Fisheries Technician (riggins/mccall)

Little Salmon River, Riggins, Id and Regional office, McCall, Id
Application Period: 
12/30/2019 to 3/30/2020
Employment Type: 
Temporary/Seasonal/Part Time
$12.78 per hour
Employment Dates: 
4/30/2020 to 9/18/2020

About the position

The Department is seeking a Fisheries Technician (non-benefitted) to work on Spring Chinook Salmon Harvest Monitoring on the Little Salmon River, and conduct High Mountain Lake surveys in IDFG’s McCall Sub-region in 2020. This position will involve assessing angler effort and catch for the Chinook Salmon fishery on the Little Salmon River in May and June, then conducting fish population surveys in backcountry high mountain lakes for the remainder of the field season. The McCall area offers a vast array of recreational opportunities including hunting, fishing, biking, hiking, and whitewater rafting. Shared housing is provided (house and camp trailer). 

Positions Available/Dates Needed:

One 5 month non-benefited technician (not to exceed 5 months)– Approximately May 1, 2020 through mid-September (dates somewhat flexible)

General Information: 
Applicants must (with or without reasonable accommodations) work in inclement weather for long periods of time, handle live and dead fish, be able to hike long distances in rough terrain while carrying up to 50 lbs., stand/work in cold water for long periods of time, work underwater using snorkel equipment, and lift/carry up to 60 lbs.
Applicant must be willing to accommodate a flexible schedule. Work periods may be up to 10 consecutive days. Shared housing is provided in house and camp trailers.
Technician will lead a 2-3 person crew to conduct fishery management surveys in various water bodies throughout the region and manage associated sampling data. Work will be conducted in frontcountry during Chinook Salmon fishery monitoring activities, but will be primarily focused in high elevation backcountry areas during the remainder of the field season. Backcountry work will involve hiking and camping for several days at a time. Incumbents should be comfortable and confident leading a crew in the use of common fish sampling techniques including boat and backpack electrofishing, fish tagging equipment, acoustic and radio telemetry, and using a variety of netting equipment (e.g. gill nets and trap nets). Incumbents should also be comfortable using power boats, and will be expected to perform general operation and maintenance of equipment, boats, and vehicles. Incumbents will also be expected to assist fishery biologists with data analyses and report writing somewhat.
It is preferred that applicants have a B.S. degree in fisheries management, ecology, or related field; or equivalent in training and experience. The ability to maintain a positive attitude and uncompromising work ethic through uncomfortable conditions is very important. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license.
How to Apply

1. Applicants must first register with Idaho Department of Labor (Reference Job Number 1279407) at
2. Complete an IDFG application for temporary employment (see link below).
3. Submit a cover letter, resume, three professional or academic references, and a completed IDFG application for temporary employment (preferably by email) to:

Jordan Messner
Idaho Department of Fish and Game
555 Deinhard Lane
McCall, Idaho 83638
(208) 634-8137

EEO/Veteran’s Preference. If qualified applicants are found, this announcement may close before the listed closing date.



Jordan Messner



(208) 634-8137


555 Deinhard Lane
McCall, Idaho 83638
United States

Additional Comments: 
EEO/Veteran’s Preference. If qualified applicants are found, this announcement may close before the listed closing date.
Jordan Messner
Open until filled