Make an Impact on Oregon's Natural Resources: Join Us in Fulfilling ODFW's Mission

Are you passionate about preserving Oregon's natural beauty and safeguarding its precious fish and wildlife habitats for future generations to cherish? If so, consider joining our team at the Aquatic Inventories Program (AQI). We offer seasonal employment opportunities in western Oregon every year.

Position Overview:
As a member of our Aquatic Inventories team, you will play a pivotal role in conducting critical surveys in Oregon's streams. These surveys encompass stream habitat assessments, juvenile snorkel surveys, and electroshocking studies. Your responsibilities will include:

  • Describing channel morphology and instream habitat characteristics.
  • Assessing the distribution and abundance of juvenile fish.
  • Maintaining accurate and well-documented records.
  • Embarking on daily hikes along streams.
  • Working in various weather conditions, from hot and cold to rainy, and navigating challenging terrains.
  • Occasionally camping or backpacking in remote areas.
  • Interacting with the public to secure access to private lands and explain monitoring activities.
  • Collaborating with a partner in a two-person crew, focusing on streams within a specific geographic area.
    It's important to note that these positions come with a flexible work schedule, where the number of hours worked daily may vary. Additionally, your start and end times may change on a daily basis, with some weekend and occasional night work. These positions can be physically demanding.

We are looking for self-motivated individuals who are willing to work in a variety of conditions and are dedicated to ensuring the quality of data collected. While there are no strict minimum qualifications for these positions, candidates with relevant field experience, such as fish sampling, habitat surveys, hydrology, or biological sampling, will be given preference for interviews. If you have or are pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Fisheries or Wildlife Science or a closely related field in biological or ecological sciences, your application will stand out.

Join us in making a meaningful difference in Oregon's natural resources. Become a part of our team and contribute to protecting and enhancing our state's unique fish and wildlife ecosystems. 

Upcoming Positions can be found at ODFW Jobs and Oregon Job Opportunities keyword ODFW.


Current Job Openings

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Biological Science Assistant 
Summer Job Announcement
Aquatic Inventories Project, 
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Currently, all positions are filled. 
See below for an example of past openings, locations, and job responsibilities. 
Mark your calendars to apply for the 2025 season.

Available jobs
Type:           Stream habitat and snorkel surveys
Duration:    June 3 – September 27, 2024
Locations:   Gold Beach & Tillamook 
Type:           Stream habitat surveys
Duration:    June 3 – September 27, 2024
Location:    Prineville

These are estimated dates. 
Length of season(s) may be shortened or extended depending on project needs, funding, 
or factors beyond the project’s control.

Job Description  
The employees in these positions will conduct 
stream habitat, and/or juvenile snorkel surveys in Oregon streams.  
Duties include:
* Hike into and along streams daily.
* Describe channel morphology and instream habitat 
* Assess distribution and abundance of juvenile fish.    
* Keep accurate and clear data records.
* Work in hot, cold, rainy weather and over rough terrain.
* Camp or backpack in remote areas (occasionally).
* Work on a two-person crew on streams within a specific geographic area.
* Communicate with the public to gain access to private land and to explain monitoring activities.

These positions require 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, including most weekends and some night work.  These positions may be physically demanding.

Please contact Human Resources at 503-947-6051 with any questions. 
This position requires a Criminal History Background Check and Driving record check.

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