Utah State University

Fisheries Field Technician - (Temporary)

City Outside UT. See WL address
Posted Date 2 years ago(3/30/2021 6:17 PM)
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 hours with possibility of overtime
Quinney College of Natural Resourcs
Watershed Sciences
Advertised Salary
Minimum $10, commensurate with experience
Telework Eligible


Seeking several 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.



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.
  • Valid Utah driver’s license to perform essential job responsibilities, such as driving university vehicles and transporting materials.
  • 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

Minimum $10, commensurate with 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 Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.


USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employs 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.


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 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.


USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at hr@usu.edu.


USU Land Acknowledgment

Please visit our website to learn about Utah State’s land acknowledgment of the eight tribes of Utah.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Matthew Pinner, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, Ut 84322

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


*updated 11/2022


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