Biological Technician Needed
Integrated Statistics is looking for a Biological Technician to support the US Fish and Wildlife Service's Fisheries and Ecological Services program. The position will be based in Soldotna, supporting the Kenai Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office Fisheries Branch.
The Biological Technician will assist staff biologists with existing and new projects including project planning and logistics, project implementation, data recording, and analysis. Duties will include:
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Assisting project biologist with the development, construction and planning of fisheries and fish habitat projects.
- Assisting in the collection of field data including data summaries, database entry, and QA/QC.
- Assisting in the capture and marking of adult and juvenile salmon.
- Assisting with tracking and locating marked fish species throughout large watersheds.
- Processing and analyzing scale sample for age determinations.
- Operating and maintaining a floating resistance board weir equipped with an underwater video system.
- Collecting biological samples from salmon and trout species.
- Taking responsibility for maintenance of field and office equipment including but not limited to motor vehicles, ATVs, watercraft, snowmobiles, shop hand and power tools, water pumps, telemetry receivers, batteries, solar arrays, and thermoelectric generators.
- Traveling to remote sample locations.
- Operating watercraft, ATVs, and snowmobiles, including trailering from duty station to work site.
- Construction and assembly of remote telemetry sites.
The Biological Technician should have these skills and qualifications:
The position is full-time, with an expected duration of one year. The rate of pay will depend on skills and experience. The position is eligible for the benefits described on the Integrated Statistics website.
- Technical knowledge of fishery ecology and biology sufficient to understand, communicate, and carry out project goals and objectives.
- Skill in adult and juvenile salmon and trout identification, and the use of various capture techniques including fish weirs, nets, fish traps, and electrofishing.
- Familiarity with different marking and tagging techniques such as acoustic and radio telemetry, and Passive Integrated Transponder technologies.
- Knowledge and use of various power and hand tools including various types of hardware.
- Ability to work independently at times, and also within groups of up to eight (8) individuals.
- Willingness to learn, independently problem solve, and make sound decisions to accomplish project objectives.
- Excellent organization skills and the ability to adapt standard methods to changing situations.
- Demonstrated success in working and living in remote situations without power, running water, and routine phone coverage. Living n remote situations will be required periodically, not constantly.
- Ability to accurately record, enter, QA/QC, and summarize fisheries and fish habitat data.
- Knowledge of basic spreadsheet, and database management techniques including GIS.
- Ability to age salmon and other Arctic fish species.
- Able to manage his/her time and work with staff to comply with agency policies.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Demonstrated ability to operate motor vehicles ranging from sedans to large pick-up trucks. Knowledge and skill in towing boats and trailers.
- Experience operating and maintaining watercraft, snowmachines, and ATVs is strongly preferred.
- Maintenance and mechanical experience, include basic maintenance and repair tasks such as oil changes, tire repair, and general diagnostics. Ability to maintain and calibrate scientific equipment such as tracking receivers and water quality meters is highly desirable.
- Familiarity with and acceptance of agency safety guidelines.
- Current First Aid and CPR training, with sufficient knowledge to provide first aid.
- Able and willing to carry and use firearms while in the field to protect themselves and crew members from hostile wildlife. Familiarity with with Agency policies on bear and firearm safety, or willingness to be trained on those policies.
Integrated Statistics is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law. Consistent with its obligations under federal law, Integrated Statistics is committed to taking affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified women, minorities, disabled individuals, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam era, and other eligible veterans. For assistance with accessibility of applications, posters, forms, and/or documents, please email the Integrated Statistics office.