Position Profile


Job Title:  Fisheries Technician

Work Unit:  F&W, Fisheries Management, Upper Peace Region

Ministry:   Alberta Environment and Parks

Competition Number:  1040368

Date:  February 2017
 

Purpose

 

The Fisheries Technician position is designed to support the senior and area fisheries biologists to deliver fisheries objectives for the Peace Region. Responsibilities will include fisheries assessment components including: project delivery, data collection, fish sampling, equipment maintenance, participation in research activities, and population surveys. It will also include educational and outreach components related to client engagement of fisheries related education materials as well as some supervisory components with seasonal staff. The position functions as a key member of an integrated team of professional and technical staff responsible for the management of fisheries resources in the Peace Region.

Fisheries Technicians are monitored and/or coached by more senior biological staff to enhance their knowledge of the organization, their skill development, applied scientific knowledge and their personal suitability.

Responsibilities and Activities

  1.

Resource Management - General

Aids Senior Fisheries biologist in organizing workload, developing work plans, assigning priorities with assistance from supervisors and maintains project data bases.

Activities

  • Develops a work plan, under the direction of senior fisheries biologist to effectively accomplish assigned resource management objectives. This includes details on work scheduling for themselves and any staff under them reporting on budget related materials to project delivery to the senior fisheries biologist.
  • Aid in coordinating and implementing field work assigned by project biologist. This includes equipment securement (identifying and securing the necessary equipment needed to deliver the senior fisheries biologist's program), preparation (ensuring the equipment is in a state as to be available for the start of the project(s), maintenance (ensuring the equipment is operated and maintained in such a way that it can be used for the duration of the project and is in a state to assist in delivery of subsequent projects and/or be returned to other areas in the same state as when leveraged), and inspection (ensure the equipment can be operated in a safe manner), as well as leveraging equipment from other areas based on project need and infrastructure availability.
  • Responsible for upkeep of databases (QA/QC) associated with project delivery. This will include data cleaning and entry into provincial databases (making ownership of data from ‘cradle to grave’).
     
  2.

Resource Management - Species/Population

Aid in implementing program in accordance to direction from supervisor(s) and assists in program delivery of Peace Region fisheries objectives, including project delivery.

Activities

  • Deliver, in association with other area fisheries biologists, the implementation of watershed scale fish assessments. This includes organizing shift schedules for this position and staff (seasonal) reporting to this position, equipment preparation, fish sampling, data acquisition and management. This position is accountable to the senior fisheries biologist for meeting goals/objectives of project delivery.
  • Provide data and information in a manner that will meet the criteria of the provincial Fish Sustainability Index (FSI) as well as thresholds/criteria developed by Land-Use planning exercises. This position will support provincial species leads in reporting annually on FSI scoring and in Species Management Plans.
  • Deliver population assessments required for allocation based decisions, in association with other area fisheries biologist (at the direction to the Senior Fisheries Biologist) and based on identified priorities. This includes but not limited to organizing and implementing Fall Walleye Index Netting, data collection, fish aging, data entry, and reporting. This will include prioritizing time and setting of deliverable dates for these activities in order to meet provincial timelines for reporting on this information.
  • Assist in fisheries collections and activities related to species recovery and management plans.
     
  3.

Education and Outreach

Deliver, based on direction from the Senior Fisheries Biologist, education and outreach programs.

Activities

  • Deliver Fish in Schools (FINS) programs, in conjunction with provincial FINS program, within the Peace Region.
  • Assists in design and delivery of fisheries related information collected in field projects for public presentation.
  • Assists in delivery of regional education and outreach programs (REOT).
  • Coordinates stakeholder meetings related to presentation of fisheries related messaging. Contacts stakeholders.
     
  4.

Research

Assists in the collection of fish population data for research purposes occurring in the Peace Region. Provide direction to other agencies collecting fisheries information for research and/or biodiversity reporting purposes.

Activities

  • Collection of fish and angler data on a variety of water bodies within the Peace Region to answer questions regarding fish population status, angler effort, and angler success.
  • Assist and support in the collaboration and implementation of projects designed through research initiatives led by other agencies or academic institutes (e.g. Alberta Conservation Association, University of Alberta, etc.).
     
  5.

