Temporary Seasonal Contracted Fisheries Technician

(multiple positions and locations)

Agency/Location: USGS Great Lakes Science Center, 1451 Green Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105 with work expected on the St. Marys River, Lake Huron, St. Clair River, Lake St. Clair, Detroit River, and Lake Erie.

Eligibility for hire as a student services contractor: Must be enrolled in a college or university or have graduated within one year prior. Must be willing and able to travel for extended time periods, work nights and weekends when needed, maintain a cheerful positive attitude, and be a productive member of a team. Must possess a valid driver’s license and passport, valid CPR and First Aid certificates, and pass a background check. Experience on small boats (26’) with outboard engines is desirable, but not essential.

Responsibilities: Primary responsibilities include participation as a team member in fish spawning and nursery habitat surveys of the Central Great Lakes and connecting channels investigating patterns relating to fish diversity and abundance, habitat quality and availability, habitat restoration, and aquatic invertebrate community dynamics. Incumbent will assist with: (1) field sampling of fishes including fish eggs and larvae, physical habitat data, water quality, and invertebrates; (2) laboratory processing of biological samples, including sorting and identification of fishes (eggs and larvae) and invertebrates, and assist with rearing of live eggs and larvae; and (3) data entry. Incumbent will assist with maintenance of field gear, laboratory facilities, and vessels/vehicles.

Qualifications: BS or working toward an undergraduate degree in fisheries or a closely related field preferred. Recent graduates and those looking to fulfill an internship are encouraged to apply. Some positions will be filled in winter 2018, others for spring 2018. The applicant must be capable of travel for extended periods to include some weekends, nights, and working long and varied hours on boats in extreme weather conditions.

Salary: Commensurate with experience and education level. Lodging and travel allowance may be provided for St. Clair River and St. Marys River work. Personal field apparel and mandatory safety equipment will be provided.

Closing Date: Open until filled, or January 31, 2019.

Send resume with contact information of three references via mail, fax, or email to:

Ed Roseman

USGS Great Lakes Science Center

1451 Green Road

Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105


734/994-8780 (fax)

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