Fisheries Technician – Laboratory – Ontario Commercial Fisheries’ Association – Ontario

The OCFA, in partnership with the NDMNRF, has conducted the Partnership Index Fishing Program (hereafter Partnership program) in Lake Erie for over 30 years. The Partnership program is one of the largest fish community surveys in the Great Lakes and spans the entire Canadian side of Lake Erie. Data collected during the Partnership program serves as a key source of information for fisheries management decisions in Lake Erie. The Partnership program routinely captures thousands of fish representing 30+ species and provides a unique opportunity for new and seasoned fisheries professionals to further develop their knowledge and skills (e.g., fish identification).

Duties of the Position
As a Fisheries Technician, you will work in the OCFA’s lab facility located in Wheatley, Ontario collecting biological information from fishes captured in the Partnership program. The primary components of the position include fish species identification, measuring and weighing fish, extracting structures for aging (i.e., scales and otoliths), fish dissection, preparation of scale samples for age interpretation, and data recording. Technicians are also responsible for keeping a clean and organized workplace.

What Candidates Need to Succeed
Demonstrated proficiency in fish species identification or ability to learn using keys
Experience measuring, weighing, and dissecting fish
Experience removing structures for aging fish (i.e., scales and otoliths)
Can work standing for extended periods of time
Able to perform moderate to heavy lifting
Must be able to communicate clearly
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team
Possesses a valid class G drivers license in good standing
Possesses or can obtain First Aid and CPR
Please submit a cover letter (1 page max.) and resume by July 2, 2022 (mail or email) to:

Connor Warne
Fisheries Biologist
Ontario Commercial Fisheries’ Association
2 – 45 James Street
Blenheim, Ontario, N0P 1A0
Phone 519-732-9965