The Department of Fish & Game works to preserve the state's natural resources and people's right to conservation of those resources, as protected by Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution. To carry out this mission, the Department exercises responsibility over the Commonwealth's marine and freshwater fisheries, wildlife species, plants, and natural communities, as well as the habitats that support them.
The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries serves Massachusetts’ citizens by protecting, restoring, and enhancing fishery resources and their habitats, while providing sustainable fisheries related recreational and commercial opportunities.
The Department of Fish and Game, Division of Marine Fisheries, seeks applicants for the position of Shellfish Mitigation Biologist (Aquatic Biologist I)
This position is assigned to the New Bedford Field Office.
A cover letter and resume must be submitted as part of the application process and attached “as relevant” to the requisition.
Under supervision, the individual in this position assists Division of Marine Fisheries Shellfish Sanitation and Management Program staff conducting shellfish mitigation projects within Buzzards Bay coastal communities. They will be responsible for planning and executing shellfish restoration and survey activities in the field, coordinating field work with town Shellfish Departments, collection, organization and entry of all field data and assisting with report preparation. SCUBA diving, GIS data collection and preparation of maps will be important components of the incumbent’s responsibilities. The individual also assists various other projects/programs as required.
Assists in planning, mobilization and conducting field activities associated with two multi-year shellfish mitigation projects. One project is part of the state enhanced remedy resulting from construction of the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal (NBMCT) in New Bedford, MA. The other project, through the NRDA process, involves restoration of quahog and oyster resources that were injured as a result of the Bouchard B-120 oil spill within Buzzards Bay in 2003.
Assist staff biologists conduct all field activities associated with the mitigation projects, including site selection surveys, pre-seeding and post-seeding surveys and planting up to two million juvenile quahogs per yea. The incumbent will be conducting field surveys using SCUBA.
Assists with data entry and preparation of written technical biological survey reports related to the mitigation projects.
Assist in data collection, data entry and management of the Shellfish Program’s GIS data base as it relates to the mitigation projects.
Organize, record, and maintain data for computer analysis. Prepare graphical presentations of data for inclusion in reports, publications and presentations.
Operate and maintain field equipment, including motor vehicles, small craft and trailers, sampling gear and mooring hardware.
Perform other surveys, studies or duties as directed.
Knowledge of shellfish biology and management.
Demonstrated ability conducting intertidal and subtidal shellfish surveys. SCUBA certification is required.
Experience working with ARC GIS applications;
Ability to prepare documents and reports accurately, including the ability to prepare and use charts, graphs and tables.Demonstrated ability with software applications such as desktop publishing, spreadsheets and databases;
Ability to write concisely, express thoughts clearly and develop ideas in a logical sequence;
Ability to follow guidelines and procedures;
Ability to multi-task and prioritize;
Ability to communicate effectively;
Ability to work and operate small vessels under difficult conditions;
Ability to work some weekends, early mornings and evenings as needed.
First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.
MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Applicants must have at least (A) two years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional, para-professional or technical experience in marine biology or fisheries management work, or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.
I. A Bachelors or higher degree with a major in marine, fisheries, or wildlife biology; fisheries or wildlife management, marine science or oceanography may be substituted for the required experience on the basis of two years of education for one year of experience.*
- Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.
Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Operator's license, or equivalent license from the state in which you reside.
An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Aquatic Biologist I
United States-Massachusetts-New Bedford - 836 South Rodney
Department of Fish And Game
Dec 11, 2019, 9:28:37 AM
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