I’ve been horrible about cross-posting Fishmail from the listserv to the website, so I am re-dedicating myself to the task. Please look below for a smattering of job opportunities, cool events, and more:
1. Feedback Form Open for CalNeva AFS Conference
To those who attended the conference, an email containing this survey should have reached you already. For those that did not attend and would like to give your 2 cents on how you think the conference could be improved you should also fill it out! You can just skip to the bottom portion which asks for additional comments. Describing why you were not able to attend, how disappointed you are that you had to miss it, and thoughts on ways to improve accessibility would be greatly appreciated! We didn’t get as much student representation as we could have due to the timing of the conference. Without direct feedback, organizers of the conference are forced to make assumptions and guesses about the best way to run the event and when to hold it. So we really encourage people with feedback to fill out the survey! If you have any direct feedback for any of the chairs, their emails can be found on our website.
2. WDAFS Abstracts Due 3/17 + Travel Grant DUE TODAY
The Western Division of AFS has not received any applications for their travel grant to support students to go to the regional meeting in Boise. [THIS MEANS THERE IS A HIGH LIKELIHOOD YOUR APPLICATION WILL BE SUCCESSFUL.]
The meeting will be in Boise this year May 8-11. Deets are below. The deadline is this Friday but WDAFS should be able to accommodate late submissions.
The Western Division Diversity and Inclusion committee provides a travel award for the Boise meeting called the Diversity and Inclusion Mentorship Award. It provides up to $1000 to travel and attend the meeting. The awardee is paired up with a mentor from the Diversity & Inclusion committee and participates in Committee activities for a year. In the past, the awardee has developed a project around DEI for their sub-unit, the Chapter, or the broader fisheries field. Those interested should submit a letter of nomination/self-nomination to email@example.com on their interest in fisheries and in developing diversity, equity, and inclusion-related leadership skills. More details on the award can be found at https://wdafs.org/awards/information-deadlines-applications/diversity-and-inclusion-awards/ or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org .
Abstract submission has been extended to March 17, 2023.
This will be the only extension offered. Abstracts are now being accepted for the Idaho Chapter/Western Division American Fisheries Society
meeting in Boise, ID to be held May 8-11, 2023. Workshops will be on Monday, May 8th, the plenary address will be on Tuesday morning, and the remaining sessions will occur Tuesday afternoon to Thursday afternoon, May 9-11.
We will offer three presentation options:
1. Standard 20-minute oral presentation (15-minute presentation with 5 minutes for questions, slide format 16:9)
2. 5-minute IGNITE! presentation (5-minute presentation with timed slides and no questions, slide format 16:9)
3. Poster presentation (36” by 48”)
We welcome submissions on topics across the spectrum of fisheries science, management, and
administration, including those related to the meeting theme or the 13 symposia (viewable during the
abstract submission process).
Please submit your abstracts via Google forms by the extended deadline of March 17, 2023. Abstracts should be 300 words or less; a direct link is provided here. For more information on abstract submission and the types of presentations, please visit the annual meeting website here.
Please contact the Abstract Submission Chair, Jessica Buelow, Jessica.email@example.com for questions related to abstract submission.
3. HS Outreach To Teach About Local Wetland
The CWS DEI committee is planning another outreach with a high school in Fairfield, similar to what we did last year. We are trying to decide feasibility to do this outreach and would like to gauge volunteer availability for the different dates. If you are interested in getting to hang out in a classroom for a day or two and interact with high schoolers please sign up! It is really rewarding and we provide free lunch and transportation!Here is the link to sign up!
4. Volunteer for California Duck Days Festival!
Saturday, April 29 | 9 am – 4 pm
California Duck Days is a family oriented, community-based outdoor festival with activities for people of all ages. On-site activities for families include interactive exhibits, wetland themed arts and crafts, and much more. This is located at the Yolo Basin Foundation and Department of Fish and Wildlife Headquarters – 45211 County Road 32B (Chiles Road), Davis, CA.
Here are just a few of the ways you can participate in the California Duck Days festival.
- Tracks, Scat, and Signs Station – help kids make animal prints on the sand and learn about wetland animal tracks and scat.
- Paint-a-Duck Activity – help kids to paint ducks on canvases using duck stencils to guide them.
- Ducklings Attendant – assist with showing baby mallard ducklings to the public.
