No | Salary Target: $21.81/hour Job Number: 18-1086 How to Apply: Online at Closing Date: September 7, 2018 Position/Project Specifics: The San Francisco Bay Living Shorelines Project at Giant Marsh is a pioneering pilot habitat restoration project that integrates subtidal restoration activities with adjacent tidal wetlands. The project restores critical eelgrass and oyster habitat, pilots innovative designs to create connectivity between submerged areas and adjacent tidal wetlands, and tests alternatives to hard/structural stabilization in a cost-effective and multi-objective project. Information provided by this project supports Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) consultations regarding shoreline development and protection in San Francisco Bay and throughout California. We are recruiting a Fish Tech 2 to support monitoring of eelgrass and the habitat it provides to fish and invertebrates at this living shorelines project. Prior to project installation, monitoring will include fish and invertebrate use of the future project area and a reference eelgrass bed through trapping with minnow and collapsible traps. Post-installation, monitoring will include counts of vegetative and flowering shoot numbers, lengths, and epiphyte loads in the restored and natural eelgrass areas. Invertebrate monitoring will include trapping and eelgrass shoot collection to assess clinging epifauna in eelgrass plantings with and without adjacent oyster reefs and in comparison to the natural eelgrass reference site. Fish monitoring post-installation will include trapping and assistance with sonar assessments of fish use of both the restored and natural sites. The Fish Tech 2 will sort and identify invertebrate epifauna from the shoot collections under a microscope. ** This position requires a valid driver's license and all offers of employment will be contingent upon passing a driving record check. ** Essential Functions: • 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 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. • 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. • May assist with preliminary data summaries and analyses, or technical report writing. Knowledge Required by the Position: a. Field experience working in intertidal estuarine environments. b. Strong organizational and data management skills. c. Knowledge of San Francisco Bay ecology. d. Knowledge of and familiarity with eelgrass, native oysters, and fish Additional Mandatory Skills: • snorkeling • trap/weir • electronic detection technol. • able to swim • lift 40 - 50 lbs. • valid driver's license • 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 Physical Demands: 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. Some work requires the ability to maintain footing in fast-moving water. Work Environment: 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. ________________________________________ 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 5:00 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: The Fish Tech 2 must have the following minimum qualifications: Bachelor's degree, or higher, from an accredited college or university with a major directly related in a field of study as related to the requirements of specifics tasks order with emphasis in fisheries, oceanography, social science, natural science, mathematics, or hydrology, plus two (2) years of experience in related field or combination of such totaling six (6) years combined education/experience. 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.
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