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

Founded in 1888, Utah State University is Utah’s premier land-grant and space-grant university, with a strong commitment to excellence, access, and inclusion. USU serves approximately 27,500 students throughout the state at three residential campuses, eight statewide campuses, and 23 education centers. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for over 25 years, and USU Extension provides outreach and service to all counties in Utah.  


As a land-grant university, USU engages communities and empowers people to lead successful lives of involvement, innovation, and impact. As an R1 research institution, USU provides a high-quality undergraduate and graduate education at an affordable price. Washington Monthly has consistently ranked USU in the top 10 among public universities for contribution to social mobility, research, and public service.  


Utah State is committed to cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community where different perspectives, values, cultures, and identities are acknowledged, welcomed, and valued. We seek to recruit, hire, and retain people from all walks of life who will champion excellence in education, research, discovery, outreach, and service. We believe that promoting a strong sense of community and belonging empowers and engages all members of USU to thrive and be successful. Learn more about USU. 


The university provides a Dual Career Assistance Program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment. Additionally, USU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Office of Human Resources at (435) 797-0122 or hr@usu.edu. 


About the Region

U.S. News and World Report ranked Utah first for its strong economy, fiscal stability, education, and health care. Outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities abound throughout the state, including five national parks, 43 state parks and recreation areas, and 15 alpine ski resorts. The home of USU’s main campus, Logan, is a city of 54,000-plus people in a picturesque mountain valley 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. The Logan metro area claimed the top spot in the Milken Institute’s 2022 ranking for best-performing small cities in the nation. 


* updated 7/2023

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 Cody Carmichael, 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


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