Fisheries Field Technician

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Kleinschmidt Group
Anchorage, Alaska, US
Apr 28, 2021
May 11, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Kleinschmidt has an immediate opening for two Fisheries Field Technicians in Eklutna Lake, Alaska. The successful candidates will provide support for the organization by conducting fieldwork, data collections, data quality control/assurance, and database management. This is a seasonal position that will run from May 15 through November 30, 2021.

Kleinschmidt is an environmental and engineering consulting firm that provides consulting services to energy companies and government agencies across North America. Following the removal of the lower Eklutna River Dam in 2018, Kleinschmidt is supporting the owners of the Eklutna Hydroelectric Project to study and develop a program to protect, mitigate damages to, and enhance fish and wildlife impacted by the project. Our reputation for providing practical solutions to complex problems affecting energy, water and the environment is founded on 50+ years of experience and our ability to analyze, prepare, and present project information in a logical, thorough, and technically sound manner.

  • Bachelor's degree in Fisheries, Forestry, Biology or an equivalent field or 2 years of related experience performing fisheries or wildlife studies
  • Proficient with MS Office Suite including Excel and Access.
  • Demonstrated skills in data collection, entry, and analysis
  • Must possess permanent authorization to work in the United States
  • Must possess a valid drivers' license and ability to obtain Passport

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Assist and/or lead field crews to help support the project work and data collection needed.
  • Perform hands on work which may include fish collection using electrofishing and netting techniques, visual estimation techniques (e.g., spawner surveys), physical habitat surveys, and discharge measurements.
  • Follow outlines provided by senior staff to develop field report summaries.
  • Manage logistical items such as scheduling coordination, purchasing of equipment and supplies.
  • Implement established data quality control/assurance checks and data entry.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Critical Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (required):
  • Fisheries Skills: Demonstrated ability as part of a team collecting, recording, and analyzing data. Knowledge and experience in the identification of salmonids, and other fishes and conducting stream habitat surveys.
  • Communication Skills: Communicates clearly, concisely, and effectively with senior staff and other seasonal field staff.
  • Data Management Skills: Conduct basic data entry, implement project data QA/QC standards, and conduct basic statistical tests, including data compilation tables and collating, with direction from senior staff.
  • A candidate should have knowledge and experience with the scientific method, specifically as it relates to fisheries science and instream flow data collection.

Preferred Experience
  • Experience conducting stream habitat surveys
  • Previous fish identification experience with juvenile and adult Pacific salmon species
  • Prior experience conducting salmon counts and redd surveys
  • Experience operating 4-wheel drive vehicles, boats, trailers and other field equipment
  • Experience calibrating and maintaining water quality probes
  • Data recording, management and analysis in statistics and database software
  • Experience with PHABSIM data collection and stream discharge measurements

Personal Attributes
  • Ability to complete work assigned by senior staff
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Strong organization and coordination skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively to resolve problems
  • Positive individual with optimistic outlook

Working Conditions and Physical Demands:
  • Must be comfortable working in the aquatic environment including wading in swift streams and boating in lakes
  • Must be comfortable working in bear country
  • Working a flexible schedule with irregular hours (including long days and weekends) in various kinds of weather and rugged terrain
  • Able to report to duty at Eklutna Lake (40 miles from Anchorage, 30 Miles from Wasilla)
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds

Kleinschmidt offers a competitive salary and benefits package and opportunities for advancement in a growing, national consulting firm.

Kleinschmidt is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender status, disability status, national origin, veteran status, and any other classification protected by law.

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