Job Closing: May 26, 2021
Job Code: 19-4099 Wildlife Technician
Status: Full time
Location: Environment Division
Reports To: Environmental Specialist
Under the direction of the Environmental Specialist/Project Manager, the Wildlife Technician will be responsible for carrying out tasks and duties related to Freshwater Mussel Propagation and Lake Sturgeon acoustic telemetry tracking. Target bodies of water will be in and around the Mohawk Territory of Akwesasne including the lower Grasse River, St. Regis River, Raquette River, and portions of the main stem St. Lawrence River.
Essential Duties And Responsibilities:
- The Wildlife Technician will be responsible for assisting Remediation & Restoration Program staff with methods, field procedures, and aquaculture rearing as outlined in approved Quality Assurance Project Plans (QAPPs)
- Assist with day to day operations and in-field activities associated with freshwater mussels and lake sturgeon projects for R&R Program
- Complete field tasks as needed related to any mussel salvage & relocation, fish host collection, netting and trapping of fish, maintaining in-field telemetry equipment, and assisting with surgical implantation of telemetry tagging equipment.
- Collect mussels, host fish, and lake sturgeon for mussel propagation procedures and lake sturgeon tracking activities
- Collect and analyze scientific data to determine environmental conditions and reporting.
- Confer with Agencies partners to exchange information
- Responsible for daily and weekly operations of mussel culture facility
- Responsible for field log notes, data sheets, photo and electronic data management.
- Prepare monthly, scientific technical reports, and/or presentations
- Responsible for calibration of test equipment, and proper storage and inventory of all supplies and equipment
- Responsible for knowledge and awareness of any potential water quality issues, disease, or viruses that may affect fish and/or mussel hatchery protocols
- Become familiar with Beneficial Use impairments (BUIs), Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA) and Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Action Plan language, objectives, and goals
- Review and provide comments on technical documents as needed or directed
- Contribute to removal criteria and management action planning for lake sturgeon.
- Contribute to restoration planning and implementation of the St. Lawrence River Area of Concern (AOC)
- Maintain an awareness of remedial activities occurring within the Grasse River Superfund Site, and in the past on the former GM/ RACER trust Superfund site and the Alcoa East Superfund sites on the Raquette and St. Lawrence Rivers, respectively
- Advocate and communicate the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s positions on environmental quality and protection within the framework of Remediation & Restoration program goals
- Work well in consultation with New York State Department of Conservation (NYSDEC), US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Mohawk Council of Akwesasne (MCA) Environment, and the NYS Museum staff
- Other related duties as assigned by Remediation & Restoration Environmental Specialists
Supervisory Responsibilities: There are no supervisor responsibilities with this position.
The candidate must have a background in environmental science or a related science field. Must have strong verbal and scientific writing skills. Must be able to work with minimal supervision. Local knowledge of the St. Lawrence River ecosystem preferred. Must be able to travel and work weekends. Some 10-hour field days may be required during sampling events.
Education And/or Experience:
Bachelor’s degree preferred or a two-year degree in environmental science, conservation science, biology or equivalent or the equivalent of 4-years combined field experience and education is required. Data analysis and environmental statistics experience preferred.
Have a valid driver’s license with a clean driver’s abstract in accordance with SRMT Fleet Policy.
Other Skills and Abilities:
SCUBA diving certification desired. Ability to drive and trailer a boat.
Physical Requirements and Working Conditions
Ability to work in all environmental conditions in the field, during different seasons. Comfortable working in, around, and on water. Ability to lift 25-lbs. Willing to work flexible schedule based on field season and/or task as needed related to mussel propagation and lake sturgeon tasks.
Skills and Abilities Required
Use scientific rules and methods to solve problems; reading and writing skills to understand written details in work related documents and effectively convey information to others; and critical thinking to use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
The candidate must demonstrate experience in computer software programs such as but not limited to: Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), and Adobe Systems. ArcGIS and map creation preferred, but not required.
Applicants must submit letter of interest, resume, supporting documents (certificates, degrees, licenses) and proof of native preference eligibility (Tribal Identification Card or Status Card or letter) by email to [email protected] or by mail to Human Resources, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, 71 Margaret Terrance Memorial Way, Akwesasne, NY 13655. Due to our network security, we are unable to open hyperlinks. Applicants will need to attach their documents as PDF or WORD files if emailing. Applicants must clearly outline that they meet the qualification requirements on their resume.
NATIVE PREFERENCE POLICY
The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe strives to be an equal opportunity employer dedicated to the policy of nondiscrimination based on race, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, physical disability, veteran status or any other non-job related factor. Among qualified applicants, the SRMT will give preference to the qualified native applicant.
DRUG TESTING POLICY
The successful applicant for employment must submit to and pass a drug test for illegal substances prior to employment being confirmed.
Some positions require candidate(s) to successfully pass a criminal background check prior to beginning employment, used solely for employment related purposes.
A list of qualified candidates is created from interviews that may be used to appoint individuals to similar positions within the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe for a period of six months.
Testing in the applicable skills may be required as part of the interview process.
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