The primary duties of this position include:
Field projects (65%)
- Steelhead brood stock collection
- Steelhead, spawning ground surveys
- Angling for adult fish
- Trapping and netting juvenile fish
- Snorkeling to document fish distribution and life history attributes
- Assisting with habitat restoration studies
Hatchery projects (35 %):
- Fish handling, sampling, and dissecting fish at a National Fish Hatchery
- Marking and tagging juvenile hatchery salmon
- Collecting, dissecting and identifying tags from salmon carcasses
This is a field intensive position that involves working long hours in inclement weather while walking on uneven, slippery terrain in an and around cold swift ﬂowing water. Night work and backpacking may be necessary for back country studies. Lifting and carrying heavy items up to 50 pounds for extended periods of time may be necessary.
This position will afford the intern the opportunity to gain, or refine, skills in data collection and management, field based GIS mapping, fish identification, standard hatchery sampling and fish collection methods (eg. electrofishing), tagging and marking fish, as well as handling endangered and threatened species.
- Some course work, experience, and strong interest in fisheries and aquatic sciences
- Strong swimming ability
- Ability to work long days in swift moving water and slippery terrain
- Ability to work as a team and independently
- Ability to record accurate field data and follow set protocols
- Experience in conducting biological surveys
- Experience in fisheries monitoring
- Basic knowledge of data entry methods and programs (e.g. Microsoft Access, Excel)
A valid driver’s license is required. Applicants will be evaluated based on application information, references, and the match of the applicant’s skills with the needs of the field oﬃce.
- $650 - one time RT travel allowance
- $175 - weekly living allowance
- $450 - monthly housing allowance
- $30 - weekly commuting allowance
- $1,500 - duty related travel funds
- AmeriCorps eligible ($1638 education award)
*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes
Live, work, and play in the heart of Washington State’s Cascade Mountains. The Methow Valley is a premier recreation destination on the dry east side of the state, boasting 300 days of sunshine a year. Winthrop is surrounded by National Forest and has access to numerous wilderness areas, including the Pasayten Wilderness a popular hiking and climbing destination. Rock climbing and mountain biking are accessible and the Methow River ﬂows through town. Surrounded by Ponderosa Pines and mountains, the USFWS field oﬃce is located at the Winthrop National Fish Hatchery less than a mile from town.
Non-motorized boat safety
Ample after work recreation opportunities exist: hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, mountain biking, rafting, kayaking, fishing, hunting, camping, etc. A car would be helpful in accessing trailheads and other recreational opportunities.
- some coursework or experience
- Resource Management
- some coursework or experience
- Data Entry
- some experience
- competent without supervision