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- Junior Biologist - Richland, WA
- Biosampling Technician - Guam
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Position: Junior Biologist – Plant Surveys/Environmental Compliance - Richland, WA
Freestone Environmental Services is seeking a junior-level biologist with experience identifying native and invasive plant species common to riparian and arid/semi-arid habitats of southeast Washington and northwest Idaho. This position is initially a temporary position to support field work and post-field analysis in May or June of this year. Depending on candidate qualifications and performance, a full-time position may be offered to support biological field surveys, prepare regulatory documents, and generally support environmental and regulatory projects.
The primary duties of the Biologist will be to assist senior scientists and occasionally work independently to perform project assignments. Additional duties may include data interpretation and analysis and report writing. Assignments may require working under challenging field conditions (exposure, terrain, long hours) in remote survey locations.
- Bachelors of Science degree (BS) or Masters of Science (MS) in Biology, Ecology, or related field
- Experience identifying native and invasive plants common to riparian and arid/semi-arid habitats of southeast Washington and northwest Idaho
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office software
- Strong oral and written communication skills
- Ability to work in a team environment
Please submit your resume, the contact information for three (3) references, Freestone application form (http://www.gofreestone.com/careers), and a cover letter explaining how your qualifications meet the requirements of the position to: email@example.com with the following subject line: Junior Biologist.
Freestone offers a competitive salary and benefits package, and is an equal opportunity employer. Please provide your résumé with cover letter and salary history.
Position: Biosampling Technician - Guam
Freestone Environmental Services, Inc. (www.gofreestone.com) a multi-disciplinary consulting firm, is currently seeking to hire two individuals interested in marine fisheries to serve as Fisheries Biosampling Technicians, supporting the Fisheries Research and Monitoring Division’s (FRMD), Insular Fisheries Monitoring Program (IFMP) within the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). PIFSC administers scientific research and monitoring programs that support the domestic and international conservation and management of living marine resources. PIFSC is aiding the Pacific Island Region territories in improving fisheries dependent monitoring programs. The objective of this fisheries monitoring work will be to develop better information on landings and size composition by gear and species, and to collect samples for use in determining age, size-at-maturity, fecundity, and spawning seasonality. All this will provide a better foundation for inputs to stock assessments for sustainable fisheries management.
The two positions are part-time, hourly, with an estimated 1275 hours of work to be performed during January 4, 2016 through October 31, 2016. No over-time work will occur. Work will take place on-shore (dockside, harbor side, at fish markets, and in NOAA facilities as allowed).
- Conduct census sampling of commercial, local, non-pelagic catches with the aid of staff from the commercial fisheries market;
- Collect data from the fishermen, if available, including fishing date, location, number of fishermen, gear types and number of gear, and hours fished;
- Record data from each catch including species identification, fork length, weight and any relevant notes on condition;
- Collect biological samples, including but not limited to otoliths, gonads, fin clips, and muscle tissues;
- Record data from each fish, and ensure samples are properly stored, preserved and labeled
- Ensure that all collected samples are sent to the PIFSC and/or PIFSC designee;
- Perform data management and archiving activities (e.g. ensure all data related to the census sampling and biological sample collection are entered into the Bio-Sampling database provided by PIFSC and data quality management steps are taken to ensure accuracy;
- Participate, as necessary, in meetings or training activities, which may include DAWR boat-based and shore-based creel survey staff;
- Maintain regular and consistent communication with government, fishing industry and/or market contacts; and
- Other duties as assigned.
- High school graduate or GED.
- Prior experience in fish sampling, including extracting otoliths and gonads, and making morphometric measurements or related work is also desirable, but can be learned on the job.
- Proven ability to identify fish species in the relevant area.
- Familiarity with fisheries and the fishing industry in the local area.
- Basic computer proficiency for report generation.
Please submit your resume, the contact information for three (3) references, Freestone application form (http://www.gofreestone.com/careers), and a cover letter explaining how your qualifications meet the requirements of the position to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the following subject line: NOAA Bio Tech.
Freestone Environmental Services, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state or local law.