Kalispel Natural Resources Department (KNRD) has numerous seasonal employment opportunities where you can make a real difference with respect to conservation and management of native fish. Non-native fish suppression and eradication, Native fish reintroduction, habitat assessment and restoration, and fish population assessments are some of the tasks commonly performed. Summer positions run from June 19th through October.
BASIC FUNCTIONS OF WORK
The incumbent of this position will work as a field crew member under the close direction of the Fisheries Technician IV+. The Fisheries Technician I will aid higher level technicians, biologists, and program managers in collecting field data and conducting fisheries conservation and management protection, monitoring, and enhancement actions. The Fisheries Technician I will assist with diverse work elements such as aiding in collection of limited biological data and habitat conditions using established scientific principles and techniques that will guide resource management. Incumbent will assist conservation programs/projects such as fence building, planting vegetation, distributing fish, operating and maintaining equipment, gill netting, trapping, piscicide application, and electrofishing (boat and backpack). This position is a temporary developmental position where the incumbent will likely be required to work long, unusual hours, weekends, and occasionally holidays. This work is primarily performed outdoors and requires lifting, pulling, and hauling in all kinds of weather conditions on variable terrain. The Fisheries Technician II will also provide support to other projects and departments as needed.
The Fisheries Technician I performs work under the close supervision of the Fisheries Technician IV+. Work is reviewed by the Fisheries Technician IV+ through one-on-one discussions.
This position does not exercise supervision.
REPRESENTATIVE EXAMPLES OF WORK
- Aids in collecting limited biological data related to fisheries resources using established techniques.
- Participates in sampling programs and projects designed to provide catch, effort, mortality, species composition, life history, abundance, distribution, movement, age, growth, and other biological data to inform fishery management decisions.
- Participates in netting, trapping, electrofishing, and piscicide programs designed to reduce or eliminate target non-native fish populations.
- Assists as a crew member in standardized fisheries data collection with gill nets, trap nets, boat electrofishing, backpack electrofishing, angling, snorkeling, fixed station and mobile biotelemetry.
- Participates in stream, lake, and river habitat enhancement and restoration projects including: fencing, vegetation planting, bank stabalization, instream structure placement, channel construction, road obliteration, fish passage improvement, distributing fish, operating and maintaining equipment.
- May assist with or perform other work as required.
- Must be in good physical condition to be able to work and hike in inclement weather conditions and over variable and rugged terrain. Must be able to lift at least 70 pounds.
- Must be able to work in a multi-cultural environment and work variable hours, long days, early mornings, holidays, and weekends as the work dictates.
- Must be willing to travel for work projects and training as necessary.
- Work history must reflect excellent attendance.
Disclaimer: Certain Licenses and Certification requirements can be obtained once hired.
Preferred: Communication Skills
- High School Diploma or GED and satisfactory work history.
- Knowledge of Kalispel Tribal heritage and culture and the significance of fish and wildlife resources to tribal members is desirable.
- Willingness to work as a member of a project or interdisciplinary team. Must have the ability to interpret and adhere to instructions.
- Must possess good verbal communication skills and be able to communicate effectively with biologists, department managers, employees, and tribal members.
- Some experience or knowledge safe use of hand tools, fencing, and vehicles is desirable.
Licenses & Certifications
- Drivers License
- Tribal Work Permit