Biological Science Assistant (Fish Monitoring Assistant)

Department of Fish and Wildlife

La Grande, Oregon

Job Type: Full-Time (Seasonal)

Salary: $3,218.00 monthly

Start / End Dates: 06/01/24 to 10/31/24

Make a difference in Oregon’s Natural Resources!

Help the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife fulfill its mission: To protect and enhance Oregon’s fish and wildlife and their habitats for use and enjoyment by present and future generations.


To learn more about the department and the work we do, view the following video at


NOTE: This recruitment will be opened until June 15, 2024 with the first review of applications beginning at 8AM on Monday, May 20, 2024. Apply now, as this recruitment may close any time after that initial review date.


Location: There are two (2) temporary positions based out of La Grande, OR. The majority of the work will be completed on Meadow Creek.


Duration: Both positions are expected to start June 1, 2024 and last through October 31, 2024.


What you will do:


  • Operate juvenile fish traps in the Grande Ronde River. Survey juvenile fish populations. Conduct electrofishing in streams. Seine juvenile fish in streams. Snorkel streams and count salmonids and other fishes in summer and winter conditions. Anesthetize fish using standard procedures. Count fish and determine species while conducting snorkeling surveys. Count, measure, weigh, and collect scales from fish collected. Collect and record data using computerized data collection station. Accurately record data on data forms.
  • Tag wild juvenile Chinook salmon and steelhead. Implant passive integrated transponder tags in juvenile salmon and steelhead. Use computerized tagging station to record biological data. Analyze and summarize data. Download data from computerized data station to desktop computer. Enter and verify field data on desktop computer using spreadsheets and databases. Conduct summary analyses using spreadsheets and databases.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.


Working Conditions:

  • Requires a flexible work schedule that varies in the number of hours worked on a daily basis, but not necessarily each day, or a work schedule in which the starting and stopping times vary on a daily basis, but not necessarily each day. This includes working at all hours and workdays in excess of eight hours. Work exceeding 40 hours per week requires prior approval by the supervisor. Position is eligible for overtime. May work weekends and long hours. Twenty percent of time spent in office during normal working hours.
  • Requires frequent long-distance travel to study sites. Considerable travel in all types of weather.
  • Outside work in inclement weather in cold, swift streams.
  • Must be able to work and communicate effectively with ODFW, other government agencies, private landowners, and members of the public.

Criminal Records/DMV Check:

Applicants are subject to both a criminal history and motor vehicles check. Driving is required for all positions. Out-of-state finalists will be required to present a current certified driving record for review to be considered for the position. Be prepared to obtain as soon as possible. You are expected to provide the out-of-state certified driving record before an offer can be made unless extenuating circumstances exist. Adverse background and/or driving information may disqualify you from further consideration.


Within three days of hire, applicants will be required to complete the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s I-9 form confirming authorization to work in the United States. ODFW participates in E-Verify. ODFW is unable to support VISA sponsorships.


Additional Information:

Your answers to the supplemental questions must be supported in your resume or the “Job History” section in your application or you may not be considered for this position. You may be disqualified if your experience listed in your resume or the “Job History” section does not include information used to back up your answers to the supplemental questions. If any of the positions listed in your application are part time or seasonal, be sure to include the dates you worked (month and year) and the average amount of hours worked per week in the duties section. Only those individuals who most closely match the requested skills will be invited to an interview.


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If you’d like to attach a copy of your official or unofficial college transcripts, they can be attached to your application in the Resume/CV/Cover Letter attachments field when you apply. Cover letters may not be reviewed unless it is stated as a requirement in the job posting.


External Applicants (non-state of Oregon employees):

If you would like to retain a copy of this job posting, please print a copy before submitting your application. Once the job posting has closed, you will not be able to access the posting.


Internal Applicants:

The contact information that is prefilled on your application is typically your work email and work phone number. Be sure to check your state email and Workday notifications for your status regarding the recruitment process. If you are away from the office or unable to check your state email account for an extended period, contact the HR Recruitment Unit and the hiring manager to let them know your personal email and phone number where you can be contacted. This will help to ensure you do not miss out on any correspondence that may be related to an interview. If you apply for a position as an internal applicant and then terminate while the recruitment is still in process, contact the Recruitment Unit to have your contact information updated.


The job posting closes at 11:59 PM (PDT/PST) on the close date. After you submit your application, be sure to respond to the two questionnaires relating to public records requests and veterans’ preference immediately following your submittal. These questions are necessary to complete the application process.


Reasonable accommodations for interviews will be provided upon request to individuals with disabilities. If you are having trouble applying for this position or have questions, please contact the ODFW Human Resources office at 503-947-6051.


This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified people to fill the current vacancy and may be used to fill other vacancies as they occur.

The employee in this position will be represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and will be subject to all terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement. Pay and benefits on all job listings may change without notice.


Veterans – If you are an eligible veteran and you meet the qualifications, veterans’ preference points will be added to your score.  For more information on veterans’ preference points visit and select Veterans resources under Resources. Please do not attach veteran documentation to your initial application, after you have applied you will be sent a task in your Workday account to provide your veteran documentation at that time.


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If you are passionate about natural resources, we invite you to join our team and assist with furthering ODFW’s mission by partnering with communities and sharing how our work has a positive effect on Oregon’s fish, wildlife, and their habitats. ODFW is dedicated to cultivating a diverse and inclusive workforce as we strive to represent and better serve our neighboring communities. Our most important asset is our employees, and each person brings unique, different, and important contributions to the workplace and community we serve.  With Oregon’s changing demographics, a workforce that reflects this change will make us stronger and create an opportunity for better decision making. Consider joining our team as we lead ODFW into the future! To learn more about the department and the work we do, view the following video at


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The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Qualifications / Experience Level Required:

Minimum qualifications are not established for this position; however, we are seeking applicants with the following experience or skills. Preference for interviews may be given to candidates with these skills and background:
  • Requires a valid driver license and an acceptable driving record.
  • Ability to conduct field work under a variety of weather conditions ranging from heat in summer to cold in winter.
  • Experience conducting fish surveys, identifying adult fish species (especially salmonids)
  • Experience operating rotary screw traps, PIT-tagging fish, conducting surveys in stream environments, and identifying juvenile fish species (especially salmonids) is desirable.
  • Anyone who has or are in pursuit of a Fisheries or Wildlife Science degree or related degree in biological/ecological sciences.


Joseph Lemanski

Application Closes: 06/15/24

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