Biological Technician – Fishery Crew

The Great Basin Institute

South Lake Tahoe, California

Job Type AmeriCorps
Salary Details $1,000 biweekly

The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the US Forest Service’s Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) is recruiting (2) Biological Technician Fish positions. These are field oriented positions that will be completing surveys or implementing aquatic work to meet unit priorities. 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Assists fisheries biologist and aquatic crew leaders in planning and implementing inventories and surveys to support Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit priority projects. This includes hiking in steep terrain and remote locations, working in streams and/or another aquatic habitat. Some duties will require overnight camping. 
  • Assists fisheries biologist and aquatic crew leaders implementing habitat restoration actions for federally listed species. This includes hiking heavy equipment into remote locations (up to 10 miles), overnight camping, working long days in streams (slippery, steep and uneven terrain).
  • Assists fisheries biologist and aquatic crew leaders implementing and providing topside assistance on large scale aquatic invasive weed removal efforts. This includes carrying heavy materials in uneven terrain, working in water environment, and using needed tools for topside and implementation. 
  • Assists fisheries biologist and aquatic crew leaders on data management and database entry.
  • Participates in surveys for fish, amphibians, reptiles, invertebrates, and invasive species.

Technical requirements:

  • The position requires some knowledge or interest of methods and procedures used in various aquatic surveys (e.g., visual encounter surveys, electrofishing). 
  • The duties require some knowledge of the basic principles of biological resources. 
  • Ability to work in aquatic habitats with moving water and slippery conditions. 
  • Ability to self-motivate and maintain a positive attitude.
  • Ability to walk long distances in challenging terrain and harsh and rapidly changing mountainous conditions, and otherwise be in good physical condition; and
  • Ability to work on a variety of different projects with changing priorities.

Additional requirements: 

  • Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record; and

Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status, (2) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four in a lifetime or the equivalent of two full-time education awards), (3) pass National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) and federal criminal background checks, (4) adhere to the rules, regulations and code of conduct as specified in the Member Service Agreement; and (5) not engage in any prohibited activities as listed in the Member Service Agreement.


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