FISHERIES TECHNICIAN

POSITION: FISHERIES TECHNICIAN
HOURS OF WORK: 35 HOURS/WEEK, MONDAY – FRIDAY
TERM: FULL-TIME, PERMANENT

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Fisheries Technician assists the fisheries program in all aspects of domestic fisheries management, fish, and fish habitat restoration and enhancement as well, works to increase community participation in fisheries related activities. The Fisheries Technician ensures Tsawout Fisheries activities are managed in a responsible and sustainable environment.

KEY DELIVERABLES:

  • Works collaboratively with other Fisheries and DFO staff to implement catch monitoring activities that are appropriate to meet the management requirements of the species or species groups;
  • Assists the Fisheries staff in fish habitat restoration and salmon rebuilding activities in Tsawout territories;
  • Supports the Fisheries Manager to implement assessment activities necessary to support domestic fishing activities for Tsawout members and to properly evaluate Tsawout restoration and salmon rebuilding activities, and assists with drafting reports;
  • Attends First Nation, Governance, and Stakeholder meetings as required by the Manager;
  • Works with Fisheries staff during scheduled activities such as conducting fish population surveys, fish spawning, trapping and transfer of fish, fish stocking, sampling fish utilizing netting and electrofishing equipment, analyzing age and growth, data entry;
  • Performs monitoring and analysis of fish populations and ecosystems that affect the TFN fisheries;
  • Provides technical support for programs involving all fishing activities including long line, gillnetting, and trawling;
  • Conducts seasonal surveys including streams, salmon, crab, rockfish and paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) surveys;
  • Processes fish samples for biological data as required;
  • Operates and maintains various types of fishing gear, boats, motors, aquatic equipment, and navigation aids and software such as Tide and Current Tables, GIS, GPS, sonar, radar and navigation software and ensures that all TFN Fisheries vessels are equipped with functioning safety equipment;
  • Spends a significant amount time working in the field under strenuous conditions during all weather conditions;
  • Ensures department equipment is properly used and maintained as per the maintenance and repairs schedule and WorkSafe BC standards;
  • Works from and operates boats and outboard motors;
  • Maintains daily activities, catch report and vessel activity log books;
  • Ensures boat crews are aware of and drilled in safety evacuation procedures and with all the safety equipment on all TFN Fisheries vessels.

KEY QUALIFICATIONS AND ATTRIBUTES:

  • Grade 12 graduation (Dogwood or BC Adult Graduation Diploma) preferred;
  • Experience working with a First Nation organization; and
  • 5 years of current experience in the fishing or fisheries industry; or
  • An equivalent combination of related education, training and experience;
  • Degree or diploma in a discipline such as Aquaculture, Fisheries Resource Management, or
  • Fish, Wildlife and Recreation an asset;
  • Must possess the following certificates: Small Vessel Operator Proficiency; Restricted Ratio
  • Telephone Operator; Medical Emergency, and Marine First Aid certificates;
  • Experience maintaining records, filing systems and correspondence tracking an asset;
  • Experience in keyboarding, word processing, excel spreadsheets and other standard computer applications an asset;
  • Valid Class 5 driver’s licence and reliable vehicle plus a clean driver’s abstract is required and appropriate insurance;
  • Clean criminal record check required.
  • Thorough knowledge of Canadian Coast Guard (CCG)/Transport Canada (TC) and WorkSafeBC regulations as they relate to on water safety and boat handling on the West Coast;
  • Working knowledge of fisheries assessment and management techniques and principles;
  • Working knowledge of fish identification, diversity and the various fisheries of Tsawout First
  • Nation fishing territory and surrounding water tributaries;
  • Flexibility in scheduling which includes late nights and weekends;

DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 8, 2021 (4:00 pm)

PLEASE SUBMIT COVER LETTER (INCLUDING SALARY EXPECTATIONS), AND RESUME USING ONE OF THE METHODS BELOW:

HOW TO APPLY

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Please direct applications to:

Cathy Webster
Governance/HR Support Manager
Tsawout First Nation
7728 Tetayut Rd. Saanichton, BC
V8M 2C3

Email: cwebster@tsawout.ca
Phone: (250) 652-9101 ext. 304
Fax: (250) 652-9114

Pursuant to Section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code, preference may be given to applicants of Aboriginal Ancestry.

We thank all interested applicants, however, only those short-listed will be contacted for an interview.