Fisheries & Aquatic Biologist On-Call

  • ICF International
  • Sacramento, CA, USA
  • Sep 09, 2018
Intermittent - On Call Biology - Ecology Environmental Science - Engineering Fisheries - Marine Science - Aquatic Biology

Job Description

Job Description

ICF is currently seeking On-Call (Temporary) Fisheries and Aquatic Biologists/Technicians to be based out of our offices in San Francisco or Sacramento. One position is primarily field-based, requiring extensive hours working on a boat in the upper San Francisco Estuary. Responsibilities will include assisting ICF Biologists with field collections of water quality, phytoplankton, zooplankton, macrocrustaceans, and fish in the upper San Francisco Estuary. The position will also include assisting ICF biologists in tagging fish with PIT tags and acoustic transmitters and data analysis of acoustic telemetry data. The second position involves laboratory work, requiring extensive hours in the lab sorting and identifying zooplankton and macroinvertebrates. The third position will involve assisting ICF scientists with analyzing field data, including sonar bioacoustics data, acoustic telemetry data, and fish/invertebrate data. All three positions could involve assisting ICF biologists on regulatory or permitting documents, including Section 7 consultations, NEPA, and CEQA documents. Work assignments would include working up to 25-40 hours a week depending on availability.

About On-Call Employment with ICF

Given the seasonal or project-specific nature of our environmental work, ICF often hires environmental professionals as “On-Call” employees. On-Call employees are scheduled for work hours as they become available (we usually schedule work hours a few weeks ahead of time), and each on-call employee is free to accept or refuse the hours assigned to them in a given week. On-Call employees may work concurrent projects outside of their ICF assignment (along as their outside work does not create a conflict of interest with the work they do for ICF).

Basic Qualifications for Field and Lab Positions

  • B.S. or M.S. in Biology, or 3+ years of field experience
  • Knowledge of the sampling methods for fish and plankton in estuarine environments.
  • Ability to use microscopes for plankton and fish identification; Experience identifying zooplankton and invertebrates from the San Francisco Estuary desired but not necessary
  • Solid field skills, including the ability to navigate using maps and GPS, and to work outdoors for weeks at a time and spend long hours on the boats.
  • Previous experience tagging small fish desired but not necessary.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills & ability to prepare field data forms.
  • Previous field and lab experience required.
  • Ability to swim 50 yards without assistance.

Basic Qualifications for Lower Trophic Spatial and Sonar Data Analysis Position

  • Strong statistical skills and knowledge of sonar data; ability to work in R.
  • B.S. or M.S. in Biology, or 3+ years of field experience.
  • Knowledge of the sampling methods for aquatic species.
  • Solid background in GIS and spatial statistics.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills & ability to prepare field data forms.
  • Proficiency in working with databases.

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