Fishery Technician – Lewiston Juvenile Salmonid Trapping / Potlatch River Habitat (1 Position)

Application Period: 
Employment Type: 
Temporary/Seasonal/Part Time
$13.42 per hour plus competitive benefits
Employment Dates: 

About the position

Location(s): Lewiston and/or White Bird, Idaho

Application Period: 12/1/2021 – Open until filled

Employment Type: Temporary/Seasonal/Part Time

Compensation: $13.42 per hour plus competitive benefits

Employment Dates: Dependent upon river conditions and amount of work. Approximately mid-February through November (not to exceed 1385 hours in a 12-month period).

General Information: 
This opportunity has two phases:

The IDFG-Lewiston Wild Salmon & Steelhead team is seeking a temporary Senior Fishery Technician to assist with the Smolt Monitoring Project, the Comparative Survival Study, and Natural Production Monitoring.  These projects use large fish traps and snorkel surveys to collect data on Chinook salmon and steelhead trout migration, density, and distribution.
Visit this website for more general information about this phase:

The Potlatch River Habitat Program technician’s work area is in the Potlatch River Basin near Moscow and Lewiston, Idaho. The Potlatch River is a tributary of the Clearwater River and is home to a wild E.S.A. listed population of steelhead. The job carries a variety of duties ranging from environmental and fishery data collection to learning and assisting with habitat restoration projects.
Phase 1 (Approximately March through May:
Processing fish at large fish traps to collect Chinook salmon and steelhead trout migration data. One trap is located on the Snake River near Lewiston and one is located on the Salmon River near White Bird. The incumbent will be responsible for trap operations, debris removal, personnel supervision/training, and data management mainly in Lewiston but will also assist at the White Bird fish trap as needed. Room and board are provided for the White Bird trap location.  Room and board are not provided while working in Lewiston (Local housing options are listed on Craigslist).  Night and weekend work will be required.

Phase 2 (Approximately June through November)
The technician’s work area is in the Potlatch River Basin near Moscow and Lewiston, Idaho. The job station is Lewiston. Work will include helping the Potlatch Habitat Restoration Team collect and survey environmental field information, assist with habitat and steelhead surveys, and assist with restoration activities such as planting native vegetation and building and maintaining fences. The job will require a good attitude, the ability to work in adverse conditions and adverse terrain, work independently and as a team, be self-motivated, and the desire to work hard and enjoy the work. Specific duties will also include steelhead monitoring using electro fishing equipment, assisting with habitat restoration work, working with and communicating with landowners and the general public, handling fish, operating ATVs or UTVs, chainsaws, maintaining equipment, and the ability to learn new equipment such as laser levels for surveying.
It is preferred that applicants have a Bachelor’s degree in fisheries, biology, or related field; or equivalent in training and experience.  Current or willingness to obtain First Aid/CPR certification, previous fish trapping, and snorkeling experience preferred.  Must be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license.

Useful Skills:  Good knowledge of juvenile anadromous fishes, working knowledge of PIT-tagging procedures, computers, mechanics, chain saws, power boat operation, the ability to work independently, supervise and motivate others, manage changes in priorities/scheduling, handle emergency situations in remote locations, have a high level of attention to detail, handle live and dead fish, lift/carry up to 60 lbs. with occasional lifting/carrying up to 100 lbs. for short distances, work long, strenuous hours in extreme hot/cold weather conditions with or without reasonable accommodations. Basic understanding of GIS map making, farming or working outdoors experience.
How to Apply

1. Applicants must first register with Idaho Department of Labor (Reference Job Number 1613187 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:

Idaho Department of Fish and Game

Attn: Scott Putnam

3316 16th Street

Lewiston, ID 83501

Additional Comments:

EEO/Veteran’s Preference. If qualified applicants are found, this announcement may close before the listed closing date.


Contact: Scott Putnam


Phone: 208-750-4243

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