The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Commercial Fisheries is recruiting for a Fishery Biologist 2 located in Anchorage!
What you will be doing:
As Assistant Area Research Biologist for the Division of Commercial Fisheries in Bristol Bay, the incumbent is responsible for supervising and implementing east side research projects (in river test fisheries) and bay wide commercial salmon harvest sampling. As a project manager, the Assistant Area Research Biologist is responsible for all aspects of hiring, training, and supervising of up to 16 seasonal technicians. Under direct supervision of the Area Research Biologist, the incumbent summarizes and analyzes a wide range of harvest, escapement, and other biologic data related to commercial fisheries in Bristol Bay and serves as either primary or secondary author on a variety of departmental reports.
The incumbent will be stationed in Anchorage for the majority of the year and will work out of the King Salmon and/or Dillingham office during the fishing season (June and July). Applicants must be willing to travel by small boat and aircraft and able to remain overnight in remote field camps for up to one week at a time during the field season. Manual labor, working outdoors, working in inclement weather, and working irregular hours while in the field are to be expected.
Our organization, mission, and culture:
The Alaska Department of Fish & Game strives for a diverse and inclusive workforce where safety and well-being are paramount and employees at all levels promote a culture where everyone is valued, treated equitably, and treated respectfully.
The mission of the Division of Commercial Fisheries is to manage subsistence, commercial, and personal use fisheries in the interest of the economy and general well-being of the citizens of the state, consistent with the sustained yield principle, and subject to allocations through public regulatory processes. The division’s core service is to ensure the conservation of natural stocks of fish, shellfish and aquatic plants based on scientifically sound assessments.
As the Assistant Area Research Biologist, the incumbent’s work contributes to the division’s mission and goals by overseeing the area’s collection of biological data from stock assessment projects used directly to manage the salmon and herring fisheries.
Benefits of joining our team:
The State of Alaska is an excellent employer that offers benefits, including health insurance and accruement of leave. The incumbent will be part of a team of dedicated, hardworking professionals that work together towards the common goal of sustaining Alaska’s fish resources and the fisheries that depend on them.
Bristol Bay Area staff are a close-knit team of experienced professionals that collaborate with a diverse group of fishery biologists and scientists across state, federal, private, and academic agencies to ensure the best available science is being utilized to inform the management of the world’s largest wild sockeye salmon fishery.
The working conditions you can expect:
This position is staffed in the ADF&G Anchorage office with up to 2 months of inseason participation out of the King Salmon office. While in Anchorage, the daily work environment will be in an office setting writing technical documents, quality control of data, preparing and designing remote research projects, hiring staff, participating in management meetings, and performing administrative tasks.
While in King Salmon, there will be a mix of office time and supervising remote field staff. The research team will work daily with field crews spread across Bristol Bay, and regularly meet with managers to interpret data and offer perspective. Additionally, this position will require time working outside of normal business hours and on weekends.
We are looking for a candidate that possesses some or all of the following position-specific competencies (If you have any experience with the following, please document these in your application, cover letter and supplemental questions):
Experience training and supervising field technicians in sampling techniques, data collection, safety procedures, and operation/maintenance of field equipment.
Experience organizing research conducted in remote locations, including logistics (food, gear, flights, etc), record keeping (equipment inventories, data archiving, and manuals), and budgeting.
Ability to work effectively with co-workers, support personnel, other scientists, and members of the public in order to achieve desired objectives.
Experience working with large databases, Microsoft office applications (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), and analytical software tools (R, etc.).
Strong communication skills, both written and oral.
Requires a valid driver's license.
Requires relocation to King Salmon for 6-8 weeks each summer with occassional travel to field camps in that time frame.
A bachelor's degree from an accredited college in biology, a branch of biology, limnology, biometrics, oceanography, forestry, fisheries science, or natural resource management;
One year of professional experience as a biologist or fish culturist. The required professional biologist experience is met by service as a Fishery Biologist 1, Fish Culturist 1, Wildlife Biologist 1, or Habitat Biologist 1 with the State of Alaska or the equivalent with another employer.
A bachelor's degree from an accredited college that includes or is supplemented by the following credit hours will substitute for the degree in a specific field:
- at least 24 semester hours (36 quarter hours) in biology, a branch of biology, limnology, biometrics, oceanography, forestry, aquaculture, aquatic ecology, fisheries resources, or natural resource management (excluding courses that focus on agricultural husbandry techniques, human population dynamics, or the design and manipulation of landscapes), of which 16 semester hours (24 quarter hours) are upper division courses; and
- at least 12 semester hours (16 quarter hours) in any combination of two or more of the following: chemistry, physics, mathematics, statistics, geology, hydrology, or GIS.
A master's degree from an accredited college in biology, a branch of biology, limnology, biometrics, oceanography, forestry, fisheries science, or natural resource management, will substitute for the required year of professional level biologist experience. An individual who will complete the educational requirements and obtain the required master's degree within six months may apply and be considered for a vacancy. Such applicants may be given a conditional job offer but may not be appointed until receipt of the required degree has been documented.
"Upper division courses" means courses that are specialized, in-depth and advanced. Such courses emphasize problem-solving, analytical thinking skills, and theoretical applications, with depth and rigor in a discipline's theories and methods; specialization in a particular field or profession; refinement of general education; and/or development of specific intellectual and professional skills. Upper division courses are commonly identified in college catalogs as 300 level and higher.
Some positions may require training in specialized areas such as hydroacoustics, microscopic analysis, underwater research, or fish habitat restoration or enhancement.
Additional Required Information
Please provide at time of application submission:
Copies of all college transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable), if being used to meet the minimum qualification
If selected, please provide the following at the time of the interview:
A cover letter is required for this position.
Three (3) professional references with current daytime phone numbers, one should be from your current supervisor.
The cover letter should highlight your knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience as they pertain to the key responsibilities and desired strengths listed in the job description (i.e. all 5 competencies must be addressed). Please attach the cover letter to your application before submitting it online or, if unable to attach to your application, email it to the contact number provided in the job posting. Your cover letter will be used to help determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process.
If post-secondary education is required to meet the minimum qualifications, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of units completed. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials if used to meet the minimum qualifications for a position. Transcripts can be attached at the time of application or within 48 hours of the close of this recruitment to the contact person listed below.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR FOREIGN EDUCATION
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements, if applicable. If utilizing this education you must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. state university reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the state university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.
If using work experience not already documented in your application, also provide the employer name, your job title, dates of employment, and whether full-or part-time. Applications will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and minimum qualifications are clearly met. If they are not, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment.
This recruitment may be used for more than one (1) vacancy. The applicant pool acquired during this recruitment may be used for future vacancies for up to ninety (90) days after this recruitment closes. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply to each recruitment notice to ensure consideration for all vacancies.
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For specific information in reference to the position please contact the hiring manager:
Stacy Vega, Area Research Biologist, Bristol Bay
Phone: (907) 267-2114