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The technician will assist with the collection of biological data through a variety of fisheries survey techniques, including backpack and boat electrofishing, seining, trap netting, gill netting, trawling, and creel surveys. Other tasks may include processing of biological samples (fin rays, scales, otoliths etc.), fish stocking coordination, salmonid pen program oversight, management of angler diary programs, data entry and equipment maintenance and repair. Additional field activities will include identification of aquatic biota, including fish, freshwater mussels, and plants.

The technician will assist/provide fishing education and outreach to the public at fishing clinics, summer camps, outdoor expos, sportsmen’s shows and county fairs. Other outreach tasks to include maintenance of fishing education equipment, development of education props/materials and collection of information for DEC fishing hotlines.

Minimum requirements: 30 semester credit hours, including 12 semester credit hours in fisheries; marine resources or wildlife management; mariculture; marine biology; aquaculture; aquatic, marine or terrestrial ecology; zoology; marine technology; botany; limnology; hydrology; or oceanography.

Preferred: CPR/AED training, boater safety training, GIS and computer skills