- Water Quality Activity – help kids to follow directions on how to use meters to test water samples and record their chemical results on a large poster chart.
- Wetland Pond Exploration at the Seasonal Pond – assist kids in collecting water samples and netting water bugs to explore.
- Clean-up Team – take down tables, chairs, canopies, and more.
Click Here to Sign Up
Volunteer groups and individual volunteers are welcome! For questions about volunteering contact Juliana Luna at firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. Daniel Swain and Weather West
Great blog and youtube channel. Daniel is a climate scientist and alum of UC Davis – his blog, Weather West, explains current California weather events in a scientific, but accessible way. Daniel has also started a youtube channel and does virtual office hours once or twice a week – if you log in while it is live, you can ask questions, or you can watch the recording afterwards. His scientific pubs are also informative, he brought us climate whiplash.
6. Putah Creek Volunteer Flyer
We are seeking undergraduates to assist with field research on Putah Creek near
Winters, CA as part of a long-term monitoring study of Chinook salmon population
dynamics in the Fangue and Rypel labs.
Fieldwork will include daily checks of a rotary screw trap deployed in Putah Creek to
capture outmigrating Chinook salmon molts. Undergraduates can expect to gain skills
including safe capture and handling of freshwater fishes using nets, collecting
morphometric measurements for fishes, data recording, and assisting with setup and
operation of mobile fish surgery stations for implanting telemetry tags into fish.
Expectations for undergraduates:
- Course schedule and other commitments allow undergraduate to work at least
one day (in a ~5 hour block) per week, including potentially weekends and
- Willing to work mornings – the field team meets at 7am daily!
- Willing to get wet, muddy, and handle slimy organisms (fish, frogs, etc.)
At present this opportunity is unpaid, though if undergraduates are interested, we can
discuss the potential for having undergraduates apply to the Swift Scholarship for
funding their time.
For more information, please contact Anne Boyd at email@example.com
7. Cool Campus Competition
JOIN THE UC DAVIS vs UC BERKELEY SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGE! This inter-campus competition aims at encouraging people to take individual action toward sustainability, reducing utility usage, and minimizing their carbon footprint! If you want to learn about how you can make a difference, while also engaging in a friendly rivalry, sign up here or use the QR code on our flyers! Remind the world the UC Davis is
THE MOST SUSTAINABLE CAMPUS!
8. Fisheries Internships on the Tiller Ranger District, Umpqua National Forest Southwestern Oregon
The Tiller Ranger District on the Umpqua National Forest in southwestern Oregon is looking to fill up to three fisheries internship positions for the summer. Start and end dates are flexible, housing and a stipend will be provided. Please feel free to distribute the attached announcement to your students.
Interested in gaining experience in fisheries? The Tiller Ranger District will be filling up to three
Fisheries Internship positions. These positions are designed to introduce students to fisheries
management on federal lands and provide work experience. Fisheries internships include
checking smolt traps, identification of salmonid and non-game species, measuring and marking
of fish, stream surveys, snorkel counts, eDNA sampling, electrofishing, invasives species
removal and participating in several habitat restoration projects.
Starting and ending dates are flexible, housing and a stipend ($30/working day) will be provided.
Interested students should submit a letter of interest, resume and transcripts (unofficial okay) via
email to Amy Rusk firstname.lastname@example.org by March 31, 2023.
9. Central Valley and Bay-Delta Biologist Job Announcement
Our Division is hiring a number of new fish biologist positions. These jobs lead and collaborate with others on science application, communication, and research focused on managing Central Valley and Bay Delta fish, habitats, and aquatic ecosystems. We are looking for applicants who can contribute to original applied scientific research in support of Reclamation’s information needs such as fish biology, food webs, and habitat effects on population dynamics of California Central Valley and Bay-Delta fishes. Other needs include evaluating observational and predictive information to inform decision makers and assessing the effectiveness of water supply, habitat, and hatchery actions in the California Central Valley and Bay-Delta occurring as part of the CVP. These positions will support the development of conceptual and mathematical models to describe the relationship between aquatic ecosystem states, population dynamics of fishes, and CVP activities.
Here is a link on USA Jobs. Please distribute to anyone you think may be interested.
Direct Hire Authority: USAJOBS – Job Announcement
OK, that’s all!
Keep on swimmin,
Your AFS Officers