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Ocean Career: Fish and Wildlife Scientific Aid at California Fish and Wildlife

California’s Department of Fish & Wildlife is seeking a Fish and Wildlife Scientific Aid to collect data from recreational and commercial sectors of the groundfish fishery, and other marine fisheries as needed.

Collect biological samples at public docks using standardized survey protocols. Collect essential life history and other pertinent information on finfish species such as rockfish, lingcod. Assist in collection, transportation, and/or processing of biological data such as scales, otoliths, fin clips, blood, gonads, tissue samples, and stomach contents. Perform routine tasks in support of biological work conducted in the field and lab. Review, validate, or enter information from data sheets, landing receipts, or logbook records, ensuring all recorded information is legible and accurate.

Review, develop, and maintain documents, databases/spreadsheets, web content and/or educational products pertaining to the recreational component of the Pacific halibut fishery and Pacific Coast Groundfish. Validate fish, bird or marine mammal data from data sheets, photo slides, landing receipts or logbook records using QA/QC methods, and to create and maintain searchable databases. May also assist with maintaining other fisheries databases and field notes, and preparing fishery trend summaries, preparing graphs, and analyses.

Facilitate sharing of scientific information in public venues, such as statewide fishing season openers, sportsmen shows, and with the sport fishing industry. Collect and gauge opinions from the fishing public. Develop and update outreach materials including pamphlets, brochures, flyers, posters, mailers and CDFW websites, for public and other interested parties.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

45%

Collect ocean fishery data, environmental data, and biological samples at public docks using standardized survey protocols. Collect essential life history and other pertinent information on finfish species and invertebrate species as needed. Assist in collection, transportation, and/or processing of biological data such as scales, otoliths, fin clips, blood, gonads, tissue samples, and stomach contents. Perform routine tasks in support of biological work conducted in the field and lab. Review, validate, or enter information from data sheets, landing receipts, or logbook records, ensuring all recorded information is legible and accurate.

25%

Review, develop, and maintain documents, databases/spreadsheets, web content and/or educational products pertaining to the recreational component of the Pacific halibut fishery and Pacific Coast Groundfish. Validate fish, bird or marine mammal data from data sheets, photo slides, landing receipts or logbook records using Quality Assurance (QA)/Quality Control (QC) methods, and to create and maintain searchable databases. May also assist with maintaining other fisheries databases and field notes, and preparing fishery trend summaries, preparing graphs, and analyses.

20%

Facilitate sharing of scientific information in public venues, such as statewide fishing season openers, sportsmen shows, and with the sport fishing industry. Collect and gauge opinions from the fishing public. Develop and update outreach materials including pamphlets, brochures, flyers, posters, mailers and California Department of Fish & Wildlife websites, for public and other interested parties.

10%

NON-ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Training opportunities, routine administrative tasks, and vehicle maintenance. Performs maintenance of field equipment and state vehicles as needed. Conducts literature surveys. Enters field data into computers and provides written summaries from digitized historical data. Provides assistance to other Department projects or staff as needed. Other duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:

Knowledge of: Familiarity with the fundamentals of fish and wildlife management and ecology and general concepts principles involved in the departmental assignment.

Ability to: Read, write and speak English at a level required for successful job performance; organize work and reason logically; analyze situations accurately; collect data in the laboratory and/or field; make and record accurate laboratory and field observations; summarize and analyze laboratory and field data; and write clear, brief reports; rapidly learn to identify fish, wildlife, invertebrates and/or plants; work independently with a minimum of supervision; understand fish and wildlife regulations and explain their purpose to the public; maintain and repair specialized equipment in the field or shop; establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of the work; follow directions; use computer equipment effectively; gain experience in the methods and ethics of professional conduct and practices; certification for SCUBA diving may be required.

Willingness to work irregular hours including weekends and holidays and to travel in performing field work throughout the State; willingness to do routine work in order to learn; interest in and aptitude in the work; willingness to wear a uniform.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:

Familiarity with the fundamentals of marine fisheries management and ecology and strong analytical skills. Willingness to travel for meetings or conduct field work when necessary. Marine fish identification capabilities, experience in working with the public and experience with California fisheries and marine species data collection.

Skill to: Perform various scientific tasks in both a field and office environment with close attention to detail. Use various computer applications for assignment tracking and entering data into a database.

SALARY: $15.68 - $18.60 per Hour
APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 7, 2021
LOCATION: Orange County, CA

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