JSATS technician

Job Description for JSATS technician

Hire is to work at National Marine Fisheries Service in Santa Cruz CA through the Human Resources Dept. at UC Santa Cruz. Limited term of 6 months. Full time. Starting at $17.64/hr. Health benefits included. Period is April to September 2017.

Project Description

Work with a team of NOAA and UC employees to investigate the survival and movement patterns of juvenile Chinook salmon and steelhead in the Central Valley of California. Fish are implanted with micro-acoustic transmitters and detected on an array of acoustic receivers deployed from Redding to the Golden Gate.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of safety and use of workshop power tools and hand tools.
  • Knowledge of basic principles of electricity, batteries and electronic devices.
  • Knowledge of PVC pipe fittings and ability to glue pipe and fittings.
  • Skill with use of Microsoft Word, Excel and Access to write reports and enter data.
  • Skill with use of Windows personal computers.
  • Skill with the use of a GPS.
  • Valid Driver’s License.
  • Ability to use a personal computer and software to setup scientific instruments.
  • Ability to solder wires and electronic components.
  • Ability to drive small motor boats.
  • Ability to drive a truck towing a boat on a trailer.
  • Ability to lift objects weighing up to 50 lbs to waist height.
  • Ability to travel to field sites and spend up to 5 days away from home.

Specific Tasks

  • Construct underwater housings for JSATS acoustic receivers
  • Setup, troubleshoot, download, and organize data from JSATS receivers
  • Construct battery packs for receivers (soldering, gluing, testing)
  • Recharge Lithium-ion battery packs
  • Assemble receiver, hardware, weights and cables to deploy receivers in the field
  • Clean and organize equipment, supplies, and tools.
  • Clean and maintain small boats, boat engines, and trailers.
  • Drive long hours to field sites
  • Stay overnight in hotels during field trips.
  • Drive a small boat in rivers and bays, use GPS to find receiver locations, retrieve and deploy receivers on weights up to 75lbs and cabled to shore.

Please email or call if interested:




Santa Cruz, CA


Starting at $17.64/hr

Date Posted

March 06, 2017

Job Type

Full Time