New job Fish and Wildlife Technician II (PCN N21049) in Alaska

Fish and Wildlife Technician II (PCN N21049)

Company : State of Alaska
Salary : $17.01 an hour
Location : Alaska

Full Description

Duties of this position:
Under the direction of the project biologist, duties will include: operating fish wheels and gill nets, examining fish for marks, recording fish species, length, and sex data, deploying PIT tags in Chinook salmon, collecting tissue samples and age structures, maintaining and adjusting fish wheels, following detailed instructions and sampling procedures, operating river boats, operating a highway vehicle with boat trailer, following State of Alaska Standard Operating Procedures, and deploying, maintaining and dismantling field camps.

Key Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Serving as a crew member at a remote field camp
  • Operating, assembling, maintaining, and disassembling fish wheels
  • Identifying, counting, and sampling adult salmon, and counting resident fish species as they are captured
  • Daily recording and reporting of data to area office staff
  • Maintaining, cleaning, and repairing the field camp, field equipment, and tools
  • Performing complex tasks with other technicians often in inclement weather
  • Purchasing supplies and preparing field camp gear prior to deployment
  • Operating jet boats on swift shallow glacial rivers
  • Maintaining communication with area office staff
  • Communicating with the public in a professional manner
  • Filling in for other field technicians as needed

Your working environment:
This position is for a crew member on a mark-recapture study on the Susitna River. This position will assist other crew members in the daily tagging of Chinook salmon (PIT/Dart tags and Radio tags) that have been captured by fishwheel and gillnets in the lower Susitna River. Crew members will collect, record, and enter data daily. Other tasks include enumerating other fish species captured, maintenance of fish wheels and gill nets, and general cleanliness of remote field camp.

Who we are looking for:
A successful applicant will have some or all of the following competencies;
  • Experience safely operating and maintaining power boats in rivers?
  • Experience using various salmon capture gear including gillnets and fish wheels?
  • Experience identifying the characteristics of the five species of Pacific salmon?
  • Experience collecting, recording, and entering biological data?
  • Experience working and/or recreating at a remote (aircraft or boat access only) field camp for extended periods of time (for example 2weeks to 2 months).

Minimum Qualifications

High school graduation.
Three months as an entry level fish and wildlife technician or aide. This experience is equivalent to Fish and Wildlife Technician I with the State of Alaska.
Six months of work experience involving fish or wildlife, or outdoor manual labor or in a laboratory.

Special Requirements: Exposure to animals, insects and inclement weather, low level flying, travel by boat or skiff, or contact with drugs and chemicals may occur. Housing may consist of bunkhouses, vessels or wall tents. Some duties may be restricted for employees under the age of 18 in accordance with State and federal child labor laws. Positions are seasonal or temporary.

Additional Required Information

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.

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.

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.

This recruitment is open to Alaska Residents only. Applicants must meet Alaska Residency Requirements in order to be considered for employment at this time.

Contact Information

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For specific information in reference to the position please contact the hiring manager:
Stephen Dotomain
Fishery Biologist I
Phone: 907-746-6386
Fax: 907-746-6305

Careers with the State of Alaska offer MANY benefits

The following information describes typical benefits available to employees of the State of Alaska. Actual benefits received may differ by bargaining unit or branch of government, position type, or be prorated for other than full time work.

For a quick breakdown of the insurance, health, and retirement benefits available for State Employees you can view an orientation video from Division of Retirement and Benefits. (Please note this video is specifically designed for new State Employees.)

Insurance Benefits
  • Health insurance, which includes employer contributions toward medical/vision/dental
    • The following employee groups are under AlaskaCare Benefits administered by the State: See for additional information.
      • AVTEC
      • Confidential
      • Correctional Officers
      • Marine Engineers
      • Mt. Edgecumbe Teachers
      • Supervisory
      • Unlicensed Vessel Personnel/Inland Boatman's Union
      • Exempt employees (not covered by collective bargaining)
    • The following employee groups are covered by Union health trusts. Contact the appropriate Union for additional information.
      • General Government
      • Labor, Trades and Crafts
      • Public Safety Employees Association
      • Masters, Mates & Pilots
  • Employer paid Basic Life insurance with additional coverage available (amount depends on Bargaining Unit)
Optional Insurance Benefits
  • Group-based insurance premiums for
    • Term life (employee, spouse or qualified same sex partner, and dependents)
    • Long-term and short-term disability
    • Accidental Death and Dismemberment
    • Long-term care (self and eligible family members)
    • Supplemental Survivor Benefits
  • Employee-funded flexible spending accounts for tax savings on eligible health care or dependent care expenses

Retirement Benefits
  • Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Teachers' Retirement System (TRS)
  • Matching employer contribution into a defined contribution program (new employees)
  • Employer contribution into a defined benefit or defined contribution program (current employees)
  • Contributions to the Alaska Supplemental Annuity Plan in lieu of contributions to Social Security
  • Option to enroll in the Alaska Deferred Compensation Program
  • Note: The Defined Contribution Plan, Supplemental Annuity Plan and Deferred Compensation Program offer a variety of investment options
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Paid Leave & Other Benefits
  • Personal leave with an accrual rate increase based on time served
  • Eleven paid holidays a year
  • Gym discounts at participating fitness providers in multiple locations throughout the state.

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