Sr. Fishery Technician – Smolt Monitoring Project

Lewiston and/or White Bird, Idaho
Application Period: 
11/20/2018 to 1/4/2019
Employment Type: 
Temporary/Seasonal/Part Time
$16.35 per hour plus competitive benefits
Employment Dates: 
2/11/2019 to 11/30/2019

About the position

DATE(S) NEEDED: Dependent upon river conditions and amount of work. Approximately mid-February through November 2019 (not to exceed 1385 hours in a 12-month period).

JOB DESCRIPTION: The Clearwater Region is seeking a temporary Senior Fishery Technician (8 month - benefited) to assist with the IDFG Smolt Monitoring Project. The SMP uses large fish traps to collect data on Chinook salmon and steelhead trout migration. One trap is located on the Snake River near Lewiston and one is located on the Salmon River near White Bird.

General Information: 
Room and board will be provided for the White Bird trap location. Room and board are not provided while working in Lewiston. Some night and weekend work will be required.

Incumbents must be able to lift/carry up to 60 lbs. with occasional lifting/carrying up to 100 lbs. for short distances and work long, strenuous hours in extreme weather conditions with or without reasonable accommodations.
Phase 1 (Approximately March 2019 through May 2019):
Processing fish at large fish traps to collect Chinook salmon and steelhead trout migration data. The incumbent will be responsible for trap operations, personnel supervision and training, and data management mainly in Lewiston but will also assist at the White Bird fish trap as needed.

Phase 2 (Approximately June 2019 through November 2019):
Leading a fisheries snorkel crew to collect fish and habitat data in backcountry streams throughout the Clearwater River basin. The crew works 8 days in the field followed by 6 days off, with some variability in work schedules. Key responsibilities include: organizing annual IDFG snorkel training, planning/organizing field trips, and crew supervision. While in the field, the incumbent will often be unsupervised, and must have the ability to modify the daily work schedule when unexpected events (such as high water, bad weather, etc.) occur. Food, equipment, and camp gear (except for sleeping bag) are provided while in the field.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: B.S. degree in fisheries, biology, or related field; or equivalent in training and experience. Current First Aid/CPR certification, previous fish trapping, and snorkeling experience preferred. Must be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license.

Useful Skills: Good knowledge of anadromous fishes, working knowledge of PIT-tagging procedures, computers, mechanics, chain saws, power boat operation, fly-fishing, 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, experience using GPS/compass/topographic maps, ability to work in extreme weather conditions, handle live and dead fish, hike long distances in rough terrain while carrying a 40-60 lb. backpack, stand/work in cold water for up to 10 hours per day, work underwater using snorkeling equipment.
How to Apply
  1. Applicants must first register with Idaho Department of Labor (Reference Job Number 1012996 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: SCOTT PUTNAM
    • 3316 16TH STREET
    • LEWISTON, ID 83501
Additional Comments: 
EEO/Veteran’s Preference. If qualified applicants are found, this announcement may close before the listed closing date.
Traditional - Open through close date (specified)