Snorkel Crew Bioaide (4 positions)

Application Period: 
1/13/2022 to 1/31/2022
Employment Type: 
Temporary/Seasonal/Part Time
Employment Dates: 

About the position

 The Salmon Region is seeking four (4) temporary Fisheries Biological Aides (non-benefited) to work as part of a field crew conducting fish (snorkeling) and habitat surveys to evaluate long term trends in abundance and distribution of salmonids in the Salmon River Basin.

General Information: 
As a member of the Anadromous Snorkel Crew, you will be part of a crew conducting snorkeling surveys throughout the Salmon Region. Summer field work occurs from June through August, and during this time you will work 8 day field hitches with 6 days off throughout the Upper Salmon River Basin. There is potential for bioaides to stay on past August and work will consist of Chinook Salmon spawning ground surveys and operating a rotary screw trap to capture and tag juvenile Chinook Salmon and steelhead. Applicants must be flexible on their schedule. All food, equipment, and camping gear (except for sleeping bag) are supplied by IDFG during work shift. Housing will not be provided during days off.

Incumbents must be able to snorkel in cold water up to 10 hours per day, work in adverse weather conditions, and be able to hike 5-12 miles per day over rough and rugged terrain while carrying a backpack weighing 50-60 pounds with or without reasonable accommodations.
The primary job responsibilities are conducting snorkeling and habitat surveys. Additional duties may include: juvenile screw trap operation, PIT tagging fish, Alpine lake surveys (gillnetting/angling), electrofishing, spawning ground surveys for Chinook Salmon, data entry, and equipment maintenance. There are many ways to diversify your fisheries skills during the field season and you will find a wonderful community of fisheries staff in the Salmon regional office.
It is preferred that applicants be enrolled in a Bachelor's degree program in fisheries or other biological sciences and/or have previous fisheries work experience. Individuals with experience in the above fisheries techniques and salmonid identification will be given preference. Proficient in Microsoft applications and experience with using topographical maps/software and GPS is a plus. You must be able, with or without reasonable accommodations, to lift up to 60 pounds, pack up to 40 pounds for several miles, walk up to ten miles a day in rugged terrain and work in all weather conditions. Applicants must be 18 years of age and possess a valid driver’s license. Must accommodate a flexible schedule (holidays, weekends, and nights) and be willing to work for 8-10 consecutive days.
How to Apply
  1. Applicants must first register with Idaho Department of Labor (Reference Job Number 1629000 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: Megan Heller
    • 99 US-93 N
    • Salmon, ID 83467
Additional Comments: 
EEO/Veteran’s Preference. If qualified applicants are found, this announcement may close before the listed closing date.
Megan Heller
Traditional - Open through close date (specified)