The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is seeking a temporary 6-8 month, full time benefitted fisheries technician, to work in the anadromous fin ray ageing laboratory at the Nampa Fisheries Research facility in Nampa, ID. This position requires week long field collection activities in August and September, often in remote areas. The remainder of the position (generally through February or early March) is laboratory work.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Successful applicants will collaborate with a partner(s) in the field to conduct Chinook salmon carcass and redd surveys in Idaho streams. Carcass sampling will be the main focus for these positions. Carcasses will be sampled for fin ray ageing structures, genetic tissues, and otoliths. Data collection will include length measurements, markings, gender, GPS waypoints, etc. Applicants must be able to carry gear for long daily periods in remote back country locations and backpacking may be required. Overnight travel for weekly periods (Monday-Friday) is required during August and September.
Once field work has concluded, applicant will work with a partner in the laboratory to prepare (dry, clean, cut, mount, and image) and analyze (age) Chinook salmon fin ray samples. Applicant must be able to work without direct supervision, must be organized, extremely detail oriented, and able to follow instructions. Many of the tasks performed in the laboratory are repetitive, so candidate must be self-motivated.
Applicant will also assist with data organization and data entry into the Spawning Ground Survey database. Additional tasks include organization and storage of samples, conducting routine data checks, and preparing field kits for sample collections.
B.S. degree in fisheries, biology, or related field; or equivalent in training and experience are preferred.
Applicants with knowledge of anadromous fishes and have previous ageing (and/or growth pattern recognition) experience with anadromous fish will be given preference.
Individual must be able to work well without direct supervision, follow protocols effectively, be organized, and be extremely detail oriented.
1. Applicants must first register with Idaho Department of Labor (Reference Job Number 948927 ) at https://labor.idaho.gov.
2. Complete an IDFG application for temporary employment (see link below).
3. Submit a letter of interest, resume, three professional or academic references, and a completed IDFG application for temporary employment (preferably by email) to: