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Fisheries Specialist - NR Spec Fisheries

Detroit Lakes MI

Job ID:  34751

Closing Date: 11/18/2019


Job Summary

The Natural Resource Fisheries Specialist will perform professional level work in managing fisheries resources in the Detroit Lakes Fisheries management area. Responsibilities will include completion of resource inventories, information compilation and documentation of survey findings; development and administration of unique management planning evaluations designed to address information deficiencies or gain outcome-based measures of management programming; and development of lake and stream-specific management plans detailing or prescribing direct and indirect management strategies such as fish stocking, habitat enhancements, harvest regulations, and removal of barriers to fish movements necessary to sustain robust fisheries and quality fishing experiences.

NR Specialist Fisheries positions perform professional fisheries management work; implement a variety of professional and technical field management projects and activities; may function as project specialists on efforts devoted to fisheries management operations on a single major lake or river; or function as a technical specialist within a region.


Job responsibilities include design, implementation and supervision of projects as well as:

Assist with planning, implementation, and reporting of lake and stream investigations so scientific data is available for management purposes, to detect significant changes in the aquatic environment, and to evaluate management issues.

Assist with planning and coordinating angler creel and recreational use surveys, compile and analyze results, and present data in written reports so that management decisions can be based on sound angler use and fish harvest data.

Assist with fish propagation and distribution programs so that individual lake stocking objectives are met and healthy sport fisheries are maintained in public waters.

Protect and improve fish and aquatic habitat in public waters so that aquatic resources are maintained or improved.

Assist with special fish management projects so that angling opportunities are improved.

Maintain and promote public relations so that various clienteles are informed of fisheries management programs and educated in aquatic resources issues.

Assist with the maintenance of equipment and facilities, ensure that proper record keeping procedures are followed, and perform project and personal administrative duties so that work can be accomplished with maximum efficiency.

To be safe and accountable for safe performance of all tasks by following established safety procedures and training so injuries and equipment damage are reduced or minimized.


Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's Degree in biology, fisheries, fish and wildlife, or closely associated area required. See the "How to Apply" section below for coursework requirements.

Ability to maintain and safely operate equipment, such as boats, motors, trailers, etc.

A thorough knowledge of fish sampling equipment, techniques, and principles of Fisheries Management and Ecology.

Writing skills sufficient to draft professional lake management plans, technical reports, letters, correspondence, etc.

Oral communication skills sufficient to inform the public and provide general information on fishing seasons and regulations.

Ability to work outdoors in adverse weather and environmental conditions on a frequent basis.

Computer literacy, including knowledge of databases, spreadsheets, and word processing.


Preferred Qualifications:

One year directed field fisheries experience conducting resource surveys using standard sampling gear and methodology (gill nets, trap nets, electrofishing etc.) or fish habitat assessments.

Communications, public relations and presentation skills sufficient to effectively present fisheries information including experience giving oral presentations to diverse groups of stakeholders, peers and youth groups.

Knowledge and technical experience with fish culture, handling, transport, and stocking to sustain recreational fisheries. Walleye and Muskellunge spawning, hatchery and pond production experience is highly desirable.

Experience conducting stream surveys, documenting habitat attributes, and identifying habitat enhancement opportunities.

Knowledge and experience in remote sensing applications, GPS equipment, and GIS applications.

Technical experience in fish management and/or fish propagation.

Experience in developing and managing large databases, statistical analyses, data compilation and summarization, and report development.

Lead work experience.

Successful participation of the State of Minnesota Star of the North Fellowship program.


Physical Requirements

Requires occasionally lifting articles of 50-pounds maximum and frequently lifting and/or carrying objects such as heavy tools and file boxes. This job may require walking or standing to a significant degree on rough terrain or may involve sitting most of the time.


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Posted November 6, 2019

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