Fisheries Technician: Arizona

Great Basin Institute
Glen Canyon, AZ
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Description: In cooperation with Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (GLCA), the Great Basin Institute (GBI) is recruiting a Fisheries Technician to join the Research Associate (RA) Program. The RA’s primary focus will be to assist the NPS Fisheries Biologist in monitoring and removing non-native fish species that are determined high risk to downstream native fish species. Specific activities include: • Operating 4 X 4 vehicles • Boat operation on large rivers • Using a variety of nets to capture nonnative fish • Cleaning and repairing nets • Using electrofishing equipment (backpack, barge, and boat shockers) • Use of piscicides to remove nonnative fish • Operation of underwater drone • Fish diet analysis • Hiking long distances carrying gear and equipment • Deploy and download water temperature loggers • Use GPS equipment • Data entry and data verification • Routine boat maintenance/cleaning • Purchasing of equipment and supplies The overarching goal of the project is to connect youth to their National Parks through natural and cultural resource projects. The Research Associate will provide on the ground assistance to Glen Canyon NRA to improve native ecosystems through fish monitoring surveys and removing non-native fish species posing a high risk to downstream native fish species. By participating in the project, the Fisheries Technician will learn and develop valuable skills in fish capture techniques, fish monitoring, mapping, and motorboat operation. Contract Timeline: • 26-week appointment beginning March 2023, or upon availability and completion of a Department of Interior background investigation • 40 hours per week; some weekend and nighttime work may be required Location: Encompassing over 1.25 million acres and tucked among the red-rock canyons and mesas on the Colorado Plateau, Glen Canyon’s unique desert region is characterized by expansive areas of exposed and uplifted rocks. Glen Canyon offers unparalleled opportunities for water-based & backcountry recreation. The recreation area stretches for hundreds of miles from Lees Ferry in Arizona to the Orange Cliffs of southern Utah, encompassing scenic vistas, geologic wonders, and a vast panorama of human history. Project work will be conducted in the Lees Ferry region. Field conditions are typical for the high deserts. They can include hot, arid days with high exposure to the sun, as well as cold, winter weather. Spring weather is highly variable and unpredictable with extended periods of winds. Fall weather is usually mild. Compensation and Benefits: • Rate of pay: $21.50/hour • Fully covered health, dental and vision Insurance • Field per diem as applicable • Paid federal holidays and personal leave accumulation • NPS-provided housing may be available to rent
Technical Requirements: • Bachelor’s degree in biology (wildlife or conservation), wildlife ecology or management, or related field, preferably in the field of fishery biology; • Desired field experience includes: • Conducting fish population surveys using electrofishing equipment and techniques; • Using piscide treatment in streams (rotenone or antimycin A); • Applying nonchemical methods (e.g., electrofishing, gill nets) for eradicating nonnative fish; • experience operating a motorboat, preferred • Experience in collecting data accurately and completely and entering data correctly into a computer system; • Ability to use GPS units to navigate and collect data; and • Familiarity with use of ArcGIS to create, import, and export maps and data. Additional Requirements: • Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record; • Ability to safely drive a 4WD vehicle on unimproved roads; • Ability to work productively, consistently and cooperatively as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals; • Possess strong organizational skills; • Ability to communicate clearly and efficiently with the public, coworkers, and Technical Advisors both orally and in writing, and respond in a professional manner to inquiries from the public regarding work activities; • Ability to safely conduct strenuous fieldwork requiring regular physical exertion; • Ability to lift and carry heavy items, such as equipment packs weighing up to 50 pounds, on a regular basis; • Ability to safely walk in steep, slippery, fast-moving waterways while carrying survey equipment, such as buckets, dip nets, clipboards, backpacks, and/or an electrofisher; • Willingness and ability to camp in remote and primitive settings for up to three consecutive days per week; • Familiarity with backcountry, low-impact principles preferred; and • Willingness and ability to consistently enact high performance standards and a strong work and team ethic in support of the mission of GBI and the goals and objectives of Glen Canyon National Park. Successful applicant must complete a Department of Interior (DOI) Background Investigation (BI) or submit paperwork to NPS human resources indicating an active and fully adjudicated BI has already been completed prior to beginning position. If you already have a fully adjudicated BI, please let us know in your application.
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