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State of Massachusetts eDNA Field Tech (Contracted Seasonal) in New Bedford, Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Department of Fish & Game works to preserve the state's natural resources and people's right to conservation of those resources, as protected by Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution. To carry out this mission, the Department exercises responsibility over the Commonwealth's marine and freshwater fisheries, wildlife species, plants, and natural communities, as well as the habitats that support them. The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries serves Massachusetts’ citizens by protecting, restoring, and enhancing fishery resources and their habitats, while providing sustainable fisheries related recreational and commercial opportunities. A cover letter and resume must be submitted as part of the application process and attached “as relevant” to the requisition. The Department of Fish and Game, Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) Habitat Program is seeking a qualified field technician to assist with field and laboratory work associated with a winter flounder fyke net survey and environmental DNA (eDNA) water sampling program. The position will work in collaboration with staff from with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries’ Habitat Program. Preferred qualifications include prior experience trailering and operating small motorized vessels, finfish handling, and laboratory experience. Other duties include assisting with logging environmental review data and assisting with other field, laboratory or office work for the Habitat Program and other MA DMF Programs as needed. DUTIES: 1. Assists biologists in the field on research vessels and small craft with water sampling for eDNA and other field research and monitoring projects. 2. Assists with maintenance and preparation of field and laboratory equipment. 3. Organizes, filters and archives water samples for eDNA analysis. 4. Enters data into Access and Excel databases. 5. Files and organizes digital data including photos and videos. 6. Performs literature reviews. 7. Drafts, reviews and edits technical documents as needed. 8. Assists other projects with conducting research as needed and when time permits. 9. Demonstrates professionalism in words and actions and performs other duties as assigned. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Bachelors’ degree in an environmental science field (biology, geology, marine science, etc) 2. Experience compiling data in tabular and graphical form. 3. Computer proficiency including a working knowledge of MS Word, Excel, Access, Google Earth and ArcGIS. 4. Experience with operating and maintaining small motorized vessels in coastal waters under various weather conditions, including boat trailering. 5. Good physical condition, ability to regularly lift 50lbs, and ability to work long hours in strenuous situations. Job will require some work on weekends and some longer/earlier/later than normal workdays. 6. Ability to multi-task and prioritize. 7. Ability to follow-through and complete tasks. 8. Ability to follow guidelines and procedures. 9. Ability to work both independently and in a team environment. PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORKING CONDITIONS: This position requires a basic level of physical fitness. The technician will need to be able to work outdoors in the winter months, on the water in a small boat, and be able to lift up to 50 pounds. This is a seasonal contract position that ends on June 30, 2024. The position is located in New Bedford. Payrate is between $19 - $22/hour. * See Preferred Qualifications. There are no benefits with this position, except earned sick leave. *An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. The Commonwealth is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. Research suggests that qualified women, Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC) may self-select out of opportunities if they don't meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage individuals who believe they have the skills necessary to thrive to apply for this role. *Job: Science *Organization: Department of Fish And Game *Title: *eDNA Field Tech (Contracted Seasonal) Location: Massachusetts-New Bedford - 836 South Rodney Requisition ID: 23000DGN