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Fishery Biologist 1 (PCN 111439)

State of Alaska
Badger, Alaska, US
Closing date
Jun 15, 2024

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The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Commercial Fisheries is recruiting for a Fishery Biologist 1 located in Fairbanks!

What you will be doing:

This Fishery Biologist 1 position (11 months) serves as the Field Monitor in the Upper Yukon River drainage and is based in Fairbanks, Alaska. This position has the opportunity to enjoy beautiful Interior Alaska summers while leading a variety of fisheries fieldwork and assisting Yukon and Tanana River fishermen in the Fairbanks ADF&G office. This position leads a Fish and Wildlife Technician II to help monitor the personal use, subsistence, and commercial salmon and nonsalmon fisheries in the Yukon and Tanana rivers. In late summer through early winter, this position leads salmon enumeration surveys throughout the Yukon River drainage during aerial (helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft), river boat, and foot (river walks) surveys. As research projects arise in the Yukon River drainage, this position has an opportunity to participate and gain fisheries career skills.

This position works daily in the office to convey fishing schedule and salmon run strength information to the public, issue subsistence and personal use fishing permits, assist commercial fishermen with registration forms and licensing, enter a variety of fisheries data (assessment, harvest, and biological), and plan fieldwork logistics. Compile and analyze fisheries data that contributes to fisheries management decisions for subsistence, personal use, and commercial fisheries throughout the Yukon River drainage.

Our organization, mission, and culture:

The mission of the Division of Commercial Fisheries is 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 fisheries tasks associated with this position will contribute to the management decisions that provide fishing opportunities for over 55 Alaskan communities in the Yukon River drainage. The diverse fisheries data collected will help to manage for wild, sustainable salmon runs. This position engages with Alaskan residents that rely on salmon along the river system to share information about personal use, subsistence, and commercial fisheries.

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 State of Alaska is an excellent employer that offers benefits, including medical and retirement. In working with salmon populations and residents of the largest river system of Alaska, this position provides a solid foundation of fundamental fisheries career skills to allow growth within the department.

The working conditions you can expect:

This position offers a nice balance of office and fieldwork, primarily based out of the Fairbanks ADF&G office. The majority of the fieldwork takes place between Fairbanks and Delta Junction for day trips, with potential for travel to remote fishing sites for multiple days or weeks along the Yukon and Tanana rivers. This position will be able to enjoy working outside occasionally by leading monitoring trips to drive riverboats and snowmobiles to remote fishing sites, document fishing effort, visit with fishermen on the river, check for compliance with regulations, and collect biological samples as needed. From late July to early December, this position plans and leads a variety of spawning salmon surveys in the Lower and Middle Yukon River (up to 10 days), Tanana River drainage (majority of the surveys), and Upper Yukon River (infrequent). Surveys include walking on riverbeds for up to 8 hours (weekly), flying in helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft (half or full days), and riding or driving in riverboats to count spawning Chinook, chum, and coho salmon. This position performs routine maintenance and minor repairs on outboard motors, four-wheelers, trailers, and snowmobiles.

* During fieldwork this position will be exposed to wild animals (bears, moose, and wolves), biting-insects, and inclement weather. Flying in small aircraft, travelling by boat, and camping multiple days in a tent at remote sites is required.
* This position requires the ability to repetitively lift fish and gear up to 50 pounds, walk distances (up to 9 miles) on uneven ground in air temperatures ranging from 90 to -20, and work irregular hours that occasionally include weekends or evenings.
* Frequent travel is required for this position to conduct fieldwork (single day, multiple days, or multiple weeks).

Who we are looking for:

We are looking for someone with the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

* Experience driving 16 to 24-foot outboard skiffs (35-150 HP) on rivers, driving snowmobiles, loading and unloading boats and snowmobiles on trailers, and performing basic motor maintenance.
* Experience using Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, and Outlook), ArcGIS, and R. Experience with data entry, computations, mapping, and writing.
* Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
* Ability to explain complex fishing assessment data, regulations, and fishing schedules to the public.
* Ability to conduct spawning salmon surveys by distinguishing salmon species, counting salmon, walking on a riverbed for 2 to 9 miles, and conducting multi-day aerial surveys.

To view the general description and example of duties for a Fishery Biologist 1 please go to the following link:

A bachelor's degree from an accredited college in biology, a branch of biology, limnology, biometrics, oceanography, forestry, fisheries science, or natural resource management.


A bachelor's degree from an accredited college that includes or is supplemented by the following credit hours will substitute for the degree in a specific field:

* at least 24 semester hours (36 quarter hours) in biology, a branch of biology, limnology, biometrics, oceanography, forestry, aquaculture, aquatic ecology, fisheries resources, or natural resource management (excluding courses that focus on agricultural husbandry techniques, human population dynamics, or the design and manipulation of landscapes), of which 16 semester hours (24 quarter hours) are upper division courses; and
* at least 12 semester hours (16 quarter hours) in any combination of two or more of the following: chemistry, physics, mathematics, statistics, geology, hydrology, or GIS.

Special Note:

"Upper division courses" means courses that are specialized, in-depth and advanced. Such courses emphasize problem-solving, analytical thinking skills, and theoretical applications, with depth and rigor in a discipline's theories and methods; specialization in a particular field or profession; refinement of general education; and/or development of specific intellectual and professional skills. Upper division courses are commonly identified in college catalogs as 300 level and higher.

Some positions may require training in specialized areas such as hydroacoustics, microscopic analysis, underwater research, or fish habitat restoration or enhancement.

An individual who will complete the educational requirements and obtain the required bachelor'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.



A cover letter is required for this position and will be used as a writing sample. The cover letter MUST highlight your knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience as they pertain to the position-specific knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in the job description. Please attach the cover letter to your application before submitting it online or, if unable to attach to your application, fax or email it to the contact provided in the job posting. Your cover letter will be used to help determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process.

If selected, please provide the following at the time of the interview:

* College transcripts - unofficial will be accepted
* Three professional references with contact information

Special Note:

A valid driver's license is required.


This position requires the use or possession of a firearm or ammunition. In accordance with the federal Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997 (PL 104-208), if you have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, you may not hold this position.

A "misdemeanor crime of domestic violence" is an offense that is (1) a misdemeanor under Federal or state law; and (2) has, as an element, the use or attempted use of physical force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon, committed by a current or former spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabiting with or has cohabited with the victim as a spouse, parent, or guardian, or by a person similarly situated to a spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim.

If you have ever been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, do NOT apply for this position.


To verify education is being used to meet and/or support the required minimum qualifications/competencies, 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 used to meet or support the minimum qualifications/competencies for a position and are required with each application. (Unofficial is okay; please ensure the institution/URL name is listed on the transcripts). Transcripts can be attached at the time of application or provided at the time of interview; if not, transcripts will be required before employment.


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. Omission of required documentation listed will result in an incomplete application and you will not receive further consideration.


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.

NOTE: Attaching a resume or curriculum vitae is not an alternative to filling out the application in its entirety. Noting "see resume or CV" or any similar response on any portion of your application may lead to a determination your application is incomplete and removal from consideration for this job posting.


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 1-800-587-0430 or (907) 465-4095 in Juneau or TTY: Alaska Relay 711 or 1-800-770-8973 or correspond with the Division of Personnel & Labor Relations at: P.O. Box 110201, Juneau, AK 99811-0201. The State of Alaska is an equal opportunity employer.


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For specific information in reference to the position please contact the hiring manager:

Christy Gleason

Yukon Area Management Biologist

Phone: 907-459-7240

Fax: 907-459-7271

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