Hatchery Data Technician, McCall Fish Hatchery

McCall, ID
Application Period: 
Employment Type: 
Temporary/Seasonal/Part Time
$13.42 per hour
Employment Dates: 

About the position

The data technician position at the McCall Fish Hatchery is a critical role which helps to share information with internal and external agency cooperators greatly aiding in Pacific salmon recovery.  This individual will work closely with the full time staff to ensure that all data parameters are collected and correctly entered into numerous databases for both the salmon and trout programs.  Individuals in this position also help execute daily rearing duties and monthly data collection.  Housing is included if applicant meets criteria.   

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 also 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 again 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 65,000 catchable rainbow trout.
Typical duties and responsibilities include all tasks associated with rearing Chinook salmon and trout including but not limited to; feeding, cleaning, stocking, monitoring, and observing fish behavior. Individual will be responsible for data collection and management of returning adult Chinook salmon as well as resident trout stocking. Multifaceted data parameters will need to be collected requiring the selected individual to be a quick learner who is able to multi task and quickly adapt to rapidly changing quotas.
Individuals must be at least 18 years of age and should be graduated from or enrolled in a fisheries or related biological AS or BS program at an accredited university and/or have prior experience in aquaculture. Individuals must be proficient in Microsoft excel. The individual must also be capable of paying very close attention to detail, be meticulous at data collection, and be capable of working independently and as part of a team. Individuals need to be able to positively interact with the public and 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. 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 1632287 at https://labor.idaho.gov.)
  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