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Fisheries Field Technician


Individual Placement/Internships

Job Location

Lacey, Washington

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


Puget Sound/Olympic Peninsula Complex, WA

Living Allowance:


AmeriCorps Education Award:

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

Start Date:

June 3rd, 2024  (Most likely start date.  Might depend on college semester timing conflict)

Application Due Date:

Preference given to applicants that submit application by March 1st. 

Title of Position

Fisheries Field 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 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Washington Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office are seeking an intern who will support aquatic biological field research and fish hatchery evaluation efforts.  There may also be some supplemental opportunities to gain experience in fish rearing at National Fish Hatcheries.  This intern will gain a wealth of diversified and career building field and hatchery experience.  They will also gain exposure to the multiple federal, state, local, and Tribal government as well as non-profit conservation partners we work with.  This position also includes local and regional (WA, OR, ID, and HI) career development training that will prepare the intern to find and compete for relevant employment opportunities beyond this experience. 


Position Responsibilities will include:

       Biological field sampling in aquatic environments, including but not limited to minnow trapping, electrofishing, seining, gill and tangle netting in lakes and rivers, hook & line sampling(angling), and screw trapping.

       Fish identification and data collection (species, length, weight, scale samples, tag scans, genetics, etc.).

       Fish marking, tagging, and tracking (coded wire tags, PIT tags, floy tags, and radio telemetry tagging and tracking). 

       Invertebrate and limnology sampling. 

       Abiotic data collection such as river substrate sampling, water salinity, turbidity, dissolved oxygen, and temperature.

       Habitat surveys (wetted width, maximum depth, pebble counts, canopy cover, etc).

       Collecting and entering field data into a database.  Database management.

       Laboratory processing and data collection, including fish stomach sample identification and sediment sample analysis.

       Fish Hatchery Evaluation:  Mass marking of juveniles, tag retention sampling, tag scans on adults, biological sampling of tagged adults, and tag extractions (lab) and linking tag number to biological sampling data.

       Supplemental Hatchery Support:  fish rearing, spawning, and transfers.  Raceway (tank) maintenance, water quality monitoring, fish health monitoring, and fish per pound size and growth tracking measurements.  

       Supplemental support for education and outreach programming such as events and school activities such as Salmon in the Classroom.  This includes tribal specific outreach programming. 

       Supporting upkeep of sampling instrumentation used for core position functions.


Minimum Requirements:

       A strong interest in a career in aquatic and natural resource conservation science. 

       Ability to lift at least 40 pounds.

       Ability to hike at least 4 miles on uneven ground.

       Ability to wade in water, including in and across rivers.

       Ability to work long days and in inclement weather.

       Willing to undergo and pass a required criminal history check.

       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:

o   Persons who possess at least one-half degree Indian blood derived from Tribes Indigenous to the United States.

o    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:

       Relevant college degree or course work is preferred but not required.  Coursework could include biology, fisheries science, forestry, wildlife biology, oceanography, ecology, and environmental science. 

       Personal, educational, and/or professional experience capturing and handling aquatic organisms such as fish. 

       Boating experience.  This includes human and/or motor-powered watercrafts in river, lake, and or saltwater environments.

       Swimming proficiency (for snorkel survey work and personal safety when working in and around water).



       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.

       Local and regional career development training, including resume counseling, networking, how to look for and apply for related jobs, and how to prepare for interviews.

       Experience with a diversity of aquatic and biological field sampling experience as well as exposure to relevant professionals and career opportunities with our federal, state, local, and tribal governments as well as our non-profit partners. 


How to Apply

  • 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.
  • Upload a copy of your federally recognized tribal issued ID card.


If you have questions about this position, please contact Dan Spencer at (360 972-5260) or Stewards Program Coordinator, Andre Nguyen,   


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.

This position is located in Lacey, WA. View the Google Map in full screen.