Title: Fishery Biologist 1- S Cal Watershed Assessment (18-1058)
Location: Santa Barbara, CA (93109)
Anticipated Start Date: August 1, 2018
Position Type: Full Year, Full Time, Hourly/Non-Exempt
Benefits Eligible: Yes | www.psmfc.org/benefits
Salary Target: $20.00/hour
Job Number: 18-1058
How to Apply: Online at www.psmfc.org/careers
Closing Date: July 16, 2018
This project will evaluate the effects of the 2017 fires and subsequent 2018 winter storms that have impacted numerous high priority endangered southern steelhead watersheds in Santa Barbra, Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties. PSMFC staff will conduct barrier and general habitat assessments to inform future steelhead restoration throughout the region. Position is full-time August 1, 2018 through August 1, 2019 based out of the California Fish and Wildlife, Santa Barbara Field Office.
Ability to conduct field work in streams is required. Work hours may vary based on task needs, but will be 32-40 hours per week. We are seeking someone who has the initiative to complete tasks without explicit direction, is well-organized, is meticulous, follows direction well and fully, and works well with others. Candidate must be comfortable in the field under strenuous conditions (hot weather, biting insects, presence of poison oak, hiking in streams with a heavy load). Experience conducting fishery-related field surveys, familiarity with CDFW stream habitat/barrier assessments is a plus, but not required. Travel by personal and state vehicle will be required. This position will be responsible for data management and writing project summaries and the final report, therefore strong writing skills (Word) and data management (Excel) are required. Employees will use knowledge of the basic principles and protocols of fish biology to make readings, measurements, and observations; execute tests; collect samples, calibrations scientific instruments, etc.
• 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:
• carcass and redd surveys
• elec. detection technology
• lift 40-50 lbs.
• valid driver's license
• habitat typing
• habitat monitoring
• operate GPS
• fish species ID skills
• 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. 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.