Assistant Fisheries Biologist

  • Monterey Peninsula Water Management District
  • Monterey, CA, USA
  • Oct 16, 2020
Full time Biology - Ecology Conservation/ Natural Resources Fisheries - Marine Science - Aquatic Biology Water Quality Watershed - Stormwater - Wastewater Wetlands - Coastlines - Floodplains

Job Description

Position Description

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Do you want to make a difference? Do you believe in restoration, conservation, and sustainability of our water resources? Do you enjoy working in the great outdoors?  If so, the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District (MPWMD) welcomes your application to be the next Assistant Fisheries Biologist.

This position participates in the restoration and conservation of the Carmel River steelheard trout fishery; and implements and oversees specific mitigation projects or efforts; and performs a variety of technical tasks relative to assigned areas of responsibility. 

The Ideal Candidate

  • Be an innovative, proactive, ethical, self-motivated, friendly, adaptable, individual who is comfortable working in a dynamic and team-oriented environment.
  • Be detail-oriented with exceptional organizational skills in order to perform the job functions.
  • Have knowledge of applicable Federal, State, and local laws, rules, regulations, ordinances, and organizational policies and procedures relevant to assigned area of responsibility.
  • Have demonstrated ability to use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy, procedural, and legal guidelines.
  • Have excellent demonstrated written/oral communication skills in order to communicate in a proactive, approachable, and responsive nature with the ability to understand stakeholder interests and needs.
  • Is committed to serving the needs of the District in a manner that is efficient and ensures the ongoing safety and well-being of its employees, the community, and the environment.

Core Competencies

  • Accepts responsibility for themselves
  • Shifts gears comfortably
  • Accomplishes tasks with thoroughness and accuracy
  • Works cooperatively with other individuals and makes valued contribution
  • Effectively conveys and exchanges thoughts, opinions, and information verbally and in writing
  • Maintains positive on-going client relationships
  • Knows the risks to information security
  • Builds relationships based on mutual trust and respect
  • Comfortably works with technology
  • Shows commitment, dedication, and accountability in one’s work, and follows through on all projects, goals, and aspects of one’s work
  • Works collaboratively with a group of people in order to achieve a goal
  • Plans and executes events, tasks, and processes in an efficient manner. 

Examples of Duties

The following duties are typical for positions in this classification. Any single position may not perform all of these duties and/or may perform similar related duties not listed here.

Essential Functions:

  1. Lead the District’s Carmel River Resistance Board Weir steelhead monitoring program.
  2. Participate in efforts to restore and conserve the Carmel River steelhead fishery.
  3. Plan, direct, and participate in mitigation and conservation efforts and projects.
  4. Operate and maintain fisheries equipment including, Carmel River Resistance Board Weir, electro-fishing and related life support equipment for rescued steelhead, water quality test kits and a variety of nets and traps for capturing steelhead.
  5. Manage and participate in major and minor field projects including steelhead rescues, smolt and adult steelhead trapping, juvenile steelhead population surveys; spawning redds survey, and spawning gravel surveys.
  6. Assist at the District’s steelhead rearing facility.
  7. Assist in the design and implementation of smolt mortality experiments and other experiments designed to estimate survival of downstream emigrants through Los Padres Reservoir.
  8. Assist with the construction and maintenance of fish counting arrays on the Carmel River.
  9. Assist with the District’s spawning gravel placement program below Los Padres Dam.
  10. Assist Associate Fisheries Biologist in the design of fisheries aspects in river restoration work; conduct on-site surveys for steelhead, amphibians and reptiles; make recommendations for conditions for permits at proposed work sites along the river.
  11. Identify, modify and improve critical riffles along the river to improve migration condition.
  12. Design and construct various fisheries equipment using power and hand tools.
  13. Maintain electro-shockers, boats, motors, cameras, batteries, survey level, stream flow meter and tagging gear.
  14. Assist in the District’s vegetation management program and irrigation program.
  15. Help enforce District rules and regulations along the Carmel River.
  16. Provide tours of District projects to scientists from other agencies, the media and the general public.
  17. Ensure adherence to safe work practices and procedures.
  18. Respond to public inquiries in a courteous manner; provide information within the area of assignment; resolve complaints in an efficient and timely manner.
  19. Estimate time, materials and equipment required for jobs assigned; requisition materials as required.
  20. Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.

Typical Qualifications


Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Three years of increasingly responsible fisheries biology experience.

Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in fisheries biology, ecology or a related field.

License or Certificate:
Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid driver’s license.
Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid scientific collector’s permit.

Knowledge of:

  • Operations, services and activities of a steelhead conservation program.
  • Habitat requirements for adult and juvenile steelhead.
  • Water development impacts on steelhead populations.
  • Conduct surveys for steelhead and other aquatic life.
  • Fish rescue methods, techniques and procedures.
  • Habitat modification and improvement methods and techniques.
  • Computer database management techniques.
  • Spawning gravel restoration techniques.
  • Methods and techniques of field biologic, hydrologic climatologic data collection.
  • Mathematics and statistics.
  • Scientific research principles and report writing techniques.
  • Operational characteristics of fisheries equipment and tools.
  • Occupational hazards and standard safety practices.

Ability to:

  • Independently perform the most difficult biological and environmental work and studies.
  • Establish record-keeping systems.
  • Interpret, explain and enforce department policies and procedures.
  • Operate a variety of fisheries equipment in a safe and effective manner.
  • Provide recommendations for the management of steelhead populations.
  • Prepare plans, designs, cost estimates and specifications.
  • Compile and analyze technical and statistical information and data.
  • Work independently in the absence of supervision.
  • Understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities.

Supplemental Information

 The starting salary will be commensurate with the experience, qualifications, and skills of the successful candidate and with a salary range of $5,784.70 - $7.031.39 monthly DOE/DOQ.

  • Retirement: California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS).
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision: MPWMD covers 95% for employee and qualified dependents.
  • Life and Long-Term Insurances: MPWMD covers 100%
  • Short -Term Disability: MPWMD covers 50%
  • Leaves: Ten (10) vacation days per year for first year of service, with progressive increase up to 22 days/year after 15 years.
  • Sick Leave: Twelve (12) days of sick leave per year.
  • Thirteen (13) paid holidays per year.

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The Monterery Peninsula Water Management District is an Equal Opportunity employer.

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