Fish and Wildlife Technician III

Workplace Alaska - Petersburg, AK

NOTE: This position has been extended to allow for a larger applicant pool. If you have already applied there is no need to reapply.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Commercial Fisheries is recruiting for a Fish and Wildlife Technician III in Petersburg!

This is an in town position, located in Petersburg. Room, board, and relocation are not provided.

This job will be filled from July 16 to the end of September. The primary duties of this position are to sample commercially caught salmon and shellfish dockside at processors in Petersburg. This job requires the ability to repetitively lift fish and gear up to 50 pounds and work on the docks and in processors in cold, wet, and windy conditions. The work takes place in a fast paced environment where attention to detail and good organizational skills are essential. This will be a crew lead position and may be asked to work early shifts and weekends.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Collection of salmon coded wire tags, scales, otoliths, genetics, parasites, and troll fishery interviews to determine catch per unit effort data;
Shellfish sampling includes measuring, weighing, and determining sex/shell condition for Dungeness crab;
Process data collected dockside in Petersburg and performs data entry and error checking;
Edit, organize, and transport all collected samples and data;
Assist in training other technicians in interviewing techniques, proper biological data sampling, and data recording;
Enters all data collected into a handheld computer;
Follows a complex sampling procedure to complete specific goals as directed by the port sampling supervisor; and
In the absence of the port sampling supervisor, direct the efforts of lower level technicians.

The ideal candidate will possess some or all of the following desired strengths (All of these traits must be documented in your cover letter and applicant profile. If you do not have experience with one or more of the traits listed below, simply say so):
Strong organizational skills;
Strong crew leadership skills;
Strong interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with the public and coworkers;
Experience using personal computers and Microsoft Office (including Word and Excel) for word processing and data entry and organization;
Ability to identify the five species of salmon in their ocean bright condition commonly caught in the commercial fisheries of Southeast Alaska; and
Port sampling experience.

Special Notice:
This is an in town position, located in Petersburg. Room, board, and relocation are not provided.

Applicants are required to possess a current driver's license.

Duties of this position require the incumbent to work on slippery uneven surfaces, requires frequent bending, lifting, and kneeling and work often occurs outdoors in inclement weather conditions.

The work schedule can have irregular hours and the technician may be required to work holidays and weekends.

High school graduation; and six months experience at the developmental level of fish and wildlife technician or aide. This experience is equivalent to Fish and Wildlife Technician II with the State of Alaska.
One year of technical laboratory and/or field experience involving fish or wildlife research, management, or habitat protection, or as a commercial fisherman, guide, trapper or subsistence hunter or fisherman.

Substitutions: An additional six months of work experience involving fish or wildlife, or outdoor manual labor or in a laboratory may substitute for high school graduation. Bachelor of Science degree in fisheries, wildlife or habitat protection may substitute for a maximum of two years of technical laboratory or field experience, involving fish or wildlife research, management or habitat protection.

Special Requirements: Work may involve exposure to animals, insects and inclement weather, low level flying, travel by boat or skiff, or contact with drugs and chemicals. Housing may consist of bunkhouses, vessels, or wall tents. Positions are seasonal or temporary.

Special Note:
Fields of study comparable to fisheries, wildlife or habitat protection include aquaculture, biology, ichthyology, microbiology, ornithology and zoology.

A cover letter is required for this position and will be used as a writing sample. 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. Please attach the cover letter to your application before submitting it online or, if unable to attach to your application, fax or email it to the contact 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.

Please note:
If not already attached at the time of application, the following must be submitted to the hiring manager listed in the contact information below within 48 hours of the close of this recruitment, if you are using education to meet Minimum Qualifications:
Copies of all college transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable).

If selected for an interview, applicants must submit the following items:
A list of three (3) professional references with current contact information.

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.

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.

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.

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The State of Alaska complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Individuals with disabilities, who require accommodation, auxiliary aides or services, or alternative communication formats, please call 1-800-587-0430 or (907) 465-4095 in Juneau or TTY: Alaska Relay 711 or 1-800-770-8973 or correspond with the Division of Personnel & Labor Relations at: P.O. Box 110201, Juneau, AK 99811-0201. The State of Alaska is an equal opportunity employer.

This position requires the use or possession of a firearm or ammunition. In accordance with the federal Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997 (PL 104-208), if you have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, you may not hold this position.

A "misdemeanor crime of domestic violence" is an offense that is (1) a misdemeanor under Federal or state law; and (2) has, as an element, the use or attempted use of physical force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon, committed by a current or former spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabiting with or has cohabited with the victim as a spouse, parent, or guardian, or by a person similarly situated to a spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim.

If you have ever been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, do not apply for this position. If you have ever been convicted of a felony, you may not hold this position.

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For specific information in reference to the position please contact the hiring manager:

Name: Jeff Rice
Phone #: (907) 772-5227
Fax #: (907) 772-9336