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Aquatic Projects Biologist

Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians

Siletz ,  Oregon

Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in Fisheries, Aquatics Science, Biology or Resources Management, - OR - an equivalent combination of education and/or experience with at least two years experience with aquatic fieldwork. Must have comprehensive experience covering the following categories: Category 1 – Restoration: Design and implementation of freshwater and estuarine instream habitat restorations; Use of aerial imagery for landscape and habitat analysis; Use of surveying equipment such as GPS units, transits, range finders and laser levels; Basic surveying methods used to create mapping polygons and transects as well as grade and slope data; Basic operations of Arc GIS (i.e. creating shape files, databases, simple landscape analyses); Operation of motorized and non-motorized watercraft. Category 2 - Finfish Monitoring and Research: Use of fish sampling equipment including fixed traps, trap nets, seine nets, electroshockers and underwater video recorders; Sampling design; Fish population estimate methods – pass-removal, mark recapture, catch per unit effort, spawning and snorkel surveys; Freshwater habitat classification methods; Species identification – fish that inhabit freshwater streams and estuaries of the Pacific Northwest; Population and habitat data summarization and analyses; Knowledge of: The principles, practices and techniques of biological, physical and chemical sampling. Experience in: Leading and overseeing field crews to conduct studies, including training of seasonal staff, developing sampling schedules, assigning work tasks and working directly with field crews to assure quality control during data collection efforts. Using Microsoft Excel for data entry and analysis as well as Microsoft Word for data summary and report generation. Ability to: Use power tools safely and effectively to perform work-related construction. Work odd hours, including early mornings, late evenings and weekends as necessary to fulfill the sampling needs of the project. Work 16 hour shifts for limited durations (10-20 times per year). Other: Be in good physical condition; be able to ascend and descend steep slopes, work in heavy brush and swampy conditions; be willing to perform strenuous physical labor including carrying 100 lb. backpacks and nets through forested, swamp and tidal lands; be able to snorkel in 35–85°F salt and freshwater; be able to pull heavy seines through complex and uncomfortable aquatic environments; be able to lift adult fish 10-40 pounds while in awkward positions. Well-organized self-starter with the ability to communicate effectively; work in a supervisory position as well as independently. Must possess a valid Oregon State driver's license, insurance and be eligible to drive a GSA vehicle.

Duties:

Leads and oversees field crews to conduct studies, including training of seasonal staff, develops sampling schedules, assigns work tasks and works directly with field crews to assure quality control of collected data. Maintains sampling equipment and project vehicles. Reviews and edits field data for completeness and accuracy. Evaluates field and laboratory protocols to maintain internal quality and to ensure that data is comparable among projects and over time. Compiles, tabulates, summarizes, and graphs data collected by the project. Conducts statistical analyses to develop conclusions. Writes reports covering findings of studies and monthly or annual reports on program and project status. Prepares and provides oral presentations of project results to staff, academic, general public or professional groups. Develops maps and other GIS data products to guide sampling efforts and illustrate spatial project information. Assists with GIS analysis of target species and habitats. Maintain GPS equipment, software, and map templates. Maintains and updates metadata for GIS data layers. Assists in the development of data management plans for the project. Maintains and updates the long-term datasets and databases for the project (Access, Excel and GIS). Responds to department, interagency, and public requests for project data. The relative proportion of field work, equipment maintenance, daily supervision of project staff and data entry/data summary, and report generation will vary by season.

All new employees will serve a six-month probationary period to enable the General Manger to determine their suitability as a tribal employee. After the six-month probation the employee will be evaluated of his/her performance and at that time it will be decided if the employee is entitled to a regular employee status.

http://www.ctsi.nsn.us/uploads/downloads/Employment/Application_CTSI_2007-1.pdf



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