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
$12.41 per hour; Non-benefited.
Employment Dates: 
2/25/2019 to 6/8/2019

About the position

DATE(S) NEEDED: Dependent upon river conditions and fish numbers. Two positions approximately mid-February 2019 through mid-June 2019 (not to exceed 680 hours). One position approximately early March 2019 through June 2019 (not to exceed 680 hours).

JOB DESCRIPTION: The IDFG Smolt Monitoring Project 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. Incumbents will be based in Lewiston. One technician will mainly work in Lewiston and two will mainly work in White Bird. However, the incumbents will work at both locations as needed. Some night and weekend work will be required.

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.
Collect and report fish data. Operate fish traps and boats in an efficient and safe manner. Remove large woody and other debris from the traps.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: College fishery degree strongly preferred, a good knowledge of fish trapping, handling, and marking, PIT-tagging, IBM PCs to record and report data, mechanics, chain saws, and power boat operation. 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, the ability to work independently, and motivate others.
How to Apply
  1. Applicants must first register with Idaho Department of Labor (Reference Job Number 1140766 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)