Position Description and Application
This individual placement is meant to facilitate personal growth and professional development and promotes exposure to land management agencies and networking with agency professionals. This could include gaining experience in a variety of conservation fields and/or shadowing different work groups.
The member will provide support and assistance under the guidance and direction of FWS staff with the following duties:
- Assist spring River Herring Population Assessment using boat electrofishing, a ten year ongoing monitoring program;
- Assist Wild Fish Health Program (process American Shad and river herring);
- Assist Sea Lamprey nest counts and with eDNA sampling for Sea Lamprey and American Eel in study areas;
- Field and lab gear preparation and organization;
- General equipment maintenance including net repair, water quality meters, trailers (training will occur);
- Capture and field processing fish via electrofishing;
- Clean/mount fish scales on microscope slides;
- Read/evaluate mounted fish scales (for spawning history);
- Fish dissection, to remove otolith (ear bones for aging), scale samples, and gonad samples;
- Collect accurate field data, lab data, and others.
- Enter and summarize data, produse summary stats, figures and table for FWS use;
- Support FWS partners such as the USGS Conte Lab and assist in partnering research work, including Shortnose Sturgeon research..
Physical Requirements: This position requires physical exertion such as walking long distances over wet and rough surfaces while carrying up to 40 lbs.; bending, crouching, stooping, lifting or reaching. Hand and finger dexterity and physical coordination may involve fine and precise procedures, delicate adjustments or exact measurements.
- Willing and able to represent ACE and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.
- Ability to be both self-directed/work alone, and be a positive, contributing member of a group.
- U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
- A valid driver's license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request).
- Willing to undergo and must pass required criminal history checks.
- Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
- Strong communication and organizational skills;
- Commitment to completing tasks thoroughly and on time;
- Ability to complete tasks independently and work well in a team;
- Commitment to adhere to scientific integrity in data gathering and processing;
- Ability and interest in working in the field with variable weather conditions and ability to lift 40 lbs. and walk long distances over uneven, wet surfaces;
- Passion for natural resource and fisheries management.
- Competitive applicants for this position will be hold or be pursuing a Bachelor's degree
- Consideration will be given to education and/or experience in natural resources, biology, ecology or a related subject