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Fisheries Research Technician

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and Wildlife Management Institute Ashland, Maine
Deadline 08/19/2018
Job Type Seasonal / temporary

Introduction: The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is responsible for the management of Lake Whitefish (Coregonus clupeaformis) populations throughout the state. Lake Whitefish are native to many of Maine’s large, deep lakes and provide a unique and popular sport fishery where they occur. The species has declined considerably in range and number in recent decades, and has been listed as a species of Special Concern in Maine. Additionally, Lake Whitefish are listed as a Priority 2 Species of Greatest Conservation Need in Maine’s Wildlife Action Plan.

Whitefish populations are believed to occur in only 45 waters in Maine. In many of these waters, populations have declined substantially, and their long-term viability is questionable. While there are likely multiple contributing factors, it has become clear that the root cause of most of the whitefish decline in Maine is related to the introduction of Rainbow Smelt (Osmerus mordax). Understanding how smelt populations impact whitefish in Maine is critical if we are to successfully preserve and restore populations throughout the state. We propose to gain a better understanding of whitefish-smelt population dynamics in several northern Maine waters through the continuation of recent research with an added focus on other aspects of both species’ life histories. This project will include documenting whitefish recruitment, zooplankton community structure and abundance, whitefish spawning life history strategies, and smelt population biometrics from waters with varying levels of smelt and whitefish abundances.

The Department has developed an agreement with the Wildlife Management Institute to conduct Lake Whitefish research to better understand Lake Whitefish population declines in Maine. As such, the Wildlife Management Institute and the Department are advertising to fill one Research Technician position to accomplish the goals of the agreement. The position will be a limited full time position for a term of one year with the potential for an additional one year extension. The planned start date for the position is October 1, 2018.

Minimum Qualifications: At a minimum, this position requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Fisheries/Wildlife Management, or a related field. Candidates must also have at least 1 year of demonstrable field research or management experience in a freshwater fisheries context.

Salary and Benefits: Salary: $35,555.52/yr. for 1924 hours ($18.48/hr.) In addition to a salary, a contribution of 8 percent of the salary amount will be made to a 401k retirement account. No health or dental benefits are included with the position.

HOW TO APPLY

Supplemental Questions: In addition to providing a cover letter, resume/CV, and references, you must also address each of the following items to be considered for an interview. Each response should be no longer than half of a page.

  • Describe your education in ecology, biology, and fisheries management and how it relates to this position.
  • Describe your experience in freshwater fishery management as it relates to:
  • a) Inventorying, surveying, and monitoring inland fishery resources.
  • b) collecting and processing ichthyoplankton and zooplankton samples.
  • Describe your experience in data management and data entry.
  • Describe your experience in writing technical and popular articles/reports relating to fisheries.
  • Describe your experience or comfort level working independently in remote areas.
  • The candidate will be provided with a vehicle for transportation. Have you ever been convicted of any violation of law by any court of law? Include any guilty pleas entered, military courts, martial and traffic violation convictions for Operating Under the Influence (OUI), or traffic violations that resulted in your license being suspended. Do not include here any juvenile adjudications or traffic violations not listed above.

Work Region: Northern half of Maine, based out of the Ashland Regional Office

How to Apply: Electronically submit a cover letter, copy of your resume/CV, a list of three references, and answers to the supplemental questions to Jeremiah.Wood@maine.gov.

Contact info:
Jeremiah Wood
Assistant Regional Fisheries Biologist
Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife
Fish River Lakes Region
Jeremiah.Wood@maine.gov 

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