Description: The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is seeking a 12 mo., full-time fisheries technician, to work in the anadromous scale aging laboratory at the Nampa Fisheries Research facility in Nampa, ID. This is a lab-based position but there will be occasional opportunities for field work. Field work is not a significant component of job performance, and is not required.
Responsibilities: This position will collaborate with other technicians in the lab to prepare (clean, mount, and image) and analyze (age) adult and juvenile Chinook and steelhead scale samples. Freshwater and saltwater ages are assigned to adult samples. Technician will also help with data organization and management, preparing/editing datasheets, follow sub-sampling schemes, and perform database uploads as needed. Additional tasks include organization and storage of scale samples, conducting routine data checks, preparing field kits for trap tenders, and creating labels. The technician will cooperate with the laboratory supervisor and other laboratory technicians on a daily basis, and must be a good team player. Many of the tasks performed in the lab are repetitive, so candidate must be self motivated.
Qualifications: B.S. degree in fisheries, biology, or related field are preferred. Individuals with knowledge of anadromous fishes and have previous aging (and/or growth pattern recognition) experience with anadromous fish will be given preference. An individual with experience managing data using Microsoft Excel and Access would be preferred. Individual must be able to work well without direct supervision, follow protocols effectively, be punctual, organized, and be extremely detail oriented.
Applications due on or before February 15, 2021.