About the position
The Clearwater Region is seeking two (2) Wildlife Technicians to assist with surveying, planning, and implementation of multiple wildlife habitat projects across north-central Idaho. These positions will serve as Department representatives on collaborative projects with partners including: US Forest Service, Idaho Department of Lands, Natural Resource Conservation Service, and private land owners.
The selected applicants will conduct habitat management activities on the Red River Wildlife Management Area (RRWMA) and private lands. They will also assist with project planning, field visits, data collection, and providing technical assistance on projects developed under the Farm Bill, HIP and Good Neighbor Authority programs. Additional work locations might include the Craig Mountain WMA and other Clearwater Regional Habitat Areas. Limited opportunities to assist with other department programs (population studies, research, fish management) may be available.
Benefited position not to exceed 8 months: March through November (dates flexible)
Non-benefited position not to exceed 4.5 months: May through August (dates flexible)
These positions will be based out of Lewiston. Shared government housing may be available. General work weeks are Monday-Thursday, 40 hours/week. Some weekend work or irregular hours may be required. Some remote camping will be required. Working at remote duty stations for extended periods of time (up to 1 month) may be required.
With or without reasonable accommodations, incumbents must be able to work in adverse weather conditions, hike long distances in extremely rough terrain while carrying a 30-40lb pack, and lift/carry equipment up to 60 lbs. for short distances.
These positions will conduct management activities to enhance wildlife habitat such as: planting and seeding, controlling invasive and noxious weeds, building fence and exclosures, and maintaining nesting structures and water developments. Additional responsibilities will include facility and grounds maintenance, road improvements, brush cutting, and improving sportsman access. For collaborative projects, selected applicants will assist with data collection, field surveys, and providing technical assistance to promote wildlife habitat for various species. Work will be conducted on a variety of land ownerships including IDFG properties, the Nez-Perce Clearwater National Forests, and private land. Incumbents will operate a diversity of heavy equipment and hand tools including: tractors, trucks, trailers, UTVs/ATVs, chainsaws, weed trimmers, augers, power tools, etc.
Knowledge of at least one of the following: 1) Good knowledge of wildlife ecology and habitat requirements and some knowledge of wildlife habitat including evaluation and management practices; OR 2) Good knowledge of biology, zoology, botany, conservation biology or closely related discipline. Experience recording, summarizing, analyzing, and synthesizing biological data using a personal computer to manage data.
Must be highly self-motivated, enthusiastic, and flexible. Ability to work independently and as part of a team. Ability to operate 4WD pickup trucks, trailers, UTVs, ATVs, farm equipment (tractor and implements), chainsaws, augers and power tools, safely and competently. Must have a valid driver’s license.
These positions will work directly with the public, sister agencies, and various partners. Individuals must be knowledgeable, effective communicators, and promote positive interactions.
It is preferred that applicants have (or are working towards) a B.S. degree in wildlife, range, or other natural resource related field, OR demonstrate a history of relevant experience. The ability to read maps, and use mapping/GIS software (ArcMap and AVENZA) remotely is preferred. Field data collection experience is preferred.
How to Apply:
Please submit a resume, cover letter, and an IDFG temporary employment application to:
Regional Wildlife Biologist
Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game