Fisheries Technician (crew lead) - Resident Fish Program

Application Period: 
12/20/2018 to 1/25/2019
Employment Type: 
Temporary/Seasonal/Part Time
$12.41/hour, Plus Benefits, housing not provided
Employment Dates: 
3/18/2019 to 11/29/2019

About the position

The Clearwater Region is seeking a temporary Fisheries Technician (benefited) to work as the crew leader of its resident fisheries management crew.


General Information: 
Work in beautiful north-central Idaho leading a fisheries management crew! Conduct resident fish surveys on regional lakes and rivers to assist with the management of these fisheries for recreational fishing opportunities and the long-term conservation of Idaho’s natural resources. Crew schedule will be variable with some weekend and/or holiday work required, with the potential for up to 8 day field trips (overnight with both car camping and wilderness camping possible).

With or without reasonable accommodations, applicants must be able to work in extreme weather, handle live and dead fish, hike long distances in extremely rough terrain while carrying a 40-50 lb. pack, stand/work in cold water for up to 10 hours per day, work underwater using snorkeling equipment, and lift/carry equipment up to 60 lbs for short distances. Experience with operating and towing boats up to 20', and backing boats down boat ramps is required.
Serve as crew leader of 4-5 person fisheries field crew. Crew leader is responsible for assisting with planning and coordinating field work, leading the field crew while both supervised and unsupervised, ensuring all data is collected properly, conducting data entry and laboratory analysis, maintaining field equipment, and will assist with writing the annual report.

In 2018, we will be focusing on small reservoir management in 10 regional reservoirs. Work will include boat electrofishing and net surveys , a year-long creel survey, tagging fish for angler exploitation surveys, collecting fish scales and spines, and limnology, zooplankton, and vegetation sampling. Laboratory work will include analyzing zooplankton samples, and preparing and reading fish scales and spines for age/growth/mortality analysis. Other duties may include conducting snorkel surveys, high mountain lake surveys, conducting Chinook redd surveys, assisting with children's fishing events, and other duties as assigned. Duties will also include operation and basic maintenance of department trucks and boats, and the use of a variety of sampling equipment.

Individuals should have the ability to: work independently, supervise and motivate others, handle multiple tasks and frequent changes in priorities/scheduling, good computer skills, experience using GPS equipment, and have a high level of attention to detail.
Minimum one year of college in fisheries, biology, or related studies, or equivalent in training and experience preferred. A valid driver’s license is required.
How to Apply
  1. Applicants must first register with Idaho Department of Labor (Reference Job Number 1148150 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 the 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.
Robert Hand
Traditional - Open through close date (specified)