Administration

Responsible for assigned field equipment operation, repair, inventory and use. Responsible for the tracking of own expenses. Also responsible for completing timesheets for supervisor approval.

Activities

  • Aids in procuring and maintaining equipment, while maintaining accurate inventory and ensuring that all equipment is operated in a safe manner.
  • Completes personal expense claims and timesheets.
  • Track, maintain and organize all receipts and records of purchases for budgeting purposes.
     
  6.

Supervision

Responsible for supervision of seasonal staff related to project delivery.

Activities

  • Assists in recruitment of seasonal staff in conjunction with the Senior Fisheries Biologist.
  • Provides new staff orientation for seasonal staff.
  • Develops work plans and schedules for seasonal staff and ensures timesheets and expense claims are submitted.
  • Assists the Senior Fisheries Biologist in employee relations, and identification of training opportunities.
     
  7.

Occupational Health and Safety

Responsible for delivering fisheries management programs in a safe manner and meeting the goals and objectives of the Peace Region Occupational Health and Safety Program.

Activities

  • Responsible for facility and equipment inspections.
  • Responsible for carrying out Occupational Health and Safety directives as per Regional Plan under direction of the Senior Fisheries Biologist.
  • Responsible for the development and ensuring coordination of Safety Plans associated with fisheries project activities.
  • Responsible for ensuring seasonal staff being supervised carry out work according to specified regional safety plans and procedures and safety plans associated with fisheries projects.

Scope

 

This is a technical position that:

  • Assists senior and area biologists in delivering fisheries management objectives. This requires interaction with regional fisheries staff as well as provincial fisheries staff in similar positions. This also requires interaction with other divisions that assist in delivery or achievement of fisheries management objectives such as approvals staff, FERD staff, and compliance staff.
  • Assists senior and area biologists with the implementation of field projects; which include watershed level fisheries assessments, lake population assessments, and fisheries habitat assessments. This includes independent delivery of field sampling programs when necessary, as well as leading sampling teams.
  • Assists senior and area biologists with education and outreach responsibilities which include knowledge of fisheries assessment, biology, and programming. The ability to communicate with stakeholders and the public is necessary in order to deliver education and outreach programs effectively. This includes a broad range of stakeholders/public from students to colleagues.
  • Assist senior fisheries staff with permitting and licensing as necessary.
  • Assists other divisions through referral processes by supplying advice on fisheries population and habitat objectives.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

 

Knowledge

  • Diploma in Natural Sciences, or
  • A Bachelor of Science degree or similar equivalency.
  • Directly related graduate education may be considered in lieu of experience.
  • Knowledge of Alberta Fisheries Act, Federal Fisheries Act, and fisheries policies, guidelines, and standards.
  • Working knowledge of how to collect data. Sampling techniques include electrofishing (backpack, boat and float), gill netting, seine netting, angling, trap netting.
  • An understanding of methods for data management and security.
  • An understanding of fish and wildlife resource management techniques.
  • Working knowledge of various fish species common to Alberta.
  • Some awareness of Alberta fish and wildlife policies, procedures and legislation.
  • Familiarity with Occupational Health & Safety standards, practices and responsibilities.
  • Some general understanding of Alberta fish and wildlife resource management programs.

Skills

  • Good writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Good public relations and networking skills.
  • Operation of various computers programs including: data bases, GIS, MS Word, MS Excel, and MS PowerPoint.
  • Capable of working effectively in a team environment.
  • Certified in first aid training including CPR and the use of AEDs (automated external defibrillator).
  • ATV certification.
  • Electrofishing certification.
  • Innovative thinking for effective problem solving.
  • Relevant boat operating certification/training and experience.

Abilities

  • Ability to work unsupervised or within a team setting with the initiative to complete work tasks as outlined by supervisor.
  • Ability to take and incorporate direction given by supervisor to complete assigned tasks as directed.
  • Ability to organize and interpret technical and scientific knowledge.
  • Ability to clearly present data and results of biological studies in reports and visual presentations.
  • Ability to communicate expectations and objectives to staff and supervisors.
  • Ability to work in remote camp setting, for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to use specialized fisheries equipment including: radios, gill nets, trap nets, electrofishers, etc.
  • Ability to operate a variety of field equipment including: 4x4's, quads, small and large boats and motors.

 

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