This position is based out of the Nampa Research office where Technicians operate and maintain a rotary screw trap and assist hatchery staff run their facility. Technicians split their time tending the trap and working at the hatchery. The work schedule is eight days on with six days off, including weekends and some holidays. Occasional night shifts may be required. Dormitory housing and food will be provided during the work shift.
Incumbents must be able to lift and carry up to 60 pounds with occasional lifting and carrying up to 100 pounds for short distances, with or without reasonable accommodations. This position often involves working in cold water for long periods in variable weather conditions.
Technicians are responsible for maintaining and operating a rotary screw trap. Typical trap duties include: Collecting and PIT-tagging juvenile steelhead and Chinook salmon, measuring and weighing fish, collecting genetic and scale samples, mounting scales for aging, recording biological information, data entry on a laptop computer, routine QA/QC of field data, maintaining field equipment and fleet vehicles.
Technicians will assist hatchery staff each day. Typical fish culture duties include: sweeping raceways, feeding fish, trapping adult Chinook and steelhead, recording biological information, spawning adult Chinook salmon, monitoring the development of eggs, cleaning and maintaining hatchery equipment, maintaining hatchery grounds.
Applicants should have a BS degree in fisheries or related field; or the equivalent from job experience and training. Individuals with experience in aquaculture, operating screw traps, implanting PIT tags, collecting biological data from both adult and juvenile salmonids will be given preference. Proficiency in Windows based software such as Word, Access, and Excel is essential for the position. Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license.