Fisheries Technician; Idaho

Idaho Department of Fish and Game
Nampa, ID
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The successful candidate will be working as a member of the Integrated Chinook Broodstock research project. Supplementation efforts use hatchery production to increase the abundance of naturally spawning fish. However, concerns have arisen surrounding the risks of supplementation to the natural population. The use of integrated broodstocks (IB) allows supplementation of depressed fish populations while minimizing genetic divergence between hatchery and recipient natural stocks. In 2010, integrated broodstock programs for Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) were initiated at the Sawtooth, Pahsimeroi, and McCall fish hatcheries. The Integrated Chinook Broodstock project is responsible for annual monitoring and evaluation of three integrated broodstock programs and implementation of studies to improve their effectiveness. This position provides ideal experience for those pursuing a career in aquatic and fisheries sciences. The incumbent will participate in a variety of different field sampling activities in diverse settings and will be exposed to fish management, research, and conservation. The work takes place in a beautiful setting in one of Idaho's most beautiful and popular outdoor destinations. Primary responsibilities are conducting Chinook Salmon spawning ground surveys in the Salmon River basin. This includes, but is not limited to, gear preparation and maintenance, collecting biological data from Chinook Salmon carcasses (e.g., length, marks, tags, sex), collecting samples (e.g., tissue, ageing structures), accurately record data, and enter data into a variety of databases. Additionally, the incumbent will be expected to assist with hatchery trapping and spawning activities, tagging operations, and sample collection within the hatchery setting. To a lesser extent, incumbent may be asked to collect fish by seining, electrofishing, gillnetting, or trawling; operates fish traps to collect fish movement data; summarizes and reports on biological information collected; inputs and retrieves data using a computer. Physical Demands: This position involves walking or kayaking several miles over rugged terrain and along stream banks; navigating swift water; standing and working in cold water for up to eight hours per shift; lifting and carrying equipment weighing up to 60 pounds with occasional lifting and carrying up to 100 pounds for short distances; working under water using snorkel equipment; working in inclement weather conditions. This position involves standing for long periods of time. Work Environment: This work environment for this position is variable and ranges from an office setting to an outdoor setting primarily in rivers and streams. A portion of the fieldwork will take place in a hatchery setting. Travel Requirements: Incumbents will be required to travel to remote locations for fish tagging, trapping, or sampling operations. Most field operations will take place in Stanley, McCall, and May, Idaho. In most cases, overnight travel will be expected and accommodations may include tents, camp trailers, bunkhouses, or hotels. To apply, please follow the instructions at
At a minimum, applicants should have some knowledge of life history, anatomy, and ecology of various fish species and an interest in fisheries research and management. The incumbent must have a valid driver's license. Desired qualifications include enrollment in a fisheries, wildlife, or related undergraduate program; the ability to collect and manage data; navigate with topographical maps/GPS; work well independently and as part of a team; good handwriting; attention to detail; mechanical skills and professional conduct are all competitive qualities.
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