Fisheries Biological Aide

Jerome, ID - Magic Valley Region
Application Period: 
3/12/2018 to 4/2/2018
Employment Type: 
Temporary/Seasonal/Part Time
$10.35 (workers comp, non-benefited)
Employment Dates: 
4/5/2018 to 8/24/2018

About the position

The Magic Valley Region Fishery Program is seeking one (1) temporary Fishery Biological Aide (non- benefited) to assist the Regional Fishery Biologist in monitoring the region's fish population and conducting angler surveys.

Dates Needed: This is an 4.75 month position starting early April. There is opportunity to extend this position following a 30 day layoff period after 4.75 months. Extension would be dependent upon Department need and employee performance.

General Information: 
This Fisheries Biological Aide position is non-benefitted (no health/retirement) and runs for 4.75 months starting early April, 2018. Most hours (average 40 hrs/wk) occur Monday-Friday between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm; however, it is common to have to work nights, weekend days, and weeks work hours over 40 hrs. Accrued overtime is converted to comp time (paid leave) at a 1.5 hrs comp time : 1 hour worked over 40 hrs/wk.

Incumbents must be able to (with or without reasonable accommodations) lift/carry up to 60 lbs. for short distances and work long, strenuous hours in extreme weather conditions.
If selected, this individual will assist the Regional Fishery Biologist in routine fish population sampling and angler surveys. Examples may include gill netting, trap netting, electrofishing (boat, backpack, long-line), backpacking, angler creel surveys, boating (12-18 ft), and habitat surveys. This position requires operating outboard boats and four-wheel drive trucks. Other responsibilities include vehicle, boat, and gear maintenance duties - as needed. The applicant will also be responsible for data collection, survey preparation (assembling and loading appropriate gear, equipment, and supplies), navigating using GPS or maps, and purchasing of equipment and supplies.

Successful applicant will assist the Regional Fishery Biolgist in sampling Smallmouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Walleye, Common Carp, Channel Catfish, and Tiger Muskee. May be required to travel to remote locations for fish sampling operations some of which may be overnight for multiple days.
Minimum Qualifications: Applicants must have a valid drivers license.

Preferred Qualifications: Preference will be given to applicants either with a degree or in progress of obtaining a degree in biologically oriented majors (e.g. fisheries management, biology, conservation, etc.) . Preference will also be given to applicants with some knowledge of and/or experience in: life history, anatomy, and ecology of various fish species; identifying various fish species; operating a boat and outboard motor. Applicants with experience with boat and stream electrofishing, gillnetting, stream surveys and other fisheries techniques will be given preference.

EEO/Veteran’s Preference. If qualified applicants are found, this announcement may close before the listed closing date.
How to Apply
  1. Applicants must first register with Idaho Department of Labor (Reference Job Number 1046709 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: Douglas Megargle
    • 324 South 417 East
    • Suite 1
    • Jerome, ID 83338
Additional Comments: 
EEO/Veteran’s Preference. If qualified applicants are found, this announcement may close before the listed closing date.
Mr. Douglas Megargle
Traditional - Open through close date (specified)