Fisheries Technician – FWPJob Type(s): Programs / Services
Deadline: June 7, 2020 12:00 am
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1. This position requires the collection, digital entry and management of diverse types of data. Please describe your experience entering and managing data including the database programs you have used.
2. Managing a Dam in a drainage with multiple types of water users is complex. Explain how you would approach data collection, runoff predictions and dam management to assure that all water user needs are being met.
Kalispell is a dynamic community located within a thirty-minute drive of Flathead Lake, Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort, Glacier National Park, several National and State forests and parks, and the Bob Marshall Wilderness area. Kalispell is the retail, professional, medical, and governmental center of the Flathead Valley serving approximately 150,000 people in Northwest Montana. The office for this position is located within the Regional Headquarters building, located at 490 N. Meridian Rd., Kalispell. The regional Headquarters is a well-maintained office building which houses all the regional divisions such as, Fisheries, Enforcement, Wildlife and Parks.
Working conditions are routinely hazardous. Technicians will work in and around water on lakes, rivers, and streams. Occasional exposure to outdoor hazards such as severe weather, water hazards, and extreme terrain is expected. This position requires lifting heavy objects and carrying up to 75 lbs. on uneven terrain or in water, which may expose the employee to slick walking surfaces. In addition, work in and around watercraft is expected. Contacts include a wide variety of individuals such as federal, state, and local governments, distressed landowners or anglers and hunters who have conflicting issues and concerns.
Identity of applicants who become finalists may be released to the public if the Department deems it necessary. Employees who exceed 1,040 hours in a calendar year are also provided health, dental and life insurance. Other benefits include retirement, paid vacation, sick and holidays. This position may be covered by a VEBA (Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association).
A successful applicant will be subject to a background investigation.
Women are under-represented in this job category and are encouraged to apply.
Based on goals developed by biologists and fisheries managers, the technician will formulate yearly and daily work plans to collect scientific data, establish sampling sites and oversee methods for monitoring fish populations and habitat parameters. The Technician will also enter, summarize, analyze, and ensure quality control of ecological/biological data and create reports. Purchase, maintenance, repair and operation of a variety of field equipment such as boats, outboard motors, vehicles, electroshockers, nets, and specialized fisheries survey and inventory equipment is the responsibility of the technician.
The technician will be responsible for managing out-flows at Ashley Lake Dam in accordance with the Ashley Lake management plan. The technician will also be responsible for cataloging and reporting flow and staff gauge data, coordinating an annual dam safety inspection, performing dam maintenance and drafting an annual state of the lake letter.
Ability to develop, plan, and prioritize projects in coordination with the biologist and fish manager. Knowledge and understanding of sampling, laboratory and field operations will be required. Supervise, manage, and train staff to conduct surveys and use of electronic tracking equipment is required. Knowledge of and experience with computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, data storage and statistical analysis applications are required. Map reading skills and familiarity with map coordinate systems are required. Good organizational and time management skills are needed as well as the ability to accurately collect, record, and summarize data. Knowledge of the safe collection of blood, tissue, or other samples from fish and aquatic organisms is required. Applicants must demonstrate an ability to work with professional biologists, other research assistants and the public. Communication skills, both written and verbal, are required. Applicants must be knowledgeable and be familiar with motorboat operation and safety and be able to operate a four-wheel drive vehicle with training. The ability to work with little or no direct supervision in potentially hazardous conditions is expected.
Field research activities will require good interpersonal skills that facilitate cooperation and support among the various affected interests working and living in the study area. Interpersonal relations will include communicating and cooperating with coworkers, landowners and various members of the public to maintain support for research projects. Coordinating with various agency personnel supporting the field operations is often complicated and requires good problem solving and interpersonal skills.
The knowledge, skills, and abilities of this position are normally attained through combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in fish biology, fish and wildlife management, ecology, biology, and three years of progressive job-related experience or work closely related to fish and wildlife biology. Combinations of education and experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.