Florida softshell turtle, Apalone ferox, photo by J.D. Willson

Fisheries Technician - Rotary Screw Trap Tender

Idaho Department of Fish and Game
McCall, Idaho
Closing Date
March 29, 2020

Sampling juvenile anadromous salmonid emigrants is an integral part of overall status and trend monitoring of threatened populations of salmon and steelhead. The individual chosen for this position will be one of two technicians who will work in rotating multi-day shifts to operate a rotary screw trap located at the University of Idaho's Taylor Ranch Field Station, within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.

Employee will maintain a juvenile fish trap at the University of Idaho's Taylor Ranch Field Station, located within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Access to Taylor Ranch is by charter plane, with flight costs paid by the Department. Per diem and housing is provided while on duty. Duty schedule is typically 8 to 10 days on followed by 4 to 6 days off, but will vary.

Primary responsibilities include handling, identifying, and PIT tagging juvenile salmonids, and managing associated databases. Maintaining the trap and all associated equipment. Lead a second trap tender at the Big Creek screw trap station including, creating a schedule, contacting pilots to arrange flights, and heading maintenance of equipment. Other duties include assisting with related fisheries research and management activities conducted from the McCall office. Other duties as assigned.

This position is a benefited, 8-month term employment (4/1/2020 to 11/16/2020). Salary is $12.78 per hour, plus competitive benefits. Information about living and working at Taylor Ranch can be found at University of Idaho's web page on the Taylor Wilderness Research Station.


B.S. degree in fisheries, biology, or related field; or equivalent in training and experience. Individuals with experience in the above listed activities, and experience working independently will be given preference.

To Apply

Apply online at https://idfg.idaho.gov/job/55679

  • Applicants must first register with Idaho Department of Labor (Reference Job Number 1269731 at https://www.labor.idaho.gov/dnn.)
  • Complete an IDFG Application for Temporary Employment (https://idfg.idaho.gov/jobs/application-temporary)
  • Submit a cover letter, a resume, three professional or academic references, and a completed IDFG Application for Temporary Employment via email (josh.poole [at] idfg.idaho.gov, email is preferred) or by mail to:

    Attention: Josh Poole
    555 Deinhard Ln
    McCall, ID 83638

    Phone: 208-634-8137


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