Paid summer jobs – Santa Cruz


National Marine Fisheries Service, Southwest Fisheries Science Center

Santa Cruz, CA

SALARY:  $2,472 – $2,821/month


Assist with field and laboratory studies as a member of a research team investigating the ecology of listed salmonids in California. Field surveys may include snorkeling, electrofishing, PIT tagging, radio telemetry, collecting habitat data and collecting scale/tissue samples. Data management and some laboratory work also required.


Data Collection/Sample Preparation: assist in field surveys of juvenile fish using snorkeling and electrofishing techniques; record habitat description and designation; detect tagged fish using instream fixed and mobile antenna units; prepare scale and fin clip samples for analysis. Database Maintenance:  review, document, enter and validate data and information collected from field studies. Laboratory analyses: mounting fish scales and aging fish from scale samples, various indoor laboratory experiments, and freshwater invertebrate sample processing. Assist in other research efforts as assigned:  assist in other field surveys; prepare tissue samples for genetic and age analysis; assist in gear maintenance for all equipment used for field surveys.


LA II – High school degree and two years experience; two years of related college education may substitute for one year of experience. LA III – Experience and/or knowledge such as attained through coursework leading to a Bachelor’s Degree in fisheries science, biology, zoology, or other related field. Research requires journey level knowledge and skill in participating in research field biology. Ability to work effectively with a small group of co-workers, follow instructions, work accurately with close attention to detail, and interact effectively with a diverse group of people. Experience with word processing and spreadsheet applications; good organizational, time management and problem-solving skills.  Preferred Qualifications:  previous experience with snorkel surveys, electrofishing, radio telemetry and gear maintenance.

*Note:  Ability to be away from the laboratory for extended periods of time (up to 5 days; possibly for consecutive weeks) for field work at remote locations; travel is paid.  Good physical condition to participate in hiking and carrying equipment.  This is a full-time position.  Expected start date is May-June 2010, depending on candidate availability, and work is expected to last until Sept-Oct 2010.

Initial application review date:  02Apr2010; position is open until filled.

** To apply, go to the UC Santa Cruz Jobs website ( and search for Job #1002527 (LA II) / Job #1002528 (LA III).  Follow instructions to apply on-line. **

Contact Kerrie Pipal (, 831-420-3935) with questions.