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Current Openings

Fisheries Research Technicians

We are now hiring to fill up to three seasonal fisheries research technician positions for our ongoing work in the Upper Columbia River (Wenatchee, Entiat or Methow Watersheds). With low snowpack and early warming trends, we expect our floodplain evaluations to begin as early as April 2024. Keep reading for more details on the positions and how to apply. 

Job Title: Fisheries Research Technicians I, II, III, multiple openings

Location: Wenatchee, WA with field sites through Upper Columbia River Basin

Job Type: Full-Time, Seasonal

Term: Seasonal, 1-6 months TBD

Deadline: Open until filled, variable start dates in April/May 2024


Overview: Hinchinbrook, Inc., in partnership with Pacific Northwest Research Station (USDA Forest Service), is seeking multiple fisheries research technicians to join our team and assist with field data collection for an ongoing investigation into the effectiveness of various fish habitat restoration techniques. All work is to be performed outdoors at semi-remote field locations around the Upper Columbia River Basin including sites in the Entiat, Wenatchee and Methow River subbasins. Technicians must be comfortable working outdoors in all weather conditions, including substantial time wearing drysuits or waders. Similar projects are always in development and the season is often extended for many of our team members.


Job Duties:

  • Collect accurate scientific measurements following established protocols

  • Capture juvenile salmonids using a combination of methods including seine nets, traps, hand nets and backpack electrofishers

  • Tag/mark juvenile salmonids using a variety of techniques including implanted PIT tags, visible implant elastomers, FRyID tags, fin clips, batch marks and conventional external tags

  • Measure and record biometric data on juvenile salmonids and bycatch species

  • Reliably identify fry and parr stage Pacific salmonid species

  • Conduct snorkel surveys in swift river habitats to identify and count fish and record associated habitat metrics

  • Safely travel by road and hiking/wading to semi-remote sampling sites


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Education requirements vary by position and level, all applicants must have a passion for science and conservation, with proven experience working and playing in the outdoors

  • BSc or equivalent education and experience is required for Tech III positions

  • Possess or able to obtain a valid WA State Driver’s License and clean driving record


Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Experience in ecology, fish biology and anadromous fish ecology

  • Experience conducting stream-based field research, including swift water snorkeling and juvenile fish capture and marking methods in a wide variety of field conditions

  • Experience with fish husbandry including special handling requirements for ESA-listed species

  • Smith-Root electrofishing certification

  • PIT or VIE tagging experience


Physical Competencies:

  • Ability to lift and carry equipment weighing up to 50 lbs, often while traversing uneven terrain including slippery substrate in moving water

  • Ability to perform physically demanding tasks that include continual bending, walking, lifting and pulling, often while immersed in cold water

  • Ability to maintain performance standards while outdoors in all weather conditions for extended periods up to 10 hours 


Application Instructions: Email your cover letter and resume to



Hinchinbrook is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. 

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