Fisheries Technician – Adirondacks, New York

Cornell University
Old Forge, NY
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The Adirondack Fisheries Research Program at Cornell University is seeking a fisheries ecologist for a new project connecting the temperature and oxygen tolerances of brook trout with fishery outcomes. The work focuses on climate adaptation in stocking practices and uses a common-garden experimental approach to compare performance among hatchery strains of brook trout across a range of natural conditions. The project is a close collaboration with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, in support of its efforts to create self-sustaining fisheries for cold-water species in a warming world. This position will be based in Old Forge, NY, at the Little Moose Field Station, and will engage with private partners there. There will be numerous opportunities to interact with colleagues at Cornell, NYSDEC, and elsewhere.
Required Qualifications: Formal training beyond a HS Diploma of 6 months to 1 year; less than 6 months experience?. Direct experience and personal capability to collect fishery and environmental data in lakes. Ability to create an inclusive, high-quality and respectful work environment both in a team setting and independently to achieve departmental and university goals. Ability to follow regulations, standard operating procedures, and safety rules. Must be personable, flexible; possess excellent organizational and communication skills (both written and oral); exercise sound and ethical judgment when acting on behalf of the University. Proficiency in word processing (MS Word) and spreadsheets and data summaries (MS Excel). Experience with R software. Visual concentration, attention to detail and manual dexterity are required. Ability to respond effectively in an environment in which priorities change. Organized and self-motivated with the ability to work independently, troubleshoot problems, and follow protocols. Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license. Driving background check will be required. Preferred Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in in fisheries, aquatic ecology, biology, zoology, or a related field (M.S. preferred). Direct experience and personal capability to collect fishery and environmental data in lakes. Proficiency in Word, Excel, and R software. Familiarity with limnological methods, including the collection of vertical profiles, deployment of logging temperature or dissolved oxygen sensors, and collection of water samples. Experience with fishery-independent survey methods, with preference for gill nets, trap nets, boat electrofishing, and backpack electrofishing. Proficiency in using motorboats (trailering, motor care), row boats, and four-wheel-drive vehicles (trucks, ATVs). Proficiency in the use of hand and power tools to repair and maintain field equipment and field station. Experience maintaining hatcheries and field equipment. Background working with acoustic telemetry and/or PIT tags. Understanding of fish husbandry practices for cold-water fishes. Experience working with large datasets to draw scientific inferences. Experience partnering with management agencies and anglers on fishery research.
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