CRITFC Job announcement: Fishery Technician

Open/close date: Jan.24–Mar. 16, 2018; Classification: full-time, temp. (no benefits); Salary: (DOQ) Comparable to a GS 6/7;

Duration: 4 mos.; Start: June 4, 2018

Location: La Grande, Oregon

Primary responsibilities: monitoring status/trends in habitat conditions for ESA-listed spring Chinook Salmon in upper Grande Ronde River and Catherine Creek basins in Northeast Oregon. Collect stream habitat data using remote sensing methods and standardized instream habitat monitoring protocols. Primary objectives, collect data necessary to assess current status, trends, and key limiting factors in fish habitat characteristics (e.g.water temperature, pool habitats, streamflow, fine sediment) to the viability of spring Chinook Salmon populations, evaluate effectiveness of stream restoration actions aimed at improving key limiting habitat factors; Essential Job Functions: specific duties may include, but not limited to: conducting stream habitat surveys using standardized protocols including mapping stream channel topography, measuring fish habitat characteristics such as channel unit classification, large woody debris, substrate size, discharge, stream temp., riparian vegetation; recording stream habitat and biological data using electronic data loggers and/or paper datasheets, transfer/enter data into database; using ArcGIS or other geospatial software to post-process topographic stream habitat data; collecting benthic and drift macroinvertebrate samples using standard methods; conducting snorkel surveys to estimate fish abundance and size classes.

Required Qualifications: dependable individuals interested in environmental and fisheries sciences with qualifications of: minimum 3 months relevant work experience and 2 years undergraduate education leading towards bachelor’s degree in Fisheries Science or related field; bachelor’s degree substitutes for work experience; familiarity with collecting scientific data in lab and field settings using specialized equipment (e.g., data loggers, GPS, water quality probes, macroinvertebrate samplers, discharge velocity meters), ability to execute detailed technical procedures; experience with computer applications and data management, proficiency with Microsoft Excel and Word; must be well organized – attention to detail, accurate record keeping; ability to work effectively and positively in team environment or independently in field, office, lab settings; ability to communicate effectively orally and writing with people from variety of agencies and cultures about project objectives and methods; willingness to work under field conditions such as hiking with gear to remote locations; hot, cold, wet conditions involving up to 12-hour workdays wading in streams; valid driver’s license, good driving record, ability to lift and carry objects weighing at least 50 pounds; must be available for work between June 4, 2018 and September 30, 2018.

Desired Qualifications: General knowledge of Pacific Northwest fish biology, aquatic or plant ecology, fish habitat requirements, fluvial geomorphology, hydrology. Experience conducting stream habitat surveys, surveying methods using Total Station or other survey equipment. Basic experience using ArcGIS.

Hiring preference given to qualified enrolled members of federally recognized tribes & Alaska natives, especially the four CRITFC member tribes (Warm Springs, Yakama, Umatilla, Nez Perce). Qualified individuals, including women, veterans, minorities and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply and will be given fair and equitable consideration. No incomplete applications considered. Complete applications include: cover letter, CV/resume, completed job application (available on our website: or by calling 503.238.0667), three professional references.

Submit to:
Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, Attn: Human Resources, 700 NE, Multnomah Street,
Suite 1200, Portland, Oregon 97232, Email:, Fax: 503.235.4228, For full job description
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