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Biometrician 1/2 (PCN )

State of Alaska
Juneau, Alaska, US
Closing date
Dec 4, 2021

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Academic / Research, Government
Conservation science
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Job Description

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Commercial Fisheries is recruiting for a Biometrician 1/2 located in Juneau!

What you will be doing:

This is a 12-month permanent position that provides biometric support within the Marine Research Section on statewide groundfish, herring, and shellfish fisheries. This position may also provide some assistance for salmon assessments as needed. Primary duties of this position include conducting stock assessment analysis (ranging from analyzing fishery performance data to performing length- or age-structured modeling), developing and implementing population assessment surveys and models especially for data-poor stocks, and providing biometric support to other regional staff. This position is also responsible for effectively communicating assessment results to diverse working groups (scientists, managers, industry), and authoring fisheries reports, technical publications, and external manuscripts.

Our organization, mission, and culture:

The main goals within the Marine Research Section and how the incumbent will directly contribute to the Division are:

* organize and analyze fisheries data

* interpret stock assessment results with appropriate descriptions of uncertainty, provide neutral recommendations and their associated risk to fishery managers

* strive to improve assessment methods,

* communicate assessment results and recommendations clearly and effectively.

All of these goals fall under Commercial Fisheries Division's mission to manage subsistence, commercial, and personal use fisheries in the interest of the economy and general well-being of the citizens of the state, consistent with the sustained yield principle, and subject to allocations through public regulatory processes.

The Alaska Department of Fish & Game strives for a diverse and inclusive workforce where

safety and wellbeing are paramount and employees at all levels promote a culture where

everyone is valued, treated equitably, and treated respectfully.

Benefits of joining our team:

The Marine Research Section is an exciting, dynamic group made up of Fishery Scientists and Biometricians that work together to conduct research and stock assessments on a variety of finfish and invertebrate species across Alaska. Additionally, our team collaborates with biologists and scientists across state and federal agencies to ensure the best available science is being utilized to inform policy through the Board of Fisheries and North Pacific Fishery Management Council processes.

The working conditions you can expect:

This position is staffed in the ADF&G office in Juneau, Alaska. The daily work environment is dynamic and may include working at a desk in an office setting, field sampling at remote locations, or living and working aboard research vessels. This position will require some time working outside normal business hours and on weekends for meetings and time at-sea. Travel will be required to participate in meetings, conferences, and stock assessment surveys.

We are looking for a candidate that possesses some or all of the following position-specific competencies (If you have any experience with the following, please document these in your application and supplemental questions):

* Thorough knowledge of statistical, mathematical, and population dynamic theory along with the principals and techniques of quantitative biological research.
* An ability to utilize contemporary statistical coding tools (e.g., R, git, markdown, and background in using ADMB/TDMB and/or Stock Synthesis 3).
* Strong oral and written communication skills for the presentation of scientific and policy issues to a wide audience.
* Experience with preparing reports and publishing manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals.
* Proven ability to work with a high degree of independence and as part of a team.

Special Notes:

Requires frequent in-state (2-5 trips/year) and out-of-state (1-2 trips/year) travel typically 2-5 days in length for various meetings.

May also require time-at-sea (1-2 trip/year) to help collect fisheries data aboard research vessels typically for 7-14 days. Minimum Qualifications

Biometrician 1 Minimum Qualifications (Range: 17, Salary: $2,261.25 biweekly pay)

A master's degree from an accredited college in biometrics, statistics, or one of the biological sciences including or supplemented by 18 semester or 27 quarter hours of graduate level statistics and/or biometrics.

Special Note:

Graduate level statistics and/or biometrics classes usually have course numbers of 500 or higher.

An individual who will complete the educational requirements and obtain the required master's degree within six months may apply and be considered for a vacancy. Such applicants may be given a conditional job offer but may not be appointed until receipt of the required degree has been documented.

Biometrician 2 Minimum Qualifications (Range: 19, Salary: $2,605.50 biweekly pay)

A master's degree from an accredited college in biometrics, statistics, or one of the biological sciences including or supplemented by 18 semester or 27 quarter hours of graduate level statistics and/or biometrics.


One year of experience practicing as a biometrician at the first working level. With the State of Alaska, this experience is equivalent to a Biometrician 1.

Substitution: Any combination of two years of additional qualifying graduate study and professional experience in a position where primary responsibility is statistical analysis and design related to fish or game resource management or research will substitute for the required one year of biometrics experience.

Special Note:

Graduate level statistics and/or biometrics classes usually have course numbers of 500 or higher.

Additional Required Information


If not already attached at the time of application, the following must be submitted to the hiring manager listed in the contact information below within 48 hours of the close of this recruitment, if you are using education to meet the minimum qualifications:

* Copies of all college transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable).


If post-secondary education is required to meet the minimum qualifications, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of units completed. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials if used to meet the minimum qualifications for a position. Transcripts can be attached at the time of application or within 48 hours of the close of this recruitment to the contact person listed below.


Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements, if applicable. If utilizing this education you must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. state university reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the state university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.


This position is flexibly staffed. This vacancy may be filled at either the 1 or 2 level, depending on the applicant's training and/or experience. The full range of salaries is listed above. Starting salary will be determined by the level the position is hired at. If filled at level 1, promotion to level 2 will occur upon successful completion of the probationary period and required training, as well as the applicant meeting the minimum qualifications of the higher job class.


If using work experience not already documented in your application, also provide the employer name, your job title, dates of employment, and whether full-or part-time. Applications will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and minimum qualifications are clearly met. If they are not, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment.


This recruitment may be used for more than one (1) vacancy. The applicant pool acquired during this recruitment may be used for future vacancies for up to ninety (90) days after this recruitment closes. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply to each recruitment notice to ensure consideration for all vacancies.


The State of Alaska complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Individuals with disabilities, who require accommodation, auxiliary aides or services, or alternative communication formats, please call 1- or in Juneau or TTY: Alaska Relay 711 or 1- or correspond with the Division of Personnel & Labor Relations at: P.O. Box 110201, Juneau, AK 99. The State of Alaska is an equal opportunity employer.


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