Monitoring tributary populations of salmon, steelhead, and native trout is an integral part of evaluating habitat restorations and fisheries management actions in the Salmon Region. As the crew lead for the Anadromous Screening and Habitat Crew, you will lead an electrofishing and snorkel crew performing fisheries surveys throughout the Salmon Region. Summer field work occurs from June through August, and during this time you will plan and lead 8 day field hitches throughout the Upper Salmon River Basin. In September, you will perform spawning ground surveys and operate two bull trout weirs in the Sawtooth Valley. You will work closely with the Biologist to coordinate field work and data entry tasks, but should be able to work independently during field hitches.
As crew lead, you will work throughout the Salmon Region, an area encompassing wilderness rivers, the high peaks of the Sawtooth and White Cloud ranges, and massive alpine lakes of the Sawtooth Valley. The town of Salmon is situated at the confluence of the Lemhi and Salmon Rivers, and offers many opportunities for mountain biking, backpacking, paddling, fishing, and hunting. In our office you will find community, opportunities to challenge yourself, and mentorship towards your fisheries career.
Primary duties include scheduling and supervising snorkel, habitat, and backpack electrofishing surveys in back-country streams while leading a crew of 3 members. The crew lead will be required to resolve issues, adjust the schedule to be efficient in the field, and communicate with staff in the office.
Field work will also include: handling and PIT-tagging salmonids (including ESA- listed fish), collecting biological data (weights, lengths, DNA, scales, etc.), maintaining field equipment, assisting in PIT-tag array maintenance, spawning ground surveys, operating weirs. Additional duties may include: data management (recording, organizing, and error checking in multiple databases).
Summer field work will be performed on a 8-day on, 6-day off schedule. Fall work will require flexibility, but generally be a 5-day on, 2-day off schedule. Depending on the individual, data entry work may be available in the winter as part of this project.
You should have a BS degree in fisheries (or related field), or equivalent in job experience and training. You must demonstrate an attention to detail, and have the ability to work in close proximity with research collaborators, as well as alone with minimal supervision. Preference will be given to individuals with leadership experience. You must be able, with or without reasonable accommodations, to lift up to 60 pounds, pack up to 40 pounds for several miles, walk up to ten miles a day along stream banks and trails, and work in all weather conditions.Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and possess a valid driver’s license. Must accommodate a flexible schedule (holidays, weekends, and nights) and be willing to work for 10 consecutive days_