Fishery Biologist 1- Upper Sacramento Crew Lead

Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission
Red Bluff, CA
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Position/Project Specifics: The Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA) (B13) habitat restoration project consists of a multi-agency effort to enhance juvenile salmonid rearing habitat and adult spawning habitat in the upper Sacramento river basin. The project seeks to engineer, maintain, and monitor off-channel habitat enhancement sites as well as some in-river sites. Three strategies for restoration have been implemented to increase juvenile and adult habitat to date. Adult spawning restoration sites primarily consist of gravel placement to promote spawning by Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) and Steelhead/Rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Juvenile rearing restoration sites consist primarily of side channel construction or rehabilitation, designed to provide increased juvenile rearing habitat during fluctuating flow releases The tasks/duties of the position support the project by providing baseline data informing management decisions. The candidate will lead 2-3 staff for collecting juvenile fish habitat use and abundance data utilizing snorkel surveys, depth/velocity and cover mapping, stream discharge, and GIS mapping using a Mesa tablet. Data tasks will consist of recording field data, QA/QC of the data, manipulation of GIS data, and performing basic statistical analyses of data is likely. Experience and/or proficiency with scientific data management tools such as the GIS framework and the MS suite of programs is desired. Daily activities include driving and towing small jet-powered watercraft. Spending 6-8 hours in the field is normal. Hiking, kayaking, and wading in small streams are daily activities. Snorkeling and wading in swift, cold water during adverse weather conditions is a routine activity for this position. This is primarily a field-based position, and the successful candidate may be subjected to hot summer conditions over 100 degrees and cold winter conditions near freezing. Upkeep of field equipment and occasional construction/removal of fisheries monitoring devices is anticipated. Candidates will also assist with other ongoing adult fisheries monitoring activities such as video monitoring, carcass counts, biological sampling, tagging, and redd monitoring. The schedule will be 10 hours a day, four days a week. Weekend work is not anticipated, but weather events occasionally dictate a change of schedule in response to environmental conditions. Approximately 80/20 field/office work ratio is a general estimate. Driving trucks and towing boats is a requirement. Essential Functions:   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. Knowledge of programming languages such as SQL . Additional Mandatory Skills:  snorkeling                                            carcass and redd surveys                    elec. detection technology lift 40-50 lbs.                                      valid driver's license               tow & maneuver trailers load boats on trailers                          operate motorized boats          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 construction, fabrication and installation skills   repair & maintain equipment Physical Demands: 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. Work Environment: 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.
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 the 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.
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