Wildlife Technician - Crew Lead (2 positions available)

Sandpoint and Bonners Ferry
Application Period: 
3/13/2017 to 3/25/2017
Employment Type: 
Temporary/Seasonal/Part Time
$12.53 per hour; benefited
Employment Dates: 
4/1/2017 to 11/10/2017

About the position

The Panhandle Region is seeking two 8-month temporary benefited Wildlife Technicians to conduct wildlife habitat development projects, noxious weed control, provide season crew leadership, facility and equipment maintenance, and public access management activities on public land within the Panhandle Region. The majority of the work occurring either on the Pend Oreille Wildlife Management Area (POWMA, located east of Sandpoint, Idaho) or the Boundary Smith Creek Wildlife Management Area (BSCWMA, located 30 mi north of Bonners Ferry, Idaho).

Dates Needed:

  • 4/01/2017 to 11/10/2017
General Information: 

Successful applicants will perform, with or without reasonable accommodations physical and technical duties associated with wildlife habitat management, and will engage in informational and educational activities with the public. These positions will require the individual to work some weekends, sometimes stay over-night or multiple nights at IDFG facilities, complete physically demanding projects, work in adverse weather and challenging terrain conditions, use herbicides for weed control and the safe operation of 4WD trucks, tractors, ATV’s, boats, chainsaws, and power planting augers. Experience with these skills are desired but not required. Training will be provided. Housing can be provided at both POWMA and BSCWMA facilities.


These positions will lead 2 to 3, 5-month Wildlife Technicians and some volunteer crews in habitat development projects on POWMA or BSCWMA. Assist Wildlife Biologist with completing new wildlife habitat projects; conducting wildlife and vegetation surveys; facilities, equipment and access site maintenance; monitoring and maintaining current and past projects; and interacting with the recreating public. This may include planting seedlings, fence construction, chemically treating weeds and planting annual food plots and perennial cover. Experience with plant and waterfowl identification, use of herbicides for weed control, GIS/GPS systems for mapping of plant populations and treatment areas, and safely operating 4WD trucks, tractors, ATV’s, boats, chainsaws, herbicide spray equipment, and power planting augers is desired. Applicant should have some experience in chemical treatment of weeds, and proper use and handling of herbicides. Successful candidates should possess or be willing to obtain a professional pesticide applicators license through Idaho Department of Agriculture (training can be provided on the job). Incumbents will assist Biologists with the promotion and development of waterfowl and big game habitat improvement projects on the WMAs and with local private landowners requesting assistance. Experience with common farming practices and habitat management are desired. Ability to work with the public, coordinate volunteer projects, work independently and as a team member and being a self-motivated starter are a must.


It is preferred for applicants to have completed at least their junior year in an accredited college or university, majoring in biology, wildlife management, recreation, forestry, range management, or a similar natural resources program. Alternatively the applicant should have experience from a farm-related or natural resource position along with experience safely handling, operating, and maintaining field equipment. Applicant should be able to work well as a crew member and independently. Having a good work ethic, the ability to get along with others, the ability to work independently and as a team member, being a motivated self-starter and a willingness to learn are a must. A valid driver's license is required for these positions.
How to Apply
  1. Applicants must first register with Idaho Department of Labor (Reference Job Number 911563 at https://labor.idaho.gov.)
  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: Miles Benker or Jim Teare
    • 2885 W. Kathleen Ave.
    • Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815
    • email: miles.benker@idfg.idaho.gov OR jim.teare@idfg.idaho.gov
    • phone: Miles Benker -  (208) 769-1414 or (208) 770-3755
    •              Jime Teare -  (208) 769-1414 or (208) 221-0147

Comments: Please contact Miles Benker or Jim Teare for more information. The positions will remain open until filled. Please indicate in your cover letter why you would like to be selected for this position, skills that qualify you for the job, preferred location (or either), and what you hope to gain from the job. Please provide a telephone number or email address where you may be reached. EEO/Veteran’s Preference. If qualified applicants are found, this announcement may close before the listed closing date.

Miles Benker
(208) 769-1414
Traditional - Open through close date (specified)