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Fishery Pathologist

Department of Fish and Game

Open for Recruitment: September 26, 2017 - October 24, 2017
Announcement # 00805077432
Salary Range: $21.50+ per hour DOE -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Eagle

The Department of Fish and Game is currently recruiting for a Fishery Pathologist at our Eagle Fish Health Laboratory (EFHL) in Eagle, Idaho.

Please Note: The ideal candidate will possess a certification as an Aquatic Animal Health Inspector, Fishery Pathologist, or have training in veterinary medicine and/or possession of a veterinary degree (VMD or DVM). The successful candidate selected will be expected to acquire certification from the American Fisheries Society's Fish Health Section as Certified Aquatic Animal Health Inspector or Certified Fishery Pathologist within their six month probation period and maintain certification throughout the duration of their employment with the department.  

General Information:

  • This announcement will be used to fill the current Fishery Pathologist opening only.  If you have applied for a previously posted announcement for Fishery Pathologist and wish to be considered for the current opening in Eagle, you will need to apply under this announcement. Previous exam scores will not be used.


  • Necropsy fish and collect tissue samples according to standard methods for routine surveillance testing/inspections and for diagnostic purposes.
  • Coordinate with microbiology staff regarding pathogen testing and interpretation of results. 
  • Facilitate reporting of final results to hatchery staff and archival in EFHL database.
  • Prepare and provide content as needed for reporting and other administrative purposes.  
  • Conduct annual biosecurity audits in support of fish health management and aquatic invasive species control and maintain Fish Health Improvement Plans for IDFG-operated hatcheries.  
  • Coordinate with veterinary personnel and/or U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Aquatic Animal Drug Approval Partnership Program to access aquaculture drugs and ensure legal and judicious use at IDFG-operated hatcheries.
  • Design and conduct research to address fish health concerns at IDFG-operated hatcheries, improve understanding and methods of fish health management, and advance the field of fisheries science.
  • Represent the EFHL and IDFG in professional forums related to fish health, including internal and external meetings/conferences, working groups, etc.
  • In cooperation with the State Veterinarian’s Office (Idaho State Dept. of Agriculture), to oversee the Live Fish Import/Transport/Release permitting process for IDFG, other government agencies, commercial, and private interests.   

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Good knowledge of: drugs and their recommended use and dosage levels for control of fish disease.
  • Some knowledge of: fish cultural practices; nutritional requirements of fish and ingredients used in fish diets; water quality sampling and analysis techniques.
  • Experience: use of standard methods in identifying infectious agents and other causes of morbidity/mortality in fish; preventing and treating fish diseases.


There is an exam (resume review) to determine an applicant's eligibility. It is essential that your customized resume emphasize education, experience and positions held that are directly related to the minimum qualifications for this position. It should include detailed information, including dates, regarding education and experience. You must have the minimum level of experience or education described to qualify for this position. Scoring will be based on the information that you provide. A minimum rating of 70 is required to pass. Notification of your test results will be available online when the review process is complete.

To preview the examination for this position, click on the Preview Exam link below. You will not be able to take the exam 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 Exam for this position.

When updating your online application information, please add/select:

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

Hiring Lists:

If your name has been certified to a hiring list for possible consideration, you will see it listed in 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, be sure your contact information is up to date and accurate. 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. 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 applicants being considered.

Thank you for your interest in employment with the Department of Fish Game!


Preview Exam

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.