This is a part-time, 10-20 hours/week position, and compensation is based on experience. The following benefits are included; paid holidays, vacation, sick time, and opportunities for professional development
Do you have a passion for fish and love spending time outdoors in the rivers and streams of Connecticut? The Ecological Restoration team at Save the Sound is seeking a Seasonal Fisheries Technician to assist with River Herring monitoring and other project specific field work. Monitoring will take place periodically at various pre and post dam removal sites along the Connecticut coastline (specific sites may include New Haven, North Branford, Darien, Wilton). Fish monitoring will start in early March and end in early June lasting 10-20 hours per week. The purpose of this monitoring is to evaluate migratory fish response to dam removal. From late June through August, the position will be sustained at 20 hours per week, and will assist the Ecological Restoration team with field work related to various other active projects.
The Seasonal Fisheries Technician will be a part-time, temporary employee of Save the Sound, compensated hourly for time spent in the field and mileage to/from the field sites.
The Seasonal Fisheries Technician is responsible for the following activities from March through May:
1. Assist in setting up funnel trap with Save the Sound and CT DEEP Fisheries staff.
2. Check trap 5 days out of 7, ideally Monday through Friday from March through May [schedule may be adjusted with approval of the Save the Sound Fish Biologist.]
3. Each time the trap is visited, remove any debris and repair damage to keep trap in operating condition.
4. Net fish out of the trap by dip net. Technician is responsible for ensuring that each fish is identified, counted, tallied and released unharmed upstream of the trap. Species that are undetermined can be photographed and sent for identification by Save the Sound Fish Biologist.
5. Enter daily fish count data into Excel spreadsheet and send weekly to Save the Sound staff.
Following the end of the spring fish run, the Seasonal Fisheries Technician will assist Ecological Restoration staff in the field. Duties may include but are not limited electrofishing surveys, stocking of diadromous fish, vegetation surveys, green infrastructure installation and maintenance, streamwalk surveys and culvert assessments.
Required Qualifications and Characteristics:
• Background in fisheries or field ecology/biology, including a familiarity with GIS;
• Ability to carry forty-pound fish traps from truck to river;
• Possession of a valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle;*
• Excitement about working outside, at times in inclement weather, including prolonged periods in rivers and streams;
• Ability to successfully navigate to specific locations in remote field settings;
• Experience safely handling wildlife, including fish and turtles;
• Proficiency in identifying freshwater and diadromous fishes;
• Comfortable working both as part of a team and individually, and interacting with the public as a representative of Save the Sound;
*If this is a limiting factor but you are otherwise a strong candidate for this position, please reach out to us.
Common Organizational Job Responsibilities:
• Maintaining positive and productive working relationships with all Save the Sound staff members, including providing and receiving constructive feedback,
• Participating in building productive relationships with Save the Sound's members, external partners, policy makers, and the general public and
• Completing all administrative work on time, such as time sheets, purchase orders, project reports and planning documents.
Interested candidates should e-mail a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and a list of references to firstname.lastname@example.org with the words “Seasonal Fisheries Technician” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until position is filled starting February 17, 2021, and will be reviewed in the order they are received. We encourage you to apply early!