Primary job responsibilities will be assisting the game fish ecologist and staff with targeted collection of flathead catfish in multiple small impoundments and large reservoirs in Missouri primarily using boat electrofishing sampling. Will assist in the collection, inventory, preparation, and digital imaging of pectoral spines and otoliths used to age flathead catfish. Will also assist with data entry and verification in the Fisheries Information Network System (web-based app), MS Excel, and ArcGIS.
Other skills that will be developed (but not limited to) are using ArcGIS software and sonar tools to map habitats, plot sampling locations and gain familiarity with geodatabases. This position will have the opportunity to assist with other ongoing aquatic and cross-discipline projects and will obtain training courses as needed.
Length of Position*: May 1, 2021 - August 31, 2021 (start and end dates are flexible)
Pay Rate: $11.94/hr
Hours: 40hrs per week (flexible during non-sampling weeks)
*Disclaimer: Potential continuation of employment after June 15, 2021, is dependent upon Conservation Commission approval of the FY2022 operating budget.
Pursuit or possession of a degree in Fisheries, Biological Sciences, Natural Resources, Zoology or related subject is desired. Knowledge of fish sampling techniques, fish handling, and fish identification skills is highly desirable.
Candidate must be highly organized and have attention to detail. Employee must be able to travel statewide including occasional overnight stays and be able to work outdoors in all weather conditions. Additional skills, abilities, and qualifications are as follows:
• Must maintain a valid, current driver’s license.
• Experience driving 4x4 trucks and towing/backing trailers is highly preferred.
• Boating skills on lakes or streams is preferred.
• Develop and sustain cooperative working relationships with a work crew team.
• Work outside for long days in adverse weather conditions and perform tasks requiring strenuous physical activity in very hot, humid, full-sun conditions.
• Demonstrate regular and predictable attendance.
• Keep an accurate record of supplies, services and time reports.
• Experience using Microsoft Office software (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access).
• Knowledge of ArcGIS and/or GPS tools (e.g., sonar units) is preferred.
• Record accurate field data with legible writing and attention to detail.
• Applicants who are born after January 1, 1984, need to be Missouri Boater Safety Certified or will need to obtain certification within one month of employment.
• Willing to complete Department provided CPR/1st Aid Certification, if not already certified.
Send the following materials to Zach Ford (Zach.Ford@mdc.mo.gov). Please put “Game Fish Research Assistant-Clinton” in the subject line of your email.
1) Electronic cover letter,
2) Resume or CV,
3) At least 3 professional references, including a recent employer,
4) And the earliest date you would be available to work in Missouri.
Applications received after the deadline of February 19, 2021, may be considered if suitable candidates have not yet been identified. Please call or e-mail the contact person before sending an application after the deadline to determine if position has been filled. Candidate must submit to a pre-employment drug screen following offer of employment.