ACE EPIC USBR: San Joaquin Fisheries Technician Intern
Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's Fisheries and Wildlife Resources Group is seeking a Fisheries Biology Intern to assist with juvenile Chinook salmon monitoring in the San Joaquin River near Fresno, California.
Start Date: February 24, 2019
End Date: May 31, 2019
Location: Fresno, CA and surrounding San Joaquin River Valley
Project Website: To learn more about the US Bureau of Reclamation, please visit: https://www.usbr.gov
To learn more about the San Joaquin River Restoration Program's (SJRRP) comprehensive long-term efforts to restore flows to the San Joaquin River and restore a self-sustaining Chinook salmon fishery, please visit http://www.restoresjr.net
To learn more about ACE EPIC Internship Program, please visit: www.usaconservation.org
Compensation: a living allowance of $700/week for food and incidental expenses, paid bi-weekly.
Internship Duration: The duration of the internship will be dependent on stochastic environmental conditions and the number of work hours may range between 35-45 hours/week. The majority of work related activities will occur between 0700 and 1700. However, some weekend work and hours outside of a normal business day (early morning and late-evening) will be required. Weekly work schedules will not be standardized, and may be adjusted based on project needs and priorities.
Duties for this position:
Primary duties will include assisting with fish sampling, habitat and water quality monitoring, and maintenance of multiple rotary screw traps on the mainstem San Joaquin River downstream of Friant Dam.
Interns will assist with fish husbandry, fish marking, and rotary screw trap efficiency testing (mark-capture experiments). This includes maintenance and repair of all equipment necessary for these duties.
In addition to these primary duties, interns may be asked to participate in other fisheries monitoring activities on the San Joaquin River, which may require some minimal travel (< 2 hr) for short durations not to exceed two weeks
Participate in habitat management and monitoring
Maintain accurate and detailed field records and enter data promptly and accurately
Other duties as assigned
Qualifications: Applicants must have suitable education: equivalent to completion of two years of college with a minimum of 10 semester hours in biological or chemical sciences, or suitable experience: one year of experience studying or monitoring fish or wildlife populations and habitats. Candidates must read, write, and speak English at a level required for successful job performance; follow directions and practice ethics of professional conduct; maintain professional working relationships with clients, land owners, and other groups/agencies; and collect, record, and organize data and field observations efficiently and accurately. Must have willingness to work irregular hours, including weekends and holidays, to travel in performing work, and to do routine work with an interest to learn.
Special Physical Requirements: Candidates must be proficient swimmers, able to lift and carry objects exceeding 40 lbs for short distances (< 1 mi) and durations (< 15 min), hike in waders up and down hills for distances not exceeding 1 mile, and must be willing to work in inclement weather (i.e., cold and rain) and in adverse conditions (i.e., outside, in the water) on rough and unstable terrain.
Knowledge of fisheries, wildlife populations, and natural sciences
Ability to work independently as well as part of small teams
Writing skills with an understanding of basic grammar, punctuation, and spelling
Attention to detail
Ability to effectively communicate with supervisor and coworkers
Ability to work in very hot, humid, and buggy conditions
Willing to work varying hours including before sunrise or at night
Ability to record accurate field data
Familiarity with Microsoft Office software
Basic mechanical skills
Ability and willingness to undergo a Federal criminal background check
Must have a valid driver's license, be 21 years of age to drive a vehicle, provide documentation of a clean driving record, and have a personal vehicle (required)
Must take all measures possible to ensure the safety of yourself and others and understand all safety precautions involved
Education in fisheries, wildlife ecology, management, or conservation science
Experience conducting aquatic and biological surveys
Experience in fisheries monitoring
Basic GPS and GIS skills
Additional Desirable Qualifications: Ability to accurately identify fishes of the San Joaquin River and a basic understanding of general fisheries biology concepts and water quality monitoring equipment (e.g., YSI Multiparameter Sonde, Marsch-McBirney Flow Meter, Hach Turbidimeter) operation and maintenance is beneficial, but not critical to these positions. In addition, selected interns will be expected to meet the necessary requirements and training to drive a government vehicle, and must review and sign project specific job hazard analyses prior to working.
Position Risks: Data collection efforts, and the necessity for these positions, is largely dependent on suitable environmental conditions that will permit juvenile salmon sampling, as well as successful spawning and production of hatchery reared and released adult salmon in the San Joaquin River. Juvenile salmon monitoring will not occur if environmental conditions (i.e., river flows) are not suitable for sampling gear or pose a safety risk or if hatchery released adult salmon fail to spawn successfully.
Further Notes on the internship:
The applicant must be willing to represent ACE and the USBR in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner. ACE reserves the right to require drug testing.
This position is subject to close at any time.