20 Nov Fisheries Monitoring Assistant
This proposed project requests one Scientist in the Parks (SIP) Intern to assist with the San Francisco Area Network (SFAN) Coho and Steelhead Monitoring Program (CSMP) based at Point Reyes National Seashore (PORE). The SFAN CSMP collects vital population data on salmon within PORE and Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GOGA) lands. Coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) populations are estimated to be at less than 1% of their historic population size within California and the populations residing in GOGA and PORE are considered to be a stronghold against regional population extinction. The SIP intern will be paired with the SFAN Inventory and Monitoring Program (I&M) fishery biologist in a 12 week (May 2021 through August 2021 time frame) biological field assistantship where they will collect vital information on endangered coho salmon and threatened steelhead within PORE and GOGA. By assisting with the SFAN I&M CSMP, the intern will receive in-depth education on techniques used to monitor endangered coho salmon and threatened steelhead along with other fish species. Also, members will be exposed to restoration techniques being applied to increase the chance of species survival for the enjoyment of generations to come. As a goal of this position, the SIP intern will be tasked with an independent project evaluating salmonid diet composition within Redwood Creek. The outcome of this work will be to further advance park management's understanding of changes to the ecological processes post-restoration within Redwood Creek, Muir Woods National Monument (MUWO). The SIP intern will be integrated into the summer coho and steelhead monitoring team based at PORE. They will work directly with other CSMP staff including the program lead fishery biologist, fisheries technicians, Watershed Stewards Program members, and program volunteers. During their service term, the intern will learn fisheries monitoring techniques including but not limited to: seining, electrofishing, juvenile coho habitat typing, snorkel census, water quality monitoring, and tagging. The intern will be tasked with ensuring all equipment is ready for each field day, collecting field data, verifying collected field data, and data entry. In concert with these ongoing monitoring efforts, the SIP intern will be assigned an independent diet composition project under the guidance of the GOGA aquatic ecologist and in cooperation with USGS biologists, to evaluate recent restoration activities within MUWO. The goal of this position is to continue to develop future resource management professionals in the NPS. The SIP Intern will continue their education by learning field techniques that build off of their previous educational experiences. Young adults often receive education at a conceptual level in the field of natural resource management, but due to socioeconomics or access to wildland areas may never physically experience these techniques in the field. By the end of this position, the intern will understand issues surrounding threatened and endangered (T&E) species within the park, management techniques used for T&E species recovery, and mastery of coho and steelhead field monitoring techniques. Without a SIP Intern, both PORE and GOGA would not collect the data needed to fully understand the impacts and make management decisions on threatened and endangered aquatic species residing within the park.