Wildlife Technician - Research

Boise - Statewide
Application Period: 
8/8/2017 to 8/25/2017
Employment Type: 
Temporary/Seasonal/Part Time
$12.31 per hour + competitive benefits
Employment Dates: 
9/1/2017 to 4/30/2018

About the position

Idaho Department of Fish and Game is seeking a wildlife research technician that will perform a variety of work to support statewide wildlife research efforts. Current research projects cover almost all big game and many small game species in the State. 

General Information: 
Must have strong communication skills and the ability to interact well with coworkers and the public, be detail-oriented and organized, navigate and work independently in remote settings in adverse weather conditions, be able to lift/carry up to 60 lbs., have experience with 4x4 trucks and off-road vehicles (ATV, snowmobile) and driving in rugged conditions, be willing and able to work in and around aircraft (fixed-wing and helicopter), and be able to follow a rigid protocol and record detailed data in a field setting. Will be primarily stationed in Boise but must we willing to travel about the State, stay in a variety of lodging types (from camping to hotels), and work extended, irregular hours (nights and weekends) for extended periods of time.
One of the primary duties will be assisting with preparation for, and execution of, statewide winter ungulate (elk, mule deer, bighorn sheep) captures; which involves coordinating the preparation and distribution of GPS collars across the State, coordination of capture personnel, proper handling and cataloging of capture samples, and participation in capture activities. Other duties may include a variety of field biology work (e.g., radio telemetry, vegetation sampling, field necropsies, etc), data entry, report preparation, and fleet/equipment maintenance as needed.
Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license and have a good knowledge of wildlife management principles and practices. Must have a good working knowledge of PC operation and the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access).

Preference will be given to applicants with a B.S. degree in Wildlife Biology or a related natural resource discipline, experience with ArcGIS, experience coordinating and conducting field research projects, organizing large groups of people to complete field projects, and experience with sample handling and data management and analysis (including programming with R).
How to Apply
  1. Applicants must first register with Idaho Department of Labor (Reference Job Number 972206 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: Shane Roberts
    • 4279 Commerce Circle
    • Idaho Falls, ID 83401
Additional Comments: 
EEO/Veteran’s Preference. If qualified applicants are found, this announcement may close before the listed closing date.
Shane Roberts
Traditional - Open through close date (specified)