Fisheries Technician 1- Upper Sacramento Monitoring

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

Job Description

Job DescriptionPosition/Project Specifics:

This position will be working on the Upper Sacramento River Restoration monitoring Project (B13). As part of a multi-agency restoration monitoring team, the candidate will be required to conduct snorkel surveys within side channels along the Upper Sacramento River. Other duties will include seining, mapping habitat features within restored and proposed project sites using handheld Trimble units, and assisting with the collection of macroinvertebrate samples by use of drift nets. Additional duties may include conducting boat-based dewatered redds and stranding surveys, as well as fish rescues on the Sacramento River main-stem. On occasion, screw-trapping and tributary snorkel and redd surveys may also be required. Knowledge of salmon and steelhead life histories is highly desirable. Boat operation and trailer experience will be required.

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.).
  • Make regular facility inspections including tag interrogation equipment. Record findings and adjustments made. Respond appropriately and immediately to emergencies.
  • 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: 

  • trap/weir
  • 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 non-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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