ODFW Aquatic Inventories Project

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Position:     Biological Science Assistant (Fisheries Project Assistant)

Make a Difference in Oregon's Natural Resources! Help the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife fulfill its mission: To protect and enhance Oregon's fish and wildlife and their habitats for use and enjoyment by present and future generations.

Closing Date:     March 7, 2022 at 11:59 PM PST

Salary:                $2,723/mo. (Commensurate with experience). Effective November 1, 2016, SEIU represented employees who are Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) participating members will have their base salary increased by 6.95%. Upon becoming a PERS participating member, SEIU employees pay the employee 6% contribution to PERS.

Available Jobs:

Type:                Stream habitat and snorkel surveys
Duration:          June 6 - September 30, 2022
Locations:        Central Point, Gold Beach, Tillamook
                         (Work to be conducted primarily on streams within each geographic area)

Type:                Stream habitat surveys
Duration:          June 13 - September 30, 2022
Location:          Bend
                         (Work to be conducted primarily on streams within each geographic area)

Type:                Stream habitat surveys and electroshocking surveys
Duration:          June 15 - September 14, 2022
Location:          Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge
                         (Work to be conducted primarily on streams within each geographic area)

These are estimated dates. Length of season(s) may be shortened or extended depending on project needs, funding, or factors beyond the project's control.

Job Description:  The employees in this position will conduct stream habitat, juvenile snorkel, and/or electroshocking surveys in Oregon streams. Duties include:

* Describing channel morphology and instream habitat characteristics.
* Assessing distribution and abundance of juvenile fish.
* Keeping accurate and clear data records. 
* Hiking into and along streams daily. 
* Working in hot, cold, rainy weather and over rough terrain.
* Occasional camping or backpacking in remote areas. 
* Communicating with the public to gain access to private land and to explain monitoring activities.  
* Working on a two-person crew on streams within a specific geographic area.  
* These positions require a flexible work schedule that varies in the number of hours worked on a daily basis, but not necessarily each day, or a work schedule in which the starting and stopping times vary on a daily basis, but not necessarily each day including most weekends and some night work. These positions may be physically demanding.

Qualifications:  Employees must be self-motivated, willing to work under a variety of conditions, and responsible for the quality of data collected. There are no minimum qualifications for these positions; however, candidates with related field experience (such as experience in fish sampling, conducting habitat surveys, hydrology, or biological sampling) and who have or are pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Fisheries or Wildlife Science or a closely related degree in biological or ecological sciences will be given preference for interviews.

More information on the Aquatic Inventories Project may be obtained at the following:   

COVID-19 vaccination series or have an approved exception to the requirement due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief. Successful candidates for this position must submit vaccination documentation or be approved for an exception prior to their first day of employment. Failure to provide proof of full documentation or receipt of an approved exception will lead to the removal of your application for this specific position. For more information, visit our policy listed here.   

Contact person:    Peggy Kavanagh (Peggy.S.Kavanagh@odfw.oregon.gov)

Internal Applicants apply at: Biological Science Assistant (Fisheries Project Assistant).

External Applicants apply at: Biological Science Assistant (Fisheries Project Assistant).

Closing date:    March 7, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST

Criminal Records/DMV Check:   Applicants are subject to both a criminal history and motor vehicles check. Driving is required for all positions. Out-of-state finalists will be required to present a current certified driving record for review to be considered for the position. Be prepared to obtain as soon as possible. You are expected to provide the out-of-state certified driving record before an offer can be made unless extenuating circumstances exist. Adverse background information may disqualify you from further consideration.

Within three days of hire, applicants will be required to complete the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s I-9 form confirming authorization to work in the United States. ODFW participates in E-Verify. ODFW is unable to support VISA sponsorships.

Additional Information:    Your answers to the supplemental questions must be supported by the "Job History" section in your application or you may not be considered for this position. Resumes will not replace the completed "Job History" section in your online application. You may be disqualified if your experience listed in the “Job History” section does not include information used to back up your answers to the supplemental questions. If any of the positions listed in your application are part time or seasonal, be sure to include the dates you worked (month and year) and the average amount of hours worked per week in the duties section. Only those individuals who most closely match the requested skills will be invited to an interview.

For helpful tips on filling out your job history, responding to the supplemental questions, and submitting your application, click here.

If you’d like to attach a cover letter or a copy of your official or unofficial college transcripts, they can be attached to your application in the Resume/CV/Cover Letter attachments field when you apply. Cover letters may not be reviewed unless it is stated as a requirement in the job posting.

Initial interviews are anticipated to be held via phone, video or virtual interview due to the current situation related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Reasonable accommodation 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.

The employees in these positions 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, veteran's 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. Please do not attach veteran documentation to your initial application, after you have applied you will be sent a task in your Workday account to provide your veteran documentation at that time.

Find information on State of Oregon benefits.

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

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


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