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Fisheries Seasonal Technicians – Temporary, Seasonal

Position Overview

Various areas around the state of North Dakota - Free housing is available at all locations, except Valley City. Security deposit required. No pets allowed at any locations.
$13.50 to $18.75 per hour - based on college credits and experience
Closing Date
February 4, 2024
Temporary, Seasonal
Type of Recruitment
Job Duration - Positions are generally 40 hours per week for 3 months (mid-May thru August) but may be up to 11 months depending on need.

Summary of Work

Fisheries Seasonal Technician Opportunities exist in the following areas:

Fisheries Seasonal Technician Opportunities exist in the following areas:

Fisheries management – essential functions:

  • Assist fisheries personnel with reproduction and population test netting, trap and transport of different fish species, limnological sampling, and spawning activities. Work may involve creel surveys and data compilation
  • Loading and unloading boats, nets, and other equipment
  • Assist with habitat enhancement
  • Fisheries equipment and gear maintenance (including net repair)
  • General maintenance of buildings and other equipment at District Offices

Aquatic Nuisance Species – essential functions:

  • Conduct watercraft inspections to prevent ANS introductions
  • Educate water users about ANS and the laws and best practices to prevent their spread
  • Assist fisheries professionals with ANS early detection surveys

Fisheries Development* (boat ramps, docks, piers) – essential functions:

  • Construction of related facilities include: boat ramps, parking areas, turnaround areas, roads, and placement of required materials
  • Operation of a wide variety of heavy equipment which includes: compact track loaders, backhoes, pay loaders, etc. to accomplish program activities
  • Signing at waterbodies throughout the state
  • Maintenance of deteriorated ramps, signs, courtesy docks, fishing piers, etc.
  • Operation of power tools and small engines tools
  • Maintenance of heavy equipment and small engines

* Fisheries development seasonals will work out of Bismarck and cover the state in construction and renovation of new/old facilities. A typical work week for Development would consist of working Monday-Wednesday collecting 40 hours and 4-day weekends

National Fish Hatcheries – essential functions:

  • Clean and maintain fish rearing tanks
  • Hand feed fish and fill fish feeders
  • Assist in taking and recording data
  • Assist in spawning fish
  • Perform grounds care and maintenance

Overnight travel may be required (vehicles provided). Expenses while away from main work-station will be reimbursed per policy (includes hotel and meals).


Minimum Qualifications:

Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds over their head and possess a valid driver’s license. Must be at least 18 years old on their start date.

Basic skills/knowledge required for these positions are the ability to work alone with limited supervision, learn to operate equipment with minimal training, and the ability to represent the department in a professional manner. Individuals must be capable of working long, irregular hours outdoors, under adverse weather conditions and occasionally overnight.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given for:

  • Applicants enrolled at, or a recent graduate of a college or university majoring in an aquatic biology related field. Students should be in good academic standing with knowledge of basic fish management principles and practices and basic computer skills.

How to Apply

Application Procedures:

  • 2023 Returning employees do not need to complete the online application. Please use the following procedures:
    • Please send a letter of interest indicating that you would like to return for the upcoming season also indicating where you would like to be located
    • Include a copy of your transcripts
  • New Applicants
    • Must complete the online application
    • Must upload a resume
    • Must upload a copy of transcripts

Positions available at Williston, Bismarck, Dickinson, Riverdale, Devils Lake, AND Jamestown District offices and Valley City and Garrison Dam National Fish Hatcheries. Applicants will be asked to specify their preferred location as well as other locations applicants are willing to work in. Please indicate these locations in the application process to be considered for employment in these districts.

Current State employees with access to PeopleSoft can access the job posting through the PeopleSoft Portal.

External applicants can access the job posting by going to the ND State Jobs Openings. Applications must be completed by 11:59pm on the posted closing date.

For information about the position or for persons needing accommodations or assistance in the application or interview process, contact Mattea Bierman at 701-516-3143.

For returning employees, letters of interest and transcripts can be mailed to Mattea Bierman c/o ND Game and Fish Department, Riverdale District Office, 406 Dakota Avenue, Riverdale, ND 58565 or emailed to

For troubles or questions about applying on the online system, contact Melissa Long at 701-328-6318.

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department makes reasonable accommodations for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant's ability to compete in the recruitment and selection process or with an employee's ability to perform essential duties of the job. It is the applicant's responsibility to make known any needs for accommodation.

As employers, the State of North Dakota and political subdivisions prohibit smoking in all places of state and political subdivision employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The state of North Dakota does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), religion, age, or disability in employment or the provision of services, and complies with the provisions of the North Dakota Human Rights Act.

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