Marine Fisheries Technician

NC Division of Marine Fisheries
Manteo, NC
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Full time Positions
$31,200 - $33,927
Last Date to Apply
This Environmental Technician I – This position serves as lead technical assistant to the program Biologist I on the North Carolina Commercial Finfish Assessment Project under the Interjurisdictional Fisheries Act (IJFA). The IJFA project conducts monitoring of catch composition for North Carolina's ongoing commercial fishing operations. Data collected is used in management of the fisheries and fish stocks. The position is responsible for conducting fisheries dependent sampling of key fisheries including gill nets, trawls, long hauls, pound nets, and seines among others in the Northern District. Sampling activities include collecting biological information (length, weight, sex, age structures, etc.) from individual commercial catches as they offload at the fish house. The collection of biological data requires extensive interaction with the members of the fishing community and knowledge of current fisheries management regulations and practices is needed. The technician will record, compile, submit, and verify all biological data taken from fisheries dependent sampling correctly and on time for key entry in the biological database. The position also will assist in the collection and analysis of data for fishery independent projects and Division programs. Sampling activities for fishery independent projects include juvenile trawl, gill net, seine, longline, and tagging surveys conducted by the Division. The technician will assist other technicians to record, compile, submit, and verify all biological data taken from fisheries independent and dependent sampling as needed. The technician will be responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of sampling gear necessary for biological sampling and will maintain and operate Division boats and vehicles. The technician must be able to swim. Also, the technician must be able to lift 50 lbs repetitively and perform strenuous activities outside in various weather conditions for extended periods of time. A valid driver’s license is required. Key Responsibilities: • Collect biological information including length, weight, sex, age structures, etc. from commercial landings at various fish houses. • Records, compiles, submits, and verifies biological data to follow data quality control procedures. • Operate and maintain outboard motors, boats, trailers, trucks, and sampling equipment. • Assist with other surveys (fisheries-independent and -dependent) as needed and collect additional biological information from fish and invertebrates. • Establish effective working relationships through effective communication with staff, the public, and commercial and recreational fishermen.
To qualify for this position, applicants must document on the application that they possess ALL the following: -Demonstrated knowledge of recreational and/or commercial fisheries -Experience with recreational and/or commercial fisheries gear -Experience with data management -Experience operating and/or trailering boats -Applicants who were born after January 1, 1988, must follow the requirements for boating safety education, General Statute 75A-16.2.
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