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Parker-Ipswich-Essex Rivers Restoration Partnership
Job Opening – MA Recreational Fisheries Survey Technician [Closes 3/3/2017]

Job Opening – MA Recreational Fisheries Survey Technician [Closes 3/3/2017]

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
A.I.S. Inc. is contracted by the State of Massachusetts, Division of Marine Fisheries (MA DMF) to support the collection of recreational fisheries data for the NOAA Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP). A.I.S. will provide MA DMF with fisheries technicians to interact with fishermen and conduct Access Point Angler Intercept Surveys (APAIS) at coastal locations and, or, at sea aboard recreational party boats during fishing trips. Sampling time and locations are randomly selected by NOAA Fisheries protocol and will occur at boat ramps, marinas, beaches, jetties and fishing piers throughout MA. Interviewers obtain actual catch information from anglers such as species caught, and count of fish kept or released. Biological information such as length and weight measurements of whole harvested fish are also obtained. The catch data are used to produce a statewide estimate of the total fish caught, harvested and released for recreationally important marine species. The survey data are used extensively by fishery biologists and managers to assess stock condition, evaluate regulations, and plan future management actions that lead to sustainable recreational fisheries.

DUTIES:
1. Interview anglers using scripted survey questions. Collect biological, demographic, and economic fisheries data at coastal locations throughout MA, or aboard “for hire” party boats at sea.

2. Accurately record and code data on standardized forms. Self audit data prior to submission.

3. Follow strict sampling schedule, specific sampling times and locations, according to scientific protocol.

4. Electronically submit weekly summary reports of activity. Mail data on time, according to deadline.

5. Operate and maintain field equipment and sampling gear.

Compensation: $12.00 – $14.00 per hour commensurate with experience, plus paid mileage.

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