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at Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission
Location Fresno
Date Posted January 12, 2018
Category Science / Tech / Engineering
Job Type Full-time


Title:  Fishery Biologist 1- Tagging Trailer Operator (18-972)

Location: Fresno, CA (93710)

Anticipated Start Date: February 26, 2018

Position Type: Temporary (6 months or less), Hourly/Non-Exempt

Benefits Eligible: No |

Salary Target: $17.00/hour DOE


Job Number: 18-972

How to Apply: Online at

Closing Date: February 9, 2018 at 9pm PT

Position/Project Specifics:

The 'Fishery Biologist I- Tagging Trailer Operator' is responsible for maintenance and operation of a mobile Autofish Tagging Trailer at Merced River Fish Hatchery working with juvenile Chinook. Previous experience working in and operating a fish tagging trailer is desirable.

Work schedules vary depending on each hatchery and double shifts are frequently used so work days may start at 5:00 am until 2:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m., or 2:00 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. Work weeks are typically Monday through Friday.

Duties Include:

  • Operate and maintain Autofish mobile marking trailers, including setup and tear down at hatchery site for the purpose of marking/ tagging hatchery fish
  • Conduct marking/ tagging operations with the Autofish system, including PIT tagging and Coded-wire tagging
  • Operate computers and software programs associated with mobile Autofish trailer
  • Previous experience in operating and maintaining a mobile Autofish tagging trailer in a hatchery setting is desirable

***This position requires a valid driver's license and all offers of employment will be contingent upon passing a driving records check.***

Essential Functions:

Lead crew or assist hatchery manager with maintenance of fish including feeding fish, cleaning tanks, establishing feeding schedules, assessing growth, and monitoring fish health. Collect samples of blood and tissues. Monitor and maintain facility systems, equipment, and water quality. Maintain records of data and perform routine analysis.

Required Knowledge/Skills/Experience:

  • Knowledge of fishery biology
  • Knowledge of fish husbandry
  • Knowledge of personal computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, e-mail, publishing software, presentation software, database software, topographic software, bibliographic software, and statistical analysis packages
  • Knowledge of technical writing protocols
  • Knowledge of statistics and mathematics
  • Knowledge of database management
  • Ability to communicate with others effectively both orally and in writing
  • lift 40-50 lbs.
  • valid driver's license
  • tow & maneuver trailers
  • fish species ID skills
  • oral communication skills
  • written communication skills
  • repair & maintain equipment

Physical Demands:

Demands can range from sedentary, to moderate --where there is walking, climbing stairs and ladders, reaching, lifting, and bending, to rigorous.  In the latter case, the employee must be able to handle buckets of water or gear weighing up to 50 pounds.  Long daily periods of carrying equipment and/or standing may be required.  Overnight travel for extended periods is required.

Work Environment:

Some work is performed in an office setting with adequate lighting, heating and ventilation.  Some work may be performed in fish processing labs, fish holding areas, and/or in the field.  Employees may work on narrow, elevated walkways and platforms that are over or adjacent to water.


Minimum Qualification Requirements:

A range of education and experience may be presented.  At the lower end of the range, candidates must present successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major in biological science with at least 6 semester hours in aquatic subjects and at least 12 semester hours in the animal sciences.  An equivalent combination of experience and education is also qualifying.

At the upper end of the range, candidates must present one year of Specialized Experience** OR a year of graduate education that is directly related to the work of the position.

**Specialized Experience is experience that equips the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and is typically in or related to the work of the position being filled.  To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled.


Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission is an Affirmative Action (AA) and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and welcomes all qualified applicants. Applicants will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, genetic data, or other legally protected status.


If you have a disability and need assistance completing the application form, you may call the PSMFC human resources office at (503) 595-3100 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. PST, Monday-Friday. Reasonable accommodations for interviews will be provided upon request to individuals with disabilities.


We maintain a drug-free workplace.

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