Fisheries Technician Intern

Expected Dates
February 28, 2022 to September 25, 2022
Mid-Columbia Fish and Wildlife CO
Position ID
The US Fish and Wildlife Service is excited to announce a fisheries technician internship at the Mid- Columbia Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office located in Winthrop, Washington. The intern will be working as a part of a team to support research and monitoring efforts for variety of fishery related projects conducted at salmon hatcheries and rivers in north-central Washington. The intern will provide support to projects conducted by the Hatchery Evaluation Program.  For additional information see:
The primary duties of this position include:
Field projects (65%)
  • Steelhead brood stock collection
  • Steelhead, Chinook, Coho, and Bull Trout spawning ground surveys and carcass sampling
  • 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

Desired Qualifications:

  • 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.

Compensation amounts:

  • $650 - one time RT travel allowance
  • $160 - weekly living allowance
  • $700 - monthly housing allowance
  • $30 - weekly commuting allowance
  • $1,500 - duty related travel funds
  • AmeriCorps award (valued at $3,172)
  • *All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes

Conditions of Employment: Required to demonstrate full vaccination status for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) with a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized or FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine;
Receive from SCA a reasonable accommodation granting an exemption from vaccine requirements based on a medical disability or because of a sincerely held religious belief. Additional information and instructions regarding how to request a reasonable accommodation will be provided at the time of selection.


  • 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
    Fish Identification
    Coded-wire tag dissection
    Salmon/Trout/Lamprey Redd/nest identification
  • 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.
  • No
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Data Entry
some experience
Field Research
some experience
Working with Animals
some experience