Wildlife Technician - Habitat

Craig Mountain Wildlife Management Area, Lewiston
Application Period: 
12/28/2021 to 1/25/2022
Employment Type: 
Temporary/Seasonal/Part Time

About the position

The Clearwater Region is looking to fill several habitat technician positions for the Craig Mountain Wildlife Management Area. Main responsibilities include technical duties and habitat development relating to wildlife conservation, management, and research. Start and end dates for the 2022 field season will be flexible.

Dates needed:

Benefited 8-month technician (3 positions): March through November

Non-benefited 4.5 month technicians (5 positions): Dependent on availability

General Information: 
The selected applicants will conduct habitat development projects, noxious weed control, plant and wildlife surveys, facility maintenance, and access management activities on public and private land within the Clearwater Region. Majority of this work will be located on the Craig Mountain Wildlife Management Area (CMWMA). Other work locations might include the Red River WMA, Joseph Plains Habitat Area, and the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest. The duties of these positions are diverse and occasionally overlap with other departments.
Successful applicants will be able to perform physically demanding activities such as lifting up to 50lbs, packing backpacks with 40-50lbs, hiking 8+ miles on rough and steep terrain, and working in adverse weather conditions with or without reasonable accommodations. Additionally, some of these positions will require individuals to work at remote duty stations for extended periods of time with bi-weekly resupply. All individuals will be involved in weekly work trips to various duty stations throughout the season.
Primary tasks for the CMWMA position include plant surveys and identification, maintaining fences, using and maintaining ATVs, herbicide spray equipment and chemicals, and using GPS. Other work responsibilities include data collection, facility maintenance, plowing and planting fields, camping at remote cabins to perform maintenance, and monitoring for noxious weeds. Successful candidates may also be tasked with maintaining Habitat Improvement Projects (HIP), which include planting seedlings, fence construction, and chemically treating noxious weeds. These responsibilities require use of UTV’s/ATV’s, 4WD trucks, tractors, chainsaws, trimmers, augers, and power tools. Experience with these habitat management tools and techniques are desired but not required. Training will be provided.
Along with these tasks, benefited technicians have additional responsibilities including leading a 2-6 person crew, coordinating with the senior technician, training crew members, assisting in the development of habitat projects, and occasionally supervising volunteer and/or inmate crews in habitat development projects.
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.
All prospective technicians must have a strong work ethic, the ability to get along with others, self-motivated, and reflect a desire and willingness to be tasked with new challenges in a professional setting. Applicants should also demonstrate good communication skills, interact with the public in a professional and positive manner, and be comfortable working independently and in a team environment. Individuals should be willing to learn how to maintain and operate equipment for related responsibilities. Must have a valid driver’s license. Applicants must be willing to obtain an apprentice applicators license (training provided).
Applicants for the benefitted positions should possess or be willing to obtain a professional pesticide applicators license through Idaho Department of Agriculture. These technicians must be capable of leading a crew to perform assigned tasks at the remote duty stations.
How to Apply

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and an IDFG temporary application to:

Jessica Patterson

Sr. Wildlife Technician

Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game
3316 16th St.
Lewiston, ID 83501

Please indicate in your cover letter why you would like to be selected for this position, skills that qualify you for the job, and what you hope to gain from your prospective tenure with Idaho Department of Fish & Game. Please provide a telephone number or email address where you can be reached.

Additional Comments: 
EEO/Veteran’s Preference. If qualified applicants are found, this announcement may close before the listed closing date.
Jessica Patterson
Traditional - Open through close date (specified)