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Biological Science Technician (Fisheries)
Grant funded, fixed term (temporary) position sponsored by James River Association (JRA). Incumbent serves as a Biological Science Technician in support of programs conducted by the North Atlantic Aquatic Connectivity Collaborative (NAACC). Successful completion is required of field and online NAACC trainings. All trainings will be provided. Typical, but not all inclusive, duties of the position are illustrated by performance of any combination of the following:

A: Major Duties:

  • Under the supervision of Upper James Riverkeeper and in collaboration with fellow crew members, incumbent carries out daily activities of the stream culvert assessment program.
  • Assists JRA staff with preparation, maintenance, and use of field equipment as necessary to accomplish aquatic habitat investigations in upper James River basin.
  • Accurately records information in legible form as required during assigned work tasks.
  • Accomplishes fish habitat field assessment in accordance with instructions and written protocol.
  • Assists with administrative duties.
  • Participates in aquatic habitat surveys and assists in management plan preparation for areas within the geographic responsibilities of the surveys.
  • Assists with the preparation and presentation of programs at informal meetings to explain fishery habitat assessment programs and their objectives.

B. Factors:

1. Knowledge:

  • Substantial knowledge of the area of biological work, including routines and procedures utilized in performing a variety of tasks.
  • Knowledge of technical terminology necessary to accomplish assignments and communicate with co-workers.
  • Knowledge and skill in taking scientific measurements, performing mathematical calculations, and in keeping precise records for data assembly and analysis.

2.  Supervisory Controls:
The incumbent works under the supervision of the Project Leader (Upper James Riverkeeper). Tasks are performed in line with written or verbal assignments, with supervision or technical assistance as necessary. Work is reviewed by the supervisor for accuracy and completeness. Incumbent is expected to develop own work plans for day-to-day activities, and to make suggestions for improvement of methods and techniques performed.

3.  Guidelines:
Detailed guidelines are available in the form of administrative manuals, technical guides, and policy memoranda. Incumbent uses judgment in selecting and adapting guidelines when deviations from guidelines are slight. Significant deviations are referred to supervisor.

4.  Complexity:
Incumbent performs a series of related technical tasks which must be completed according to predetermined and established routine. Assignments typically do not require difficult organization or planning of work. In determining what is to be done, incumbent may be required to discriminate among factors having only subtle differences. The ability to recognize subtle variations in criteria may be required. Incumbent must keep detailed and accurate records.

5.  Scope:
The purpose of the work is to assist others by performing technical tasks involved in support of field projects. Incumbent’s work is critical to the efficiency of the unit.

6.  Physical Demands:
The work involves bending, walking and a moderate amount of physical exertion. The incumbent must be an able swimmer. The incumbent may be required to lift containers weighing up to 50 pounds. Hand and finger dexterity which is equal to the exacting use of small tools and equipment is required.

7.  Work Environment:
Incumbent works indoors in an office setting and outdoors. When working outdoors, incumbent is subject to variable weather conditions. Incumbent must have a valid driver’s license and an operational vehicle for transportation to work sites.

Position will primarily entail field investigations located in Virginia’s upper James River watershed, including the counties of Alleghany, Augusta, Bath, Bedford, Botetourt, Craig, and Rockbridge. Position to begin in August 2015 and conclude in November/December 2015. All travel contained within the geography of Virginia’s upper James River watershed. Mileage for travel to field sites will be reimbursed at the federal government rate. Salary: $13.50 to $18 per hour DOE.

To Apply: Please forward cover letter, resume and three (3) professional references via email to pcalvert@jrava.org with email message subject line: “Fisheries Technician”. A successful applicant will have submitted all required materials. Position open until filled.


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