Group Definition: Fisheries Technicians perform duties related
to the protection, preservation, propagation, and sampling of fish
species and the preservation or enhancement of their habitat. They
use knowledge of procedural requirements and processes to support
the technical work of their unit. They provide practical technical
support to research, operations, or program administration
This position will be part of the Cooperative Ageing Project in
Newport, OR. The Ageing Lab was established to production age
marine fish structures and then route the data to the appropriate
database/personnel. The cooperation is primarily between NOAA
Fisheries - Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) and the
Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC). The primary
structures aged by this lab are otoliths sampled from the
commercial catch and federal surveys. These age data provide direct
support to US West Coast stock assessments. Age data helps
determine biological attributes of a population such as mortality
rate, growth rate, age at maturity, etc. Quality control is
monitored through a process of double reads and analysis. Double
reads occur at frequent intervals and involve two or more age
readers. One age reader will select 10-20% of a previously aged
sample for a second reader to age. This lab follows age reading
criteria standardized through multi-agency cooperation in the
Committee of Age Reading Experts (C.A.R.E.). This is a microscope
intensive job and high attention to detail is a must.
Essential Functions: (The functions listed below are
characteristic of the type and level of work associated with this
group and pay band. They are not all-inclusive. Individual
positions may perform some or all, as well as other similar
- Collect and organize biological and habitat samples and
collections (such as scales, otoliths, ageing structures, other
tissues, water quality, etc.).
- Summarize and input biological or habitat data on field forms,
electronic data loggers, and/or desktop computers. May assist with
preliminary data summaries and analyses, technical report writing,
or database management.
- Perform precision ageing of various fish species in a
laboratory setting. Record age and growth data in the appropriate
Knowledge Required by the Position:
At the lower end of the range, employees use knowledge of basic
arithmetic, reading, writing, and data collection to perform
routine or repetitive tasks.
At the upper end of the position range, employees use knowledge
of the basic principles and protocols of fish biology to make
readings, measurements, and observations; execute tests; collect
samples, etc. If complex equipment systems are operated, the
employee has the knowledge to perform calibrations or adjustments
to achieve desired results.
Additional Mandatory Skills:
- fish ageing (scale, otolith, other)
- compile and collect neat and accurate data
- software skills (spreadsheet, word processing, database, GIS,
- oral communication skills
- written communication skills
- microscope experience
Additional Desirable Skills:
Must be able to work at microscope for long periods of time.
Most of the work is performed in an office setting with adequate
lighting, heating, and ventilation.
Minimum Qualification Requirements:
A range of experience and education may be presented. At the
lower end of the range, candidates must present six months of
General Experience* OR one year of education above the high school
level that included at least six semester hours in any combination
of scientific or technical courses. An equivalent combination of
experience and education is also qualifying.
At the upper end of the range, candidates must present one year
of Specialized Experience OR a 4-year course of study above high
school leading to a bachelor's degree with a major or at least 24
semester hours of coursework in any combination of scientific or
technical courses. An equivalent combination of experience and
education is also qualifying.
- General Experience is (1) any type of work that demonstrates
the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position or (2)
experience that provided a familiarity with biological sciences or
the processes of the biological sciences.
Specialized Experience is experience that equips the applicant
with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully
the duties of the position and is typically in or related to the
work of the position being filled