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Research Support Scientist 1

Fish & Wildlife Resources

Open for Recruitment:  November 16, 2012 - December 13, 2012
Announcement #:  16519054100
Pay Rate:  $14.06/hr+ DOE; $29,244/yr+ DOE
Full or Part Time:  Full Time
Location: Various

This position is contingent upon the continuation of work and/or funding.

Materials Required:
    Online Application
    Job References
    Letter of Qualification





Under the general supervision of Dr. Caudill, the principle investigator, the successful applicant will be responsible in assisting with the operation and maintenance of various research equipment used in a variety of fisheries and aquatic ecology research projects, including but not limited to:

         Radio telemetry

         Acoustic telemetry

         Passive integrated transponder (PIT) stations

         Video/DVD recorders

         Dual-frequency Identification Sonar (DIDSON)

         Temperature loggers, etc.


Duties include installing, maintaining, mobile tracking, regularly downloading equipment and performing winter maintenance duties as needed at hydroelectric dams along the Columbia and Snake Rivers and at remote tributary sites during the regular field season.


Duties will also include analyzing collected data, performing statistical analyses, and assisting with report writing.


Study area encompasses the Columbia and Snake Rivers and associated tributaries upstream to Rocky Reach Dam on the Middle Columbia River (near Wenatchee, WA) and into parts of central Idaho, with the focus from Portland upstream to John Day River, with the primary duty station based near Bonneville Dam in the Columbia River gorge.


Other duties may include focus in the Willamette River Basin from Portland OR to Oakridge OR. This position may require extended travel, work on holidays, and work outside normal business.




Collecting data for research projects by:               50%  Essential

         Downloading radio receiver, PIT, video, temperature stations at least weekly;

         Transmitting data to processing centers in Moscow and Seattle;

         Reliably communicating downloading activities to other staff members

         Tracking radio-tagged fish by boat and truck in sometimes remote locations;

         Collecting and tagging fish in field settings, agency traps or hydroelectric facilities;

         Accurately and legibly recording biological data, enter data, and maintain electronic data files;

         Monitoring fish collection activities, whether carried out independently or assisted by temporary employees;

         Insuring that reliable data acquisition methods are established and carried out during research;

         Assisting in establishing testing methodology, preparing samples, carrying out lab tests related to fisheries;

         Providing guidance and assistance to temporary employees with data collection;

         Establishing schedules of data collection, coordinate telemetry coverage, and data processing work activities with project personnel;

         Coordinating research activities with personnel from other fisheries agencies;

         Maintaining time and work records;

         Travelling frequently to field research stations.


Maintaining Research equipment by:    20%  Essential

         Installing and maintaining telemetry, acoustic telemetry, PIT, video receivers, DIDSON cameras, antennas, and associated equipment, and others as needed;

         Assisting with maintaining master inventory of equipment;

         Making decisions regarding equipment repairs, replacement, and problem resolution;

         Inspecting, troubleshooting and repairing radio receivers and antennas in remote locations;

         Making recommendations for purchases of equipment and supplies;

         Assisting with equipment procurement

         Monitoring systems at field research sites.


Process and summarize data by:               20%  Essential

         Processing, analyzing, and summarizing data using a variety of database management software packages;

         Preparing summaries of data for specific segments of the project;

         Developing presentations, writing reports and journal manuscripts, material for oral presentations, and technical manuscripts, performing data and statistical analyses.


Contribute to the team effort by:            10%  Marginal

         Coordinating activities with other project personnel;

         Maintaining time and work records;

         Performing other tasks as required by the PI;

         Supporting daily research activities including purchasing supplies, equipment maintenance, and meeting with clients/collaborators.




Education/Experience: Requires BS Degree plus 3 years of related experience OR M.S. appropriate to the research discipline or closely related field


Knowledge of: research methods, scientific journal requirements related to research area.


Experience: writing reports, compiling and analyzing data; using analysis software related to research area;


Ability to: assist in executing research projects; establish collaborative and cooperative scientific and professional relationships; assist in identifying and preparing proposals for research funding.


Some positions may be required to work with toxic, volatile, and corrosive chemicals or carcinogenic substances; and/or be required to work in adverse environmental conditions; and/or carry or lift heavy materials; and/or possess licenses or certifications specific to the area of research


Physical ability to: perform assigned duties; may be required to work with toxic, volatile and corrosive chemicals and/or carcinogenic substances; may be required to work in adverse environmental conditions and/or carry or lift heavy materials up to 50 pounds.


Must: Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.*



         Good knowledge of methods used in: fisheries, aquatic ecology, or related field.

         Research experience in the Columbia River basin and/or the Willamette Basin collaborating with USACE, ODFW and regional agencies.

         Jet boat experience and/or boat certification.

         Position requires use of medium-sized hand tools, lifting, climbing or working on a ladder, some strenuous activity, and often working in inclement weather.

         Excellent organizational skills to maintain order of telemetry system and communication with data management.

         Good communication skills to interact with a variety of personnel.

         Flexibility to deal with system equipment needs as required, which sometimes exceed normal work days and hours. Job requires extensive travel time due to size of study area, and remote location of some sites.

         Familiarity with telemetry and PIT research and equipment and basic understanding of electronics

         Basic understanding of anadromous fish ecology and behavior, familiarity with the Columbia River system, and some knowledge of dams

         Ability to work independently and as part of a team with good communication skills

         Ability to determine work priorities based on established procedures

         Demonstrated ability to: perform a variety of specialized tasks and laboratory techniques specific to the needs of the position; operate, maintain, calibrate, troubleshoot and resolve complex problems with instruments and equipment; keep records and compile written information for reports; follow good safety practices; possess good interpersonal and communication skills; MAY train and supervise other workers.


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