Fisheries Technician - Access Technician and Screw Trap Tender (1 Position)

Application Period: 
12/13/2021 to 2/1/2022
Employment Type: 
Temporary/Seasonal/Part Time
$13.42 per hour, plus competitive benefits
Employment Dates: 
3/7/2022 to 11/18/2022

About the position

The Department is seeking a Fisheries Technician to work on multiple projects including Anadromous Fisheries Research (40%- rotary screw trapping and angler surveys), Fisheries Management (20%-fish population surveys, resident angler surveys, etc.), and Fishing and Boating Access (40%-improvement and maintenance). The McCall area offers a vast array of recreational opportunities including hunting, fishing, biking, hiking, and whitewater rafting. This position is benefited, with an 8-month term of employment.

General Information: 
Applicants must (with or without reasonable accommodations) work in inclement weather for long periods of time, handle live and dead fish, be able to hike long distances in rough terrain while carrying up to 50 lbs., stand/work in cold water for long periods of time, work underwater using snorkel equipment, and lift/carry up to 60 lbs. Applicant must be willing to accommodate a flexible schedule and stay in communication with regional staff. Shared camper accommodations will be available when off duty or working locally.
In the spring, employee will maintain a juvenile fish trap at the University of Idaho's Taylor Ranch Field Station, located within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Access to Taylor Ranch is by charter plane, with flight costs paid by the Department. Per diem and housing is provided while on duty. Duty schedule while trapping is typically 14 days on followed by 8 to 10 days off, but will vary, during the spring and possibly fall. Weekend and holiday work is necessary. Information about living and working at Taylor Ranch can be found at Primary responsibilities while working as a trap tender (March-middle of May) include handling, identifying, and PIT tagging juvenile salmonids, and managing associated databases. Fish trapping duties will be largely independent.

During the summer and fall seasons (middle of May-October) technician will work as an Access Technician. Primary responsibilities during this time will include working to maintain and improve local fishing and boating access sites and conducting fishery management surveys in various water bodies throughout the region. Incumbent will gain experience working with gill nets, electrofishing, conducting standard steam and lake surveys, conducting angler interviews, and various other fisheries tasks. Work will be conducted in both frontcountry and backcountry areas. Backcountry work will involve hiking and camping for several days at a time. Incumbents should be comfortable and confident working independently and as part of a crew. Incumbents should also be comfortable with general maintenance and repair activities.
It is preferred that applicants have a B.S. degree in fisheries management, ecology, or related field; or equivalent in training and experience. The ability to maintain a positive attitude and uncompromising work ethic through uncomfortable conditions is very important. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license.
How to Apply
  1. ​​​​​​Complete an IDFG Application for Temporary Employment (see link below)
  2. Submit a cover letter, a resume, three professional or academic references, and a completed IDFG Application for Temporary Employment via email (preferred) or by mail to:

Idaho Department of Fish and Game

Attention: Josh Poole

555 Deinhard Ln

McCall, ID 83638


Reference job # 1620445 in application.

Additional Comments: 
EEO/Veteran’s Preference. If qualified applicants are found, this announcement may close before the listed closing date.
Josh Poole
Traditional - Open through close date (specified)