Principal Wildlife Research Biologist

Application Period: 
4/29/2021 to 5/28/2021
Employment Type: 
Permanent - Full Time
$27.08 - $36.11 per hour DOE, Plus Competitive Benefits!

About the position

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is seeking a Principal Wildlife Research Biologist to plan, supervise, and conduct research for wildlife projects This position will be part of our Wildlife Research team and will analyze data and make recommendations to improve wildlife management. The position will be located at our Headquarters in Boise.

General Information:

  • The incumbent for this position must with or without reasonable accommodation have the physical ability to walk and backpack for several hours, operate trail bikes, and ride horses in rugged terrain; handle unsedated wild animals; work in extreme weather conditions; lift and carry up to 65 pounds.


  • Supervise classified and temporary personnel that comprise the Analytics & Data portion of the Wildlife Research & Data Team to provide analytical support to statewide research projects.
  • Coordinate and prioritize requests for analytical projects from both management and research staff and manage the completion of those projects through selection of team member(s) with appropriate skills, maintaining project progress and timelines, and ensuring management application of products.
  • Oversee the production of research tools/products for the wildlife bureau and regions and supervise the development of associated outreach/training programs.
  • Interface directly with other Department programs and other agencies to develop statewide database structures.
  • Provide technical support and share technical data and products with other agencies; respond to inquiries from other agencies and the public on research programs.
  • Provide technical assistance to Department management and regional staff on research projects.
  • Supervise the publication of research reports, journal articles, and electronic public outreach.

Minimum Qualifications: (These qualifications are required.)

  • Considerable knowledge of: wildlife management practices to include wildlife ecology, habitat requirements, physiology, and population dynamics of wildlife; plant ecology; wildlife and plant sampling techniques; parasites and diseases of wildlife.
  • Good knowledge of: procedures and equipment used in wildlife research.
  • Experience: supervising others in wildlife research projects; conducting life history and habitat studies of wildlife; developing work plans; immobilizing and capturing wildlife; developing and interpreting statistical data used in wildlife research; writing reports and research summaries concerning wildlife research.
  • Valid driver's license.

Desirable Qualifications: (These qualifications are not required, however if you have related background it could increase your rating.)

  • Experience partnering with outside agencies, departments, or organizations to facilitate wildlife projects.
  • Considerable knowledge and experience: managing, integrating, and analyzing large wildlife population, habitat, and environmental condition datasets to answer questions relevant to wildlife management; R programming and spatial statistics.
  • Experience working within a wildlife management agency.

The ideal candidate would have project management experience, a Ph.D. in wildlife biology or related natural resources field from an accredited college or university, and strong communications skills in a variety of forums. Additional consideration may be given at the time of interview to candidates who have this training or experience. Please be sure to include within your application any training and/or experience you may have.

Supplemental Questions:

Please enter your responses to the supplemental questions in the space provided. You must have the minimum level of experience or education described for each question to qualify for this position. Scoring will be based on the information you provide in these questions. A higher rating may be obtained based on the extent of your education and experience, so take your time to provide a detailed and complete answer to each question. It is very important that the information you provide clearly supports your responses.

To learn more about the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, please see the following:

How to Apply

Please apply online at the URL listed below.

Additional Comments: 
EEO/Veteran’s Preference.
Rachel Byington
(208) 334-3773
Traditional - Open through close date (specified)