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Biological Technician & Administrative Coordinator

Cramer Fish Sciences
West Sacramento, California, US
Closing date
Jun 30, 2021
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Cramer Fish Sciences (CFS) is a fisheries consulting firm that conducts research and monitoring throughout the Pacific Northwest and California. Our mission is to rigorously apply the scientific method to afford our clients innovative, scientifically robust solutions to address a variety of fisheries and environmental challenges. The CFS team achieves this through effective and unbiased data collection, insightful analysis and interpretation, and clear communications and publication of results in scientific journals. The Biological Technician & Administrative Coordinator provides critical support for the organization by assisting science staff with administrative functions in the office, project coordination and communications, and fisheries field and lab work. This includes office support activities to promote efficiency and organization, meeting coordination and note taking, grant reporting, science data entry, literature review, field data collection (fish, habitat, water quality sampling), and equipment procurement. The split of time between these key functions (office admin/office-based project support/field or lab work) will vary throughout a 40-hour workweek, but will generally be 50% project support work and 50% administrative support.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Support staff; coordinate travel, coordinate meetings, coordinate email distribution lists, draft outreach emails to stakeholders, collate progress reports and subcontractor invoices for grant reporting, take meeting notes, research/obtaining technical documents, answer phone calls as a member of operator phone queue, documentation filing, purchase supplies, coordinate permitting, support entry and review of time and expenses as needed
  • Documentation support through formatting, transcribing, inputting, editing, retrieving, copying and creation
  • Maintain schedules and correspondence
  • Conduct data collection, entry, and organization and basic analysis of fisheries and aquatic habitat related data
  • Prepare and organize the upkeep of all equipment and supplies needed for field work
  • Perform hands on work which may include water sample collection, fish trapping and tagging, visual estimation techniques (e.g., snorkeling, redd surveys), collecting data on the physical environment (e.g., water quality, channel bathymetry) and taking measurements of individual specimens
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Critical Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (required):
  • Project Management/Organizational Skills: Assist Project Managers on several projects and serve as support for all preparation of needed materials, meeting coordination, note taking, data collection and necessary equipment in order to successfully complete the project.
  • Leadership Skills: Within a team and Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) culture, sets personal high performance and quality standards to contribute to team success. Views all members of the team as critical and important and treats team members with respect and professionalism.
  • Office Management: Able to manage and coordinate administrative processes; comfortable in communicating with employees, partners and clients
  • General Administrative Support: Ability to manage office calendars, correspondence, office organization and general support for Staff on facility and other matters

Personal Attributes
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong organization and coordination skills; ability to meet deadlines and ability to multi-task
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others to resolve problems
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; able to express and exchange ideas
  • Safety conscious in all aspects of field and office work
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team with strong organization and coordination skills
  • Approaches work from a high-energy, efficient standpoint
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks with overlapping deadlines
  • Ability to accurately interpret and follow established guidelines and procedures
  • Ability to produce accurate, timely and quality work products and be accountable for meeting objectives
  • Strong customer service ethic
  • Positive energy as evidenced in an optimistic outlook and a sense of humor
  • Knowledge of fisheries, forestry wildlife or other environmental studies

Desired Experience
  • Demonstrated skills in coordinating logistics and administrative functions for office operations
  • Environmental science experience including, stream ecology, forestry, fisheries, or related field
  • Familiarity with IT and ability to learn new skills independently
  • Experience conducting field work and operating equipment utilized in field surveys and studies

Education/Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in Fisheries, Forestry, Biology or similar field
  • Basic level proficiency with MS Office Suite
  • Entry-level skills in data entry into databases, developing graphs and basic data analysis

Working Conditions and Physical Demands:
  • Possible long periods of computerized data entry in an office environment
  • Working irregular hours in various kinds of weather and potentially rugged terrain on occasion in order to meet project deadlines
  • Travel field work may require extended travel to remote areas for 2-5 days at a time
  • Must be comfortable working in the aquatic environment including working from a boat platform, wading in rivers and streams
  • Must be able to work effectively in inclement weather in remote location
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds and carry cross-country, down steep slopes and over rough terrain

Compensation and Benefits:
  • Competitive base salary
  • Health and retirement benefits after 30 days of employment
  • Incentive bonus plan
  • CFS is an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) company

Cramer Fish Sciences is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

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