Natural Resource Specialist 1 (Newport Fisheries Research Assistant)

State of Oregon

Newport , Oregon

Duties & Responsibilities

Make a difference with fisheries resources in Oregon! This position functions as part of a field-based team designed to conduct fishery-related research in Oregon's nearshore ocean. The goals for this field team are to design and implement field-based fishery-independent surveys of nearshore finfish species, as well as collect fish life history and ecological data for the primary purpose of providing information for federal and state stock assessment processes. Major duties and responsibilities are to:

• Coordinate and assist with research projects as part of a research team. Take multi-day or single day trips to sea on-board commercial or chartered fishing vessels. Deploy, operate, calibrate, and maintain complex field equipment, including (for example) underwater stereo video systems, hydroacoustic systems, oceanographic sensors and moorings. Assist with design and construction of underwater video systems for use in sampling fish and habitat in the marine environment. Assist in the design, and conduct field experiments to test video equipment performance and capabilities, and develop statistically valid sampling protocols that will guide use of the equipment in subsequent field work.

• Analyze data from research projects using GIS, statistical analysis, and other specialize software to conduct spatial and statistical analysis of data from research projects. Use specialized hydroacoustic software (e.g Echoview) to analyze hydroacoustic data and develop population estimates. Compare computer simulated and in situ observations of hydroacoustic data to the analyze impacts of different survey designs on population estimates. Apply and interpret statistical test procedures (ANOVA, regression, logistic regression, nonparametric tests, etc.) to analyze data. Evaluate variables for normality, heteroscedasticity; apply and test transformations to dependent and independent variables prior to applying statistical tests.

• Draft portions of final reports and scientific papers describing research projects. Develop written summaries of field methods used in research studies. Review drafts of scientific reports and contribute to Introduction, Results and Discussion sections. Review and synthesize in writing existing scientific literature on specific assigned topics.

Working Conditions

• This job requires frequent (monthly) trips to sea aboard commercial (or chartered) fishing vessels. Work at sea will often be done during stormy weather and rough ocean conditions, and will involve working with fishing gear and around deck machinery such as winches. Frequent visits to docks at irregular hours in all kinds of weather. 

• Considerable time will be spent doing data analysis using a computer, extracting data from underwater video, conducting statistical analyses and writing.

• This position requires a Boater Education Card obtained through the Oregon State Marine Board. There are some exceptions to this (e.g., Coast Guard Boat Operator License or commercial fishing license). If the selected applicant does not possess a card, s/he must obtain it before completion of the trial service period as a condition of continued employment.

• This position has been designated as sensitive in that the incumbent in this position has access to confidential/fiscal-related information. The successful candidate will be subject to an initial criminal history background check with fingerprinting and will be subject to annual criminal history checks thereafter. Continued employment is contingent upon passing the criminal history background check.

• Requires a flexible work schedule that varies in the number of hours worked on a daily basis, but not necessarily each day, or a work schedule in which the starting and stopping times vary on a daily basis, but not necessarily each day. This includes working at all hours and workdays in excess of eight hours. Work exceeding 40 hours per week requires prior approval by the supervisor. 

NOTE: You must have a valid driver license and an acceptable driving record.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will check driving records for in-state finalists. Out-of-state finalists will be required to present a current driving record for review.

NOTE: Within three-days of hire, applicants will be required to complete the U.S. Department Homeland Security's I-9 form confirming authorization to work in the United States. ODFW participates in E-Verify. ODFW is not able to support VISA sponsorships.

Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills

Minimum Qualifications

• A Bachelor's degree in Fisheries or Wildlife Science, Marine Biology, Oceanography, or a closely-related Bachelor's degree with at least 45 quarter (30 semester) hours of biological/ecological coursework; OR 

• Three years of biological experience performing studies, research, or resource management activities in a fish or wildlife program.

Note: Your application materials must clearly describe how you meet these qualifications. Answers to the supplemental questions must be supported in the "Work Experience" section of your Oregon E-Recruit application.

Note: You are strongly encouraged to attach a copy of all transcripts (if education is required to qualify) in order to receive credit for college degrees or coursework. If your transcripts are not attached, you will be required to provide a copy of your official or original transcripts (online transcripts are acceptable) during the selection process that show your name, the name/address of the institution, coursework with passing grades, and degree conferred (including date) to validate education, if necessary.

Requested Skills
Preference will be given to applicants with experience: 

• Collecting, processing and analyzing hydroacoustic data
• Collecting, processing and analyzing visual survey data
• Dealing with uncertainty in marine fisheries datasets
• Processing and analyzing complex datasets using R software
• Using fisheries independent or dependent data to generate population estimates in a marine ecosystem