Utah State University

Fisheries Field Technician - (Temporary)

City Outside UT. See WL address
Posted Date 2 years ago(3/2/2020 10:45 AM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
Job Locations
Category (Portal Searching)
Research (non-Faculty)
Position Type
Non-benefited (hourly) Part-Time
Job Classification
Percent of Time or Hours per Week
20-40 hrs. with possibility of overtime
Quinney College of Natural Resourcs
Watershed Sciences
Advertised Salary
$10-$12/hour based on experience


Seeking two fish ecology technicians to assist with scientific field research investigating the movement patterns of Rio Grande Silvery Minnow in a contemporary fragmented river in New Mexico using raft-based mobile PIT-tag antennas.


Dates of employment: March 20, 2020 - April 9, 2020


Primary tasks will include:

  • Rowing a raft mounted with a PIT-tag antenna
  • Identifying habitat features as PIT-tags are detected
  • Using submersible and wand style PIT-tag antennas to detect PIT-tagged fish

Work hours will possibly be long and overtime will be required. There may be no time off during the field session. Housing and food will be provided for the duration of the field session. Technicians will be expected to help with cooking and shopping for meals, and general upkeep of the equipment. The field site is located on the Rio Grande ~1 hour south of Albuquerque, NM. There is internet and cell service at the field station.


  • Applicants should have or be seeking a degree in a science-related field.
  • Applicants must be comfortable in and on rivers.
  • Applicants should be comfortable working and living in isolated areas for extended periods of time, on flowing rivers with 2 other individuals.
  • Applicants are expected to have excellent communication skills and to be able to follow verbal and written instructions.
  • Applicants are expected to navigate with a GPS and map.
  • Experience with boats and working in rivers is preferred.
  • Experience operating 4WD vehicles and hauling trailers on rocky, sandy, and muddy roads preferred.


Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:


1. Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”

2. Cover letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

$10-$12/hour based on experience


This position requires considerable physical activity. Employees must be able to walk several miles over rough, uneven terrain and in chest-deep rivers (waders are provided). Employees must have sufficient strength to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position including heavy lifting (up to 65 lbs.) and/or pushing and pulling of heavy objects. Employees must be prepared to assume uncomfortable positions, such as crawling, kneeling, and squatting. Employees work outside and will not be protected from weather conditions, including extreme cold and extreme heat for extended periods.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,800 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,140 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 165 undergraduate majors, 138 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


USU recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the university’s academic mission of learning, discovery, and engagement. USU is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate in any of its programs and activities based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy or local, state, or federal law (https://equity.usu.edu/non-discrimination).

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding USU’s non-discrimination policies: Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266; Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, hilary.renshaw@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information on the notice of non-discrimination, you may contact the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov.

Learn more at: https://equity.usu.edu/.

USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


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