Title: Fishery Biologist 1- Lemhi Effectiveness Monitoring (18-1110)
Location: Salmon, ID (83467)
Anticipated Start Date: December 17, 2018
Position Type: Full Year, Full Time, Hourly/Non-Exempt
Benefits Eligible: Yes | www.psmfc.org/benefits
Salary Target: $16.05-$25.85/hour, DOE
Job Number: 18-1110
How to Apply: Online at www.psmfc.org/careers
Closing Date: November 12, 2018
The position oversees all research, monitoring, and evaluation activities for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game's habitat action effectiveness monitoring program in the Lemhi River basin. This project investigates habitat and fish related response to restoration efforts to understand the effectiveness of various habitat actions, and provides data to guide future restoration efforts through an adaptive management process.Specific tasks include:
1) Manages all field data collection activities, including operation and maintenance of PIT tag arrays and screw traps, roving electrofishing surveys and PIT tagging, escapement monitoring using adult weirs, adult spawner surveys (redd counts), radio telemetry studies, and physical habitat monitoring. Supervises database management and GIS data management related to all monitoring activities.
2) Supervises year-round PSMFC and seasonal IDFG employees. Hires, trains, and supervises staff to ensure efficient completion of data collection activities.
3) Provides technical assistance to program coordinator for developing habitat actions. Assesses baseline fish/habitat conditions and post implementation responses at project sites as needed, and participates in habitat project development and implementation. Develops and implements studies to evaluate restoration projects at local and reach scales. Reviews long-term monitoring data and conducts statistical analyses for the purpose of making management and restoration recommendations. Conducts literature reviews to provide input to program coordinator and design engineers during restoration project planning phases.
4) Coordinates research, monitoring, and evaluation activities with research collaborators. Participates in study design, planning, and field scheduling. Disseminates key monitoring data and results through contractual reports, technical reports, professional presentations, and peer-reviewed publications.
5) Collaborates with state-wide IDFG Wild Salmon and Steelhead Monitoring staff to complete annual reports and develop relevant regional studies.6) Assists in developing monitoring proposals and budgets to acquire additional funding. Manages contracts and budgets, oversees purchasing, and manages equipment.
** 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/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, and/or signs of parasites, diseases or pathogens, fin clips or tags.
• Lead and perform data entry for data from recovered tags, representative biological samples, telemetry devices, oceanographic data, fish tickets, commercial landing estimates, logbooks, scale cards, port sampling, onboard observers, etc. Error check the data, maintain and update database, analyze and organize data in the appropriate format (table, spreadsheet, memorandum, or report) necessary for transfer to individuals, agencies, and organizations. Modify software programs and perform data queries. Prepare summary reports to transfer data.
• Assist researchers in investigations of long term and short term fisheries resource management problems. Collect biological samples, record data, perform routine analyses of data, and contribute draft sections to scientific papers for publication.
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 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 statistics and mathematics.
• Knowledge of database management.
• Knowledge of programming languages such as SQL.
Additional Mandatory Skills:
• operate trap/weir
• operate nets (seine, gill, etc.)
• carcass and redd surveys
• elec. detection technology
• lift 40-50 lbs.
• valid driver's license
• habitat typing
• habitat monitoring
• restoration proj. monitoring
• operate GPS
• fish species ID skills
• using fish keys
• compile and collect neat and accurate data
• handheld data recorder
• specific software skills (spreadsheet, word processing, database, GIS, statistical)
• oral communication skills
• written communication skills
• construction, fabrication and installation skills
• repair & maintain equipment
Demands can range from sedentary, to moderate --where there is walking, climbing stairs and ladders, reaching, lifting, and bending, 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 for extended periods may be required. Some work requires the ability to maintain footing in fast-moving water.
Some work is performed in an office setting with adequate lighting, heating and ventilation. Some work may be performed in fish processing labs, fish holding areas, and/or in the field. Employees 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 or docks, trails, irregular terrain, insects, poison oak, rough or fast-moving water, or cold water temperatures. Work at high elevations or aboard boats 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 education and experience may be presented. At the lower end of the range, candidates must present successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major in biological science with at least 6 semester hours in aquatic subjects and at least 12 semester hours in the animal sciences. 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.
**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.