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WORKING TITLE: Fisheries Mgt. Specialist DIVISION: Fisheries Management Boat Operator Oyster Replenishment

POSITION NO.: 00074 HIRING RANGE: $32,619 - $39,000

WORK DESCRIPTION: Position assist in the implementation of contracts for shellfish restoration work, performing sampling, monitoring, reporting of shellfish beds and shellfish conditions, stock assessment work, marking areas with buoys, may perform on-site supervision of contractors performance from barges, tugboats, etc. Work is typically carried out in field locations. Will participate in recommendations on regulatory actions and prepare reports and summaries on shellfish conditions. May assist in conducting meetings with citizens, advisory groups, and outreach in developing aquaculture techniques.

DESIRED QUALIFICATION: Knowledge of shellfish industry practices, biology and resources in the state of Virginia, specifically the Eastern Shore; knowledge of the location and characteristics of oyster grounds; ability to work well with the public and members of the seafood industry; knowledge of laws and regulations which govern the oyster industry; ability to navigate vessels ranging from 20 – 50 feet preferable. Ideal candidate must be eligible for a valid Virginia driver’s license, have a high school education or the equivalent, with further studies and experience in the area of marine biology.

WORK LOCATION: Eastern Shore of Virginia

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, February 24, 2017


Marine Resources Commission
2600 Washington Avenue, 3rd Floor
Newport News, VA 23607
Attn: Director, Human Resources
(757) 247-2200

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MRIP (Marine Recreational Information Program)
Seasonal Data Field Technician

Duties and Responsibilities: The incumbent will conduct the field portion of the MRIP. This program requires face-to-face interviews with marine recreational anglers. Field staff will travel to assigned sites to interview anglers about their fishing experiences, collect a variety of information, and weigh, measure, and identify fish by species name that the anglers have caught. Assigned sites can include beaches, banks, piers, docks/jetties, and access points for private charter and head boats, including marinas, boat ramps and other points of entry to marine waters. Field staff is responsible for filling out field intercept forms with anglers at these sites in addition to completing several other required forms.

Qualifications: Must have a valid Virginia driver’s license and access to a personal vehicle; be willing to travel a reasonable distance to reach assigned sites; be available on weekends and weekdays, with additional availability during some evenings and nights. Individuals should be comfortable approaching and speaking with strangers; handling, measuring, and weighing fish; and working outside for extended periods of time in variable weather conditions. Must have legible handwriting and meticulous attention to detail and be able to complete, organize, safely store, and ship paperwork in a timely fashion. Must have proven communication and interpersonal skills, ability to work independently and follow prescribed procedures. Must be computer savvy, have a computer and be able to scan and send data from home.

Knowledge of fish species with experience in the area of recreational angling and familiarity of marine waterways in their local area is preferred.

Location and Hours: The seasonal data technicians are required to work a minimum of three (3) 6 hour shifts a week; must have flexible availability, and be able to work any and all of the following shifts: 2am – 8am; 8am -2pm; 2pm – 8pm; 8pm – 2am; regular weekend work will be required and seasonal staff may be required to work at least 12 hours each weekend.

Those interested may contact Jeff Allen at 757-870-4438; or Linda Hancock at 757-247-8052.

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