McCall Hatchery Biological Aide - Trap Tender

South Fork Salmon River, Warm Lake/McCall, ID
Application Period: 
Employment Type: 
Temporary/Seasonal/Part Time
$10.95-$11.95 per hour
Employment Dates: 
5/31/2022 to 9/2/2022

About the position

The South Fork Adult Trap requires 2 individuals to operate on a daily basis.  The 3 trap tenders will be stationed at the trap near Warm Lake, ID and rotate through a 10 days on 4 days off work schedule which will require spending 10 day stints at the trap.  While not at the trap, individuals may be given the option to stay at the hatchery in McCall.  Start and end dates are somewhat flexible and prior to the trap installation and periodically throughout the summer, trap tenders will be helping out at the hatchery in McCall.       

General Information: 
The McCall Fish Hatchery is responsible for releasing 1 million juvenile Summer Chinook salmon annually into the South Fork of the Salmon River near Warm Lake. These fish are released to mitigate for the salmon population reduction incurred from the construction of the 4 dams on the Lower Snake River. Adult salmon that return from the Pacific Ocean are trapped, held, and spawned each summer at the trap site which is near Warm Lake. After spawning, the eggs are transported to the McCall Fish Hatchery where they are reared for 18 months and then transported and released back into the South Fork of the Salmon River near Warm Lake in order to perpetuate the specie and the fishery. There is also a resident trout program at the McCall Fish Hatchery which is responsible for aircraft stocking over 130 mountain lakes annually with 4 species of trout and annual stocking of area family fish waters with up to 65,000 catchable rainbow trout.
Individuals will be responsible for all daily duties which help to ensure the proper and efficient operation of the South Fork Salmon adult salmon trap near Warm Lake. These duties include but are not limited to: processing trapped adult salmon, monitoring fish behavior in holding ponds, intense monitoring of river and weather conditions, cleaning fish tanks and ponds, building, grounds, and light equipment maintenance, giving facility tours to interested parties, and assisting regional biologists with monitoring and evaluation activities. Individuals selected for this position will be required to work remotely for 10 day stints at the Warm Lake site and then off for 4 days. A generous per diem is provided. Individuals need to be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds. Individuals must also be able to stand and work in cold water for up to 8 hours per shift.
Individuals must have a good attitude, be self motivated, be at least 18 years of age, and should be enrolled in a fisheries or a biological AS or BS program at an accredited university and/or have prior experience in aquaculture however prior experience or relevant education is not mandatory. A valid state issued driver’s license will be required for employment.
How to Apply
  1. Applicants must first register with Idaho Department of Labor (Reference Job Number 1162527 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: Jamie Mitchell
    • McCall Fish Hatchery
    • 300 Mather Rd
    • McCall, ID 83638
Additional Comments: 
EEO/Veteran’s Preference. If qualified applicants are found, this announcement may close before the listed closing date.
Jamie MItchell
Open until filled