Wildlife Habitat Technician-Vegetation Monitoring (2 positions)

Statewide-primarily Panhandle and Southwest Regions
Application Period: 
2/22/2021 to 3/12/2021
Employment Type: 
Temporary/Seasonal/Part Time
$13.16 per hour minimum
Employment Dates: 
4/26/2021 to 9/24/2021

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.

Dates Needed:

April 26, 2021 through September 24, 2021; exact start and end dates may be adjusted.

General Information: 
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, rattlesnakes, large mammals, rivers, and moving vehicles.

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.
The project requires accurate measurement of vegetation attributes, identification of plant species, and assessment of habitat conditions in grassland, shrubland, forest, riparian, and wetland habitats. Methods include, but are not limited to, identifying all plant species and measuring their cover and height along line-point intercept transects, quadrats, belt transects, and forest plots. Habitat condition and characteristics (e.g., soil, hydrology, disturbance, etc.) may also recorded. Data may be entered into a database on a tablet in the field. Following field work, there will be office work identifying plants, compiling and entering data into a database, and checking data with close attention to detail. The applicant must work as a team member, be safety-conscious (including following guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19), and have a positive attitude while working in occasionally difficult conditions. Weekly, or more frequent, check-ins with supervisor(s) to communicate progress, address concerns, and solve problems is mandatory.
Minimum Qualifications:
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.

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 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
How to Apply
  1. Applicants must first register with Idaho Department of Labor (Reference Job Number 1428249 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: Jon Beals
    • 15950 N. Gate Blvd.
    • Nampa, ID 83687
Additional Comments: 
EEO/Veteran’s Preference. If qualified applicants are found, this announcement may close before the listed closing date.
Jon Beals
Traditional - Open through close date (specified)