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Fishery Biologist III PCN 11-1258

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Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) State of Alaska

Anchorage, AK

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Overall Job Objective Job Description ATTENTION ALASKA RESIDENTS!**This individual position is EXEMPT from the hiring restriction. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.**The Department of Fish and Game, Division of Commercial Fisheries is seeking a full-time, permanent Fishery Biologist III located in Homer, Alaska on stunning Kachemak Bay. This exciting position is responsible for all groundfish and shellfish research activities in Prince William Sound, Lower Cook Inlet and north Gulf of Alaska.  This is an excellent career opportunity leading a team of professional staff to answer groundfish and shellfish research questions that guide management decisions in southcentral Alaska.  The position supervises research on multiple fisheries projects including: Tanner crab trawl surveys, spot shrimp and weathervane scallop stock assessments, habitat mapping, as well as lingcod, Pacific halibut, Pacific cod, and rockfish stock assessments based on management needs and funding availability. Assessment projects use a variety of gear including mid-water and bottom trawls, pot gear, longlines, dive gear, telemetry, hydroacoustics, a remotely operated vehicle, and other existing and newly developing technologies and methods. These projects are operated at sea for multiple days at a time on the department research vessels Solstice and Pandalus. The successful candidate will supervise one Fisheries Biologist II, one GIS Analyst, and one Program Technician. Additional responsibilities include, planning, budgeting, developing, implementing, supervising, and conducting field studies. The diverse nature of this position makes it a great opportunity to work on a fascinating variety of different species and live in a spectacular location. Key responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:Estimate abundance and biomass of commercially important groundfish and shellfishWork closely with area management staff and biometricians to develop harvest strategies, conservation strategies, and harvest limits;Develop and apply standardized survey methods throughout the region;Ensure all data is properly collected, analyzed, distributed, and archived;Serve as regional dive safety officer;Participate in salmon and herring research activities as needed;Represent the State of Alaska on North Pacific Fishery Management Councils' Gulf of Alaska groundfish/shellfish Plan Teams The ideal candidate will possess some or all of the following desired strengths (All of these traits must be documented in your cover letter and applicant profile. If you do not have experience with one or more of the traits listed below, simply say so): Experience designing and operating in offshore marine stock assessment projects.Experience assessing shellfish and groundfish populations using a variety of methodologies such as hyrdoacoustics, trawls, purse seines, pots, dredges, etc.Data organization and management skillsQuantitative skills including statistical analyses and population modelingExperience collecting and analyzing biological information from groundfish and shellfish (scales, genetic tissues, length, weight, sex, etc.)Ability to communicate with various publics concerning fisheries related issues through written and oral meansAbility designing, implementing, and managing stock assessment projectsAbility preparing operational plans and annual reportsExperience supervising fisheries staff on offshore vesselsExperience with grant writing and administering external funding. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTSThis position requires the incumbent to obtain/maintain a valid Alaska driver's licenseAble to carry and operate a firearm for safety reasons.The position may also be SCUBA certified.The incumbent will be required to spend extended time (up to 14 consecutive days) on research vessels several times a year during a variety weather conditions to assist with stock assessments and research projects.Duties of this position will require the incumbent to work irregular hours and up to 14 days per while on a research vessel.   Minimum Qualifications A bachelor's degree from an accredited college in biology, a branch of biology, limnology, biometrics, oceanography, forestry, or natural resource management;ANDOne year of full performance professional level biologist experience. The required professional biologist work experience is met by service as a Fishery Biologist II, Wildlife Biologist II, Habitat Biologist II, or Fisheries Geneticist I with the State of Alaska or the equivalent with another employer.Substitution:A bachelor's degree from an accredited college that includes or is supplemented by the following credit hours will substitute for the degree in a specific field:• at least 24 semester hours (36 quarter hours) in biology, a branch of biology, limnology, biometrics, oceanography, forestry, or natural resource management (excluding courses that focus on agricultural husbandry techniques, human population dynamics, or the design and manipulation of landscapes), of which 16 semester hours (24 quarter hours) are upper division courses; and• at least 12 semester hours (16 quarter hours) in any combination of two or more of the following: chemistry, physics, mathematics, statistics, geology, hydrology, or GIS.Special Note:Upper division courses means courses that are specialized, in-depth and advanced. Such courses emphasize problem-solving, analytical thinking skills, and theoretical applications, with depth and rigor in a discipline's theories and methods; specialization in a particular field or profession; refinement of general education; and/or development of specific intellectual and professional skills. Upper division courses are commonly identified in college catalogs as 300 level and higher.Some positions may require training in specialized areas such as hydroacoustics, microscopic analysis, underwater research, or fish habitat restoration or enhancement. Additional Required Information COVER LETTERA cover letter is required for this position.  