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.
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.
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.