Wildlife Habitat Technician (2 positions available)

Location: 
Coeur d'Alene
Application Period: 
3/17/2017 to 4/24/2017
Employment Type: 
Temporary/Seasonal/Part Time
Salary: 
$12.53 - $13.16 per hour DOE; 40 hrs a week; non-benefited
Employment Dates: 
5/25/2017 to 9/29/2017

About the position

The Department is seeking two temporary Wildlife Habitat Technicians to conduct baseline vegetation monitoring in north Idaho.

Dates of Employment:

  • May 25, 2017 through September 29, 2017; exact start and end dates can be adjusted.
General Information: 
This position, with or without reasonable accommodations, requires the ability to work in extreme weather conditions, ranging from hot and sunny to cool and rainy, with sometimes extreme insect conditions (mosquitos, ticks). The applicant must be able to walk off-trail for several miles a day, lift up to 40 lbs., climb or descend steep hills, bend down to look at plants on the ground, and work and hike in very dense vegetation with downed logs, all while being aware of and avoiding hazards such as sunburn, unstable ground, wasps, large mammals, streams, and open water. Occasionally working up to 10 hours per day. This position requires safe travel on water using a combination of power boats, canoes, and/or kayaks and the ability to operate 4x4 vehicles safely on rough, narrow dirt roads.

Housing is available, but may include a combination of shared bunk houses or camper trailers at different locations throughout the summer.
Responsibilities: 
Incumbents will conduct baseline vegetation monitoring in north Idaho. The project will measure vegetation and assess habitat condition in riparian, wetland, grassland, shrubland, and forest habitats on four Wildlife Management Areas and associated habitat areas in the Coeur d’Alene Region. Methods include identifying plant species and measuring their cover and height along transects. Following field work, there may be office work compiling, checking, and entering data.
Qualifications: 
To minimally qualify for this position, the successful applicant must have at least 2 years of college coursework in botany, plant ecology, forest ecology, wetland ecology, rangeland ecology, and/or a related discipline. The applicant must be able to collect data accurately, pay attention to detail, and have experience with plant species identification. The applicant must be able to work and communicate effectively and cooperatively with co-workers, agency partners, and the public. The applicant must work as a team member, be safety-conscious, and have a positive attitude. The applicant must possess a valid driver’s license.

Desirable qualifications include Bachelor’s degree in botany, ecology (plant, forest, wetland, range), environmental science, natural resources, or related discipline, with at least one plant identification course, and ideally an ecological field methods course. Experience identifying and preserving plants, monitoring or sampling vegetation, and conducting ecological fieldwork, preferably in wetland, riparian, shrubland, and/or forest habitats of the inland Pacific Northwest; Experience using field equipment (e.g., tapes, compass, clinometer, topo maps, camera, GPS unit); Experience collecting, quality checking, and managing data using databases or spreadsheets; experience with collecting and managing field data electronically using tablets is ideal.
How to Apply
  1. Applicants must first register with Idaho Department of Labor (Reference Job Number 913176 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: Chris Murphy
    • 600 S. Walnut
    • PO Box 25
    • Boise, ID 83707-0025
Additional Comments: 
EEO/Veteran’s Preference. If qualified applicants are found, this announcement may close before the listed closing date.
Contact: 
Chris Murphy
Phone: 
(208) 287-2728