Ocean Career: Great Basin Institute Fisheries Resource Assistant

Great Basin Institute (GBI), founded at the University of Nevada Reno in 1998, is a mission-driven non-profit organization headquartered in the eastern foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. GBI has been a leader in the conservation stewardship field for over two decades, supporting thousands of individuals each pursuing a career in public land management or advancing their academic standing.

Partnering with federal, state, and local governments, as well as other NGOs and researchers, GBI supports projects in eleven western states ranging from Alaska to New Mexico, and southern California to northwestern Wyoming.

In cooperation with the US Forest Service (USFS) and Shasta Trinity NF, (Weaverville, CA) we are recruiting one Fisheries Resource Assistant (RA) to aid with Fisheries Management on the Trinity side of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. This area includes the South Fork Management Unit (SFMU) and the Trinity River Management Unit (TRMU) and covers approximately 1.1 million acres. The FRA will help monitor and assess aquatic resource conditions to fulfill monitoring requirements and support project level fisheries analysis.

The RA will be trained as necessary to utilize ArcGIS for data entry, the Forest Service Natural Resources Management (NRM) database for data entry, and proprietary software for water temperature sensor data analysis and management. The RA will also be trained as necessary in order to perform Stream Condition Inventory (SCI) surveys and snorkel surveys.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Collect and Analyze data consistent with the Stream Condition Inventory protocols.
  • Collect and process fisheries specific spatial data.
  • Calibrate and deploy stream temperature sensors.
  • Collect and download data from stream temperature sensors and then enter the data into the FS corporate database.
  • Participate in snorkel surveys in order to quantify adult summer steelhead and Spring Chinook salmon. Enter resultant data into the FS corporate database.

This position is supported through the Forest Service Resource Assistants Program (RAP) and the successful candidate will be eligible for a Direct Hire Authority (DHA) certificate. With a DHA certificate, the RA can be directly appointed to a permanent position with the USFS. The RAP program emphasizes the engagement of current students, recent graduates, and underrepresented populations in natural and cultural resources work. Our collaborative mission with the RAP is to develop a diverse and inclusive workforce, accomplish mission-critical goals, and support career exploration, coaching, and mentoring. For more information about this program, please visit the USFS’s RAP website.

Job Qualifications:

  • Associate's or Bachelor's Degree in Biological Science, Ecology, Geography/GIS, Hydrology or Wildlife Biology
  • Direct experience conducting arduous field work and working as part of a team in a remote setting
  • Direct experience interacting with the public in a customer service role (required)
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office and ArcGIS (preferred, can be trained on the job)
  • Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Willingness and ability to consistently enact high performance standards and a strong work and team ethic in support of the mission of GBI and the goals and objectives of the USFS.

Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply.

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