Research Data Technician with Idaho Fish and Wildlife Information System

Boise, IDFG Headquarters
Application Period: 
6/3/2021 to 6/11/2021
Employment Type: 
Temporary/Seasonal/Part Time
$11.70 per hour, Plus Competitive Benefits!

About the position

We are looking for a data technician with strong Microsoft Excel and data formatting skills. Demonstrated experience in management of natural resource data, particularly zoology data, is desired. The incumbent will work with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) - Idaho Fish and Wildlife Information System (IFWIS) and Species Diversity staff to assist with the review and entry of species observation data into an electronic database system. The successful candidate will work closely with the IDFG Zoology Data Coordinator and species diversity biologists and has an opportunity to learn about wildlife resources and participate in their management. The incumbent must be detail-oriented, with strong organizational and proficient typing skills. This position is a benefited, year-round, temporary position with the State of Idaho.

Start Date: July, 2021

Salary: $11.70 per hour

28 hours per week

Job Location: Boise, IDFG Headquarters

Closing Date: June 11, 2021

General Information: 
This job assignment is an indoor position, requiring sitting with or without reasonable accommodations, reading and interpreting taxonomical and locational information, typing, organizational skills, and close attention to detail.
Responsibilities include manual data entry, formatting spreadsheets of data, scanning literature and hard copy data sheets, filing and organizing of electronic and hard copy files, and bibliographic data entries. The primary work load is the processing of both hard copy and electronic animal observation reports. Single observations are reviewed and summarized into an existing reporting form using an online, web-based, data management system. Bulk observations are formatted into prescribed templates for eventual upload into the data management system. This often requires interpretation of presented data to determine the best location within the existing reporting form and data summary to fit reported information within specified and/or limited data entry fields.
The successful applicant will have strong Microsoft Excel and data formatting skills. Demonstrated experience in management of natural resource data, particularly zoology data, is desired. Experience working with ArcGIS is a plus.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Knowledge of at least one of the following: Good knowledge of biology, zoology, botany, conservation biology or closely related discipline, typically gained via undergraduate coursework.
• Experience recording, summarizing, analyzing, and synthesizing biological data using a personal computer to manage data. Gained via coursework or comparable field work and research experience/assistance.
• Proficient knowledge and use of MS Excel and MS Word.

Additional desired qualifications:
• Ability to use existing forms and tables in Microsoft Access.
• Basic understanding of ArcGIS (beginner level), gained either via post-secondary education coursework or prior work experience.
• Ability to accurately process long strings of numbers.
• Ability to calculate and convert mathematical units (e.g., calculate area, convert standard to metric).
• Understanding of scientific nomenclature.
• Multi-tasking, team player who is self-motivated, with the ability to work independently
• Strong organizational skills.
How to Apply
  1. Applicants must first register with Idaho Department of Labor (Reference Job Number 1487195 at
  2. Complete an IDFG Application for Temporary Employment (see link below)
  3. Submit a cover letter, a resume, three professional or academic references, and a completed IDFG Application for Temporary Employment via email (preferred) or by mail to:
    • Idaho Department of Fish and Game
    • Attention: Nikki Wade
    • 600 South Walnut, Box 25
    • Boise, ID 83707
Additional Comments: 
EEO/Veteran’s Preference. If qualified applicants are found, this announcement may close before the listed closing date.
Nikki Wade
Traditional - Open through close date (specified)