The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is seeking a Principal Fisheries Research Biologist to fill a current opening at our Eagle Island facility.
•This announcement will be used to fill the current opening and may be used to fill future statewide openings.
•Potential applicants should understand that this position is, in large part, a mid-level supervisory position, typically overseeing several functional research projects staffed by permanent research biologists and associated temporary employees. In addition to supervision, the incumbent is expected to conduct original research (either in the field or from existing data), complete agency reports, and contribute to the primary literature.
•This position involves, with or without reasonable accommodations, walking several miles in rugged terrain and along stream banks; standing and working in cold water for up to five hours per shift; working in extreme weather conditions; lifting and carrying equipment weighing up to 60 pounds with occasional lifting and carrying up to 100 pounds for short distances.
Typical responsibilities: develops work plans; participates in hiring staff; trains, assigns work and evaluates performance; participates in developing and monitoring a program budget; reviews and edits research reports; coordinates research projects with other agencies and department personnel; provides safety training and monitors work activities for accident prevention.
•Planning and field research
Typical responsibilities: develops fisheries research project proposals that involve solicitation of outside funding; researches technical and professional literature for relevant information; identifies project data requirements; develops research techniques; selects fish collection devices; interviews anglers and conducts creel census; conducts spawning ground surveys; marks fish for future identification; collects research and management information at fish and game check stations; operates and repairs various motorized and non-motorized equipment.
Typical responsibilities: compiles and analyzes data such as age composition, survival, and growth rates of fish populations; prepares project reports; makes recommendations to management based on research findings.
Typical responsibilities: presents information to professional and lay groups; conducts wildlife inventories; participates in chemical rehabilitation of lakes and reservoirs; occasionally assists in enforcing fish and game laws.
•Considerable knowledge of: fishery management practices to include habitat requirements and the behavior, life histories, population dynamics, physiology, and ecology of fish; limnology.
•Good knowledge of stream and lake ecology.
•Experience: supervising others involved in fish research projects; identifying various fish species, aquatic insects, and plankton; designing, planning, and conducting fish research projects; analyzing and interpreting research data used in fish research; making oral presentations and writing reports, papers, and research summaries concerning fish research; full project leader with budget oversight, hiring of employees, and experience pursuing grants or "outside" funding.
The ideal candidate will have hands-on experience in a genetics lab with associated genetics analysis skills. Additional consideration may be given at the time of interview to candidates who have such experience. Please describe your experience within your response to question #8 on the qualifying examination.
How to Apply:
There is an exam to determine an applicant's eligibility. Enter your responses to the questions in the space provided in the examination. You must have the minimum level of experience or education described for each question to qualify for this position. Scoring will be based on the information you provide. A higher rating may be obtained based on the extent of your education and experience, so take your time to provide a detailed and complete answer to each question. It is very important that the information you provide clearly supports your responses. A minimum rating of 70 is needed to pass this examination. Notification of your test results will be available online when the review process is complete.
Please apply online and take the qualifying examination at the URL listed below.
Additional Comments: EEO/Veteran's Preference