Fisheries Technician 1- Central Valley Steelhead Monitoring

  • Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission
  • Red Bluff, California, USA
  • May 14, 2019
Seasonal Biology - Ecology Fisheries - Marine Science - Aquatic Biology

Job Description

Job Description

Position/Project Specifics:

This position will be working on the Sacramento River Steelhead monitoring program out of Red Bluff, CA. The candidate will be required to operate and maintain screw-traps on tributaries to the Upper Sacramento River. Additional duties will include: PIT tagging juvenile salmonids, constructing PIT tag antennas and arrays and resistance board weirs, and data entry. Duties will also include performing surgeries on juvenile salmonids to implant acoustic tags. On occasion the candidate may also be required to participate in snorkel surveys on tributaries as well as the main stem Upper Sacramento River. Knowledge of salmon and steelhead life histories is highly desirable. Screw Trap and PIT tagging experience would be beneficial as well. Weekend work is mandatory.

Essential Functions

  • Participate in survey crews that conduct regional fishery presence/absence research, recreational/commercial fishing surveys, anadromous fish escapement surveys (carcass, redd, trap/weir, snorkel, etc.), or tag detection and mark recovery surveys. Make standardized observations such as species identification, length, weight, behavior, growth, survival, reproductive condition, and/or signs of parasites, diseases or pathogens, fin clips or tags.
  • Collect and organize biological and habitat samples and collections (such as scales, otoliths, ageing structures, other tissues, water quality, etc.).
  • Summarize and input biological or habitat data on field forms, electronic data loggers, and/or desktop computers. May assist with preliminary data summaries and analyses, technical report writing, or database management.

Knowledge Required by the Position:

At the lower end of the range, employees use knowledge of basic arithmetic, reading, writing, and data collection to perform routine or repetitive tasks. 

At the upper end of the position range, employees use knowledge of the basic principles and protocols of fish biology to make readings, measurements, and observations; execute tests; collect samples, etc.   If complex equipment systems are operated, the employee has the knowledge to perform calibrations or adjustments to achieve desired results. 

Additional Mandatory Skills: 

  • snorkeling                                           
  • carcass and redd surveys
  • electronic detection technol.               
  • able to swim                           
  • lift 40 - 50 lbs.
  • load boats on trailers                         
  • tow & maneuver trailers        
  • valid driver's license
  • operate motorized boats                     
  • operate GPS
  • fish species ID skills               
  • operate handheld data recorder         
  • compile and collect neat and accurate data   
  • specific software skills (spreadsheet, word processing, database, GIS, statistical)
  • oral communication skills                  
  • written communication skills
  • construction, fabrication and installation skills                                  
  • repair & maintain equipment


Minimum Qualification Requirements:

A range of experience and education may be presented.  At the lower end of the range, candidates must present six months of General Experience* OR one year of education above the high school level that included at least six semester hours in any combination of scientific or technical courses.  An equivalent combination of experience and education is also qualifying.

At the upper end of the range, candidates must present one year of Specialized Experience** OR a 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with a major or at least 24 semester hours of coursework in any combination of scientific or technical courses.  An equivalent combination of experience and education is also qualifying.

*General Experience is (1) any type of work that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with biological sciences or the processes of the biological sciences.

**Specialized Experience is experience that equips the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and is typically in or related to the work of the position being filled.

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