Conservation Aid I, II, III (Fisheries Technician; multiple positions available); Nevada

Nevada Department of Wildlife
Winnemucca, Reno, Fallon, Elko, Ely, Nevada
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$13.55 - $15.19
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
The Nevada Department of Wildlife looks to hire multiple seasonal positions (Conservation Aids/Fisheries Technicians) to assist fisheries biologists with summer 2023 field work. The positions are located across the state with opportunities in: Reno, Winnemucca, Fallon, Elko, Ely, and other locations. There are two term lengths available (3 or 6 month) depending on location. The selected applicant(s) will assist fisheries biologists with native fish and sportfish population management in Nevada. Selected applicants will gain valuable experience surveying a variety of freshwater species including threatened species such as Lahontan cutthroat trout and Desert dace. Specific job duties and responsibilities vary by duty station. Fisheries technician positions in Nevada offer the opportunity to obtain an extremely diverse set of field experiences. Incumbents will primarily assist the field fisheries biologist with 1) Lahontan cutthroat trout conservation projects (e.g., habitat restoration via beaver dam analog installation, invasive species removals, YY brook trout project implementation, and activities related to genetic rescue), 2) demographic and genetic Lahontan cutthroat trout monitoring, 3) eDNA sampling, and 4) stream habitat and temperature monitoring. Incumbents will likely also assist with sport fish management activities such as reservoir/lake sampling via gill netting, fyke netting, and boat electrofishing, building reservoir/lake habitat structures, and fish stocking. To achieve above responsibilities, daily duties may also include many hours of backpack electrofishing, operating ATVs/UTVs and other 4WD vehicles in off-road conditions, camping remotely in inclement weather for multiple days, working in physically demanding situations that involve long and irregular hours, back-to-back day hikes of 10-15 miles while carrying 30-50lb backpacks, and lifting and carrying equipment weighing up to 80lbs. Housing is available in a number of the locations listed. Per diem and most camping gear are provided when camping. Three-month positions will start in May and end in August. Six-month position start and end dates are flexible. Interest in native fish and/or sportfish management and working as part of a team are essential. Applicants should have some knowledge of ecology and anatomy of various fish species. Preferred work experience includes camping, hiking, working long hours in harsh environments, operating 4WD vehicles in off-road conditions, and data collection and entry. Successful applicants need to possess excellent independent decision-making skills and a hard work ethic.
See job listings at for qualifications specific to each Conservation Aid position. College coursework toward a bachelor’s degree in Fisheries, Ecology, Wildlife Biology, or related field, is preferred.
Contact Person
Travis Hawks or Colter Feuerstein
Contact Phone
775-688-1677 or 406-698-1705
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