Jr. Specialist - UC Davis Biotelemetry Lab

Aug 01, 2016 Brenda Chriss
Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology, UC Davis
Application period Aug 01, 2016 02:10 PM to
Aug 10, 2016 11:55 PM
Where Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology
Contact Name

We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to assist in maintaining the UC Davis Core Array, a multi-agency fish-tracking array of acoustic receivers in the Sacramento/San Joaquin watershed. The successful candidate will join the Biotelemetry Laboratory within the Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology at the University of California, Davis.  The goal of the laboratory is to utilize tracking technologies to understand fundamental physiological, behavioral, and ecological processes.  We have tracked species ranging from minnows to white sharks with ultrasonic, radio, archival, and satellite tags.  Our studies aim to elucidate the link between an animal’s behavior and its social and physical environment.

Successful candidates will participate in research related to biotelemetry, specifically acoustic telemetry that will permit the continuation of studies that provide a greater understanding of fish migration and survival for both endangered and at risk species. The Core Array is a critical element of multiple ongoing long-term monitoring studies of fish movements throughout the Sacramento/San Joaquin watershed. This position will also conduct research on and help to monitor survival and movement behavior of the spring-run Chinook salmon reintroduction in the San Joaquin River.

General responsibilities include periodically maintaining acoustic telemetry equipment deployed throughout the Sacramento and San Joaquin River, California Delta and San Francisco Bay Estuary, assist during acoustic transmitter implantation, and assist in preparation and summary of these data for multiple databases. A successful applicant will communicate with multiple agencies, write reports, and contribute in the summary of fish detection data that has been collected. The position will review journal articles and engage in discussions on research and the interpretation of research results. Candidate will participate and contribute to semi-annual project meetings that include multiple agencies and contributors. Candidate will be expected to attend or participate in appropriate professional societies, such as the American-Fisheries Society Conference or Bay-Delta Science Conference, and other educational and research organizations. This is a one-year term position with possibility of renewal contingent on funding and performance.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum Bachelor degree in fisheries or wildlife biology, ecology, natural resources or a related field.
  • Some knowledge/experience with the application of telemetric technologies in fisheries science.
  • Experience handling boats in rivers/streams, lakes, or ocean and trailering boats.
  • The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal, communication, and decision-making skills.
  • Experience in Word, Excel, PowerPoint or other appropriate computer programs to organize, summarize and analyze data.
  • Skill in using scientific terminology effectively when speaking and writing.
  • Ability to think critically and to troubleshoot problems.
  • Good oral and written skills to communicate data summary to staff and colleagues.
  • Able to provide assistance in preparation of reports, manuscripts, and presentations.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge/Experience with JSAT and Vemco 69 kHz and 180 kHz tags and receivers.
  • Has a working knowledge of the Sacramento-San Joaquin watershed.
  • Field studies/work experience.
  • Knowledge of GIS software, GPS equipment, and with R or other statistical software packages is desired but not necessary.

SALARY RANGE:  Step I - $37,548 (100% annual + benefits)

POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE: For full consideration, apply by August 10, 2016. Applications received after this date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT:  100% for 12 months August 2016 – July 2017 with possibility of renewal contingent on funding and performance.

TO APPLY: To apply, please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF01113. Applicants should submit cover letter indicating how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications, your most recent CV and contact information for 2-3 recent references. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

QUESTIONS: Please direct questions to Denise Petkus via email to [email protected]           

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:   http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

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Aug 01, 2016 02:10 PM to
Aug 10, 2016 11:55 PM


Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology

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