Wildlife Habitat Technician—Vegetation Monitoring

Upper Snake Region--Idaho Falls
Application Period: 
1/23/2019 to 3/8/2019
Employment Type: 
Temporary/Seasonal/Part Time
$12.41/hour or higher depending on experience; non-benefited; housing and per diem available
Employment Dates: 
5/20/2019 to 10/18/2019

About the position

Two technicians are needed to conduct baseline vegetation monitoring in eastern Idaho. The project will measure vegetation and assess habitat condition on Tex Creek, Cartier Slough, and possibly other Wildlife Management Areas in the Upper Snake Region. Housing is available, but may include a combination of shared bunk houses or camper trailers at different locations throughout the summer.

With or without reasonable accommodations, this position requires the physical ability to work in extreme weather conditions, ranging from hot and sunny to cool and rainy, with sometimes extreme insect conditions (mosquitos, ticks). The applicant must be able to walk off-trail for several miles a day, lift up to 40 lbs., climb or descend steep hills off trail, bend down to look at plants on the ground, and work and hike in very dense vegetation with branches and downed logs, all while being aware of and avoiding hazards such as sunburn, dehydration, unstable ground, wasps, large mammals, streams, and open water. 

The applicant must possess a valid driver’s license and be able to operate 4x4 vehicles safely on rough, narrow dirt roads. This position may require safe travel on water using canoes, kayaks, or other boats.

The project requires accurate measurement of vegetation and assess habitat conditions in grassland, shrubland, forest, riparian, and wetland habitats. Methods include identifying all plant species and measuring their cover and height along line-point intercept transects, belt transects, and forest plots. Habitat condition attributes (e.g., stream channel data, disturbance, etc.) may also recorded. Data may be entered into a database on a tablet in the field. Following field work, there may be office work identifying plants, compiling and entering data into a database, and checking data.
The successful applicant must have at least 2 years of college coursework in botany, plant ecology, forest ecology, wetland ecology, rangeland ecology, and/or a related discipline. The applicant must be able to collect data accurately, pay attention to detail, and have experience with plant species identification. Ability to enter data while in the field on a tablet is required. The applicant must be able to work and communicate effectively and cooperatively with co-workers, agency partners, and the public. The applicant must work as a team member, be safety-conscious, and have a positive attitude with occasionally difficult working conditions up to 10 hours per day.

Desired Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree in botany, ecology (plant, forest, wetland, range), environmental science, natural resources, or related discipline, with at least one plant identification course, and ideally an ecological field methods course
• Experience identifying and preserving plants, monitoring or sampling vegetation, and conducting ecological fieldwork, preferably in shrubland, grassland, forest (aspen), riparian, and/or wetland habitats of the inland Pacific Northwest or Northern Rockies
• Experience using field equipment (e.g., tapes, compass, clinometer, topo maps, camera, GPS unit, etc.)
• Experience collecting, quality checking, and managing data using databases or spreadsheets; experience with collecting and managing field data electronically using tablets

How to Apply
  1. Applicants must first register with Idaho Department of Labor (Reference Job Number 1158420 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: Chris Murphy
    • 600 S. Walnut PO Box 25
    • Boise, ID 83707
Additional Comments: 
EEO/Veteran’s Preference. If qualified applicants are found, this announcement may close before the listed closing date.
Chris J Murphy
Open until filled