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Hourly APAIS Fisheries Field Technicians

 

Location: Nacote Creek Research Lab, Port Republic, Atlantic County

Field Work: As assigned throughout New Jersey

Compensation: $14.00 per hour

Closing Date: When Filled

Duties: As an Hourly Technician, Bureau of Marine Fisheries - APAIS Fisheries Field Technician, the incumbent will conduct the field portion of the Access-Point Angler Intercept Survey. This important research study, sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) conducts face-to-face interviews with marine recreational anglers. Field staff will travel to assigned sites to interview anglers about their fishing experiences, collect a variety of information, and (when possible) weigh, measure, and identify fish by species name that the anglers have caught.

Assigned sites can include beaches, banks, piers, docks, jetties, and access points for private, charter, and head boats, including marinas, boat ramps and other points of entry to marine waters. Field staff are responsible for filling out field intercepts, via tablet with anglers at these sites. The responsibilities of the incumbent will include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Successfully complete training, including survey procedures and fish identification tests;
  • Follow documented APAIS survey procedures;
  • Travel to assigned fishing access sites to interview anglers about their fishing experiences;
  • Occasionally work on head boats (for-hire vessels) for at-sea data collection;
  • Identify key species of fish with extreme accuracy and with little aide of field materials (up to 25 or more different species; guides and training will be provided);
  • Complete surveys and submit daily;
  • Serve as a primary point of contact for the recreational anglers;
  • Answer questions and explain the importance of this federally-funded study;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Location and Hours: This position requires individuals who will be able to work a minimum of three (3) 6-hour shifts a week. The APAIS runs from March 1 through December 31, each year. Staff must have flexible availability and be able to work a variety of the following shift times: 2am-8am; 8am-2pm; 11am-5pm; 2pm-8pm; 8pm-2am. This position will require regular weekend work, and qualified candidates must be willing and able to work at least 12 hours (2 six hour work days) each weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday). This position is located primarily at fishing access sites across the state, with occasional office days at the NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife's Marine Fisheries Administration Nacote Creek Research Station in Port Republic, NJ. Work is performed primarily in an outdoor setting (regardless of inclement weather).

This is an Hourly Fisheries Technician position, part-time temporary employment. Hourlies are permitted to work a maximum of 900 hours a year. This position supports data collection from month to month. Payment is based on hours worked. Health benefits are not included.

Qualifications: Applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a valid driver's license and access to a personal vehicle; be willing to travel reasonable distances to reach assigned sites; be available on weekends and weekdays, with additional availability during some evenings and nights. Individuals should be comfortable approaching and speaking with anglers; handling, measuring and weighing fish; and working outside for extended periods of time in variable weather conditions. Proven communication and interpersonal skills and an ability to work independently, organize work and solve problems following prescribed procedures should all be demonstrated. Knowledge of fish species with experience in the area of recreational angling and familiarity of marine waterways in NJ is preferred.

Training: APAIS Field Technicians will be required to attend an in-person (or virtual as necessary) paid training. Trainees must successfully complete training to continue employment on the project including passing a fish species identification test and a survey procedures test with no less than 90% accuracy.

Application Process: Submit a letter of interest and resume (including 3 references) to:

Amber Francis
Marine Fisheries Administration
Nacote Creek Research Station
PO Box 418
Port Republic, NJ 08241
or
Amber.Francis@dep.nj.gov
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Last Updated: April 21, 2021