The cover letter should highlight your knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience as they pertain to the key responsibilities and desired strengths listed in the job description. Please attach the cover letter to your application before submitting it online or, if unable to attach to your application, fax it to the contact number provided in the job posting.  Your cover letter will be used to help determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process. Your cover letter will be used as a writing sample. MULTIPLE VACANCIES This recruitment may be used for more than one (1) vacancy. The applicant pool acquired during this recruitment may be used for future vacancies for up to ninety (90) days after this recruitment closes. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply to each recruitment notice to ensure consideration for all vacancies. EDUCATION If post-secondary education is required to meet the minimum qualifications, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of units completed. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials if used to meet the minimum qualifications for a position.  Transcripts can be attached at the time of application or within 48 hours of the close of this recruitment to the contact person listed below. WORK EXPERIENCEIf using work experience not already documented in your application, also provide the employer name, your job title, dates of employment, and whether full-or part-time. Applications will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and minimum qualifications are clearly met. If they are not, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment. NOTICEQuestions regarding the application process can be directed to the Workplace Alaska hotline at 800-587-0430 (toll free) or (907) 465- 4095. If you choose to be contacted by email, please ensure your email address is correct on your application and that the spam filter will permit email from the '' domains.  For information on allowing emails from the '' domains, visit the Lost Password Help page located at EEO STATEMENTThe State of Alaska complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Individuals with disabilities, who require accommodation, auxiliary aides or services, or alternative communication formats, please call 1-800-587-0430 or 465-4095 in Juneau or (907) 465-3412 (TTY) or correspond with the Division of Personnel & Labor Relations at: P.O. Box 110201, Juneau, AK 99811-0201. The State of Alaska is an equal opportunity employer. FIREARMSThis position requires the use or possession of a firearm or ammunition. In accordance with the federal Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997 (PL 104-208), if you have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, you may not hold this position. A misdemeanor crime of domestic violence is an offense that is (1) a misdemeanor under Federal or state law; and (2) has, as an element, the use or attempted use of physical force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon, committed by a current or former spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabiting with or has cohabited with the victim as a spouse, parent, or guardian, or by a person similarly situated to a spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim. If you have ever been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, do not apply for this position. If you have ever been convicted of a felony, you may not hold this position. THIS RECRUITMENT IS FOR ALASKA RESIDENTS ONLYThis recruitment is open to Alaska Residents only.  Applicants must meet Alaska Residency Requirements in order to be considered for employment at this time.  Applicants who are advanced to the interview phase of this recruitment need to provide the following at the time of interview:Copies of two (2) most recent performance evaluations/appraisals at the time of the interview.  Written professional references (including one(1) from the most current supervisor) can be substituted if the two (2) most recent performance evaluations/appraisals are not available.  Contact Information WORKPLACE ALASKA APPLICATION QUESTIONS & ASSISTANCEQuestions regarding application submission or system operation errors should be directed to the Workplace Alaska hotline at 1-800-587-0430 (toll free) or (907) 465-4095 if you are located in the Juneau area. Requests for information may also be emailed to applicant password assistance please visit: For specific information in reference to the position please contact the hiring manager:Name: Jack EricksonPhone #: 907-267-2376Fax #*: 907-267-2442Email:

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