About the position
The Clearwater Region is seeking five (5) temporary Wildlife Technicians (non-benefited) to conduct wildlife habitat development projects, plant and wildlife surveys, noxious weed control, facility, and access management activities on private and public land, as well as work on Craig Mountain Wildlife Management Area (CMWMA), Red River WMA and Joseph Plains Habitat Area. The duties of these positions are diverse with occasional overlap with the population staff to meet specific needs. Housing may be provided on CMWMA and can be discussed at the interview.
Start and end dates will be flexible.
Position is not to exceed 4.5 months.
Primary tasks include facilities management, habitat improvement projects, fence maintenance, conducting wildlife and vegetation surveys, invasive plant species management, conducting public use surveys, and coordinating volunteer projects. Primary tasks will also include plant identification, plant surveys, noxious weed control, using and maintaining ATVs and herbicide spray equipment, exercising proper use and handling of herbicides, GPS/GIS mapping, and coordinating volunteer projects.
The incumbent(s) selected will supervise volunteer and/or inmate crews in habitat development projects. Successful candidate(s) will also be responsible for monitoring and maintaining current and past Habitat Improvement Program (HIP) projects, which may include planting seedlings, fence construction, and chemically treating noxious weeds. The incumbent(s) will assist landowners with ordering, scheduling and completing wildlife habitat enhancement projects. Incumbents will assist Biologists with the promotion and development of new upland game bird and waterfowl habitat improvement projects.
Applicants must be willing to fulfill other duties as assigned including, but not limited to: assist in a large-scale elk habitat selection project via telemetry, establishing and maintaining game trail cameras for ungulate and predator surveys, and other fieldwork occurring in remote locations. These tasks frequently require overnight stays in the backcountry of northern Idaho.
Successful applicants will perform 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, identify plant species, use herbicides for weed control, use GIS/GPS systems, safely operate 4WD trucks, tractors, ATV’s, chainsaws, and power planting augers. Experience with these skills are desired but not required. Training will be provided. Prospective technicians must have a strong work ethic, the ability to get along with others, be self-motivated to work independently and as a team member, and reflect a desire and willingness to be tasked with new challenges in a professional setting. Ideal candidates will display superior leadership experience and/or abilities. Applicants should possess or be willing to obtain a professional pesticide applicators license through Idaho Department of Agriculture (training can be provided on the job). Experience with common farming practices and habitat management are desired.