The Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) is seeking a Wildlife Staff Biologist for our Panhandle Region. This position will have primary responsibility for planning, managing, and implementing wildlife mitigation for the operation of Albeni Falls dam on lake Pend Oreille as agreed under the state of Idaho's settlement with Bonneville Power Administration. The ideal candidate will have excellent leadership experience and knowledge of the principles, strategies, and tasks required for large scale restoration of riparian and shoreline habitats for the benefit of wildlife and wildlife habitat.
Implementation of the Albeni Falls operational mitigation project involves identifying and implementing wildlife habitat restoration opportunities as affected by the operation of Albeni Falls dam. The staff biologist will lead preparation of project budgets and contractor proposals, manage budgets and implementation of restoration work by contractors, and monitor wildlife habitats and populations affected by restoration projects. The candidate will work cooperatively with Native American Tribes, state and federal partners, citizens and volunteers, and Department staff to implement the program.
A candidate who is a self-starter, takes initiative, can multitask, and who has outstanding leadership, habitat restoration, and team skills is most desirable. High level writing, speaking, and project management skills are required as well as a strong desire to play an important role in Idaho's fish and wildlife conservation are key to being a successful mitigation staff biologist.
•We offer a competitive benefits package which includes excellent medical, dental and vision insurance. There is generous vacation and sick leave accrual that begins as soon as you start. There are eleven paid holidays in a year; participation in one of the Nation's best state retirement systems; multiple saving plans and optional 401K; life insurance; wellness programs; ongoing training opportunities and more.
•Lead preparation of restoration plans, contracts, and budgets.
•Work with engineers and contractors to plan and implement restoration.
•Lead, direct, measure, and adjust restoration work and contractors to maximize the benefits to wildlife and wildlife habitats.
•Prepare written and oral reports summarizing progress, plans, measures, and scientific data collection.
•Coordinate and insure all environmental compliance is met and adhered to.
•Track tasks, deadlines, deliverables, and monitoring and adjust as needed to improve project outcomes and results.
•Provide technical support of IDFG restoration and habitat work as part of the larger statewide IDFG habitat team.
•Represent IDFG on multi-agency committees, technical working groups, and at various meetings with federal agencies, special interest groups, Native American Tribes, and other entities.
Minimum Qualifications: (These qualifications are required.)
•Experience demonstrating good knowledge of fish, wildlife, conservation biology, plant ecology and/or habitat management practices.
•Experience evaluating the impact of land use practices and natural processes on habitats, developing and interpreting statistical data and formulas used in biological research; and evaluating and interpreting environmental documents, state and federal regulations, and providing a written and oral analysis of findings.
Minimum Qualifications Specialty Areas: (These qualifications are required for the current opening.)
•Experience in leading, implementing, and managing large scale wildlife habitat restoration projects in conjunction with partners, contractors and subcontractors, deadlines, budgets, and environmental compliance requirements
•Experience and leadership in measuring and adapting noxious weed control and riparian and wetland habitat management and restoration for improved outcomes and determining wildlife and habitat responses to management treatments.
How to Apply:
Please apply online at the URL listed below.
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