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Fishery Biologist 2- Fish Health Lab

Employer
Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission
Location
Wallingford, Washington, US
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
Jun 27, 2024

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Sector
Academic / Research
Field
Informatics / GIS
Discipline
Marine
Salary Type
Salary
Employment Type
Full time
Position/Project Specifics:

Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission is seeking a highly motivated individual to assist the U.S. Geological Survey as a fish health biologist at the Fish Health Laboratory. Understanding the components of morbidity and mortality to populations of wild animals, infectious and parasitic diseases represent important, yet largely understudied factors; likely because their effects often go unnoticed. One approach to assessing the impacts of endemic pathogens is to perform controlled pathogen-exposure experiments on regionally important fishes like pacific herring and salmon.

The primary responsibilities of the incumbent will be to assess the health of marine fish at the USGS Fish Health Lab, located in Seattle, Washington. The incumbent will follow existing protocols for fish health screenings; conduct tissue sample collection, bacterial testing and analyses, blood collection and analyses, parasite identification, and necropsies on experimental fish populations.

Additionally, the incumbent will recommend modifications of existing research protocols, design data collection forms and set up research databases for integration of data. The incumbent will compile and analyze data for reports, prepare graphics, contribute to or write papers for peer-reviewed journals, and present research results at professional meetings.

Essential Functions: Included in this band are professional positions that perform recurring assignments ranging from moderate difficulty where conventional or straight-forward biological concerns are encountered to complex assignments where specialized knowledge and demonstrated competence in advanced techniques are required. (The functions listed below are characteristic of the type and level of work associated with this group and pay band. They are not all-inclusive. Individual positions may perform some or all, as well as other similar work.)

At the lower end of the range, Fishery Biologists have a solid working knowledge of established scientific methods and techniques to perform recurring assignments of moderate difficulty. Methods and techniques are well established, apply to most situations, and do not require significant deviations. Resource planning reports generated by employees at this level involve conventional biological concerns. Reports generated may be short-range management plans or portions of annual work plans. Lower range work examples include:

* Following existing protocols for fish health screenings; conduct tissue sample collection, bacterial testing and analyses, blood collection and analyses, parasite identification, and necropsies on experimental fish populations. Recommend modifications of existing research protocols. Design data collection forms and set up research databases for integration of data. Compile and analyze data for reports, prepare graphics, contribute to or write papers for peer-reviewed journals, and present research results at professional meetings.
* Develop age composition structures, stock assessments, escapement totals, harvest levels, run reconstruction frameworks, and/or run forecasts for designated fish species and stock. Evaluate and direct sampling efforts or reporting practices to best meet data requirements. Write memoranda and reports necessary for transfer of information to the appropriate individuals, agencies, and organizations.
* Plan, schedule, and conduct behavioral, physiological, morphological, and survival evaluations of hatchery and/or experimental fish populations. Oversee and assist with fish culture tasks for study purposes and recommend procedure variations. Write or contribute to papers and reports for publication, and compile reports on results of data collection and analysis. Prepare and deliver formal and informal presentations at seminars, meetings, etc.
* Plan, design, schedule, and conduct fish catch and effort surveys for marine fisheries. Utilize existing general creel survey protocols and determine modifications that address specific marine fisheries conditions or special fisheries. Work with state, federal and regional fishery management councils to provide data on fisheries catch and effort and population trends as well as biology of marine fish species. Work with stock assessment biologists in relation to fisheries-specific data utilized in their stock assessments. Assist with database presentations of the data collected. Prepare reports and presentations as requested. Provide expertise in improvements to the design of creel surveys
* Conduct limited physical and biological watershed, stream, and fish habitat assessments. Responsible for conducting data investigation and research, drafting technical report, database management, GIS for all physical and biological data, and survey and inventory results. Prepare, present, implement and update watershed assessment plans.
* Assist in writing contract proposals and progress reports. Assist in developing detailed contract specifications, task statements, quality of work criteria, and other specifications.
* Monitor budget expenses for projects, control purchasing, and manage equipment inventories.

At the upper end of the range, the Fishery Biologist has specialized knowledge and demonstrated competence in advanced techniques of a complex area of fish biology sufficient to serve as a troubleshooter or specialist. The employee is competent to modify or adapt standard techniques, processes and procedures, and to assess, select, apply precedents and devise strategies and plans to overcome significant problems related to species production, protection, habitat restoration, or program management and evaluation. Planning reports generated by employees at this level assess the impact of various multi-faceted management or public practices on a resource. Upper range work examples include:

* Use biological information to evaluate run profiles and habitat suitability in stocked streams within a major geographical area. Develop comprehensive management plans to insure preservation, protection, and enhancement of habitats.
* Plan, design and implement research studies on fish health and/or nutrition. Analyze and report biological and/or genetic information affecting future selection, rearing, and spawning activities.
* Prepare both quarterly progress and annual reports on run status and hatchery or fish facility operations.
* Monitor and evaluate hatching, rearing and planting of fish. Evaluate and monitor adult return rates. Develop new rearing strategies.
* Prepare fish habitat measurement plans or management plans for a watershed or large geographic area.
* Diagnose various fish diseases or nutritional disorders in experimental populations or brood stock. Develop modifications to existing health protocols as well as experimental protocols.
* Write publishable reports of research and project findings.

Knowledge Required by the Position:

* Knowledge of fishery biology (including knowledge of particular species of fish) .
* Knowledge of microbiology.
* Knowledge of fish husbandry.
* Knowledge of aquatic habitats.
* Knowledge of the scientific method.
* Knowledge of sampling protocols.
* Knowledge of Windows-based computer applications such as:
* word processing
* spreadsheets
* e-mail
* publishing software
* presentation software
* database software
* topographic software
* bibliographic software
* statistical analysis packages.
* Knowledge of technical writing protocols.
* Knowledge of advanced statistical analysis and mathematics.

Additional Mandatory Skills:

* valid driver's license
* specific software (spreadsheet, word processing, database management, GIS, statistical analysis, behavioral analysis, bibliographic)
* oral communication skills
* written communication skills
* Compile and collect neat and accurate data
* CPR/First Aid
* Scientific Writing Skills
* Repair and maintain equipment

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