Fishery Technician- Potlatch River Steelhead Monitoring and Evaluation Project (2 positions available)

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

About the position

The Clearwater Region is seeking two (2) temporary Fishery Technicians (benefitted) to conduct wild steelhead monitoring work on the Potlatch River Steelhead Monitoring and Evaluation Project.

General Information: 
With or without reasonable accommodations incumbents must be capable of working long hours in various and often inclement weather conditions, hiking steep and/or slippery terrain, lifting and carrying items weighing up to 60 lbs., operating traps/weirs during high flow conditions, and occasionally working at night. The work schedule will be highly irregular at times and includes occasional weekend work and multiple overnight stays in the field. Valid driver’s license required.

Dates needed: Early/mid-February 2022– October/November 2022 (Dates flexible) and March/April 2022 – November/December 202 (Dates flexible)
Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
1) Operating juvenile rotary screw traps and managing trapping efforts
2) Maintaining an adult fish weir
3) Collecting adult and juvenile fish data
4) Entering, managing, and validating biological data
5) Electrofishing for juvenile steelhead
6) Maintaining PIT tag array infrastructure
7) Conducting aquatic habitat surveys

These positions will require extensive supervising of field crews throughout the season. Successful candidates will assist with other projects throughout the Clearwater Region and complete additional duties on an as-needed basis.
A bachelor’s degree in Fisheries or related field, or equivalent experience and training is preferred. Individuals with good data management skills, previous experience implanting PIT tags, experience with Microsoft Excel, and experience working with adult and juvenile anadromous salmonids may be given preference. Successful candidates must be able to work independently and in a team setting, follow established sampling and data entry protocols, and demonstrate a high degree of initiative and problem-solving ability. Applicants must be able to interact with the public in a positive and professional manner.
How to Apply
  1. Applicants must first register with Idaho Department of Labor (Reference Job Number 1624071 at
  2. Complete an IDFG Application for Temporary Employment (see link below)
  3. 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: Brian Knoth
    • 3316 16th St.
    • Lewiston, ID 83501
Additional Comments: 
EEO/Veteran’s Preference. If qualified applicants are found, this announcement may close before the listed closing date. Please specify the full job title in your application packet. There is no housing provided for these positions.
Brian Knoth
Traditional - Open through close date (specified)