Fisheries and Habitat Field Crew: Idaho

US Forest Service
Stanley, Idaho or Fairfield, Idaho
Job Category
Volunteer Openings
$28/day plus travel reimbursement
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
Come work outdoors on the beautiful Sawtooth National Forest located in South Central Idaho, where you will complete fish and habitat surveys and help conserve our aquatic resources. A total of 4 volunteer positions will be available: 2 in Stanley, ID and 2 in Fairfield, ID.

Fisheries Volunteers will be integral members of a 3-person fisheries field crew. Work will generally be Monday through Thursday from 7 AM-5 PM. The fisheries crew is responsible for completing aquatic field surveys and assisting with fisheries/aquatics management duties on the Forest. This is a field-based position, with most work occurring in the backcountry in remote locations.

Duties include electrofishing, fish population sampling, fish handling and aquatic habitat surveys from June-August (12 weeks). The crew typically assists with a variety of aquatic inventories, monitoring, and habitat restoration projects throughout the summer. The crew may also provide short-term assistance to the wildlife and range monitoring programs. Opportunities to receive training such as fish identification, CPR and First aid will be available.

All camping gear and sampling gear will be available for use during work time. Housing in a bunkhouse is provided at no cost to the volunteers.
The position requires working in remote locations in all types of weather, usually working in cold water wearing chest waders. It also requires hiking over long distances (up to 10 miles per day), carrying equipment weighing up to 40 lbs. over rough terrain. Remote camping will be required for several days at a time. Applicants should have experience backpacking and should be able to hike daily. Successful applicants will also be comfortable living and working in remote locations with a small field team. Position selections will be ongoing as applications are received, until all positions are filled.
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Erika Phillips
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