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Marine Resource Specialist Duties

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This is responsible technical and professional work in the area of marine resources.

An employee allocated to this class of work is responsible for providing technical assistance and training to fishermen and other marine user groups and for participating in research/demonstration projects related to fishing technology, fisheries, biology, and marine resources in general. Work is performed under the general direction of an administrative superior and is reviewed through reports and observation of results obtained.


Provides advice and instruction to the fishing industry on fishing gear and techniques, handling of seafood, and matters pertaining to the harvesting and marketing of seafood and other marine resources.

Conducts research/demonstration projects related to marine resource utilization.

Operates fishing boats up to 100 feet.

Operates navigational equipment, echo sounders, radar, and other modern shipboard electronics.

Performs minor maintenance on fishing boats up to 100 feet.

Constructs and assembles deck and overhead rigging and maintains this rigging for durability and safety.

Provides instruction in the operation of boats, engine room maintenance, and safety practices at sea.

Interacts with other Marine Resources Specialists in state and federal agencies and in marine programs of other universities.

Instructs on skills required in efficient fishing, such as net construction and repair, wire splicing, construction of fish traps, operation of radar, sonar, loran, and communication equipment.

Provides assistance to senior specialists in carrying out objectives of the cruise plan.

Performs related work as required.


Graduation from an accredited college or university in an appropriate curriculum or five years of experience with a major fishery; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Considerable knowledge of tides, currents, coastal features, marine organisms, and harvesting techniques.

Considerable knowledge of scientific techniques and data handling procedures.

Considerable knowledge of the practices of seamanship, including navigation, marine safety, fishing, and vessel operations.

Considerable knowledge of navigational equipment, echo sounders, radar, and other modern electronic and scientific tools associated with marine operations.

Ability to communicate effectively with target audiences.

Ability to operate fishing boats up to 100 feet.

Ability to react quickly in emergencies.

Ability to maintain accurate records, reports, and other data.



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