I worked seasonally as a Fish and Wildlife Technician for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for four summers. For the first three summers I worked on a salmon weir where my primary duty was to count salmon swimming upstream so the biologist can accurately manage the fishery based of the salmon escapement. My duties would include supervising interns that would assist in the operation, routine maintenance on the weir, installing the weir, removing the weir at the end of the season, taking scale samples of the fish, interacting with public and answering question they might have about the weir or fishing regulations.
In my final year with Fish and Game, I was a member of a genetic research project involving Chinook Salmon that were caught by commercial fishermen. My duties were primarily collecting scale and genetic samples along with determining the gender and length of the fish. In addition, interacting with fishermen and coordinating sampling schedules with seafood plant managers were an important part of my job. I would also organize the data, compose the information in spread sheets, and send the information to my supervisors. In addition, I was responsible for coordinating the shipments of genetic samples with cargo airlines and communicating with other members of the project regarding the shipments that were critical to the success of the project. Lastly, I worked in a remote part of Alaska and my supervisors were about an 2 hour flight in a small bush plane away. All of my work was unsupervised and involved great amounts of discretion on my behalf however, I was in contact with at least one of my supervisors on a daily basis.
Good Communication Skills
Solid Leadership Skills
Strong Organizational Skills
Proficient Computer Skills Including Microsoft Office
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