Technician--Botany, Plant Ecology

Application Period: 
2/6/2019 to 2/27/2019
Employment Type: 
Temporary/Seasonal/Part Time
$13.25 per hour, Non-benefited
Employment Dates: 
5/20/2019 to 8/30/2019

About the position

A technician is needed to assist with rare plant monitoring in southern Idaho. Projects will focus on assessing habitats and populations of rare plants. Following fieldwork, there will be office work compiling and entering data, making herbarium specimens, and labeling photos.

With or without reasonable accommodations, this position requires travel for 2-3 months during the field season, and camping in remote areas for up to 2 weeks at a time for ~5 weeks. This position requires the physical ability to work in extremely hot weather with no shade (>100° F), walk off-trail for up to 6 miles per day, traverse slopes of >30°, and bend down to look at plants on the ground, all while carrying gear and being aware of hazards such as badger holes, rattlesnakes, streams, and open water. Mosquitoes and ticks may occasionally be present. The applicant must possess a valid driver’s license and be able to operate 4x4 vehicles safely on rough, narrow dirt roads.

Dates Needed: This is a 3 to 3.5 month position starting mid-May. There may be an opportunity to extend this position. Extension would be dependent upon Department need and employee performance.

Projects will focus on assessing habitats and populations of rare plants. Monitoring includes counting stems on belt transects and assessing canopy cover by quadrat and line-intercept methods. Surveying includes searching for new locations based on habitat and soil traits, mapping and documenting locations, and making herbarium specimens.
Minimum Qualifications:
The successful applicant must have at least 2 years of college coursework in botany, plant ecology, or a related discipline. The applicant must be able to collect data accurately and pay attention to detail. The applicant must be able to work effectively and cooperatively with co-workers, agency partners, and the public. The applicant must work as a team member and have a safety-conscious and positive attitude in sometimes difficult working conditions.

Desired Qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree in botany, plant ecology, natural resources, or related discipline, with at least one plant identification course
- Experience identifying plants, monitoring vegetation, and doing fieldwork, preferably in sagebrush steppe or grassland communities
- Experience using field equipment (e.g., compass, clinometer, topo maps, camera, GPS unit, PDA)
- Experience collecting, quality checking, and managing data using Excel
How to Apply
  1. Applicants must first register with Idaho Department of Labor (Reference Job Number 1163262 at
  2. Complete an IDFG Application for Temporary Employment (see link below)
  3. Submit a cover letter, resume, copy of college transcripts (unofficial copy is fine), 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: Jennifer Miller
    • 600 S. Walnut P.O. 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.
Jennifer J Miller
Traditional - Open through close date (specified)