Fisheries Biologist (19140517)- MT FWPJob Type(s): Programs / Services
Deadline: March 29, 2019 12:00 am
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Primary job duties include survey and inventory of fisheries and habitat, fish stocking recommendations, harvest regulation recommendations, river and stream permitting and project review that protects habitat, managing release of FWP owned water from reservoirs, and pursuing aquatic habitat enhancement opportunities. Fisheries are mostly cold water trout fisheries, with some cool and warm water northern pike and bass fisheries. Northern pike are considered an invasive, nuisance species in this area. Native trout include westslope cutthroat trout and bull trout, and their conservation is a management emphasis. Waters include the Bitterroot River, its tributaries, and valley bottom and high mountain lakes. Lands include private, state and federal lands including those in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. Much of the private land is agricultural cattle and hay production. Protection of the highly prized Bitterroot trout fishery in the face of rapid development and increasing angler use is a management emphasis. Effective landowner, inter-agency and conservation group collaboration is essential.
Incumbent will work often and effectively with various organized sportsman’s groups and a variety of other public, private and political entities, in situations that will often be contentious and with high importance to stakeholders.
The position supervises one permanent technician, a state budget and soft money contracts that support the Bitterroot River fishery program. The Bitterroot River trout fishery has the highest number of trout in the Region as well as the highest angling pressure. The valley is experiencing an increase in people moving to the area, especially as you get closer to Missoula.