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Recreational Port Agent

State of North Carolina
Washington County, North Carolina, US
Closing date
May 14, 2022

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Conservation science
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Description of Work

Are you passionate about the environment and want to make a difference?

DEQ has an open opportunity for a Recreational Port Agent.

ThisRecreational Port Agent serves as a field interviewer and technical assistant to the program biologist in the central district Washington office. The Recreational Port Agent conducts surveys of marine recreational anglers to obtain information about their fishing effort, catch and participation in marine recreational saltwater fishing as part of the Marine Recreational Information Program's Access Point Angler Intercept Survey. The Recreational Port Agent also collects other demographic, social and economic statistics from angler trips. These data are collected and uploaded to a central database using an electronic tablet software application. The Recreational Port Agent will organize, code, and compile data for analysis. The Recreational Port Agent works with minimum supervision and is responsible for following a set schedule according to program procedures. This position is responsible for handling face to face interactions in the field. Confident customer service skills are a plus. Accurate fish identification to the species level is required. At-sea, ride-along biological sampling on headboats is required. Other requirements for this position include meeting deadlines; weekend work; night work to monitor nighttime recreational fishing; outdoor work in inclement weather; significant in-state travel to assigned fishing sites; and having the ability to swim.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Knowledge and identification of marine and estuarine fish, crustaceans, and mollusks.
  • Knowledge of marine recreational fishing methods and water bodies used.
  • Conduct quality interviews while striving to meet and go above personal and program targets.
  • Excellent customer service skills to interact with the fishing public.
  • Can learn and meticulously follow program procedures.
  • Basic computer skills to use and maintain hardware for data collection.

The Division of Marine Fisheries

The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) is responsible for the stewardship of the state's marine and estuarine resources. The DMF's jurisdiction encompasses all coastal waters and extends to 3 miles offshore. Agency policies are established by the nine-member Marine Fisheries Commission and the Secretary of the Department of Environmental Quality. North Carolina is a member of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, and the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council. Click here to learn more about theDivision of Marine Fisheries.

The NC Department of Environmental Quality:

The primary mission of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is to provide science-based environmental stewardship for the health and prosperity of all North Carolinians. The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is the lead stewardship agency for the protection of North Carolina's environmental resources. The organization, which has offices from the mountains to the coast, administers regulatory programs designed to protect air quality, water quality, and the public's health, and works to advance in all-of-the-above energy strategy that fits North Carolina's needs. DEQ also offers technical assistance to businesses, farmers, local governments, and the public and encourages responsible behavior with respect to the environment through education programs provided at DEQ facilities and through the state's school system. DEQ touches the lives of all North Carolinians in many ways to enhance and ensure our quality of life. Please visit our website at theDepartment of Environmental Quality for more information.

Recruitment Range: $31,200- $33,600

This position is located in:Beaufort County, NC, Washington Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies

The Knowledge, Skills and Abilities listed below, along with the Minimum Education and Experience requirements, are REQUIRED to qualify for this position. Resumes will not be reviewed in lieu of Experience and Education listed on the application. Click these links for additional information:Introduction to the Job ApplicationandAddressing Knowledge, Skills and Abilities.

To qualify for this position, applicants must document on the application that they possess ALL the following:
  • Knowledge of marine/estuarine species identification
  • Experience biological sampling
  • Experience collecting, compiling, and/or organizing data
  • Experience using digital technology
  • Valid Driver's license

Management Preferences:
  • NC saltwater fish species identification and knowledge of NC coastal waterbody areas.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Associate's degree in one of the agricultural, biological, engineering, environmental or natural resource sciences or a closely related curriculum from an appropriately accredited institution; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Supplemental and Contact Information

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is an Equal Opportunity Employerwho embraces an Employment First philosophy which consists of complying with all federallaws, state laws and Executive Orders.

DEQ uses the Merit-Based Recruitment and Selection Plan to fill positions subject to the State Human Resources Act. Hiring salary will be based on relevant qualifications, internal equity, and budgetary considerations pertinent to the advertised position.
  • Applicants seeking Veteran's Preference must attach aDD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, to their applications.
  • If applicants earned college credit hours but did not complete a degree program, they must attach an official transcript to each application to receive credit for this education.

Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information regarding the status of your application over the phone. To check the status of your application, please log in to your account and click "Application Status." If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted by management. If you are no longer under consideration, you will receive an email notification. If there are any questions about this posting other than your application status, please contactPam Winslow at 252-808-8002

For technical issues with your application, please call the Applicant Support Help Line at 855-524-5627.
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