Fish wildlife technician Job at State of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK

  • State of Alaska
  • Fairbanks, AK

Job Description

This position is open to all U.S. Applicants.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Commercial Fisheries is recruiting for a Fish and Wildlife Technician 3 located in Fairbanks!

What you will be doing:

We will be hiring two Fish and Wildlife Technicians 3 with start date of August 26, 2024 and end date of November 15, 2024. This 2.5-month permanent seasonal position is responsible for conducting subsistence salmon harvest surveys using electronic devices (iOS) in the Yukon Area from Late August to mid-November each year. You will visit roughly half of 33 communities from the mouth of the Yukon River and coast (Emmonak, Hooper Bay) to the upper Yukon River area (Venetie, Chalkyitsik, to Fort Yukon). This is a fast-paced tour of 1,200 miles of the Yukon River watershed contacting approximately 700 households, we are looking for applicants who are friendly, open, and detail oriented who can handle a high degree of independent decision making and deal with frequent schedule changes, weather delays, and diverse lodging and work environments. In the event that travel to communities is not possible, surveys will be conducted via phone and mail from Fairbanks (room and board not provided).

Our organization, mission, and culture: 
The Division of Commercial Fisheries strives for a diverse and inclusive workforce where safety and well-being are paramount and employees at all levels promote a culture where everyone is valued, treated equitably, and treated respectfully.

The mission of the Division of Commercial Fisheries is to manage subsistence, commercial, and personal use fisheries in the interest of the economy and general wellbeing of the citizens of the state, consistent with the sustained yield principle, and subject to allocations through public regulatory processes. Our core services ensure the conservation of natural stocks of fish, shellfish, and aquatic plants based on scientifically sound assessments.

Benefits of joining our team: 
Join a dedicated group of professionals in the Fairbanks office while also travelling through the largest watershed in Alaska. This position will provide you with the experience for advancement into future jobs in the Fishery Biologist series. Your work will contribute to the management of salmon species in the Yukon River drainage including species of international importance, per the treaty with Canada.  

The working conditions you can expect:
This position is stationed in Fairbanks, however up to 95% of your time may be in Yukon Area communities. Your daily schedule may include:
  • Surveying households in-person or by phone while maintaining confidentiality.
  • Interacting with tribal/city personnel or the public. 
  • Communicating with survey staff.
  • Travelling between communities by small airplane, boat or vehicle. 
  • Requires frequent travel, including weekends, within the State (normally one trip of up to 3 weeks length and 3 trips up to 10 days in length each season).
  • Work will take place during evening hours, weekends, and outdoors (potentially in inclement weather).
Who we are looking for:

We are looking for two candidates that possess some or all the following position-specific competencies. If you have any experience with the following, please document these in your application and supplemental questions. If you do not have experience with one or more traits simply say so. This information will be used to help determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process:

  • Experience conducting harvest (fish, game, etc.) related surveys and/or collecting other types of information from the public in person and/or over the telephone.
  • Strong organizational and multi-tasking skills and the ability to keep accurate daily records (field notes, travel expense reports) over an extended period.
  • Experience working in the Yukon Area or on other large river systems involving a salmon or non-salmon fishery.
  • Experience working independently on a project in a remote field location for an extended period.
  •  Experience using iOS devices (cellular phones and tablets) for data entry and communication, and personal computers and Microsoft Office (Including Word, Excel, and Teams) for word processing, data entry, and communication.

To view the general description and example of duties for a Fish and Wildlife Technician 3 please go to the following link:

High school graduation or the equivalent.
Six months experience at the developmental level of fish and wildlife technician or aide. With the State of Alaska, this experience is equivalent to Fish and Wildlife Technician 2.
One year of technical laboratory and/or field experience involving fish or wildlife research, management, or habitat protection; as a commercial fisher, guide, or trapper; or a subsistence hunter or fisher.

An additional six months of work experience involving fish, wildlife, outdoor manual labor, or in a laboratory may substitute for the high school graduation or equivalent.
Bachelor of Science degree in fisheries, wildlife, or habitat protection may substitute for a maximum of two years of technical laboratory or field experience, involving fish or wildlife research, management, or habitat protection.

