All of our projects hire seasonal workers at various times throughout the year to conduct fish surveys and collect biological data. A typical appointment is 2-6 months. There are no minimum qualifications for these positions, but preference is typically given to candidates with some scientific background or training, an aptitude for outdoor work, and the ability to work well with others. These can be physically demanding, adventurous jobs, and are an excellent opportunity for recent graduates in natural resources or biological sciences to gain valuable field experience.
Current openings, if any, are listed below. To apply, send a signed Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Employment Application Form to the Project Leader listed for a particular job. The form and additional instructions are provided via the ODFW Jobs link below.
Conduct spawning surveys by locating, driving to and walking or boating selected stream reaches to count spawning salmonids:
Obtain data and biological samples from live salmon and carcasses during creel and spawner surveys and at hatcheries:
Conduct sampling of juvenile salmonids and other species in reservoirs:
Monitor migration of juvenile salmonids:
Participate in required training and perform other duties as required:
These positions typically require extensive travel in the Willamette Basin, use of kayaks and rafts on rivers, motorized boats in reservoirs, and walking up to five miles per day in and along swift streams. The work is conducted outdoors at hatcheries, trapping locations, reservoirs, and in selected reaches of rivers and streams, sometimes during inclement weather. Use of a personal floatation device is required when traveling in watercraft, and helmets are required when using kayaks.
All positions require a valid driver license and an acceptable driving record. A boater education card is required for operating motorized boats.
None at this time.
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