Fisheries Technician (1 Benefited and 2 Non-benefited)

Southwest Regional Office
Application Period: 
1/24/2019 to 2/15/2019
Employment Type: 
Temporary/Seasonal/Part Time
$12.31 per hour (Benefited position includes competitive benefits)

About the position

The selected applicant(s) will assist the Regional Fisheries Biologists and Regional Fisheries Manager with fish population surveys throughout southwest Idaho. Selected applicants will gain valuable experience surveying both warm and coldwater species as well as threatened species including Chinook Salmon and/or White Sturgeon.

Primary duties will include conducting fish population surveys on streams, lakes, and reservoirs. Sampling methods include gill netting, electrofishing, trap netting, and seining. Other duties will include implementing habitat improvement projects, conducting creel surveys, and instructing inexperienced anglers during fishing clinics. Technician will be responsible for data collection and management, as well as maintaining a variety of motorized equipment. Fieldwork weeks consist of 40-50 hours, typically Monday through Friday, though night, weekend, and holiday work will be required at times. Some duties will require extended periods of overnight camping in remote settings.
Completed Bachelor of Science in fisheries, wildlife, biology, or related discipline. Applicants should have knowledge of life history, anatomy, and general ecology of common Idaho aquatic species; be able to maintain, trailer, and operate a variety of boats and outboard motors; possess knowledge in Microsoft Word, Access, and Excel; be able to diagnose and repair minor mechanical and electrical problems; and possess some supervisory experience. This position requires excellent physical condition and may require walking up to ten miles a day over rugged terrain carrying a large backpack; standing and working in cold water for up to eight hours per shift; lifting and carrying equipment weighing up to 60 pounds with occasional lifting and carrying up to 100 pounds for short distances; and working in difficult weather conditions. Successful applicants need also possess excellent independent decision-making and communication skills.
How to Apply
  1. Applicants must first register with Idaho Department of Labor (Reference Job Number Job#1158877 (Benefited) and Job#1158880 (non-benefited) 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: Mike Peterson
    • 3101 S. Powerline RD
    • Nampa, ID 83686
Additional Comments: 
EEO/Veteran’s Preference. If qualified applicants are found, this announcement may close before the listed closing date.
Mike Peterson
Traditional - Open through close date (specified)