Wildlife Habitat Technician

Boundary-Smith Creek WMA, Porthill, Idaho
Application Period: 
1/14/2022 to 1/30/2022
Employment Type: 
Temporary/Seasonal/Part Time
Employment Dates: 
5/9/2022 to 9/23/2022

About the position

The Panhandle Region is looking to fill 2 positions at the Boundary-Smith Creek WMA. Primary tasks include habitat improvement projects, water management, conducting wildlife and vegetation surveys, noxious weed spraying, facilities management, and coordinating volunteer projects. Duties include plant identification, vegetation surveys, noxious weed control, using and maintaining ATVs and herbicide spray equipment, exercising proper use and handling of herbicides, GPS/GIS mapping, and coordinating volunteer projects. Opportunities exist to participate in several other aspects of wildlife management.


General Information: 
Location: Boundary-Smith Creek Wildlife Management Area near Porthill, Idaho.

Terms of Employment: 2 positions of up to a 5 month term starting on or around 5/9/22 and ending on or around 9/23/22, with flexible stop/start dates to accommodate qualifying students if necessary. This position may involve some irregular hours and weekends.

Shared on-site housing available.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is an EEO/Veterans Preference Employer
The individual selected for this position will be responsible for assisting the Regional Wildlife Habitat Biologist, Regional Diversity Biologist, and lead Wildlife Technician with the operation of the wildlife management area (WMA) and the Bees to Bears Climate Adaptation Project.
• Completing habitat treatments as per direction of the SWHT or RWHB.
• Conducting population surveys on a variety of wildlife species.
• Noxious weed control.
• Monitoring and facilitating public use of the property.
• Monitoring habitat treatments as per direction of SWHT, RWHB and Diversity Biologist.
• Deployment and maintenance of micro-climate monitoring equipment
• Waterfowl surveys, trapping and banding.
• Light construction and equipment maintenance.
• Must willing to catch and humanely euthanize bullfrogs.
• Other duties as assigned.
The applicant must have completed at least two years of college coursework in an accredited wildlife biology program or closely related field and possess a valid drivers license. With or without assistance be able to lift and carry 50 lbs. Be able to work outdoors in highly variable weather conditions.

Strong preference will be given to individuals who have:

• Some knowledge of wildlife survey methods acquired through coursework or experience.
• The ability to accurately identify wildlife species.
• Some knowledge of vegetation survey methods and plant taxonomy.
• The ability to follow instructions, complete assignments, and operate with little direct supervision.
• The physical ability to engage in strenuous work for extended periods of time including work in adverse weather conditions and work involving lifting and carrying heavy loads.
• The ability to interact with the general public, other agency personnel, and other employees in a courteous fashion.
• Willing to work safely and responsibly with various types of herbicide.

Applicants will be given additional consideration if they have experience:

• Identifying wetland plants.
• Familiarity with waterfowl ID and basic life history.
• Sampling vegetation in the Inland Northwest.
• Experience in amphibian and pollinator identification
• Safe, accurate handling & application of herbicides for vegetation control; Current applicators’ license preferred but not required prior to hiring.
• Performing habitat improvement activities.
• Operating 4x4 vehicles, ATV's, boats, trailers and/or farm equipment.
• Using power tools and completing small construction projects.
How to Apply

To apply you must submit a resume with cover letter, Application for Temporary Employment and 3 references to the Coeur d'Alene Office of The Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Please indicate in your cover letter start/end dates that should be considered (eg. graduation or new semester), and if you would like to be considered for other IDFG temporary employment in the Panhandle. This announcement will remain active until suitable candidates are selected.


Application packages should be emailed to:



Questions regarding this position should be directed to Robert Akins at (208) 412-3738 or robert.akins@idfg.idaho.gov

Additional Comments: 
EEO/Veteran’s Preference. If qualified applicants are found, this announcement may close before the listed closing date.
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