Wildlife Technician - Health

Wildlife Health Forensic Laboratory - Eagle
Application Period: 
9/7/2017 to 9/21/2017
Employment Type: 
Temporary/Seasonal/Part Time
$12.31 - $12.91 per hour DOE

About the position

Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Wildlife Health Forensic Laboratory, on the Fish & Game’s Eagle, Idaho campus is seeking an experienced person to serve as a Wildlife Technician – Health. The successful candidate will assist the Wildlife Health staff in day-to-day laboratory processes and support of IDFG’s health program. In addition they will also assist the Wildlife Health staff, as well as regional and research staff to implement the wildlife health program across the state.

General Information: 
The position hours will be between 25 -32 hours per week, four to five days a week, 5-8 hours a day. This is a limited service temporary position and cannot exceed 1385 hours annually.

This position may involve walking for several hours in rugged terrain, handling unsedated wild animals, working in extreme weather conditions, lifting and carrying up to 65 pounds with or without reasonable accommodations, and could possibly be required to ride in single engine airplanes and/ or helicopters. Wildlife Health Technicians will work with diseases and other biological agents.
Perform sample intake, accessioning, handling and processing for incoming necropsy and live animal samples. This will include sample handling, data entry and sample disposal. Perform inventory assessments and management of wildlife health samples, supplies, harvest kits and freezer inventories. Provide day-to-day laboratory support, customer service, and staffing. This may include transporting samples and/or materials around the state, answering customer phone calls, ordering and maintaining hunter surveillance kits, and working on field projects as needed. Provide day-to-day analytical support. This may include sub-sampling and serum inventories, assisting the Wildlife Veterinarian with necropsies or live-animals, preparing media, DNA extractions or nutrition analyses. Providing routine facility and vehicle maintenance. Including monitoring vehicle and facility maintenance and temperature records, collection of BA4, and other assigned tasks.
Minimum Qualifications: 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. Experience recording, summarizing or analyzing biological data using a personal computer. Experience working in relational databases. Valid driver’s license.

Desirable Qualifications: Experience working in relational databases with strong attention to detail. Some knowledge or experience working in a laboratory or prior course-work with laboratory credit.
How to Apply
  1. Applicants must first register with Idaho Department of Labor (Reference Job Number 982982 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: Tricia Hosch-Hebdon
    • 1820 S. Trout Rd.
    • Eagle, ID 83616
Additional Comments: 
EEO/Veteran’s Preference. If qualified applicants are found, this announcement may close before the listed closing date.
Tricia Hosch-Hebdon
(208) 939-9171
(208) 939-2219
Open until filled