Ocean Career: Marine Fisheries Technician at North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality

Are you passionate about the environment and want to make a difference? The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has an open opportunity for a Marine Fisheries Technician.

This Marine Fisheries Technician supports the central district biologists on finfish projects. The Marine Fisheries Technician will work on a grant funded gill net project and other state and federally funded projects as necessary. The technician will: collect fish using gill nets in Carteret and Onslow counties; use sampling gear (trawls, pots, gill nets, seines, etc.) to collect biological data from various habitats; identify, measure, weigh, collect diet samples, remove ageing structures, and examine the reproductive condition of crustaceans and finfish; tag finfish; process, record, compile, submit, and verify biological data; perform data quality control. Other duties include operate and maintain outboard motors, boats, trailers, trucks, and other sampling equipment, lifting heavy cartons of fish, computer use, and working independently and with others. Normal work hours will be late evening and early morning. A valid North Carolina driver’s license is required.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Collect fish using gill nets in estuarine waters in Carteret and Onslow counties
  • Obtain biological data including length, weight, diet samples, ageing structures, and the reproductive condition of crustaceans and finfish
  • Process, record, compile, and verify biological data, as well as perform data quality control
  • Operate and maintain outboard motors, boats, trailers, trucks, net reels, and other sampling equipment, lifting heavy cartons of fish and gear
  • Use other sampling gears (trawls, pots, trammel nets, seines, electro-fisher, etc.) or collect additional biological data from fish and invertebrates

The Division of Marine Fisheries

The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) is responsible for the stewardship of the state’s marine and estuarine resources. The DMF’s jurisdiction encompasses all coastal waters and extends to 3 miles offshore. Agency policies are established by the nine-member Marine Fisheries Commission and the Secretary of the Department of Environmental Quality. North Carolina is a member of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, and the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council. Click here to learn more about the Division of Marine Fisheries.

The NC Department of Environmental Quality:

The primary mission of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is to provide science-based environmental stewardship for the health and prosperity of all North Carolinians. The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is the lead stewardship agency for the protection of North Carolina's environmental resources. The organization, which has offices from the mountains to the coast, administers regulatory programs designed to protect air quality, water quality, and the public's health, and works to advance in all-of-the-above energy strategy that fits North Carolina's needs. DEQ also offers technical assistance to businesses, farmers, local governments, and the public and encourages responsible behavior with respect to the environment through education programs provided at DEQ facilities and through the state's school system. DEQ touches the lives of all North Carolinians in many ways to enhance and ensure our quality of life. Please visit our website at the Department of Environmental Quality for more information.

Recruitment Range: $31,200 - $33,861
This position is located in: Carteret County, NC, Morehead City
Application Deadline: May 24, 2022

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies

The Knowledge, Skills and Abilities listed below, along with the Minimum Education and Experience requirements, are REQUIRED to qualify for this position. Resumes will not be reviewed in lieu of Experience and Education listed on the application.

Required Qualifications:

  • Experience with biological sampling
  • Experience maintaining sampling gear and/or equipment
  • Experience operating and trailering boats
  • Experience with data management

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Associate's degree in one of the agricultural, biological, engineering, environmental or natural resource sciences or a closely related curriculum from an appropriately accredited institution; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply.

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