Fisheries Technician (2 needed)

Title: Fisheries Technician (2 needed)
Agency/Department: Burns Paiute Tribe Natural Resource Department
Reports to: Fisheries Biologist
Classification/Date of Employment: Full Time/Temporary
Dates of Employment: June 17th – September 9th, 2024 (Flexible)
Salary: $19 / hour
Announcement Closing Date: March 31st, 2024


Reports To:

Fisheries Biologist



Primary locations Upper Malheur River and North Fork Malheur River. Week-long overnight camping stays may occasionally be required.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Prudent Motor Vehicle Record


Job Duties/Summary:

The role of the fisheries technician is to support/assist the fisheries biologist/manager and partner agencies with a wide variety of field tasks related to non-native brook trout control and bull trout/native fish recovery. Tasks may include electrofishing, eDNA sampling, bull trout spawning (redd) surveys, salmon surveys, gillnetting, minnow trapping, macroinvertebrate surveys, taking habitat metrics/flows, ground truthing, and data entry/checking. The primary focus of this year’s field season is to complete a rotenone treatment of a mountain lake/outflow to chemically remove brook trout and the technician will be responsible for various tasks associated with the treatment such as pre-treatment native fish salvage, hauling gear and equipment, flow and habitat mapping, chemical application, and post-treatment monitoring. The fisheries technician may be involved with outreach and activities with tribal youth such as fishing/camping trips. Daily tasks are various and numerous and change as necessary to accomplish projects. Work is outside in physically challenging conditions and the fisheries technician will be expected to prepare for rain, snow, sleet, heat, and various other weather conditions as they occur. The fisheries technician will be expected to work with limited supervision. Occasional overnight camping trips may be required.



  • Able to lift and carry 40+ lbs., able to hike several miles on various types of terrain, and be reasonably physically fit/flexible
  • Able to work outside in varying weather conditions
  • Comfortable euthanizing non-native brook trout
  • Comfortable camping in the wilderness
  • Detail-oriented
  • Per the Tribal Policy Manual, the successful applicant will need to pass a background check and drug screening

Indian Preference:

Indian preference will be given to candidates showing proof of enrollment in a federally recognized tribe. In the absence of Indian applicants meeting the qualification as listed above, all applicants not entitled to or who fail to claim Indian Preference, will receive consideration without regard to race, color, sex, political preferences, age, religion, or national origin.


With questions regarding position please contact:
Brandon Haslick

Fisheries Program Manager

Burns Paiute Tribe

100 Pasigo Street

Burns, Oregon 97720

Phone: 541-573-8084

Email: [email protected]


To apply, please submit cover letter, resume, and application by March 31st to the Fisheries Program Manager (above) AND:

Human Resources Dept.
100 Pasigo St
Burns, OR 97720
Phone: 541-573-8013
Fax: 541-573-2323
Email: [email protected]