About the position
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is seeking (2) seasonal Wildlife Habitat Vegetation Monitoring Technicians (non-benefited) to conduct vegetation monitoring at various locations across Idaho. These positions are non-benefited. Appointees will measure vegetation, identify plants, and assess habitat condition on Cecil Andrus Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in the Southwest Region, Pend Oreille WMA in the Panhandle Region, and other WMAs as needed. Housing is available, but may include a combination of shared bunk houses or camper trailers at different locations throughout the field season.
April 26, 2021 through September 24, 2021; exact start and end dates may be adjusted.
The typical work week is 40 hours, Monday through Friday, although the exact schedule can be flexible and may include 10 hour days. Communication with supervisor(s) will be remote. 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 powerboats, canoes, or kayaks, as well as use of off-highway vehicles.
Knowledge of at least one of the following: (1) Good knowledge of wildlife ecology and habitat requirements and some knowledge of wildlife habitat including evaluation and management practices; OR (2) Good knowledge of biology, zoology, botany, conservation biology, or closely related discipline (e.g., often gained through college coursework). Experience recording, summarizing, analyzing, and synthesizing biological data using a computer software to manage data.
• 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 one ecological field methods course
• Ability to identify plants; experience collecting and preserving plant specimens
• Experience monitoring or sampling vegetation, and conducting ecological fieldwork, preferably in shrubland, grassland, forest, riparian, and/or wetland habitats of the inland Pacific Northwest or Northern Rockies
• Experience using field equipment (e.g., tapes, compass, clinometer, camera, GPS unit, topo maps, etc.)
• Experience accurately collecting, quality checking, and managing data using databases, spreadsheets, and/or GIS, including collecting and managing field data electronically using tablets
• Ability to work and communicate effectively and cooperatively with supervisors, co-workers, agency partners, and the public