Senior Wildlife Technician

Panhandle Region - Coeur d'Alene and Clark Fork, ID
Application Period: 
Employment Type: 
Temporary/Seasonal/Part Time
$17.35+/hr DOE, plus benefits.
Employment Dates: 
3/22/2021 to 11/19/2021

About the position

Benefitted Wildlife Habitat Technician, Panhandle Region

Albeni Falls Wildlife Habitat Mitigation Program

General Information: 
Location: Clark Fork, Idaho & Panhandle Regional Office.
Terms of Employment: 8 month benefitted position starting on or about 3/22/21 and ending on or about 11/19/21 with flexible stop/start dates dependent on workload and selected candidate’s situation. Announcement will remain open until filled. This position may involve some irregular hours and weekends.
Pay: $17.35/hour + DOE
Benefits: 8 month benefitted technician (annual hours not to exceed 1385)
Medical/Dental plans available. Housing not available with this position.
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is an EEO/Veterans Preference Employer
The individual selected for this position will be responsible for assisting the Mitigation Staff Biologist with ongoing, large-scale habitat restoration projects. S/he will provide guidance and leadership to up to two seasonal technicians during the season, prioritizing and assigning daily duties, often independently, within the management parameters set by the MSB. Program restoration objectives will be developed and executed through close collaboration with MSB and regional habitat staff. Experience in field data collection, equipment maintenance and vegetation treatment methods is required, as is the individual’s invested effort, critical thought and initiative to achieve management goals and improve operations.

Specific duties include but are not limited to:
• Designing, completing and monitoring habitat treatments on Clark Fork, Pack and Priest River deltas.
• Organizing and assigning duties to seasonal technicians, volunteers and contract crews.
• Contribute to habitat team efforts within the region as needed.
• Foster a team mentality, emphasizing safe operation, common sense and critical thought.
• Conducting population surveys on a variety of wildlife and plant species.
• Noxious weed control using integrated management techniques.
• Monitoring and facilitating public use of property managed by IDFG.
• Light construction and equipment maintenance.
• Other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications:
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, usually demonstrated by at least a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent. Some knowledge of supervisory practices. Experience: Basic equipment maintenance & repair, boat handling, trailering, record & summarize biological data. Valid driver's license.

Strong preference will be given to individuals who have:
• Demonstrated leadership/supervisory experience, including organization, delegation and conflict resolution.
• Basic mechanic skills for simple field/in-house repairs.
• Some knowledge of wildlife survey methods acquired through coursework and experience.
• The ability to accurately identify wildlife and common plant species.
• Some knowledge of vegetation survey methods and plant taxonomy.
• The ability to follow instructions, complete assignments, generate short and long-term work plans and operate with little direct supervision.
• The physical ability to engage in strenuous work for extended periods of time including work in adverse weather conditions and work involving lifting and carrying heavy loads.
• The ability to interact with the general public, other agency personnel, and other employees in a courteous fashion.
• Willing to work safely and responsibly with various types of herbicide and farm or boating equipment.

Applicants will be given additional consideration if they have experience:
• Identifying wetland plants.
• Familiarity with waterfowl ID and basic life history.
• Sampling vegetation in the Inland Northwest.
• Safe, accurate handling & application of herbicides for vegetation control; Current applicators’ license strongly preferred but not required prior to hiring. Must obtain within 1 month of start date.
• Performing habitat improvement activities.
• Operating 4×4 vehicles, ATV’s, boats, trailers and/or farm equipment.
• Using power tools and completing small construction projects.
How to Apply

To apply you must submit a resume with cover letter, verification of college coursework (degree, or current transcripts), and 3 references to the Panhandle Regional Office of Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Please indicate in your cover letter start/end dates that should be considered (eg. graduation or new semester), and if you would like to be considered for other IDFG temporary employment in the Panhandle. This announcement will remain active until suitable candidates are selected.

Application packages should be emailed to:

Questions regarding this position should be directed to Evan DeHamer at (208) 407-9434 or

Additional Comments: 
EEO/Veteran’s Preference. If qualified applicants are found, this announcement may close before the listed closing date.
Evan DeHamer
Open until filled