Fisheries Technician - High Mountain Lakes

Application Period: 
1/8/2018 to 3/2/2018
Employment Type: 
Temporary/Seasonal/Part Time
$12.31/hour; non-benefited; housing not provided.
Employment Dates: 

About the position

The Clearwater Region is seeking a temporary Fisheries Technician (non-benefited) to lead a crew working on High Mountain Lakes. 

Job Duration: June 25, 2018 - late January 2019. Note that there is a mandatory one month layoff for the month of November.

General Information: 
This is a unique opportunity to work in the beautiful, rugged wilderness of north-central Idaho! Work on a 20-year research project exploring the effects of fish stockings on native amphibian populations. Serve as crew leader of a 2-person regional fisheries field crew. Conduct amphibian, fish, zooplankton, and habitat surveys on remote high mountain lakes throughout the Clearwater River basin. 

This crew primarily works 8 days in the field followed by 6 days off, with some variability in work schedules.  Field work is conducted in remote wilderness locations, requiring long hikes in extremely difficult terrain, including substantial off-trail hiking and navigation. While on duty, all food, sampling equipment and camp gear (except for sleeping bag) is provided.  Weekend and holiday work is required.

With or without reasonable accommodations, applicants must be able to work in extreme weather conditions, hike long distances in rough mountainous terrain while carrying a 60+ lb. backpack, and handle live and dead fish.  
Serve as crew leader of a 2-person fisheries field crew. Technician is responsible for supervision of crew in the field, and for the organization/planning of field work.
After the field season, the technician will analyze samples in the lab, conduct data entry into an Access Database, and assist with writing the annual report. Duties will also include operation and basic maintenance of department trucks, and the use of a variety of sampling equipment.

Individuals should have 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, substantial experience using GPS/compass/topo maps, and good computer skills, .
B.S. degree in fisheries, biology, or related field; or equivalent in training and experience. A valid driver’s license is required.

First Aide/CPR certification and previous back-country hiking experience preferred.
How to Apply
  1. Applicants must first register with Idaho Department of Labor (Reference Job Number 1022314 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: Robert Hand
    • 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.
Mr. Robert Hand
Traditional - Open through close date (specified)