Sr. Wildlife Habitat Technician

McArthur Lake Wildlife Management Area, Naples, Idaho
Application Period: 
1/14/2022 to 2/6/2022
Employment Type: 
Temporary/Seasonal/Part Time
Employment Dates: 

About the position

The Panhandle Region is seeking a motivated self-starter to fill an 8-month benefited Sr. Wildlife Habitat Technician position at McArthur Lake WMA. Main job duties include; wetland management, noxious weed control, food and pollinator plot maintenance, and waterfowl surveys. End date is flexible based on hours worked.

General Information: 
The position will be located at McArthur Lake Wildlife Management Area (MLWMA). MLWMA is managed, by the department, to develop wildlife and fish habitat and to provide public access for hunting, fishing, and other recreational pursuits. To accomplish this, management activities focus on restoring historic wetlands, establishing native vegetative communities, and promoting compatible public recreation including hunting and trapping.
The individual selected for this position will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of MLWMA within the management parameters set forth by the Regional Wildlife Habitat Biologist (RWHB). Close collaboration with RWHB will be expected, as well as the individual’s invested effort, critical thought and initiative to achieve management goals and improve operations.

Specific duties include but are not limited to:
• Completing habitat treatments as per direction of the RWHB.
• Operation of the McArthur Lake Dam.
• Representing MLWMA at Cooperative Weed Management Area meetings.
• Noxious weed control.
• Monitoring and facilitating public use of the property.
• Monitoring habitat treatments.
• Waterfowl surveys, trapping and banding.
• Light construction and equipment maintenance.
• Planting and maintaining pollinator and wildlife forage plots.
• Other duties as assigned.
Good knowledge of wildlife ecology and habitat requirements AND some knowledge of habitat development practices and procedures OR good knowledge of biology, zoology, botany, conservation biology or closely related discipline. Some knowledge of supervisory practices. Experience: recording, summarizing, and analyzing wildlife biological data. Valid driver's license.

Strong preference will be given to individuals who have:
• Demonstrated leadership/supervisory experience, including organization, delegation and conflict resolution.
• 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 and application equipment.

Applicants will be given additional consideration if they have experience:
• Identifying wetland plants.
• Familiarity with waterfowl ID and basic life history.
• Sampling vegetation in wetland and forested habitats.
• Safe, accurate handling & application of herbicides for vegetation control; Current applicators’ license strongly preferred but not required prior to hiring. Must obtain within 4 months of start date.
• Performing habitat improvement activities.
• Operating 4×4 vehicles, ATV’s, boats, trailer, farm equipment and heavy equipment.
• Familiarity with basic maintenance on large machinery and small engines.
• Using power tools and completing small construction projects.
How to Apply

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and an IDFG application for temporary employment by email to:

Robert Akins, Regional Wildlife Biologist

2885 W. Kathleen Ave. Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815

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