Principal Wildlife Research Biologist

Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game
Job Category
Research (Researcher)
$29.75 - $37.19 per hour DOE, Plus Competitive Benefits!
Last Date to Apply
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is seeking a Principal Wildlife Research Biologist to plan, supervise, and conduct research for wildlife projects. This position will be part of the Wildlife Research program leadership team and will supervise field operations and conduct research to improve wildlife management. The preferred position location is Coeur d’ Alene, but location is negotiable and may include our other regional offices (Lewiston, McCall, Nampa, Jerome, Pocatello, Idaho Falls, and Salmon) or our headquarters office in Boise. Why IDFG? We are committed to creativity, innovation, and excellence as we cultivate opportunities for our customers to engage with our natural resources and become resource stewards for future generations. We are highly dedicated to our mission, committed to our team, and we know how to balance work/life commitments while loving the work we do. What We Offer: - Excellent medical, dental, and vision insurance - employee only coverage for PPO $65/month for medical and vision & $11.00/month for dental - Participation in one of the Nation's best state retirement systems - Generous vacation and sick leave accrual that begins as soon as you start (accumulate approximately 3 weeks of vacation the first year, and increasing with state longevity) - Eleven paid holidays in a year - Eight weeks of Paid Parental Leave - Multiple optional saving plans - 401k and 457 plans - Group Life Insurance/Disability Insurance/Supplemental Life Insurance - state provided basic life insurance coverage and affordable supplemental plans - Public Sector Student Loan Forgiveness (eligibility requirements may apply) - Employee Assistance Program - confidential support, information, and resources for all of life's challenges - State and Department Wellness Programs - Ongoing training opportunities - Potential flexible work schedule General Information: As the primary duty, the incumbent will work with wildlife research and management staff to design and implement research projects to answer management questions. Principal Wildlife Research Biologists are required to ride in fixed-wing and rotary wing aircraft. With or without reasonable accommodations, these positions involve walking and backpacking for several hours, operating trail bikes, and riding horses in rugged terrain; handling unsedated wild animals; working in extreme weather conditions; and lifting and carrying up to 65 pounds. Extensive travel will be required. Responsibilities: - Supervise classified and temporary personnel within the Wildlife Research team. - Work closely with wildlife managers to identify research needs and communicate project progress. - Provides input for development of goals and priorities for research projects. - Plans, organizes, directs, and conducts wildlife research projects. - Reviews and prepares project budgets. - Trains staff, assigns work, and evaluates performance. - Prepares, reviews, edits, and publishes research findings in scientific journals. - Identifies specific research data required and appropriate means of collection. - Coordinates research activities with other governmental agencies and collaborating entities. - Serves as a member of graduate committees for university students. - Makes recommendations to management staff based on research findings. Please apply online at the URL listed. EEO/Veteran’s Preference.
Minimum Qualifications: (These qualifications are required.) - Considerable knowledge of: wildlife management practices to include wildlife ecology, habitat requirements, physiology, and population dynamics of wildlife; plant ecology; wildlife and plant sampling techniques; parasites and diseases of wildlife. - Good knowledge of procedures and equipment used in wildlife research. - Experience: supervising others in wildlife research projects; conducting life history and habitat studies of wildlife; developing work plans; immobilizing and capturing wildlife; developing and interpreting statistical data used in wildlife research; writing reports and research summaries concerning wildlife research. - Valid driver's license. Desirable Qualifications: (These qualifications are not required, however if you have related background, it could increase your rating.) - Experience partnering with outside agencies, departments, or organizations to facilitate wildlife projects. - Considerable knowledge: managing, integrating, and analyzing large wildlife population, habitat, and environmental condition datasets to answer questions relevant to wildlife management; R programming and spatial statistics. The ideal candidate will have project management experience, a Ph.D. in wildlife biology or related natural resources field from an accredited college or university, and strong communications skills in a variety of forums. They will have experience working within a wildlife management agency managing personnel, budgets, and logistics of large wildlife research projects. Additional consideration may be given at the time of interview to candidates who have this training and/or experience. Please be sure to include within your application any training and/or experience you may have.
Contact Person
Rachel Byington - Human Resources
Contact Phone
(208) 334-3773
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