Fisheries Technician (Klamath Project)

Job Locations US-CA-Yreka | US-OR-Ashland | US-CA-Sacramento | US-CA-San Francisco | US-CA-San Francisco Bay Area, CA
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RES is currently accepting applications for the position of Fisheries Technician, based out of the Yreka, CA or Ashland, OR area.


The mission: be part of an epic project!


RES is leading a massive restoration effort integral to the largest dam removal and river renewal project in US history – a task vital to the future of several imperiled salmon populations on the West Coast. The Klamath River and its tributaries were once home to the third-largest salmon population in the West, but those numbers have crashed to an alarming level.  A major ecological restoration project will follow the removal of four aging dams that have cut off access to more than 400 stream miles of historical salmon and steelhead habitat. The world is watching, with major media outlets like the BBC and National Geographic already covering this critical project.


If you want to be part of this truly historic effort, we want to meet you.

What your day-to-day might look like?

This position will report daily to the Klamath Field Office or Lower Klamath Project site. 80% of your time, you will be in the field, supporting the team of Senior Biologists and Ecologists.


The work is done in outdoor environments, including prolonged walking, or standing on various terrain in a wide range of weather conditions. Some of the work is performed from powered and non-powered boats in lake and river environments so experience in operating them is needed. While not common, the availability to work extended field rotations (sometimes 10-12 days at a time) may be necessary. Additionally, experience with backpack electrofishing units is a huge plus. The ability to effectively work together in interdisciplinary teams will be critical.


In the field, you will perform the following activities:

  • collect biological samples (e.g., scales, fin clips, otoliths, etc.);
  • evaluate habitat conditions in a dynamic river restoration environment, using GIS-based units, and remote sensing data – experience with GIS and GPS technology will support your application.
  • participate in fish capture and relocation, spawning surveys, juvenile occupancy surveys, fish passage evaluations, and habitat assessments.
  • perform biological monitoring for in-water construction activities – experience in biological monitoring is an additional plus.
  • install and offload data from water temperature loggers.


You will also work in the office setting, processing the data from your fieldwork (i.e, uploading the data from water quality tasks, analyzing the data under the guidance of senior fisheries staff) and completing monitoring reports.



We would like to talk to you if you have many of the following:

  • Bachelor's degree in ecology, biology, limnology, or another aquatic-related discipline.
  • Minimum of 1 year of relevant work experience in fisheries, aquatic ecology, and/or river restoration.
  • Technical experience with a combination of the following: fish stranding and rescue, fish translocation, barrier assessment, PIT tagging, fish population sampling techniques, stream channel assessment, aquatic habitat assessment, and/or water quality monitoring.
  • Experience with identifying anadromous and resident fishes and their habitats common to Northern California and Southern Oregon.


What will make you stand out:

  • Advanced degree in a related discipline.
  • Experience working on fisheries or aquatic projects in the Klamath River Watershed.
  • Experience working under and implementing biological measures associated with CEQA/NEPA/ESA/FERC regulatory documents.

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RES is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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