Idaho Department of Fish and Game is seeking a (3) 4 month Fisheries Bio-Aide to work at the Niagara Springs Steelhead Hatchery in Wendell, ID. Niagara Springs Hatchery is owned and funded by Idaho Power and is operated by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. The hatchery is responsible for the production of Summer A run Steelhead for the Salmon and Snake rivers. Perform fish culture duties at a large steelhead production hatchery. Fish culture responsibilities will include weighing fish feed, hand feeding fish, sweeping and collecting mortality on 38 indoor vats, operating an automated feed delivery system and 3 traveling bridges on 19 outdoor raceways, sample counts, raceway sweeping, maintaining hatchery grounds and an Idaho Power day park. Other responsibilities will include assisting permenant staff in the implementation of the day to day fish culture activities at the hatchery, Data entry, and helping with routine hatchery duties.
Previous work experience and/or education in Aquaculture, Natural Resources or Biological Science preferred but not mandatory. Candidates with previous fish hatchery will be given preference. Applicants should have knowledge of life history, anatomy, and ecology of salmonid fish. Will need mechanical experience/skills sufficient to operate machinery, pumps, lawn care equipment and perform general maintenance. Must be able to handle responsibility and work independently. Incumbents must, with or without reasonable accommodations, be able to work a variable schedule under adverse weather conditions, lift and carry/pack up to 50 lbs. Applicant will be required to work outdoors in and around water. Irregular work schedules are frequent; weekend, holiday and evening work will be required. Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Access, and Excel is needed. Applicant must possess a valid driver’s license.