Title: Fishery Biologist 1- Redds and Stranding (21-1045)
Location: Red Bluff, CA (96080)
Anticipated Start Date: March 1, 2021
Position Type: Full Year (12 months or more), Hourly/Non-Exempt
Benefits Eligible: Yes | www.psmfc.org/benefits
Salary Target: $22.50/hour
Job Number: 21-1045
How to Apply: Online at www.psmfc.org/careers
Closing Date: January 17, 2021 at midnight (PT)
The Redds and Stranding program based out of Red Bluff California covers a study area from Keswick Dam down to the Red Bluff Diversion Dam. Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) work together to monitor shallow Chinook redds and perform juvenile fish rescues on the Sacramento River in California's Central Valley. The goal of these projects is to provide real time data on the impact of flow reductions in the Upper Sacramento River Basin on redd and juvenile Chinook Salmon survival. The Candidate will play a lead role in the implementation of scientific studies, data management, reporting, and coordination/communication with managers.
The Fishery Biologist 1 plays a key role in the execution of project goals and influences management decisions pertaining to ESA threatened or endangered species. The candidate will conduct scientific inquires of short-term/long-term fisheries resource management questions. The candidate will carry-out a standardized survey protocol of sampling Salmon Redds using a GPS. The candidate will be communicating information/data, scheduling, and logistics to a variety of individuals of different levels and organizations. The candidate will lead and perform data entry, QA/QC data, maintain and update databases, and analyze and organize data in the appropriate format (table, spreadsheet, memorandum, or report). The candidate will lead and perform field activities involving driving and towing small jet-powered watercraft, hiking and wading in small streams, and snorkeling and wading in swift water. Routine exposure to adverse weather conditions throughout all months of the year is a part of the job.
Knowledge of salmon and steelhead life histories is required. Experience conducting anadromous fisheries surveys, boat operation and trailer experience is also required. Experience with Trimble GPS and GIS highly desireable. This is a crew lead position with supervision of one or more individuals. The crew lead also coordinates on a daily basis with other survey crews/leads. The schedule will be M-F day shift with some weekend work, and approximately 70/30 field/office work ratio. Driving trucks and towing boats is required. At least 1 year work experience in fisheries, wildlife, or the natural sciences required, ideal level of experience is 3+ years.
** 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.
• Lead crew or assist hatchery manager with maintenance of fish including feeding fish, cleaning tanks, establishing feeding schedules, assessing growth, and monitoring fish health. Collect samples of blood and tissues. Monitor and maintain facility systems, equipment, and water quality. Maintain records of data and perform routine analysis.
• 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.
Additional Mandatory Skills:
• carcass and redd surveys
• lift 40-50 lbs.
• valid driver's license
• tow & maneuver trailers
• load boats on trailers
• operate motorized boats
• operate non-motorized boats
• habitat typing
• habitat 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
• 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. 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 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.