The Suquamish Tribe is recruiting for a Shellfish Intern.  This position is a full time temporary/seasonal position for the Summer of 2018.  The incumbent will perform bivalve biomass surveys for the annual treaty commercial, ceremonial and subsistence harvests. Assist with beach enhancement and other duties as assigned.

Major Responsibilities and Duties:
Perform stock assessment surveys according to accepted protocols. Duties include, but are not limited to: help prepare crew and gather survey materials, conduct surveys and monitor data collection.

Help the Shellfish Biologists supervise shellfish technicians during surveys and enhancement. Design survey layouts and perform surveys in the field according to local beach conditions.

Collect data with shellfish survey technicians and assist with data entry and analyses.

Assist with shellfish enhancement activities as trained. Shellfish enhancement may include seeding, setting oyster larvae, constructing and maintenance of oyster longline and rack and bag systems, maintenance and deployment of substrate netting.

Assist Biologists and technicians with FLUPSY maintenance

Conduct routine water sampling and bivalve sampling for Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning. Assist Biologists with harvest monitoring.

Perform data entry for shellfish growth, survival, harvest and population assessments.

Occasional weekend and/or alternative hour schedule to work around fishery scheduling or tide cycles.

Any other task requested by the program managers that pertain to these field activities and are within the abilities of the candidate.

Specific Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Able to solve problems as they arise in the field, be able to identify species of interest to the study or survey for which the field work is taking place. Be a team worker as well as able to work independently when needed. Able to operate small crafts, perform minor repair on field gear and work equipment an asset.

Be currently enrolled in a college in a natural sciences field, preferably related to aquatic sciences, fisheries or marine biology. Possess a valid Washington State driver’s license and vehicle insurance.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
Limited supervisory responsibilities are expected while in the field with shellfish survey technicians and/or volunteers. Responsibilities are limited to preparing field work, assigning duties to team members in the field, recording data as assigned, help with cleaning up and gear maintenance.

Interpersonal Contacts:
Most interpersonal contacts will be within the Fisheries Department staff with supervisors, colleagues and seasonal employees. Occasional contacts may happen with owners of tidelands or the general public where field work will take place. These contacts should be minimal and if any hostility arise from such contact all information should be passed on to the supervisor.

Job Conditions:
Job conditions will vary with fisheries schedules and tides. This position requires the ability to be flexible most of the time to accommodate field conditions and different fisheries programs. The position also requires lifting, walking on uneven surfaces and being outdoors in various weather conditions.

SALARY – DOE. To apply:  please complete the online application at www.suquamish.nsn.us.  To request a copy of the job description, please call and leave a message at 360-394-8414.  CLOSES 5/29/18