The Ahtna Intertribal Resource Commission (AITRC) was established in 2011 as part of a long-standing desire of Ahtna tribes and organizations to conserve, manage, and develop the fish, fisheries, and plant resources of the Ahtna region according to culturally-relevant values. The core purpose of AITRC is to exercise tribal sovereignty and self-determination to promote traditional resource stewardship on the ancestral lands of the Ahtna people.
The position of AITRC Fisheries Biologist, working under the direct supervision of the Executive Director performs a variety of biological and ecological services to further the AITRC vision of managing the fisheries resources and ecosystems of the Ahtna region. A priority for this position will be to observe and monitor fisheries in their natural habitats.
The Fisheries Biologist will:
- Work to implement research and management projects through:
- Reviewing data and literature, and synthesizing information
- Developing and testing research methodology
- Collecting field data to meet management needs
- Writing detailed notes and reports on the methodologies and offering suggestions for improvement
- Compiling and analyzing research data and presenting it to multiple audiences including scientific groups, the general public, and statewide boards
- Prepare technical reports required by funding organizations, and summarize project results to present to scientific peers, various advisory committees, and members of the public.
- Plan and conduct fisheries research and monitoring projects to collect and evaluate information on fisheries management, including fisheries surveys, population censuses, harvest counts and other studies to identify information gaps and assess how AITRC can assist in filling these gaps with meaningful data or to address a specific problem.
- Develop materials to educate the public on fisheries management actions, impacts on fisheries populations, and planned future actions of AITRC.
- Assist in preparing news releases to announce fishing seasons, closures, and bag limit changes. Attends, when necessary, meetings of the local fish and game advisory committees, federal Regional Advisory Councils, and the Wrangell-St. Elias and Denali Subsistence Resource Commission to report information on the status of AITRC research projects and management actions.
- Assist the AITRC Anthropologist in implementing research and data collection protocols to document indigenous knowledge (e.g., TEK) regarding traditional Ahtna fisheries management principles and corresponding customary and traditional harvests and uses of fisheries resources in order to effectively integrate this knowledge into decision-making by the AITRC.
The Fisheries Biologist may also be assigned other duties and activities by the Executive Director to further the intent of the AITRC’s vision and activities.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Working knowledge of scientific methods and techniques for biological research.
- Working knowledge of regional fisheries species, their natural history and characteristics, including habitat associations, especially salmon.
- Working knowledge of statistical approaches and data analysis and evaluation, basic field and laboratory procedures, hypothesis testing, research design, and scientific documentation.
- Ability to set goals and priorities, monitor progress and adjust resources to accomplish project objectives.
- Ability to organize, analyze, and evaluate data using standard and specialized computer software and databases, and other analytical tools to analyze scientific data.
- Ability to effectively work independently, as part of a professional team, as well as lead a field crew.
- Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing to professional peers, agency officials, and the public, and make formal presentations before professional organizations and agencies, and the general public.
- Ability to work at remote field sites, travel in small boats and aircraft, and to operate and use all-terrain vehicles, firearms, field, and laboratory equipment appropriately and safely.
- The position requires the use or possession of a firearm, in accordance with the federal law (PL 104-208), if you have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, you may not hold this position.
- A master’s degree from an accredited university with a focus on fisheries, marine sciences, limnology, or biometrics. Or,
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in fisheries biology, limnology, biometrics, and two years of professional-level biologist experience in fisheries,
- Preference will be given to the candidates with broad field experience, especially in Alaska.
Organization: Ahtna Intertribal Resource Commission
Job Location: Glennallen, Alaska
Salary: $45,000 – $55,000/year
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