Marine Fisheries Technician

North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries
Outer Banks, NC (Dare County)
Job Category
Full time Positions
$31,200- $40,267
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
This Environmental Technician I – will primarily work on the Pamlico Sound Independent Gill Net Survey. Sampling for this fishery-independent survey occurs in the eastern Pamlico Sound in the Outer Banks, North Carolina. This technician collects biological information from recreationally and commercially important species including but not limited to length, weight, sex, reproductive condition, diet samples, age structures, and tagging. They are responsible for processing, recording, compiling, submitting, and verifying biological data related to the gill net project. Field duties include operating and maintaining outboard motors, boats, trailers, trucks, and other sampling equipment. The job requires the ability to swim, lift heavy samples of fish (up to 50 pounds), computer use, and working both independently and as part of a team. This position will also assist other biologists with field work using beach seines, juvenile trawls, run around gill nets, water quality monitors, and acoustic receivers, or in local fish houses interviewing fishermen. Normal work hours will vary, but late evenings and early mornings are required. Occasional work on weekends is required. A valid driver’s license is required. Key Responsibilities: Collect samples using gill nets or other sampling gears to obtain biological data including length, weight, abundance, tagging, diet samples, ageing structures, and the reproductive condition of finfish and crustaceans. Records, compiles, submits, and verifies biological data to follow data quality control procedures. Operates and maintains outboard motors, boats, trailers, trucks, nets, and other sampling equipment. Assist with other surveys (fisheries-independent and -dependent) as needed and collect additional biological information from fish and invertebrates. The Division of Marine Fisheries The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) is responsible for the stewardship of the state’s marine and estuarine resources. The DMF’s jurisdiction encompasses all coastal waters and extends to 3 miles offshore. Agency policies are established by the nine-member Marine Fisheries Commission and the Secretary of the Department of Environmental Quality. North Carolina is a member of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, and the National Shellfish Sanitation Program. Click here to learn more about the Division of Marine Fisheries. The NC Department of Environmental Quality: The primary mission of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is to provide science-based environmental stewardship for the health and prosperity of all North Carolinians. The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is the lead stewardship agency for the protection of North Carolina's environmental resources. The organization, which has offices from the mountains to the coast, administers regulatory programs designed to protect air quality, water quality, and the public's health, and works to advance in all-of-the-above energy strategy that fits North Carolina's needs. DEQ also offers technical assistance to businesses, farmers, local governments, and the public and encourages responsible behavior with respect to the environment through education programs provided at DEQ facilities and through the state's school system. DEQ touches the lives of all North Carolinians in many ways to enhance and ensure our quality of life. Please visit our website at the Department of Environmental Quality for more information. If you have student loans, becoming a state employee includes eligibility for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. Visit to learn more.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies The Knowledge, Skills and Abilities listed below, along with the Minimum Education and Experience requirements, are REQUIRED to qualify for this position. Resumes will not be reviewed in lieu of Experience and Education listed on the application. Click these links for additional information: Introduction to the Job Application and Addressing Knowledge, Skills and Abilities. To qualify for this position, applicants must document on the application that they possess ALL the following: Experience with biological sampling Experience operating and/or trailering boats Experience maintaining sampling gear and/or associated equipment Experience with data management Applicants who were born after January 1, 1988, must follow the requirements for boating safety education, General Statute 75A-16.2. Management Preferences : Ability to navigate in open water using GPS, compass, and other navigation aids during day and night hours. Basic computer skills including knowledge and experience using Windows base MS programs. Minimum Education and Experience Requirements Associate's degree in one of the agricultural, biological, engineering, environmental or natural resource sciences or a closely related curriculum from an appropriately accredited institution; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
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