Regional Wildlife Biologist - Habitat

Application Period: 
5/28/2021 to 6/15/2021
Employment Type: 
Permanent - Full Time
$23.96 - $31.95 per hour DOE, Plus Competitive Benefits!

About the position

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is seeking a Regional Wildlife Biologist to fill an opening in the Habitat Program at our Southwest Regional office.

Our Regional Wildlife Biologists are the stewards of Idaho's wildlife, who along with their passion for the outdoors, use their education and experience to help further our commitment to ensuring the future of Idaho's wildlife. We are responsible for preserving, protecting, perpetuating, and managing Idaho's wildlife resources.

General Information:

  • This announcement will be used to fill the current opening at the Boise River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) only. If you have applied for any other posted or previously posted announcements for Regional Wildlife Biologist and you would like to be considered for this current Regional Wildlife Biologist - Habitat in Boise, you will need to apply to this announcement. Applications received from any other announcement will not be considered. 
  • Regional Wildlife Biologists may be required to ride in fixed-wing and rotary wing aircraft. 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 with or without accommodations.
  • 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 ten 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.

 Primary Responsibilities:

  • The current opening will manage the Boise River Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Main accountabilities for the WMA include: implementing WMA management plans, day-to-day operational needs, supervision of seasonal employees, budget management, and managing unplanned events as they arise.   
  • Work with other habitat-based initiatives with federal, state, local, and private landowners and NGOs to promote wildlife habitat within their habitat districts.  

General Responsibilities: 

  • Work with regional staff to implement big game, upland game, waterfowl, furbearer, nongame, and habitat management programs. 
  • Designs, implements, and monitors wildlife habitat projects on department and/or private lands.
  • Works with others to implement priority strategies and actions identified in Idaho's State Wildlife Action Plan.
  • Designs and implements wildlife data collection programs. Monitors wildlife movements and activities. 
  • Prepares management work plans and annual reports for projects within assigned habitat district.
  • Evaluates and reports on land and water acquisitions for use as wildlife habitat or public access areas. 
  • Applies for and administers grants.
  • Reviews and provides written comments regarding environmental assessment reports and impact statements affecting area wildlife populations. 
  • Supervises and trains employees involved in habitat management activities such as: operation and maintenance of department facilities, vegetation restoration, weed control, water level control, prescribed burning, and habitat inventory. 
  • Participates in conducting public meetings and hearings on habitat projects and wildlife regulations. 
  • Develops and maintains cooperative and successful relationships to effect habitat management within your region/district. 

Minimum Qualifications: (These qualifications are required.)

Please Note: To minimally qualify for these positions, a candidate must have completed a master degree in wildlife management or closely related field OR completion of upper division coursework that resulted in a bachelor degree in wildlife management or a closely related field that includes courses in zoology, wildlife management techniques, wildlife habitat relationships, population dynamics and wildlife behavior AND professional field work equivalent to that received in a master degree program in wildlife management (typically two years).

  • Incumbents must be willing to participate in and to instruct hunting activities.
  • Some knowledge of forest management, range management, or agricultural wildlife habitat.
  • Experience developing, evaluating or implementing management plans or development plans, hunting regulations or species management plans.
  • Good knowledge of the ecology, habitat requirements, taxonomy, and population dynamics of wildlife.
  • Experience conducting wildlife field research to include the design, collection and analysis of wildlife data, writing a report of findings, and giving an oral presentation of project results.
  • A valid driver's license.

Supplemental Questions: 

Please enter your responses to the supplemental questions in the space provided. You must have the minimum level of experience or education described in the typical guides for each question to qualify for this position. Scoring will be based on the information you provide in these questions. A higher rating may be obtained based on the extent of your education and experience, so take your time to provide a detailed and complete answer to each question. It is very important that the information you provide clearly supports your responses.

To learn more about the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, please see the following:

How to Apply

Please apply online at the URL listed below.

Additional Comments: 
EEO/Veteran’s Preference.
Rachel Byington
(208) 334-3773
Traditional - Open through close date (specified)