Fisheries Technician (Anadromous Fin Ray Field and Lab Technician)

Nampa Fisheries Research, Idaho Department of Fish and Game
Application Period: 
Employment Type: 
Temporary/Seasonal/Part Time
$13.42 per hour, Plus Competitive Benefits!
Employment Dates: 
8/9/2021 to 4/1/2022

About the position

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is seeking a temporary 8 month, full-time benefited fisheries technician, to work in the anadromous fin ray ageing laboratory at the Nampa Fisheries Research facility in Nampa, ID. This position requires week long field collection activities in August and September, often in remote areas. The remainder of the position (generally through February or early March) is laboratory work.

General Information: 
Successful applicants will collaborate with a partner(s) in the field to conduct Chinook salmon carcass and redd surveys in Idaho streams. Carcass sampling will be the main focus for these positions. Carcasses will be sampled for fin ray ageing structures, genetic tissues, and otoliths. Data collection will include length measurements, markings, sex, GPS waypoints, etc. Applicants must be able to carry gear for long daily periods in remote back country locations and backpacking may be required. Overnight travel for weekly periods (Monday-Friday) is required during August and September. Camp groceries, cooking and camping equipment will be provided during the field portion of employment (August – early September). No housing or food will be provided during the lab portion of this seasonal position.
Once field work has concluded, applicant will work with a partner in the laboratory to prepare (dry, clean, cut, mount, and image) and analyze (age) Chinook salmon fin ray samples. Applicant must be able to work without direct supervision, must be organized, extremely detail oriented, and able to follow instructions. Many of the tasks performed in the laboratory are repetitive, so candidate must be self-motivated.
Applicant will also assist with data organization and data entry into the Spawning Ground Survey database. Additional tasks include organization and storage of samples, conducting routine data checks, and preparing field kits for sample collections.
B.S. degree in fisheries, biology, or related field; or the equivalent in training and experience are preferred.
Applicants with knowledge of anadromous fishes and previous ageing (and/or growth pattern recognition) experience with anadromous fish will be given preference.
Individual must be able to work well without direct supervision, follow protocols effectively, be organized, and be extremely detail oriented.
Experience driving full sized pickups, hauling and backing trailers, and basic vehicular maintenance is preferred. Experience towing, backing, and maintaining recreational camping trailers is preferred.
How to Apply

To Apply:

1. Applicants must first register with Idaho Department of Labor (reference job # 1495306) at
2. Complete an IDFG application for temporary employment (see link below).

3. Submit a letter of interest, resume, three professional or academic references, and a completed IDFG application for temporary employment (preferably by email) to:

Micah Davison

Ageing Lab Supervisory Fishery Biologist

Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission

Idaho Department of Fish and Game

Nampa Research Office

1414 E Locust Ln

Nampa, Idaho 83686

Office: (208) 854-8907

Cell:    (208) 409-6164

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Additional Comments: 
EEO/Veteran’s Preference. If qualified applicants are found, this announcement may close before the listed closing date.
Micah Davison
Open until filled