The Salmon Regional office has an opening for an Anadromous Fisheries Biologist in the wild salmon and steelhead monitoring program. The Biologist is responsible for a multi-faceted project that informs anadromous fish management and ESA status assessments including planning, implementation, and reporting. The Biologist represents the Salmon Region in the wild salmon and steelhead monitoring program and is the primary liaison of that group with the Salmon Region. To accomplish these goals, the Biologist interacts with IDFG personnel within the Salmon Region and statewide, as well as with federal and tribal agencies. Job duties include oversight of rotary screw trap operations, snorkel crews, and spawning ground surveys. The Biologist prepares annual work plans, tracks budgets, supervises technicians and bio-aides, participates in group annual report writing, and other duties as assigned.
The Salmon Region also has an opening for Regional Fisheries Biologist in the Anadromous Fish Screen and Habitat Program in Salmon, Idaho. This biologist will be part of an interdisciplinary team that operates a large fish screening and habitat restoration program throughout the Upper Salmon Basin. This program is leading the Pacific Northwest in evaluating the biological needs and population level responses to these mitigation efforts for Chinook Salmon, Sockeye Salmon, Steelhead, and native Westslope Cutthroat Trout and Bull Trout. The biologist is responsible for evaluating the efficacy of a large network of over 275 fish screens, fish passage projects, and additional instream flow and habitat improvement projects. Duties include but are not limited to:
• Works as part of a team of staff including engineers, utility craftsmen, biologists, screen tenders, and realty specialists to run a dynamic mitigation program.
• Collects and interprets life history, habitat data, and research data for various fish species and prepares reports to support the mitigation program.
• Conducts field investigations utilizing backpack electrofishing, snorkeling, weirs, redd count surveys, PIT tag arrays, flow meters, underwater cameras, and other technologies to identify limiting factors and helps develop future habitat and screening projects.
• Uses databases to query, enter, and manage datasets.
• Uses GIS and other programs to organize, interpret, and display information.
• Uses existing and developing data sets to present information to a variety of audiences in both oral and written form. Scientific publication is encouraged and supported.
• Supervises seasonal fishery technicians (1-2) and a summer field crew of biological aides (3).
• Works with cooperating partners and agencies to fulfill data requests, present information, and participate in educational tours.
• Coordinates with Salmon Regional Staff to conduct fisheries activities including redd counts for Chinook salmon, steelhead, and bull trout.
The Upper Snake Region has an opening for Regional Fisheries Biologist stationed at Henrys Lake. This is a uniquely challenging and diverse position which includes responsibilities in the following areas:
• Fish Spawning – maintain hatchery facilities and grounds; collect and sort brood stock; collect disease and genetics samples; spawn hatchery stock and rear eggs to eye up; deliver eggs to appropriate hatchery facilities; direct fingerling stockings in the fall; snow removal duties during winter.
• Fisheries Management – implement a statistically rigorous fisheries monitoring program including gill netting and other population surveys; conduct creel surveys to estimate angler catch and harvest; monitor fish growth and condition; evaluate stocking strategies; monitor winter dissolved oxygen and operate aeration system as needed; assist with other regional fish management programs; write technical reports.
• Fisheries Habitat Program – work with other regional staff to conduct habitat assessments to identify limiting factors on fish populations throughout the region with particular emphasis on native fish conservation areas; design and implement fish habitat restoration and passage projects that address limiting factors; evaluate projects upon completion; maintain fish screens and riparian fences on Henrys Lake tributaries.
• Enforcement – due to the remote duty station the incumbent will respond to complaints from citizens that may require enforcing Department rules and regulations, removing road-killed animals from the highway, etc.
• Public Relations – work with the local angling public and organized groups to relay department management direction; engage in educational outreach through various public meetings, written articles, and social media; represent the department and lead collaborative fish habitat restoration programs on public and private lands; monitor angler success and satisfaction through frequent unstructured encounters.
-Good knowledge of: fishery management practices to include habitat requirements, behavior of fish, fish population dynamics, limnology, stream ecology, taxonomy, diseases of fish, and aquatic insects and fishery research methods.
-Some knowledge of sport-fishing techniques.
-Experience: conducting fish sampling and using basic sampling equipment; using various software and databases that are used in fisheries research or other related projects; making oral presentations to groups on fisheries related issues; writing articles for publication in newspapers, magazines and/or scientific journals.
-Valid driver's license.