Senior Fisheries Technician – Non-game Crew Lead (HOUSING PROVIDED; BENEFITTED)

Idaho Department of Fish and Game
Idaho Falls, ID
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The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is seeking one benefitted 8-month senior fisheries technician ($20.82/hr) to lead a crew responsible for studying populations and distributions of non-game fish (specifically Green Sucker and Northern Leatherside Chub) in eastern Idaho. This position will begin approximately May 15, 2023, and end approximately January 15, 2024. Applicants must include their earliest available start date in the application. Interested parties may apply until March 31, but the announcement may close sooner if a candidate is selected. Housing may be provided. General Information: Green Sucker and Northern Leatherside Chub are two species of non-game fish native to eastern Idaho that have been under-studied and warrant further investigation into their statewide geographic range and population dynamics/demographics. This position is based in the Upper Snake Region in Idaho Falls, but will operate in multiple regions throughout much of eastern Idaho. This position will lead a 2-3 person crew during the field season, and will be responsible for aspects of study/sampling design, coordinating with IDFG staff, USFS, and other entities ensure proper communication, data entry and analyses, and writing a completion report at the end of the project. Job duties during the field season will primarily consist of collecting eDNA samples at prioritized sites to evaluate the presence of either species and then following up by electrofishing and/or beach seining to confirm presence and obtain voucher specimens and aging structures. This position will require frequent travel to remote areas, and applicants must be comfortable spending extended periods of time camping in the backcountry (likely multiple days each week during the field season; gear provided). The work schedule may be variable with some work occurring on weekends/holidays, but will primarily consist of weekdays. Physical requirements: With or without reasonable accommodations, applicants must be able to work in extreme weather, handle live and dead fish, hike reasonable distances over challenging terrain while carrying a pack, and lift/carry equipment up to 60lbs for short distances. Responsibilities: This position will act as crew lead and will be responsible for conducting eDNA sampling, electrofishing, and beach seining surveys for Green Sucker and Norther Leatherside Chub. The successful applicant must be comfortable supervising a team in remote areas with frequently challenging terrain. After sampling is complete for the season, the successful applicant will process aging structures, perform data entry and analyses, and write a technical completion report detailing their findings.
Minimum Qualifications: B.S. Degree in fisheries, biology, or related field, or equivalent in training and experience. Applicants must have a general working knowledge of fish identification, life-history, anatomy, and ecology. Applicants must be comfortable working in and around boats, lakes, and streams. Applicants must also have and maintain a valid driver’s license. Preferred Qualifications: M.S. Degree in fisheries, biology, or related field. Experience supervising a field crew, electrofishing (boat/raft/backpack), beach seining, fish aging, boat operation, trailering, interacting with the public, recording/summarizing data, using Microsoft Office programs, using GIS software, writing technical reports, working in remote locations, and diagnosing/repairing minor mechanical problems are preferred.
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Nathan Tillotson
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