Fisheries Technician 1- American River Rotary Screw Traps
Company: Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission
Posted on: January 27, 2023
We are looking to fill two Fisheries Technician positions to work
on the Lower American River and Stanislaus River Rotary Screw Trap
Projects based out of Sacramento, CA. Fisheries Technicians will
assist with daily field activities and data collection using rotary
screw traps to monitor the emigration of juvenile Chinook Salmon
and steelhead. A successful candidate will participate in a
cohesive crew and will identify various species of fish, assess
life stage and run and collect environmental data. The candidate
will demonstrate safety consciousness and adhere to all safety and
data collection protocols. The candidate must be willing to work in
inclement weather as well as be willing to work weekends, nights,
Duties and responsibilities include:
- Operate and maintain 16 foot motorized water craft and 4WD
- Operate and maintain four 8 foot rotary screw traps
- Identify, handle, anesthetize, and collect biological data from
- Handle endangered or threatened species according to permits
- Assist with daily QA/QC of datasheets and entered data
- Assist with other project tasks as assigned
- 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
- 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.
- Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
- Ability to swim 50 yards and tread water for 10
- Ability to follow oral and written directions
- Knowledge of computer applications and software (Excel, Access,
- Must be able to read, write and speak English
- Ability to identify juvenile Chinook salmon and steelhead
- Must be comfortable working from, operating, and trailering
- Must have a valid driver's license with a clean driving
- Must work a flexible schedule, including the ability to work
nights and weekends
- Knowledge of salmonid biology and life history
- Juvenile fish trapping and handling experience
- Knowledge of mark-recapture methods and theory
- Ability to operate and trailer a motorized watercraft
- Current CPR/First aid certification
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. 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
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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