Wildlife Biologist I – Research Biologist (Utah Lake Carp Management)

March 13, 2024

Wildlife Biologist I – Research Biologist (Utah Lake Carp Management)

Opening date: March 11, 2024Common carp, swimming partially above water
Closing date: April 15, 2024
Salary: $19.14–$30.35 per hour (DOE)
Location: Springville, UT
Time frame: Approx. May 13 to Sept. 2, 2024
Positions available:
Housing: Not provided

The Utah Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife Resources, has one seasonal position (no benefits) available at the Central Region Office in Springville, Utah. The appointment will be full time (40 hours per week) from approximately May 13 through Sept. 2, 2024.

Job duties

This position is primarily tasked with implementation and oversight of testing the efficacy of automated baited traps for the removal of common carp in Utah Lake.

Primary duties include:

  • Supervising a team of 3–4 technicians
  • Deploying and maintaining automated, baited carp traps on Utah Lake
  • Analyzing, summarizing and reviewing catch data; reporting findings, interpreting results and making recommendations
  • Harvesting carp using a variety of methodologies (e.g., traps, seining, gill nets, etc.)
  • Collecting harvest and catch data (e.g., length, weight, species, CPUE, etc.) on a variety of fish species
  • Tagging carp, June suckers and other species with PIT tags
  • Maintaining equipment and sampling gear

Secondary tasks include conducting creel surveys at community waters, assisting with monitoring of June sucker populations in Utah Lake and other tasks, as needed.

Job requirements and skills

Applicants must be 18 or older, have a valid driver’s license at the time of employment and must successfully pass a criminal history background check upon hire. Applicants should have the ability to work independently and follow written and verbal instructions.

Preference may be given to applicants with a Bachelor of Science degree or those actively pursuing, or having achieved, a university degree in biological sciences, and those available through Sept. 2, 2024.

Additional desired skills include, but are not limited to:

  • Experience and ability to operate boats of 20–24 feet, telehandlers/excavators and dump trailers
  • Experience with fisheries collection techniques, such as gill nets, seining, trap nets, etc.
  • Experience with word processing and spreadsheet programs


The typical work schedule is from Monday to Thursday, 10 hours per day. Occasional overnight and Friday or weekend work may be required. Applicants must be willing to conduct fieldwork for an extended period of time in a variety of weather conditions. Work requires physical exertion, and may require the ability to stand, hike, walk over rough surfaces, bend, crouch, stoop, stretch, reach and lift moderately heavy items (up to 50 lbs.) in a recurring manner and/or for long periods of time.


Interested applicants may apply by submitting a DNR seasonal application, resume/CV, references and optional cover letter to:

Chris Crockett, Regional Aquatics Manager
1115 N. Main St.
Springville, UT 84663

DNR complies with the ADA. Hearing-impaired employees who wish further information regarding this announcement may call the DNR TTY number at 801-538-7458. Disabled employees who desire reasonable accommodation in the interview process should contact the DNR Human Resources Office at 385-315-2834.

People and culture expectation

The successful applicant(s) will be expected to uphold the Division’s values of integrity, professionalism, accountability, teamwork and cooperation. The behaviors they embrace should set an example of professional and personal respect. Seasonal employees are expected to actively promote a workplace free of discrimination and harassment, as well as make good faith efforts to understand people as unique individuals with diverse life experiences, challenges and opportunities.