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Biologist, Fisheries

Department of Fish and Game

Open for Recruitment: January 5, 2018 - January 22, 2018
Announcement # 00803023532
Salary Range: $21.50+ per hour DOE -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Statewide

The Department of Fish and Game has current openings for three Fisheries Biologists. 

Please Note: The Department will use the register developed from this announcement to fill the current openings and may also use this register to fill future statewide openings for the following job titles:

  • Regional Fisheries Biologist
  • Regional Fisheries Habitat Biologist
  • Fishery Research Biologist
  • Anadromous Fisheries Biologist

The current vacancies are for:

  • Regional Fisheries Biologist (Henry's Lake) - Upper Snake Region
  • Regional Fisheries Biologist (anadromous fish screen and habitat program) - Salmon Region
  • Anadromous Fisheries Biologist (wild salmon and steelhead monitoring) - Salmon Region

General Information:

  • If you have previously applied for Fisheries Biologist and wish to be considered the current vacancies or any future statewide openings, you must reapply under this announcement. Previous scores will not be used.
  • These positions involve the ability to walk in rugged terrain; work in cold water for up to six hours per shift; work in extreme weather conditions; lift and carry equipment weighing up to 60 pounds with occasional lifting and carrying up to 100 pounds for short distances with or without reasonable accommodations.


  • Collects, analyzes, and interprets life history, habitat, and research data for various fish species and prepares technical reports.
  • Provides input on management strategies and plans and land-acquisition priorities for fisheries projects.
  • Reviews and comments on environmental impact statements.
  • Investigates and reports on fish kills including pesticide and pollution incidents.
  • Conducts fish salvage and fish stocking operations.
  • Monitors stream-channel alterations.
  • Provides information regarding fish resources, regulations, and policies to various groups and the public.

Additional job duties for Regional Fisheries Habitat Biologist may include:

  • Assessing aquatic and riparian habitat condition and quality.
  • Analyzing habitat quality as it relates to the requirements of different species of fish.
  • Developing recommendations to protect and improve aquatic habitat.
  • Implementing habitat improvement projects, including the coordination of planning and design, permitting, permitting, landowner/agency coordination, compliance, contracting, and construction management.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Good knowledge of: fishery management practices to include habitat requirements, behavior of fish, fish population dynamics, limnology, stream ecology, taxonomy, diseases of fish, and aquatic insects and fishery research methods.
  • Some knowledge of sport-fishing techniques.
  • Experience: conducting fish sampling and using basic sampling equipment; using various software and databases that are used in fisheries research or other related projects; making oral presentations to groups on fisheries related issues; writing articles for publication in newspapers, magazines and/or scientific journals.
  • Valid driver's license.


There is an examination 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 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.

To preview the examination for this position, click on Preview Exam below. You will not be able to test from this screen. If you wish to take the exam, follow the instructions under "How to Apply".

How to Apply:

Click on the Apply Online button and follow the instructions provided to complete the application checklist and the examination for this position.

When completing your online application information for the current openings, please select:

  • Department of Fish and Game under "Agencies"
  • Full-time employment under "Job Type/Shift"
  • Statewide under "Cities"

When completing or updating your online application information, please complete all items in the Application Checklist (this includes: Personal Information, Education, Work History, Cities, Agencies, and Job type.) Without this information the hiring agency may not be able to contact you for an interview.

Hiring Lists:

If your name has been certified to a hiring list for possible consideration, you will see it listed under the Hiring Lists section of your online application. Supervisors review application materials prior to scheduling interviews. Those applicants who will be offered an interview may receive a phone call, letter or email to schedule a time.  Having your name certified to a hiring list is not a guarantee that you will be contacted for an interview, it simply means you are one of the candidates being considered.

Thank you for applying with the Department of Fish and Game!


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Some jobs may entail working overtime. It is the Department's policy to provide compensatory time off instead of cash for any overtime worked.

Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability. In addition, preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations. If you need special accommodations to satisfy testing requirements, please contact the Division of Human Resources.