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12 Jan 2023

Temporary Fisheries Biologist

Ocean Associates Inc. – Posted by oai1 Warrenton, Oregon, United States

Job Description

Ocean Associates, Inc. (OAI) is seeking a Fishery Biologist 1 to provide support to the NOAA Fisheries Jones Beach Sampling Station in Westport, Oregon. OAI supplies personnel support services on contract to government and industry clients for marine fisheries and protected species.

This is a seasonal position participating in a Federal Columbia River Power System (FCRPS) survival study. Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) tags are used to estimate dam to dam (reach) and system-wide survival for juvenile salmonids in the Columbia River Basin. Tagged fish are released throughout the basin and tracked during their outmigration. To calculate survival to Bonneville Dam, the last dam encountered, a subset of fish must be detected downstream. To do this, we use a pair-trawl net with the cod-end removed and replaced with a pass-through PIT Antenna. The Fishery Biologist 1 will participate in underway sampling operations and enumerate tagged fish detected by the antenna, keep detailed operational notes, evaluate antenna function in real-time, and work with a team of biologists to carry out the objectives of the project.


  • Participate in field operations, including managing data collection during sampling efforts.
  • Organize, enter into a database, and error check PIT tag data.
  • Maintain and update PIT tag databases and organize data in appropriate formats, e.g., tables, spreadsheets, etc., for agency and other reports.
  • Perform routine data analyses.
  • Modify software programs and run data queries as needed.
  • Prepare summary reports of data collected.
  • Ability to work effectively both individually and collaboratively in a team/group setting.
  • Ability to receive constructive feedback and implement appropriate action.

Duration of Position: April 1 – June 15

Salary: Hourly wage position with time-and-half overtime. Generous employee benefits

Location: NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service Pt. Adams Research Station in Hammond, Oregon

Required Knowledge and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in fisheries or related field of study.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software applications, relational database software (particularly Microsoft Access), statistical analyses packages, and bibliographic software packages.
  • Strong scientific writing and oral communication skills.

Preferred Knowledge and Experience

  • Strong understanding of PIT tag technology.

Only qualified applicants that meet minimum experience or background requirements stated above need apply. When applying for this position you will be asked to upload your resume at the end of this online application.

Applicants should submit a resume that includes the following:

  • Work history for past 5 years or since last full-time education.
  • Education.
  • Previous experience or training with similar requirements.
  • Three professional references.
  • Include your name in the document file name.
  • Upload your resume in readable, not scanned, PDF or Word format (PDF is preferred).

How to Apply

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Temporary. Salaries: Not Disclosed.

Job expires in 69 days.

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