Job title: Biological Science Assistant (Columbia River Fishery Sampler/Columbia River Fishery Commercial Sampler)
Company: State of Oregon
Job description: Initial Posting Date: 07/12/2022
Application Deadline: 07/26/2022
Agency: Department of Fish and Wildlife
Salary Range: $2,723.00 monthly
Position Type: Employee
Position Title: Biological Science Assistant (Columbia River Fishery Sampler/Columbia River Fishery Commercial Sampler)
Seasonal Fisheries Employment Opportunities
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.
We have multiple openings in Astoria for a Columbia River Fishery Sampler to assist in collecting information used to estimate harvest by collecting effort and catch information from recreational fisheries in the Columbia River.
Location: Based out of Astoria, Oregon. Work to be conducted primarily on the lower Columbia River downstream of Bonneville Dam.
Columbia River Fishery Sampler: August 1, 2022 – October 31, 2022 – (1 position)
Columbia River Commercial Fishery Sampler: August 1, 2022 – October 31, 2022 – (1 position)
(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).
If you enjoy the outdoors, Oregon is the place for you. We have glaciated mountain peaks to the east, the Pacific Ocean to the west and the massive Columbia River Gorge to the north. You can fish 365 days a year, and there is hunting for big game, waterfowl, and game birds. The Oregon coast attracts thousands of people who clam, crab and fish in the ocean for halibut, salmon, and tuna. The outdoor opportunities are endless when it comes to fish and wildlife in Oregon! Oregon is known for their vineyards, breweries, and adventures for the whole family to enjoy. To learn more about the department, the work we do, and see our beautiful state, view the following video at
What you will do:
Assist in collecting information used to estimate effort and catch in the lower Columbia River recreational fisheries and harvest in Select Area and mainstem Columbia River commercial fisheries. Additional tasks include hatchery sampling, test fishing, fishery observation, tagging and tag-recovery projects, and summary and tabulation of data. Information collected by this position is used to aid fishery management decisions, promulgation of regulations, proposing fishing seasons, and making in-season adjustments to adopted seasons. Work independently and outdoors in exposed locations. Requires walking up and down boat ramps, along marina docks, along rocky or sandy bank areas, and between fish buying stations. Driving between sampling sites is required; a state vehicle will be provided. Employees are expected to handle a variety of fish species; learn proper identification of fishes harvested in Columbia and Willamette river fisheries; and accurately record and summarize field data from angler interviews and biological sampling of catch. Lifting of fish and equipment up to 50 pounds is required. Employees are expected to effectively communicate with anglers, commercial fishers, and the general public on a daily basis.
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.
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Requirements/Requested Skills: Minimum qualifications are not established for these positions; however we are seeking applicants with the following related skills and experience (e.g., creel surveys, identifying adult fish species (especially salmonids), collecting and accurately recording biological data (particularity in the field), computer skills, powerboat operation, and customer service) and who possess or are in pursuit of a Fisheries or Wildlife Science degree or related degree in biological/ecological sciences. Preference for interviews may be given to candidates with this background.
These positions require a Boater Education Card obtained through the Oregon State Marine Board. There are some exceptions to this (e.g., Coast Guard Boat Operator License or commercial fishing license). For further information, access the Web site at . On your application, be sure to indicate in the Job History Description if you have a card or a copy of your card can be attached. If the selected applicant does not possess a card, they must obtain it within 30 days of hiring as a condition of continued employment.
Criminal Records/DMV Check
Applicants are subject to both a criminal history and motor vehicles check. 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.
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: 1) meet the minimum qualifications of the job and 2) 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.
Note: You will be required to provide a copy of your official or unofficial transcripts (online transcripts are acceptable) during the selection process that show your name, the name/address of the institution, coursework with passing grades, and degree conferred (including date), if you are using education to qualify. Transcripts and cover letters 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.
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The job posting closes at 11:59 PM (PDT/PST) on the close date. After you submit your application, be sure to respond to the two questionnaires relating to public records requests and veterans’ preference immediately following your submittal. These questions are necessary to complete the application process.
Reasonable accommodations 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.
This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified people to fill the current vacancy and may be used to fill other vacancies as they occur.
The employee in this position 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 and you meet the qualifications, veterans’ preference points will be added to your score. For more information on veterans’ preference points visit 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.
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If you are passionate about natural resources, we invite you to join our team and assist with furthering ODFW’s mission by partnering with communities and sharing how our work has a positive effect on Oregon’s fish, wildlife and their habitats. ODFW is dedicated to cultivating a diverse and inclusive workforce as we strive to represent and better serve our neighboring communities. Our most important asset is our employees, and each person brings unique, different, and important contributions to the workplace and community we serve. With Oregon’s changing demographics, a workforce that reflects this change will make us stronger and create an opportunity for better decision making. Consider joining our team as we lead ODFW into the future!
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer
Expected salary: $2723 per month
Location: Astoria, OR
Job date: Wed, 13 Jul 2022 23:55:53 GMT
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