Field Technician- Access-Point Angler Intercept Survey - US Atlantic coast

  • Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
  • Arlington, VA, USA
  • Mar 08, 2018
Admin Assistant/Environmental Support Biology - Ecology Communication - Public Outreach Fisheries - Marine Science - Aquatic Biology

Job Description

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commisison is seeking qualified candidates for the position of APAIS Field Technician. The incumbent will conduct the field portion of the Access-Point Angler Intercept Survey (APAIS). This important research study, sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) conducts face-to-face interviews with marine recreational anglers. Field staff will travel to assigned sites to interview anglers about their fishing experiences, collect a variety of information, and (when possible) weigh, measure, and identify fish by species name that the anglers have caught. Assigned sites can include beaches, banks, piers, docks, jetties, and access points for private, charter, and head boats, including marinas, boat ramps and other points of entry to marine waters. Field staff are responsible for filling out field intercept forms with anglers at these sites in addition to completing several other required study forms. The responsibilities of the incumbent will include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Successfully complete training, including survey procedures and fish identification tests;
  • Follow documented APAIS survey procedures;
  • Travel to assigned fishing access sites to interview anglers about their fishing experiences;
  • Occasionally work on head boats (for-hire vessels) for at-sea data collection;
  • Identify key species of fish with extreme accuracy and with little aide of field materials (up to 25 or more different species; guides and training will be provided);
  • Complete survey forms and submit to supervisor weekly;
  • Serve as a primary point of contact for New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the recreational fishermen;
  •  Answer questions and explain the importance of this federally-funded study;
  •  Other duties as assigned.

Application Process: Please email a resume and cover letter referencing the vacancy number to Laura Leach, Director of Finance and Administration, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, 1050 N. Highland Street; Suite 200 A-N, Arlington, VA 22201 ( The vacancy number must be identified in the subject line. Applications must be received by March 28, 2018.

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