Ocean Career: CDFW Ocean Salmon Lab Fisheries Technician 1

Positions are available in the CDFW (California Department of Fish and Wildlife)-Ocean Salmon Project coded-wire tag laboratory, located in Santa Rosa.

The position primarily involves conducting marine fisheries field work, laboratory work, or data entry and analysis during the 2024 California ocean salmon season. Specific duties and number of hours may vary throughout the season.

Duties Include:

  • Collects, transports, or processes salmon snouts and/or heads in addition to biological samples such as scales and tissue samples.
  • Retrieve and read coded wire tags in a laboratory environment.
  • Perform data entry, reviews, edits, validation and submit data to supervisor in a timely manner.
  • Collects commercial fishery data and biological samples at commercial offloading or processing locations using standardized surveying protocols. Collects recreational fishery data and biological samples at public launch ramps and/or docks using standardized surveying protocols. Duties include identification of Pacific salmon to species, collecting fish lengths and biological data, and performing frequent reconnaissance via visual observation, phone call or personal contact to determine fishing effort levels. Sampling occurs weekdays, weekends, and holidays.
  • Records field data; reviews, edits and submits data, by mail and electronically, to field supervisor in a timely manner.
  • Interacts with and responds to public questions about fishing regulations, fish identification, and other topics while in the field using material provided by the Department.
  • Read scales from all four runs of Central Valley Chinook salmon, as well as from Chinook harvested in California's mixed-stock ocean salmon fisheries to determine fish age. Clean, mount, and digitally image scales.
  • Assists with other project functions as needed, including database management, data analyses, and equipment maintenance.
  • May assist other projects as needed, including collection of other fishery-dependent data.

Essential Functions:

  • Collect and organize biological and habitat samples and collections (such as scales, otoliths, ageing structures, other tissues, water quality, etc.).
  • Summarize and input biological or habitat data on field forms, electronic data loggers, and/or desktop computers. May assist with preliminary data summaries and analyses, technical report writing, or database management. Perform precision ageing of various fish species in a laboratory setting. Record age and growth data in the appropriate format.

Knowledge Required by the Position:

At the lower end of the range, employees use knowledge of basic arithmetic, reading, writing, and data collection to perform routine or repetitive tasks.

At the upper end of the position range, employees use knowledge of the basic principles and protocols of fish biology to make readings, measurements, and observations; execute tests; collect samples, etc. If complex equipment systems are operated, the employee has the knowledge to perform calibrations or adjustments to achieve desired results.

Additional Mandatory Skills:

  • Electronic detection technol.
  • Lift 40 - 50 lbs.
  • Valid driver's license
  • Fish ageing (scale, otolith, other)
  • 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

Physical Demands:

Demands can range from sedentary to moderate -where there is walking, climbing stairs and ladders, reaching, lifting, bending, and strenuous sweeping.

Work Environment:

A majority of the work is performed in an office/lab setting with adequate lighting, heating and ventilation.

Minimum Qualification Requirements:

A range of experience and education may be presented. At the lower end of the range, candidates must present six months of General Experience OR one year of education above the high school level that included at least six semester hours in any combination of scientific or technical courses. An equivalent combination of experience and education is also qualifying.

At the upper end of the range, candidates must present one year of Specialized Experience OR a 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with a major or at least 24 semester hours of coursework in any combination of scientific or technical courses. An equivalent combination of experience and education is also qualifying.

Target Pay Rate $20.00/ hour

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