Wildlife Research Biologist, Senior; Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Agency
Idaho Department of Fish and Game
Location
Coeur d'Alene
Job Category
Full time Positions
Salary
$26.70 - $33.37 per hour DOE, Plus Competitive Benefits!
Last Date to Apply
09/28/2023
Website
https://idfg.idaho.gov/
Description
Please Note: Applications will be accepted through 4:59 PM MDT on the posting end date. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is seeking a Senior Wildlife Research Biologist. This position will be part of the Wildlife Research program and will serve as a liaison between Wildlife Research and regional wildlife staff to assist regional personnel in the implementation of camera-based surveys and develop and lead wildlife research projects across a range of species (e.g., elk, deer, wolves, etc.) and topics (e.g., silviculture and wildlife, human recreation and wildlife, etc.). The position will be stationed out of the Coeur d’Alene regional office. 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 & $11.80/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 duties, the incumbent will work with management staff and Wildlife Research to implement regional camera deployments for wildlife monitoring and to design and conduct projects to answer management-relevant questions in ecology. -Senior Wildlife Research Biologists are required to ride in fixed-wing and rotary wing aircraft. -With or without reasonable accommodations, this position involves 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: -Assist management staff with camera-based surveys -Co-manage regional camera estimation projects with management personnel -Manage the statewide camera inventory and associated supplies -Design camera deployments to meet management objectives -Train staff in camera deployment protocols -Manage data entry forms and create web-mapping applications -Maintain or develop code or software tools to help regional staff organize, manage, and error check, and finalize camera data -Assist with visiting cameras and processing SD cards -Manage human review of image processing, including training staff in protocols and monitoring for errors -Run analyses and assist in report writing with management staff -Facilitate, conduct, and lead large-scale wildlife research projects -Work with management and Wildlife Research to prioritize and develop research projects addressing applied questions in wildlife ecology -Participate in a variety of field work in support of wildlife research projects including, but not limited to, camera deployment, capture and collaring of ungulates and carnivores, mortality-site investigations, and vegetation surveys -Hire, train, and supervise field crews -Manage, organize, and error check large databases and work closely with the analytics team to conduct analyses on habitat selection, individual survival, and abundance estimation -Develop protocols detailing the implementation of monitoring methods developed by the wildlife research group and participate in writing internal and external reports and scientific manuscripts -Serve as a technical resource for the Department through interactions with individuals within the wildlife and habitat programs and via public outreach to stakeholders
Qualifications
Minimum Qualifications: (These qualifications are required.) -Considerable knowledge of: planning and conducting field research for wildlife projects and analyzing data; using results from applied wildlife research projects to make specific, practical recommendations to improve on-the-ground wildlife management. 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 also have experience planning and executing camera-based projects, working with agency personnel to conduct large-scale field operations, managing and analyzing large datasets to answer applied questions, and knowledge of program R, R Shiny, ArcGIS, and/or other coding languages or software. 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. How to Apply: Please apply online at the URL listed below. URL: https://statecareers.idaho.gov/jobs/13323477-wildlife-research-biologist-senior Additional Comments: EEO/Veterans Preference. Thank you for applying with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game!
Contact Person
Rachel Byington
Contact Phone
(208) 334-3773
Contact eMail
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