Special Requirements:
Work may involve exposure to animals, insects, inclement weather, low level flying, travel by boat or skiff, or contact with drugs and chemicals. Housing may consist of bunkhouses, vessels, or wall tents. Positions are seasonal or temporary.

Special Note:
"High school diploma equivalent" means one of the following: 1) a GED (general educational development); 2) completion of any basic adult education course equivalent to 480 class hours (16 weeks at 30 course hours per week); 3) acceptance in full standing by an accredited college or university; or 4) highest grade of school completed plus an amount of paid or volunteer experience that totals 12 years.

Fields of study comparable to fisheries, wildlife or habitat protection include aquaculture, biology, ichthyology, microbiology, ornithology, and zoology.

This position is open to all U.S. Applicants.


For your application to be evaluated you must answer the Supplemental Questions. Be specific in your answers and tell us how you acquired the relevant experience. Please use complete sentences and proof-read your submissions when answering the supplemental questions. Your responses will be considered a writing sample and will be used to determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment process.

A cover letter is NOT required for this position. Your complete application, including supplemental questions, will be used to determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process.

If selected, please provide the following at the time of the interview:
  • Copies of all college transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable) if you are using education to meet the minimum qualifications.
  • A list of names and day-time phone numbers for three (3) professional references.
Special Note:

A valid driver's license is required.

This position requires the use or possession of a firearm or ammunition. In accordance with the federal Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997 (PL 104-208), if you have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, you may not hold this position. 

A "misdemeanor crime of domestic violence" is an offense that is (1) a misdemeanor under Federal or state law; and (2) has, as an element, the use or attempted use of physical force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon, committed by a current or former spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabiting with or has cohabited with the victim as a spouse, parent, or guardian, or by a person similarly situated to a spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim. 

If you have ever been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, do NOT apply for this position.

To verify education is being used to meet and/or support the required minimum qualifications/competencies, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of units completed. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials used to meet or support the minimum qualifications/competencies for a position and are required with each application. (Unofficial is okay; please ensure the institution/URL name is listed on the transcripts). Transcripts can be attached at the time of application or provided at the time of interview; if not, transcripts will be required before employment.


Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements, if applicable. If utilizing this education you must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. state university reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the state university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Omission of required documentation listed will result in an incomplete application and you will not receive further consideration.
If using work experience not already documented in your application, also provide the employer's name, your job title, dates of employment, and whether full-or part-time. Applications will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and minimum qualifications are clearly met. If they are not, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment.

NOTE: Attaching a resume or curriculum vitae is not an alternative to filling out the application in its entirety. Noting "see resume or CV" or any similar response on any portion of your application may lead to a determination your application is incomplete and removal from consideration for this job posting.

This recruitment may be used for more than one (1) vacancy. The applicant pool acquired during this recruitment may be used for future vacancies for up to ninety (90) days after this recruitment closes. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply to each recruitment notice to ensure consideration for all vacancies.

The State of Alaska complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Individuals with disabilities, who require accommodation, auxiliary aides or services, or alternative communication formats, please call 1-800-587-0430 or (907) 465-4095 in Juneau or TTY: Alaska Relay 711 or 1-800-770-8973 or correspond with the Division of Personnel & Labor Relations at: P.O. Box 110201, Juneau, AK 99811-0201. The State of Alaska is an equal opportunity employer.

If you choose to be contacted by email, please ensure your email address is correct on your application and that the spam filter will permit email from the ‘’ domains. For information on allowing emails from the ‘’ domains, visit the Lost Password Help page located at .

Questions regarding application submission or system operation errors should be directed to the Workplace Alaska hotline at 1-800-587-0430 (toll free) or (907) 465-4095 if you are located in the Juneau area. Requests for information may also be emailed to

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For specific information in reference to the position please contact the hiring manager:

Andy Padilla

Fishery Biologist II

Phone: 907-459-7294

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