The incumbent will work as a member of a fisheries research team conducting limnological and fisheries surveys on Lake Pend Oreille and Dworshak Reservoir. This position will involve a combination of field and lab work. The incumbent must be able to, with or without reasonable accommodations, work outdoors in inclement weather, trailer and operate power boats, handle dead or living fish, work weekends, holidays, and nights as needed, and occasionally stay overnight in remote areas.
The primary responsibilities for this position include conducting limnological, trawl, acoustic, boat electrofishing, and creel surveys on large lakes and reservoirs, and spawner counts in tributary streams. The incumbent will be responsible for preparing and caring for field equipment, managing large databases, and occasionally leading a field crew. Lab duties will include preparing and imaging structures used to analyze age and growth of fish, including scales, otoliths, and fin rays. Other duties will include assisting with suppression netting operations for Lake Trout and Walleye, and telemetry studies as needed. The incumbent will be expected to assist with other fisheries projects in the region as time allows.
Applicants must possess some knowledge of resident fish species and fisheries management. Applicants must be able to accurately collect data following set protocols, effectively lead a team in the field or work independently, and interact with the public in a professional and courteous manner. Work hours are variable; typically 40 hours per week, but can be more for short periods. A valid driver’s license is required. Desirable experience includes limnological sampling, fish sampling, aging fish and operating power boats on large lakes/reservoirs. Experience using MS Word, MS Excel, MS Access, Arc, and R are all a plus. Education and professional experience in fisheries or natural resource management is preferred.