Title: Fisheries Technician 1- Nampa Aging Lab (20-1163)
Location: Nampa, ID (83686)
Anticipated Start Date: March 1, 2021
Position Type: Full Year (12 months or more), Hourly/Non-Exempt
Benefits Eligible: Yes | www.psmfc.org/benefits
Salary Target: $14.35/hour
Job Number: 20-1163
How to Apply: Online at www.psmfc.org/careers
Closing Date: February 15, 2021 at midnight (PT)
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is seeking a 12 mo., full-time fisheries technician, to work in the anadromous scale aging laboratory at the Nampa Fisheries Research facility in Nampa, ID. This is a lab-based position but there will be occasional opportunities for field work. Field work is not a significant component of job performance, and is not required.
This position will collaborate with other technicians in the lab to prepare (clean, mount, and image) and analyze (age) adult and juvenile Chinook and steelhead scale samples. Freshwater and saltwater ages are assigned to adult samples. Technician will also help with data organization and management, preparing/editing datasheets, follow sub-sampling schemes, and perform database uploads as needed. Additional tasks include organization and storage of scale samples, conducting routine data checks, preparing field kits for trap tenders, and creating labels. The technician will cooperate with the laboratory supervisor and other laboratory technicians on a daily basis, and must be a good team player. Many of the tasks performed in the lab are repetitive, so candidate must be self motivated.
B.S. degree in fisheries, biology, or related field are preferred. Individuals with knowledge of anadromous fishes and have previous aging (and/or growth pattern recognition) experience with anadromous fish will be given preference. An individual with experience managing data using Microsoft Excel and Access would be preferred. Individual must be able to work well without direct supervision, follow protocols effectively, be punctual, organized, and be extremely detail oriented.
** This position requires a valid driver’s license and all offers of employment will be contingent upon passing a driving record check. **
- 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.
- Perform precision ageing of various fish species in a laboratory setting. Record age and growth data in the appropriate format.
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:
- able to swim
- valid driver’s license
- fish ageing (scale, otolith, other)
- fish species ID skills
- 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 sedentary to 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. Some work requires the ability to maintain footing in fast-moving water.
The majority of the work is performed in an office setting with adequate lighting, heating and ventilation. Offices are communal for all laboratory technicians, therefore computers and working areas are shared. Field work involves exposure to all types of weather, slippery rocks, trails, irregular terrain, insects, rough or fast-moving water, or cold water temperatures (field work is encouraged but not a requirement of this position).
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.
Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission is an Affirmative Action (AA) and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and welcomes all qualified applicants. Applicants will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, genetic data, or other legally protected status.
If you have a disability and need assistance completing the application form, you may call the PSMFC human resources office at (503) 595-3100 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PST, Monday-Friday. Reasonable accommodations for interviews will be provided upon request to individuals with disabilities.
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