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Dept. of Fish & Game seeks a Field Technician/Office Assistant

by Savannah Dix on May 22, 2013

The Fisheries Habitat Technician works in the office, the lab and the field and will have three main responsibilities. The first is to assist with environmental review, including logging and filing paperwork, data entry and analysis, document management, phone calls, literature reviews, basic editing and letter writing. The second responsibility is to assist with eelgrass (Zostera marina) restoration and monitoring projects, including field work, data entry, ordering and maintaining equipment and other associated tasks. Finally, the Fisheries Habitat Technician will participate in several DMF research and outreach projects that require work in the office and the field, including projects related to seagrass monitoring and restoration, and other fisheries habitat related studies, workshops and school outreach events.

Job Location: Division of Marine Fisheries, Gloucester Office – Annisquam River Marine Fisheries Field Station 30 Emerson Ave. Gloucester, MA 01930

The Fisheries Habitat Technician assists the Technical Review Coordinator and Seagrass Biologist by:

Managing incoming mail
Logging and tracking project information on excel spreadsheets,
Maintaining and updating an EndNote database,
Making telephone calls to towns and agencies to gather project information,
Performing literature surveys of scientific journals, newspapers, magazines, and trade publications,
Assisting with the writing and editing of technical and non-technical letters, memoranda, and reports,
Organizing and maintaining field and laboratory equipment,
Recording, managing and archiving data,
Processing samples in the lab, including seagrass, sediment, water chemistry, etc.
Operating motor vehicles, small craft and trailers used for field work,
Providing topside support for SCUBA divers
Assisting other MADMF projects when time permits.

Minimum Entrance Requirements:

Applicants must have at least (A) two years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional or technical experience in fisheries management work, fish hatchery work or fish culture work, or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.


I. A Bachelor’s or higher degree with a major in fisheries or wildlife management, marine science or fisheries, marine or wildlife biology may be substituted for the required experience.*

*Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.

Special Requirements: Possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Operator’s License.


Administrative experience and/ or demonstrated organizational skills.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite products including Word, Excel and PowerPoint and knowledge of ArcGIS
Demonstrated writing skills
Experience trailering and operating small motorized vessels in coastal waters.
Good physical condition, ability to regularly lift 70lbs, and ability to work long hours in strenuous situations. Job may require some work on weekends and some longer/earlier/later than normal work days.
Experience assisting with boat-based SCUBA diver operations
Knowledge of computer software applications including: Microsoft Office Suite
Experience compiling data in tabular and graphical form.

Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge of Massachusetts environmental regulations and review process
Eelgrass biology, ecology and restoration
SCUBA certification
Diver First Aid and AED Certification

This is a full time position. Compensation: $37,716.90 to $49,849.80 Annually

To Apply

Interested persons should respond in writing, accompanied by a resume, cover letter, and a Commonwealth of Massachusetts Application for Employment, no later than 5:00 p.m. on 5/31/12 to:

Johanna Zabriskie, Director of Human Resources
Department of Fish and Game
251 Causeway Street, Suite 400
Boston, MA 02114

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