About the position
The Department of Fish and Game is seeking a Senior Wildlife Technician - Depredation to work at our Magic Valley Regional office in Jerome. The successful candidate will assist the region's wildlife staff implement wildlife programs that assist in preventing and compensating private landowners who are experiencing conflict with big game. In addition to this, the successful candidate will also assist in the administration of the Access Yes! program. Responsibilities include: working directly with private land owners and sportsman; using and maintaining trucks, ATVs; conducting plant and animal surveys; collecting data and managing electronic databases; assisting with report writing. This position is a full-time, limited service. The appointment is anticipated to last 1.5 years with the possibility of an extension.
Length of limited service appointments are determined by the availability of funds such as grants and/or time frames such as pilot projects or program termination. The successful candidate shall receive a written agreement, no later than the date of hire, explaining the conditions of the employment including that the appointment is not permanent and the length of employment. Updated agreements are required every two (2) years dependent upon availability of funds.
- This announcement will be used to fill the current Senior Wildlife Technician - Depredation position in Jerome only. If you recently applied for Senior Wildlife Technician - Depredation and you wish to be considered for this current opening in Jerome, you will need to reapply under this announcement. Previous scores will not be used/merged.
- Senior Wildlife Technicians - Depredation may be required to ride in single engine airplanes and helicopters. These positions may involve walking for several hours in rugged terrain, handling unsedated wild animals, working in extreme weather conditions, and lifting and carrying up to 65 pounds with or with reasonable accommodations.
- Respond to complaints concerning wildlife depredations.
- Assist in developing partnerships with farmers and ranchers experiencing wildlife depredations and provides solutions to minimize losses.
- Haze wildlife away from agricultural crops.
- Assist regional staff with depredation mitigation which includes delivering and erecting fencing materials, delivering and deploying wildlife deterrence equipment.
- Designs and implements data collection programs to estimate yield losses.
- Assist in implementing research to address depredation and landowner/sportsman issues.
- Assist with administering a private lands access program for hunters and anglers.
- Assist in administering portions of private lands habitat improvement programs.
- Assist with big game check stations.
- May maintain winter big game animal feed sites.
- 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.
- Some knowledge of supervisory practices.
- Valid driver's license.
- Some Senior Wildlife Technician positions throughout the state require the incumbent to possess a CDL or be willing to obtain one within the six-month probationary period (see question #6 on the examination). For those positions requiring a CDL, incumbents must pass a pre-employment controlled substance screening test. Once a CDL is obtained, the employee is required to participate in the Department's drug/alcohol testing program and comply with all of its provisions. Failure to satisfy any of these requirements will result in a failure to complete the probationary period and termination from employment. The current opening does not require a CDL.
- Some knowledge or experience working with private landowners on private land access programs, depredations, or habitat improvement projects.