Conservation Fisheries Technician II
State of Montana - Helena, MT

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Position Title:
Conservation Fisheries Technician II

  • Applications must be received by Midnight Mountain Time on the closing date.
Listing Number: 9702-132E


For more information contact:
State Agency:
Fish, Wildlife and Parks

1400 S 19th

Bozeman , MT

Phone: (406)994-4042

Fax: (406)994-4090

TTY: Montana Relay Service at 711


  • OR -
Local Montana Job Service Workforce





Job Status:
Full-Time Seasonal (permanent)

Varied Shifts

Date Posted:

Closing Date:

Fish, Wildlife and Parks



State Application Required:


Salary Unit:

Additional Salary Information: Typically, successful applicants are hired between entry and market depending on qualifications, internal equity, the labor market (supply and demand), and the program's ability to pay.

Applicant Pool: If another department
vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may
be used for the selection.

Special Information:
This is a seasonal position that typically runs from March or April through October. Incumbent assists fisheries biologist & fisheries technician 3 in conducting fish population and habitat surveys, native species restoration projects, habitat restoration and improvement projects, and other associated duties in the Madison River Drainage.

1) Conducts fish population surveys/inventories and laboratory studies to assess the characteristics and dynamics of fish populations and angler use by using appropriate fisheries sampling and survey methods, and operating complex equipment. Develops field and laboratory schedules and coordinates sampling schemes with biologist and fellow employees to ensure efficient and thorough surveys. 2) Inventories, protects, maintains and enhances aquatic habitat to maintain or improve populations of fish and aquatic organisms by using knowledge of surveying, water and invertebrate sampling equipment, habitat improvement techniques and public communication skills. 3) Files, enters, summarizes and analyzes fisheries data for management decisions and report writing through judicious fieldwork and experience with analytical techniques and computer technology. 4) Performs administrative duties to implement regional fisheries program by applying supervisory, clerical and data management techniques. 5) Performs, authorizes or supervises the purchase, operation, maintenance and repair of equipment necessary for fisheries investigations and shop/office operation by using mechanical, electrical, welding fabrication, carpentry and organizational techniques.

The incumbent must conduct statistically valid field studies and lab methodologies to further fisheries management objectives and must acquire new knowledge to determine the best strategy for fish and habitat recovery. The incumbent must be able to assimilate new scientific information and technologies as they develop. Research and monitoring will require that the incumbent work in adverse environmental conditions performing field surveys, often requiring hiking long distances. The incumbent must be able to operate boats, backpack, boat, and bank electrofishing gear and be, or have the ability to become, certified in electrofishing safety. Must have, or be able to acquire, knowledge and ability to use a variety of sampling gear (e.g., gill nets, seines, weirs and traps) some of which can be highly technical(GPS,GIS, and radio telemetry). Must be able to improvise and adapt field methods and techniques when conditions change. Must have some knowledge of statistical and quantitative analyses of fisheries data using a computer. Must be able to design data entry forms, compile data sets & check programs for errors. Data management requires knowledge of computer programs and some knowledge of quantitative techniques and their meaning. The incumbent may be responsible for overseeing field and office work and its quality. Must be able to train subordinates and give clear, concise instructions. Must be in good physical condition & able to carry heavy and awkward items; able to swim and have some knowledge of water safety; a valid drivers license is required. The required knowledge, skills, and ability will be measured through an evaluation of the application and reference checks.

The knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the duties of this position are usually acquired through a bachelor's degree in fish and wildlife management fishery science, aquaculture or a closely related field emphasizing vertebrate biology, math, statistics, writing, and public speaking. Other combinations of education and experience that could provide such knowledge, skills and abilities will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Supplemental Questions:
Please include the supplemental question and your answer with all your application materials.

1. Please describe your experience sampling cold water fisheries and reference specific gear types and methods used.
2. Please describe your experience working with native species conservation and restoration.
3. Please describe your experience analyzing and summarizing fisheries data including methods and computer programs that were used.

Additional Materials Required:
Cover Letter
Other Required Materials (see Job Listing)

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