PSMFC is looking for one fisheries technician to support the work of the East Bay Municipal Utility District in the Lodi Fisheries and Wildlife Office. Position start date is March 25, 2019.
Primary responsibilities include participation in the coded wire tag program on the Mokelumne River. In addition, the fisheries technician will assist with rotary screw trap operations to collect juvenile salmonid migration data, video monitoring, seining, electrofishing and data entry. The fisheries technician will ensure that survey equipment and vehicles are maintained in good operating condition.
The position requires long field days in inclement weather on the Mokelumne River below Camanche Dam. Work often includes traveling by boat to conduct field work. Duties may require maintaining physical condition necessary for standing, walking, hiking or kayaking for extended periods of time and moderate to heavy lifting. Must possess physical characteristics to perform the critical and important duties of the job, including sufficient strength to lift 40 lbs of equipment in the field and sufficient swimming skill for self-preservation. Must be willing to work out of doors in a variety of weather conditions. Must be willing to work overtime as needed.
- 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/Desirable Skills
- 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
- repair & maintain equipment
Demands can range from moderate --where there is walking, climbing stairs and ladders, reaching, lifting, bending, and strenuous sweeping-- to rigorous. In the latter case, the incumbent must be able to handle buckets of water or gear weighing up to 50 pounds. Long daily periods of hiking, carrying equipment, swimming, and/or standing may be required. Camping out for extended periods may be required. Some work requires the ability to maintain footing in fast-moving water.
A portion of the work is performed in an office setting with adequate lighting, heating and ventilation. The majority is performed in fish processing labs, fish holding areas, and/or in the field. Incumbents may work on narrow, elevated walkways and platforms that are over or adjacent to water. Field work involves exposure to all types of weather, slippery rocks, trails, irregular terrain, insects, poison oak, rough or fast-moving water, or cold water temperatures. Work at high elevations or aboard boats may be required.
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.