Title: Fisheries Technician 2- Lemhi Effectiveness Monitoring (19-1079)
Location: Salmon, Idaho (83467)
Anticipated Start Date: April 22, 2019
Position Type: Full Year, Full Time, Hourly/Non-Exempt
Benefits Eligible: Yes | www.psmfc.org/benefits
Salary Target: $17.90-$19.00/hour, DOE
Job Number: 19-1079
How to Apply: Online at www.psmfc.org/careers
Closing Date: March 15, 2019 at midnight
This position will serve as the lead technician in Idaho Department of Fish and Game's Lemhi Effectiveness Monitoring Program in Salmon, Idaho. This project is designed to monitor fishery response of ESA listed Chinook salmon, steelhead, and bull trout relative to habitat conservation actions that are being implemented throughout the Lemhi River Sub-basin. Data generated from these studies will be used to further understand and evaluate the relationship between habitat capacity and freshwater survival, and will help guide future restoration efforts using an adaptive management approach.
The selected candidate will be responsible for leading and conducting a range of field work activities aimed at evaluating life stage specific abundance and survival, including backpack and barge electrofishing, operating and maintaining rotary screw traps, operating adult fish traps and weirs, radio telemetry, spawning ground surveys, PIT tagging of juvenile and adult salmonids, PIT tag array operation and maintenance, collecting biological samples, and collecting physical habitat data such as water temperature, flow, and general habitat characteristics. Office duties will include data organization and entry, data quality control, database management, assisting the lead biologist in data summary, and preparation of figures and maps. This position will also assist the Lemhi Conservation Program manager with various habitat project duties, as necessary, such as exotic weed treatment, irrigating re-vegetated areas, and video documentation of habitat construction projects.
Applicants should be detail-oriented with a strong work ethic, organized, self-motivated, and able to work independently with little supervision. Previous experience with methods described above that are used to monitor freshwater life stages of anadromous fish is preferred. Applicants should be proficient with word processing, spreadsheet software, and databases. They should also be able to accommodate a flexible schedule during the field season. This includes either 4 days on, 3 days off, 5 days on with weekends off, or an occasional 8 day on, 6 day off schedule as necessary, depending upon field activity. Winter schedule is typically a standard 5 day work week with weekends off, with some flexibility.
** 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 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 regular facility inspections including, for example, dewatering equipment, pumps, flumes, gates, tanks, screens, filters, gatewells, and/or tag interrogation equipment. 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.
• 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:
• 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:
• able to swim
• electrofishing (barge & backpack)
• lift 40 -- 50 lbs.
• valid driver's license
• operate GPS
• fish species ID skills using fish keys
• 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
Additional Desirable Skills:
• scuba diving
• repair nets (seine, gill, etc.)
• mark fish
• perform creel census
• carcass and redd surveys
• field cooking skills
• CPR/First Aid
• survival training
• research land ownership
• literature search/review
• operate handheld data recorder
• construction, fabrication and installation skills
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 5:00 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:
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.
Preferred degrees of study in fisheries, natural resources, or related field.