Senior Fishery Technician – Sockeye Salmon research project (1 position available)

Duty station Eagle Fish Hatchery, Eagle Idaho
Application Period: 
1/18/2019 to 2/15/2019
Employment Type: 
Temporary/Seasonal/Part Time
$16.35 per hour, Plus competitive benefits
Employment Dates: 

About the position

We are seeking one Senior Fishery Technician to assist with activities associated with research, monitoring, and evaluation of endangered Snake River Sockeye Salmon. Field activities will include trapping, PIT-tagging, and collecting biological information from adult and juvenile Sockeye Salmon, interview anglers to obtain harvest information, and participating in trawl and snorkel surveys on several bodies of water in central Idaho. The official duty station is the Eagle Fish Hatchery, but the majority of field activities will occur in the Sawtooth Basin near Stanley, Idaho. Housing, food, and transportation will be provided while in the field (dormitory and camp groceries). Duties may also include assisting at the Eagle Fish Hatchery with typical hatchery duties (fish culture, data entry, and equipment maintenance).

Dates: This position will be filled from late March to the end of November.

General Information: 
Incumbents may supervise work crews in the collection of biological data or perform difficult independent field collection duties involving analyzing data, recording findings and making recommendations. Work may involve walking several miles over rugged terrain and along stream banks, standing and working in cold water, lifting and carrying equipment weighing up to 60 pounds for short distances, working under water using snorkel equipment, and working in extreme weather conditions with or without reasonable accommodations. Travel to remote locations for fish tagging, trapping, or sampling operations will be required.
1. Field Responsibilities: Assist the research component of the sockeye program with field operations. Share field oversight for out-migrant trapping and weir operations. Assist with trawling, predator monitoring, telemetry efforts, creel efforts, night snorkeling, sockeye fin clipping, adult trapping, juvenile, and adult releases, etc. Coordinate with Biologist and Hatchery Manager to assist with the collection and inventory of genetic samples and the aging of scales and other aging structures.

2. Data tracking, Analysis, and Reporting: Work closely with the sockeye Research Biologist and the Eagle Hatchery Manager (and staff) to track data associated with hatchery and field activities. Record data, manipulate data, and produce summary products. Cooperate with Research Biologists and Hatchery Manager to develop annual reporting products for NMFS and BPA.

3. Hatchery Responsibilities : The duty station for this position is Eagle, so that the incumbent can participate in routine activities such as sample counting, fish moves, sorting, marking and tagging, ultrasound, spawning, lab necropsies, egg picking, fish transportation to and from Idaho locations and Washington, etc. to develop and strengthen an understanding of this aspect of the program.

4. Equipment Maintenance: Work with Biologists, Hatchery staff, and Utility Craftsman to insure that vehicles, boats, boat motors, and trailers are maintained in top condition. Help insure that equipment and vehicles are cleaned after use. Take responsibility for helping staff with specific needs associated with insuring that weirs are maintained properly (often requires winter repair).
Experience managing, summarizing, and analyzing biological data. A bachelor’s degree in natural resources (e.g., fisheries, wildlife, or environmental science) is preferred. Good knowledge of fish handling, marking, and PIT tagging is preferred. Some knowledge of life history, anatomy, and ecology of anadromous and resident fish species. Experience operating a power boat, trailering boats/campers, and diagnosing and repairing minor mechanical problems also preferred.
Must be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license.
How to Apply
  1. Applicants must first register with Idaho Department of Labor (Reference Job Number 1156265 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: Eric Johnson
    • 1800 Trout Road
    • Eagle, ID 83616
Additional Comments: 
EEO/Veteran’s Preference. If qualified applicants are found, this announcement may close before the listed closing date.
Eric L Johnson
208-939-6713 press 2 then 7
Traditional - Open through close date (specified)