Aquatic Conservation Technician
The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
Employment Period: March 12, 2018 – November 30, 2018
Description of Work
The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission Aquatic Wildlife Diversity Program is responsible for conducting and directing conservation-focused research, monitoring population status, and implementing conservation management actions for non-game fishes, mussels, crayfish, and snails. This position will assist the Eastern Region Biologists with surveying and monitoring populations of federal and state endangered, threatened, and rare freshwater species using methods such as snorkeling, seining, backpack electrofishing, and boat electrofishing. Responsibilities will include field sampling (70%), aquaculture (10%), sample analysis (10%), data entry (5%), and administrative support (5%). The work area includes the Neuse, Tar-Pamlico, lower Roanoke, Chowan, and Pasquotank river basins in North Carolina. The position will begin March 12, 2018 and end November 30, 2018. We will accept inquiries for shorter periods of work; start date is flexible. Work hours are not standard due to travel and the nature of the fieldwork. Work days in excess of 8 hours and occasional overnight stays of up to 3 nights per week should be expected.
The duty station will be located at the NCWRC Sykes Depot in Mebane, NC (45 from Raleigh, 30 minutes from Durham, Chapel Hill and Greensboro). Necessary equipment will be provided, and lodging and meals will be reimbursed when overnight stays away from the duty station are necessary. Salary is $14.83/hr, social security, state, and federal income taxes will be deducted by the Wildlife Resources Commission. Housing will not be provided.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Aquatic field survey skills, taxonomic skills, physical strength and endurance, good swimming ability, and canoeing and boating skills are required. SCUBA diving certification is a plus. Preference will be given to those with a working knowledge of freshwater mussel and fish ecology, identification, and survey methods.
Minimum Training and Experience Requirements
Graduation from a college or university with a degree in wildlife or fisheries management, zoology, biology, aquatic ecology, or similar field is required (two year degree is required; four-year degree is preferred).
How to Apply
All applicants must submit a letter of interest with position number (60034209), resume, and three references with contact information to:
NC Wildlife Resources Commission Sykes Depot
2430 Turner Rd Mebane, NC 27302
Please submit application materials as a single document through email by January 21, 2018.