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Moth Trapper- Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
Idaho Department of Lands
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
$12.06 - $14.97 per hour (DOE) PLUS BENEFITS
Last Date to Apply
The Idaho Department of Lands Forest Health Program is seeking a full time seasonal moth trapper for the 2021 field season. This person will deploy and retrieve thousands of pheromone-baited sticky traps for gypsy moth and Douglas-fir tussock moth across northern Idaho. Trapping for these programs is critical for predicting insect damage to forests and for protecting Idaho forests from invasive insects. Trap sites will primarily be reached by vehicle with some off-trail hiking necessary. This is a benefitted 6 month position running from approximately mid-April through mid-October and requires a commitment for the full duration of the field season.
• Location: Based out of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho but will travel throughout northern Idaho
• Date Range: mid-April to mid-October
• Pay: $12.06 - $14.97 per hour depending on experience plus a per diem for travel days
• Benefits: Medical, Dental, Vision, Retirement
• Housing: Hotel expenses are covered when overnight travel is required, but local housing in Coeur d’Alene is not provided
• Requirements: valid driver’s license, ability to commit for duration of 6 month field season
Description of Duties:
1. Gypsy moth trapping- make traps, use ArcGIS Collector to navigate and enter data. Deploy, check, and collect traps. Mostly urban sites across the northern part of the state. Most trap sites are located close to roads.
2. Douglas fir tussock moth trapping- make traps, deploy and pick up traps. Use ArcGIS Collector to navigate and enter data. Conduct larval surveys, pupal surveys, and egg mass surveys. Identify and count moths in traps, record data and communicate with supervisor.
3. Other trapping or survey efforts as needed, may have to travel to check other types of insect traps or survey damaged areas.
4. Communicate with landowners to obtain trapping access
5. Organize, clean, maintain archive room, lab equipment, and field vehicles
6. Inventory and manage field supplies
7. Assist with field days and trainings, organize and prepare samples and materials
8. Ground check aerial survey polygons
9. Data entry and proofing
To apply: send resume and cover letter to Lacy Robinson: LRobinson@idl.idaho.gov. Application review will begin March 1st.
1. Valid driver’s license
2. Ability to commit to duration of field season (mid-April through mid-October)
3. Ability to work alone
4. Ability to work independently without direction, think critically, and troubleshoot in the field
5. Ability to prepare for field work and manage your own schedule
6. Ability to use GIS programs like Arc Collector on tablets/phone to record data
7. Learn to Identify different insects and document and report findings
8. 4 wheel driving experience