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Fisheries Biologist

Sacramento County, California, US
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Sep 23, 2022

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We are accepting applications for a Fisheries Biologist for our office in Sacramento or San Francisco, CA to work on large-scale restoration and mitigation projects in the California, with focus on the Central Valley and Bay-Delta System.

The mission: to contribute to the restoration of native fish populations and their habitat in California, including Delta smelt, longfin smelt, salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, and lamprey! Orchestrating large scale fisheries and aquatic driven restoration projects is a delicate matter, so we expect you to have experience with, and a working understanding of, current fisheries and aquatic science research, monitoring efforts, and research practitioners in Central Valley and Bay-Delta.

RES is a complex organism. Together with the support of senior ecological staff, you will support design, implementation, and monitor restoration projects, in collaboration with a team of fisheries and aquatic biologists, field ecologists, restoration designers, and environmental land operators. Dealing with this amount of people involves excellent communication skills, strong organization skills, and disciplined time management.

You will be working on the new or existing project with field components, 30% of the time. You will research and identify suitable properties to recover listed species in priority locations of the California Central Valley and Bay-Delta System, supported by our team of analysts.

Note that you will visit these locations personally, so be ready for travel and sometimes stay overnight. We also perform our work in physically challenging outdoor situations in all types of weather!

When you are in the field you will be responsible for informing the team on ecological suitability of the onsite aquatic habitats. Project work can be variable, and may involve sampling fish populations, identification of anadromous and resident fishes, taking hydrological measurements, participating in instream flow studies, assessing habitat quality of stream channels and their floodplains, and monitoring water quality. You will be responsible for producing or managing the development of technical reports and feasibility studies at this project stage.

Once the location is identified and a project becomes active, you will support the development of restoration and monitoring plans, and this will take you up to 40% of your time. Your technical guidance and work might include support for restoration actions to improve fish passage, remove a dam, increase stream and floodplain habitat quality, lead a fish rescue and relocation effort, analyze fish translocation, prepare a pit tagging strategy, or a combination of several of these elements. You will also support the permitting and bank entitlement process through the drafting of technical sections of various permit applications and banking documents. You will initially work closely senior management and staff to become comfortable with these various documents and design stages. Once approved, you will support meetings with regulatory agencies, clients, and teaming partners, as part of the project.

Once the plan is approved and implemented by our field team, you will monitor it closely, and this will take up to 30% of your time. You will conduct and lead crews on fish surveys and inventories to make sure your plan is working. You will work with senior staff on recommend corrective actions, if needed, based upon collected field data, public databases, and published literature.

We would love to talk to you if you have many of the following:
  • Bachelor's degree in ecology, biology, limnology, or another aquatic-related discipline.
  • Experience with identifying anadromous and resident fishes and their habitats common to Central California and the San Francisco-Bay Delta
  • 4+ years of relevant work experience in fisheries, river restoration, and/or aquatic habitat restoration.
  • Technical experience with a combination of the following: fish passage design, dam removal, fish stranding and rescue, fish translocation, barrier assessment, PIT tagging, fish population sampling techniques, eDNA collection, hydrological measurements, stream channel assessment, instream flow studies, river restoration and enhancement, aquatic habitat assessment, and/or water quality monitoring.
  • Permitting and regulatory compliance experience.
  • Knowledge of ARCGIS and GPS technology.

What will make you stand out?
  • Experience with CEQA/NEPA/ESA/FERC regulatory documents and their biological measures.
  • Advanced degree.

Section 10(a)(1)(A) recovery permits and CDFW MOUs.
  • Demonstrated experience with floodplain, wetland, and tidal food web processes.
  • A long-term career vision that involves senior leadership in Northern California fisheries issues.

VEVRAA Federal Contractor

RES is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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