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Fisheries Technician 1 - McCloud River

Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission
Red Bluff, California, US
Closing date
Jun 24, 2024

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Consultancy/Private Sector
Informatics / GIS
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
The McCloud River Winter Run reintroduction is a new project that is in need of Fisheries Technicians to help conduct RST monitoring, capture efficiencies and remote site egg incubation.

PSMFC is looking for a motivated person to help out the lead field biologist working on a pilot project to reintroduce winter-run Chinook Salmon (winter-run) to the McCloud River upstream of Shasta Reservoir. This job offers the opportunity to participate in a history-making project to return winter-run Chinook salmon to their ancestral home in the McCloud River. The position will allow you to work with diverse interest groups, and to apply your knowledge of salmonid life history, fisheries monitoring and aquaculture techniques. Additional skills that will be needed include general ecological principles, principles of fish habitat evaluation and restoration, and fisheries management

Essential Functions:

Responsibilities include construction and maintenance of remote site egg incubation systems (RSI's), water quality monitoring, and release of winter-run fry into the McCloud River. Incumbents will also maintain field notes and electronic databases, and may be asked to help produce technical reports related to operation of RSI's on the McCloud River. Incumbents will help operate and maintain rotary screw traps, fyke nets, and associated fish trapping gear. Incumbents may also be required to conduct additional juvenile salmonid monitoring, including snorkel surveys. Habitat typing and additional water quality monitoring may be required as well. Incumbents will be responsible for transportation and release of reintroduced winter-run fry, as well as coordination with State or Federal hatcheries to obtain and transport fish for trap efficiency trials or other surrogate fish investigations. Incumbents will be required to maintain field notes and electronic databases, and help produce technical reports related to operation of fish trapping equipment, and fisheries surveys conducted on the McCloud River.

Knowledge Required by the Position

* Knowledge of fishery biology (including knowledge of particular species of fish).
* Knowledge of personal computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, e-mail, publishing software, presentation software, database software, topographic software, bibliographic software, and statistical analysis packages.

Additional Mandatory Skills:

* elec. detection technology
* lift 40-50 lbs.
* valid driver's license
* tow & maneuver trailers
* fish species ID skills
* compile and collect neat and accurate data
* specific software skills (spreadsheet, word processing, database, GIS, statistical)
* oral communication skills
* written communication skills
* repair & maintain equipment

Work Environment:

This position is primarily a field position. Applicants should have the ability to work outside, work in inclement weather, conduct physically demanding work, and work long hours as needed. Primary field work will occur in or near swift-water and will require the ability to negotiate rough and unstable terrain. Travel to field sites will require an ability to operate 4-wheel drive vehicles off-road. Overnight stay at field sites will be required. Weekend and holiday work will be required. Must have a valid Driver's License and be prepared to travel using a State-owned vehicle.

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