Fishery Technician – Sockeye Salmon research project (2 positions available)

Duty station Eagle Fish Hatchery, Eagle Idaho
Application Period: 
1/18/2019 to 2/15/2019
Employment Type: 
Temporary/Seasonal/Part Time
$12.41 per hour
Employment Dates: 

About the position

We are seeking two temporary Fishery Technicians 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).

General Information: 
Incumbents will be required to travel to remote locations (including overnight stay) for fish tagging, trapping, or sampling. These positions may involve walking over rugged terrain and along stream banks, standing and working in cold water and lifting/carrying equipment up to 60 lbs. for short distances with or without reasonable accommodations.
Data Collection: Interviews anglers to obtain harvest data; collects fish by trawling; operates fish traps to collect juvenile and adult Sockeye Salmon, collects scale and tissue samples, checks for tags and fin clips, prepares biological specimens and records information; marks with PIT-tags or fin clips, records information from recovered tags, summarizes and reports on biological information collected and inputs/retrieves data using a personal computer.
Typical duties: operates power boats for collection of fish and biological data; operates and maintains fish tagging and marking equipment; maintains and repairs fish traps; inspects equipment to insure proper working order, and diagnosing and repairing minor mechanical problems.
Some knowledge of life history, anatomy, and ecology of anadromous and resident fish species. Good knowledge of fish handling, marking, and PIT tagging (preferred, but not required). Experience recording and summarizing scientific data and using personal computers, operating a power boat, trailering boats/campers, and diagnosing and repairing minor mechanical problems.
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 1156268 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)