Klamath River Restoration Technician

Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission

Red Bluff, CA, US

Position/Project Specifics:

Seeking a fisheries restoration technician to collect a habitat and fish distribution data, identify restoration opportunities and assist with data QAQC. The primary objectives of the project are to identify unscreened diversions and cold-water refugia, inventory current tributary habitat conditions, and develop a prioritized list of restoration projects throughout the reservoir reach of the Klamath River (Iron Gate Dam to Link River Dam). The work is anticipated to begin in May 2021 and provide approximately 6 months of full-time fieldwork.

Duties Include:

  • Conduct fish presence, temperature, and habitat surveys to identify specific restoration projects targeted at improving the recolonization success of returning salmonids, including Coho Salmon, Chinook Salmon, and steelhead trout. (50%)
  • Install and download continuous temperature thermistors to identify cold water refugia along the mainstem Klamath River. (20%)
  • Conduct field evaluations of water diversions on the mainstem Klamath River and tributaries to identify unscreened diversions. (15%)
  • Assist with quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) procedures and summarize temperature and habitat data for reports. (10%)
  • Participate and present findings to partner agencies during monthly and end-of-season meetings. (5%)

Candidate must have:

  • Ability to work from home and to travel away from home for up to 8 days at a time.
  • Excellent communication and organization skills.
  • Experience with fish distribution and habitat inventory protocols.
  • Experience conducting physical and biological watershed, stream, and fish habitat assessments.
  • Reliable all-wheel or 4-wheel drive transportation with a clean driving record.

Essential Functions:  

  • Participate in survey crews that conduct regional fishery presence/absence research, recreational/commercial fishing surveys, anadromous fish escapement surveys (carcass, redd, trap/weir, snorkel, etc.), or tag detection and mark recovery surveys. Make standardized observations such as species identification, length, weight, behavior, growth, survival, reproductive condition, and/or signs of parasites, diseases or pathogens, fin clips or tags.
  • Collect and organize biological and habitat samples and collections (such as scales, otoliths, ageing structures, other tissues, water quality, etc.).
  • Support watershed and stream assessments by working as part of a field team that performs habitat surveys. Includes road inventories, stream habitat inventories, channel typing, habitat typing, woody debris and riparian inventories.
  • Summarize and input biological or habitat data on field forms, electronic data loggers, and/or desktop computers. May assist with preliminary data summaries and analyses, technical report writing, or database management.
  • Research the land ownership of survey sites and assist in processes for gaining access approval, which may include direct landowner contact.

Knowledge Required by the Position:

  • Knowledge of fishery biology (including knowledge of particular species of fish)
  • Knowledge of aquatic habitats
  • Knowledge of the scientific method
  • Knowledge of Windows-based computer applications (word processing, spreadsheets, e-mail)

At the lower end of the range, employees use knowledge of basic arithmetic, reading, writing, and data collection to perform routine or repetitive tasks. 

At the upper end of the position range, employees use knowledge of the basic principles and protocols of fish biology to make readings, measurements, and observations; execute tests; collect samples, etc.   If complex equipment systems are operated, the employee has the knowledge to perform calibrations or adjustments to achieve desired results. 


Additional Mandatory Skills:  

  • snorkeling                                           
  • able to swim                           
  • lift 40 – 50 lbs.
  • valid driver’s license
  • hiking                                                 
  • camping                                 
  • CPR/First Aid                                    
  • survival training                     
  • operate GPS
  • habitat typing                                     
  • fish species ID skills               
  • oral communication skills                  
  • written communication skills

Additional Desirable Skills:

  • Experience kayaking and navigating around large, whitewater rivers
  • Knowledge of Windows-based computer applications such as:
    • geographic/topographic software
    • presentation software
    • database software
    • bibliographic software
    • statistical analysis packages
  • Knowledge of technical writing protocols
  • Knowledge of advanced statistical analysis and mathematics

Physical Demands:

Demands generally range from sedentary to moderate –where there is walking, climbing stairs and ladders, reaching, lifting, bending, or extended periods of standing. Some Seasonal Techs in this range have rigorous physical demands where they must be able to handle buckets of water or gear weighing from 40 – 50 pounds, engage in long daily periods of hiking, camp out for extended periods, or maintain footing in fast-moving water.

Work Environment:

Some work is performed in an office setting with adequate lighting, heating, and ventilation. Some work may be performed in a laboratory setting which exposes the biologist to odors, chemicals, fish blood, and molds. The employee must use safety precautions including MSDS, gloves, hood, and eye protection. Some employees may work on narrow, elevated walkways and platforms that are over or adjacent to water. Fieldwork involves exposure to all types of weather, slippery rocks or docks, trails, irregular terrain, insects, poison oak, rough or fast-moving water, or cold water temperatures.

Minimum Qualification Requirements:

A range of experience and education may be presented.  At the lower end of the range, candidates must present six months of General Experience* OR one year of education above the high school level that included at least six semester hours in any combination of scientific or technical courses.  An equivalent combination of experience and education is also qualifying.

At the upper end of the range, candidates must present one year of Specialized Experience** OR a 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor’s degree with a major or at least 24 semester hours of coursework in any combination of scientific or technical courses.  An equivalent combination of experience and education is also qualifying.

*General Experience is (1) any type of work that demonstrates the applicant’s ability to perform the work of the position or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with biological sciences or the processes of the biological sciences.

**Specialized Experience is experience that equips the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and is typically in or related to the work of the position being filled.

75% – 100%

Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission



Red Bluff, CA

96080 USA