The positions will start working at the Clearwater Fish Hatchery in Orofino, Idaho conducting general hatchery work- feeding fish, cleaning raceways, etc. The position will transition to a Tagging Trailer Assistant the last week of April, the job duties include conducting the manual adipose fin-clipping and coded-wire tagging on juvenile salmon and steelhead at nine anadromous hatcheries throughout the state of Idaho. The majority of the work is done with an automated fish-marking trailer and the Trailer Assistant is responsible for the operation of the manual section of the trailer. The Trailer Assistant will also help with the PIT-tagging operations at the nine anadromous hatcheries. There is a potential for the right candidates of moving to full year/full time employees in early December. Housing can be provided at the hatchery dormitory at no additional cost which is recommended but not required. The anticipated start date is 02/27/2023.
Support captive fish-rearing activities including spawning, incubating, feeding, sampling, sorting, handling, medicating, anesthetizing, and transporting fish. Monitor the status of facility systems and equipment. Assist in the development, fabrication, construction, and maintenance of systems.
Make regular facility inspections including, for example, dewatering equipment, pumps, flumes, gates, tanks, screens, filters, gatewells, and/or tag interrogation equipment. Monitor and maintain water quality levels. Record findings and adjustments made. Respond appropriately and immediately to emergencies.
Knowledge Required by the Position
Knowledge of fishery biology (including knowledge of particular species of fish).
Knowledge of fish husbandry.
Knowledge of personal computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, e-mail, publishing software, presentation software, database software, topographic software, bibliographic software, and statistical analysis packages.
Additional Mandatory Skills:
elec. detection technology
lift 40-50 lbs.
valid driver's license
tow & maneuver trailers
fish species ID skills
compile and collect neat and accurate data
specific software skills (spreadsheet, word processing, database, GIS, statistical)
oral communication skills
written communication skills
repair & maintain equipment
Demands can range from sedentary, to moderate --where there is walking, climbing stairs and ladders, reaching, lifting, and bending, to rigorous. In the latter case, the employee must be able to handle buckets of water or gear weighing up to 50 pounds. Long daily periods of hiking, carrying equipment, swimming, and/or standing may be required.
Some work is performed in an office setting with adequate lighting, heating, and ventilation. Some work may be performed in fish processing labs, fish holding areas, and/or in the field. Employees may work on narrow, elevated walkways and platforms that are over or adjacent to water.
Minimum Qualification Requirements:
A range of experiences and education may be presented. At the lower end of the range, candidates must present six months of General Experience* OR one year of education above the high school level that included at least six semester hours in any combination of scientific or technical courses. An equivalent combination of experience and education is also qualifying.
At the upper end of the range, candidates must present one year of Specialized Experience** OR a 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with a major or at least 24 semester hours of coursework in any combination of scientific or technical courses. An equivalent combination of experience and education is also qualifying.
*General Experience is (1) any type of work that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with biological sciences or the processes of the biological sciences.
**Specialized Experience is the experience that equips the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and is typically in or related to the work of the position being filled.