Fishery Technician- Crooked River Steelhead Monitoring and Evaluation Study/South Fork Clearwater Spring Chinook Broodstock Trap Tender (2 positions available)

Application Period: 
12/13/2021 to 2/1/2022
Employment Type: 
Temporary/Seasonal/Part Time
$13.42 per hour (1 position with competitive benefits, 1 position non-benefited).

About the position

The Clearwater Region is seeking two (2) temporary Fishery Technicians (1 position with benefits; 1 position without benefits) to conduct wild steelhead monitoring work on the Crooked River Steelhead Monitoring and Evaluation Study and trap spring Chinook salmon broodstock for the Clearwater Fish Hatchery.

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 and includes weekends and holidays. Work will be conducted remotely at study sites on Crooked and Red Rivers (South Fork Clearwater River tributaries), near the town of Elk City, ID. Housing and food will be provided during the work shift. Valid driver’s license required.

Dates needed: Late February 2022 – early November 2022 (Dates flexible)
Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
1) Operating juvenile rotary screw traps and managing trapping efforts
2) Maintaining two adult fish weirs
3) Collecting adult and juvenile fish data
4) Entering, managing, and validating biological data
5) Assisting with hatchery duties including transporting adult Chinook salmon, nutrient enhancement, and grounds care
6) Conducting spawning ground surveys

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 1624051 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. Housing is only provided during the work shift.
Brian Knoth
Traditional - Open through close date (specified)