Natural Resource Specialist 2 (Marine Fishery Research Biologist) (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Newport, OR)

Initial Posting Date: 02/21/2019Application Deadline:

03/14/2019Agency:

Department of Fish and WildlifeSalary Range:

$3,664 – $5,339Position Type:

EmployeePosition Title:

Natural Resource Specialist 2 (Marine Fishery Research Biologist)Job Description:

Make a Difference in Oregon’s Natural Resources!

ODFW Mission: To protect and enhance Oregon’s fish and wildlife and their habitats for use and enjoyment by present and future generations.

Do you have a passion for marine fisheries research and an interest in designing and conducting research off the coast of Oregon, then this position may be for you!

What you will do:

The goals for this field team are to design and implement field-based fishery-independent surveys and research projects of marine fish species and invertebrates for the primary purpose of providing information for federal and state stock assessment processes. The person in this position functions as a researcher and field crew leader providing research, analytical, and field support to the research project leader. Duties include designing and conducting field research, leading a field crew, analyzing data, and writing reports. The major roles and responsibilities of this position are to:

•Coordinate research investigations of fish/invertebrate ecology, fishery practices and survey techniques. Take multi-day or single day trips to sea on-board commercial or chartered fishing vessels. Design and conduct studies examining fish abundance and distribution, gear performance and/or gear types on bycatch levels and composition, fish/invertebrate movements and improving our understanding of the basic biology of marine fish/invertebrates. Design and conduct field experiments to specially designed equipment performance and capabilities, and develop statistically valid sampling protocols that will guide use of the equipment in subsequent field work. Deploy, operate, calibrate, and maintain complex field equipment, including (for example) underwater stereo video systems, hydroacoustic systems, acoustic tracking systems, and positioning systems. Collect biological samples and fishery data dockside or at sea and measure/determine species metrics such as length, weight, sex, maturity. Operate 25 foot ocean research vessel. Code biological data on collection sheets for subsequent data processing. Maintain ODFWs aquaria and fish/invertebrate specimens residing within the aquaria.

• Analyze data from research projects. Use GIS, statistical packages, and other specialized software to conduct spatial and statistical analysis of data collected during research projects. Apply and interpret statistical test procedures (Generalized linear models (GLMs), ANOVA, regression, logistic regression, nonparametric tests, etc.) to analyze data. Evaluate variables for normality, heteroscedasticity; apply and test transformations to dependent and independent variables prior to applying statistical tests. Evaluate uncertainty in the data through simulation and other methods. Use image analysis software to analyze and interpret video images to quantify area of view and measure fish or other features of the image. Draft, edit and finalize reports and scientific papers describing research projects, communicate results to various audiences.

•Plan, lead and coordinate the work of the marine fisheries research project.

•Serve as agency representative to fishery participants and public.

Working Conditions:

• Requires frequent (monthly) trips to sea aboard commercial (or chartered) fishing vessels. Work at sea will often be done during stormy weather and rough ocean conditions, and will involve working with nets and around deck machinery such as winches.  Dockside work will involve examining catches and observing offloading of catches.  This dockside work will be done in fish plants around equipment such as forklifts; floors are usually wet and slippery. Considerable time will be spent doing data analysis using a computer, and sample or slide analysis using a microscope. This job requires frequent (monthly) schedule flexibility, with work hours often on weekends, after 5:00 PM or before 8:00 AM daily.

• Requires a Boater Education Card obtained through the Oregon State Marine Board.

Criminal Records/DMV Check
Applicants are subject to both a criminal history and motor vehicles check. Out-of-state finalists will be required to present a current certified driving record for review. Adverse background information may disqualify you from further consideration.

NOTE: Within three-days of hire, applicants will be required to complete the U.S. Department Homeland Security’s I-9 form confirming authorization to work in the United States. ODFW participates in E-Verify. ODFW is not able to support VISA sponsorships.

We are seeking applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and have the following experience:

Minimum Qualifications: Two years of biological/ecological/oceanographic experience performing studies, research, or resource management activities in a fish or marine program that included one year of at least two of the following: gathering data, analyzing data, or preparing reports, and a Bachelor’s degree in Fisheries or Wildlife Science, Marine Biology, Marine Ecology, Biological Oceanography, Marine Fisheries Management/Science, or a closely-related Bachelor’s degree with at least 45 quarter (30 semester) hours of biological/ecological/oceanographic coursework; or three additional years of  biological/ecological/oceanographic experience performing studies, research, or resource management activities in a fish or marine program;

OR One year of biological/ecological/oceanographic experience performing studies, research, or resource management activities in a fish or marine program that included at least two of the following: gathering data, analyzing data, or preparing reports, and a Master’s degree in Fisheries or Wildlife Science, Marine Biology, Marine Ecology, Biological Oceanography, Marine Fisheries Management/Science, or a closely-related Master’s degree in biological/ecological/oceanographic sciences;

OR A Doctorate degree in Fisheries or Wildlife Science, Marine Biology, Marine Ecology, Biological Oceanography, Marine Fisheries Management/Science, or a closely-related Doctorate degree in biological/ecological sciences.

Requested Skills:

• Working at sea aboard fishing and/or research vessels
•Experience in processing and analyzing complex datasets using R software
•Experience generating population estimates for marine species
•Experience with marine fisheries stock assessments and their data inputs
•Experience writing and publishing scientific reports and publications
•Experience designing and conducting research projects to study marine fish and invertebrates
•Scheduling, coordinating and leading field-crews in at sea research
•Experience maintaining and culturing marine fish for extended periods of time

Additional Information:

Your answers to the supplemental questions must be supported by the “Work Experience” section in your application or you may not be considered for this position. Resumes will not replace the completed “Work Experience” section in your online application. You may be disqualified if your work experience does not include information used to: 1) meet the minimum qualifications of the job and 2) back up your answers to the supplemental questions. Only those individuals who most closely match the requested skills will be invited to an interview.

Note: You will be required to provide a copy of your official or unofficial transcripts (online transcripts are acceptable) during the selection process that show your name, the name/address of the institution, coursework with passing grades, and degree conferred (including date), if you are using education to qualify.

Reasonable accommodations for interviews will be provided upon request to individuals with disabilities. If you are experiencing difficulty applying for this position or have questions, please contact the ODFW Human Resources office at 503-947-6051.

This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified people to fill the current vacancy and may be used to fill other vacancies as they occur.

The employee in this position will be represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and will be subject to all terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement. Pay and benefits on all job listings may change without notice.

Veterans – If you are an eligible veteran and you meet the minimum qualifications, veterans’ preference points will be added to your score.  For more information on veterans’ preference points visit www.oregonjobs.org and select Veterans resources under Resources.

More information about our agency can be found on our social media accounts below and at myodfw.com  and http://www.dfw.state.or.us/

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer