Marine Fisheries Technician / Observer

North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries
Morehead City, NC
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$16.50 Hourly
Last Date to Apply
This temporary position, 11 months, will be assigned to the Department of Environmental Quality - Marine Fisheries. This Observer conducts onboard and alternative platform observations of commercial gillnet trips to collect fisheries dependent data. The data collected by the observer program informs adaptive management decisions used to mitigate endangered species interactions in the state’s gill net fishery. In addition, the data are used in stock assessments and to monitor bycatch and effort in many of the other state fisheries. Observers collect biological data (i.e., length, weight, species, etc.), fisheries effort data, record and proof data collected by the observer program, use appropriate protocols to handle sea turtles and other protected species, and communicate effectively with fishermen and other members of the public. Observers are provided excellent training, gain extensive field experience, and will have the opportunity to participate in other division sampling programs. The observer will trailer and operate boats on a regular basis, possibly in inclement weather, travel frequently for day trips and overnight trips, and work both as a member of a dynamic team and independently. Key Responsibilities • Collection of commercial and recreation catch and bycatch data, protected species interactions, and fishing gear specifications • Code and proof collected data • Work independently scheduling trips with fishers • Operate and maintain boats, trucks, trailers, and sampling equipment • Travel overnight to obtain observer coverage and occasional weekend work
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies [NOTE: Qualified applicants must meet and CLEARLY reflect on their application training and experience and all knowledge, skills, abilities and any experience or competencies specified in posting and/or supplemental question(s) to be considered. NOTE: "See Resume" is not acceptable to show work history.] Demonstrated knowledge of species identification Experience using biological, commercial, and/or recreational fishing or sampling gear Experience collecting data Management Preferences: • Experience working with members of the commercial and recreational fishing industry • Experience operating and/or maintaining boats, motors, sampling gear, and/or related equipment Minimum Education and Experience Requirements Associate's degree in fisheries management from an appropriately accredited institution; or High school or General Educational Development (GED) diploma and two years of experience in the fisheries industry; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
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