Wildlife Technician

Location: 
Jerome
Application Period: 
12/11/2017 to 1/5/2018
Employment Type: 
Temporary/Seasonal/Part Time
Salary: 
$12.31/hour Plus Competitive Benefits
Employment Dates: 
1/29/2018 to 9/29/2018

About the position

The Department is seeking an 8 month wildlife technician to assist with a long-term research project to determine the relationship of spring cattle grazing with nesting greater sage-grouse.  We have 5 study areas throughout southern Idaho in desert environments starting January 28 and ending September 28, 2018.  This technician position is responsible for Department equipment and troubleshooting problems with equipment including 4 wheel drive pickups and all terrain vehicles.  This technician will also be responsible for installing and maintaining electric fences critical to the grazing experiment.

General Information: 
Housing is available at no cost on Department owned wildlife management areas or fish hatcheries. Camp trailers are provided in the field during trapping season when it is more feasible to stay on site and trap for multiple days in a row. Certain field sites have Federal bunk houses available for our use at no cost to the workers. A travel per diem is provided while away from the main duty station in Jerome, Idaho. This position involves lifting and carrying 40+ lb. of equipment and supplies for miles at a time with or without reasonable accommodations.
Responsibilities: 
Assist Wildlife Research Biologists and Graduate Students with trapping greater sage-grouse, monitoring survival and movement of radio-marked birds, measuring habitat, data entry, installing and maintaining electric exclosure fences and cattle guards, transporting and setting up field camp trailers, and conducting administrative duties including maintaining vehicles and equipment, ordering/purchasing equipment and supplies, and monitoring equipment inventory.
Qualifications: 
B.S. degree Wildlife, Biology, Environmental Resources, or equivalent in training or experience is preferred. Must have the ability to: radio-track wildlife from ground, collect accurate field data including identifying plants and measuring habitat variables, communicate well with supervisors and landowners, obey trespass laws, make decisions regarding efficient use of time in the field, maintain field equipment, haul/operate/maintain camp trailers, load and operate ATVs, and work/live side-by-side with co-workers or alone in remote areas. Must be able to operate: hand held telemetry equipment, 4 wheel drive and off road vehicles, hand held compasses, GPS, chainsaw, weed eater, and personal computers/notepads especially use of program Excel. Must be able to navigate and operate equipment in remote desert environments, work under extreme weather conditions and variable work schedules (late nights, weekends), and good hand/eye coordination for capturing grouse and other wildlife. Applicant must be committed to the entire work period.
How to Apply

1.  Register with Idaho Department of Labor (Reference Job Number 1014945) at https://labor.idaho.gov.

2.  Complete an IDFG “application for temporary employment” (https://idfg.idaho.gov/jobs/application-temporary).

3.  Submit a cover letter, resume, three references, and a completed IDFG application for temporary employment (preferably by email) to:

David D. Musil
Idaho Department of Fish & Game
Magic Valley Region
324 South 417 East
Jerome, Idaho, 83338 208-644-6327 (fax 208-324-1160)
or e-mail to: david.musil@idfg.idaho.gov

Additional Comments: 
EEO/Veteran’s Preference. If qualified applicants are found, this announcement may close before the listed closing date.
Contact: 
David Musil
Phone: 
208-644-6327
Fax: 
208-324-1160
Open until filled