Fisheries Biological Aide (riggins)

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
Employment Dates: 
4/30/2020 to 9/11/2020

About the position

The Department is seeking a temporary Fisheries Biological Aide (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. This unique area offers diverse 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 Biological Aide (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 (house and camp trailers).
The Biological Aide will work as part of a crew conducting fishery management surveys in various water bodies throughout the region. 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 have some familiarity with 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 will assist with general operation and maintenance of equipment, boats, and vehicles.
Demonstrated progress toward a B.S. in fisheries management (or related field) and experience with fish sampling methods. This position will require working in inclement weather for long periods of time. 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 1279413) at
2. Complete an IDFG application for temporary employment (see link below).
3. Submit a letter of interest, 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


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