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Fisheries Technician


Individual Placement/Internships

Job Location

Orofino, Idaho

Tracking Code


Position Type


Dworshak National Fish Hatchery


Term of positions is 26 weeks; full-time 40 hours per week


Orofino, ID

Living Allowance:


AmeriCorps Award:

Position is eligible for an AmeriCorps education award upon successful completion of the program. Value of education award is $3,246.50 (pre-tax).

Start Date:

Flexible - July

Application Due Date:

Preference given to applicants that submit application by June 12

Title of Position

Fisheries Technician


Position Details:

Stewards Individual Placements (Stewards) provides individuals with service and career opportunities to strengthen communities and preserve our natural resources. Participants work with federal agencies, tribal governments, and nonprofits building institutional capacity, developing community relationships, and supporting ecosystem health. Stewards in partnership with Dworshak NFH are seeking an intern who will carry out assigned duties relating to broodstock and collection of spring Chinook and Steelhead smolts.  In addition to performing fish husbandry, the incumbent is required to participate in all phases of the hatchery operations. Physical requirements are medium to heavy work that involves walking or standing most of the time and exerting up to 100 pounds of force on recurring basis.


Position Responsibilities will include:

  • Maintain communication with assigned supervisor in developing fish culture tasks/ activities and their implementation for hatchery operations and consult with supervisor on unusual problems that arise.
  • Record, summarize and enter data associated with fish culture and hatchery operations in tabular, graphic, or narrative form and keep hard copy or on a computer as assigned.
  • Care for broodstock; e.g., capture, holding, handling, marking, data collection, record keeping, chemical treatments, transport, spawning, carcass disposal and other as required.
  • Production and care of juvenile fish; e.g., egg incubation, alevin rearing, fry thru smolt rearing, feeding, cleaning, handling, transporting, monitoring health, chemical treatments, marking, data collection, record keeping, transport, release, disposal and other as required.
  • Assist with and learn to use, operate, maintain, repair, and clean/disinfect fish culture equipment; e.g, incubators, buckets, tanks, ponds, raceways, pumps, valves and facilities used in fish culture.
  • Perform routine maintenance and custodial tasks as assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Willing to undergo and pass a required criminal history check.
  • A strong interest in a career in natural resource conservation science.
  • You must be eligible to serve in AmeriCorps State & National direct Service programs (must not have served more than 4 terms in AmeriCorps).
  • You must be available to work a 40-hour week for the 26-week term
  • You must be between 18 and 34 years of age.
  • You must have received a High School Diploma or GED
  • You must be a member of a federally-recognized Indian Tribe, Band, or Village; Alaska Native; or meet one of the following descriptions:
    • Persons who possess at least one-half degree Indian blood derived from Tribes Indigenous to the United States.
    • Descendants of Members of Federally-Recognized Indian Tribes, Bands or Communities who were residing on any Indian Reservation on June 1, 1934 – shown by completing BIA Form 4432.


 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Valid Driver’s license insurable under Nez Perce Tribe Policy.



  • Living Allowance: $600/week (pre-tax)
  • Position is eligible for an AmeriCorps education award upon successful completion of the program. Value of education award is $3,246.50 (pre-tax).
  • Student loan forbearance and health insurance
  • Federal non-competitive hiring status through the Public Lands Corps upon successfully completion of the program (only those ages 18-30 are eligible for this benefit).


 How to Apply


Apply on-line at:  In addition to your resume, please submit a one-page cover letter highlighting why you are interested in this position and how your background and experience will help you succeed in this position.


If you have questions about this position, please contact or or Stewards Program Coordinator Sierra Miller:


This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, marital or parental status, genetic information, and military service. Where a significant portion of the population eligible to be served needs services or information in a language other than English, the recipient shall take reasonable steps to provide written material of the type ordinarily available to the public in appropriate languages.

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