Fishery Biologist 1 will work on the Feather River Program based in Oroville, CA. Under the supervision of a Supervisory Fishery Biologist and DWR Program Manager and working with other DWR Environmental Scientists, and PSMFC staff the Fishery Biologist 1 will lead and participate in Chinook salmon and steelhead monitoring surveys on the Lower Feather River.
Assist with daily field activities and data collection on various fish monitoring efforts including but not limited to escapement surveys, redd surveys, installing/maintaining weirs, snorkel surveys, beach seining, rotary screw traps, mark/recapture surveys, and automated and manual tagging trailer operations. A successful candidate will make standardized observations such as fish 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 recovered from tags, representative biological samples, and telemetry devices. Perform quality control on data, maintain and update databases, analyze and organize data necessary for transfer to individuals, agencies, and organizations. A successful candidate will demonstrate safety consciousness and adhere to all safety and data collection protocols. The candidate must be willing to work in inclement weather and be willing to work weekends, nights and overtime. Flexibility to help on other Feather River Fisheries projects on an as needed basis is also a must.
Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
Ability to swim 50 yards and tread water for 10 minutes
Ability to follow oral and written directions
Knowledge of computer applications and software (Excel, Access, Word, Outlook)
Must be able to read, write and speak English
Ability to identify juvenile Chinook salmon and steelhead trout
Must be comfortable working from, operating, and trailering motorized watercraft
Must have a valid driver's license with a clean driving record
Must work a flexible schedule, including the ability to work nights and weekends
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
lift 40-50 lbs.
valid driver's license
tow & maneuver trailers
load boats on trailers
operate motorized boats
restoration proj. monitoring
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
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.
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.