Title: Fishery Biologist 1- Microbiologist (20-1155)
Location: Eagle, ID (83616)
Anticipated Start Date: January 25, 2021
Position Type: Full Year (12 months or more), Hourly/Non-Exempt
Benefits Eligible: Yes | www.psmfc.org/benefits
Salary Target: $16.79- $25.85/ hour, DOE
Job Number: 20-1155
How to Apply: Online at www.psmfc.org/careers
Closing Date: December 13, 2020 at midnight (PT)
Microbiologists perform diagnostic tests and do limited consultation regarding microbiology in regards to aquatic animal pathogens and aquatic nuisance species.
Typical responsibilities: performs parasitological, bacteriological, virological, serological, mycological, and microbiological examinations on clinical, environmental, and reference samples using standard testing procedures; interprets results and reports findings; maintains host cell systems for viral, parasitic, mycological, and pathogenic bacterial samples; processes and reads slides of animal, or plant tissue; prepares media, reagents, stains, standards, and quality control solutions; prepares and calibrates laboratory equipment and instruments for operation; stains, examines, and interprets smears from various animal, and plant tissues; identifies pathogenic, parasitic, and contaminating bacteria, evaluates and determines need for further testing; uses molecular biological technology to determine pathogen DNA sequences (PCR and qPCR); determines antibiotic susceptibility of pathogenic bacteria to antibiotics, performs quality-control testing of materials and samples; calculates finished data; evaluates the validity of samples; researches, evaluates, implements, and standardizes new methods and instrument operation problems; reviews/analyzes test results to locate malfunction and maintain objective tests; performs minor repair and maintenance on laboratory equipment; insures glassware and equipment are properly sterilized; autoclaves and disposes of hazardous materials; orders and maintains supply of standard solutions and reagents; may train/instruct other personnel regarding sample collections, preservation, testing procedures and interpretations, and equipment operation; consults with health professionals, other agencies and the public regarding laboratory practices and procedures, testing, and results; responds to inquiries regarding testing and procedures; maintains records, charts, and supply of standard solutions and reagents.
Participates in the development of a Quality Management System (QMS) of the Eagle Fish Health Laboratory, including the development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).
** This position requires a valid driver's license and all offers of employment will be contingent upon passing a driving record check. **
• 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 representative biological samples. Error check the data, maintain and update the 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:
• elec. detection technology
• lift 40-50 lbs.
• valid driver's license
• fish species ID skills
• compile and collect neat and accurate data
• specific software skills (spreadsheet, word processing, database, GIS, statistical)
• oral communication skills
• written communication skills
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.
Work is performed in an office/ laboratory setting with adequate lighting, heating and ventilation. Typical laboratory hazards exist.
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 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 an 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.