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    Wildlife Technician (Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse and Yellow-billed Cuckoo)

    • Employer: Idaho Department of Fish and Game
      Location: Idaho Falls/Menan, ID
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 03/01/2019
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    About the position

    One technician to assist Regional Diversity Biologist with Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse (CSTG) lek searches and surveys and Yellow-billed Cuckoo (YBCU) surveys in eastern Idaho.  Technician may also assist with other game and non-game surveys/research, data management, GIS, and report writing.

    Position is approximately 4.5 months (April 1 - Aug 15).

    Shared government housing is available (small deposit required).

    General Information: 

    Applicants must, with or without reasonable accommodations, be capable of working in inclement weather, walking several miles per day over rough terrain and through standing water, and safely operating trucks, trailers, 4x4's, canoes, and kayaks.


    From early April through May, technician will check CSTG leks to verify management status and conduct standardized searches for new leks. From June through August, technician will conduct standardized transect surveys for YBCU, conduct riparian vegetation assessments, and enter data. Technician will also be required to identify western riparian bird species and record eBird checklists. Technician must be comfortable working from a jet boat (operated by permanent staff) on large rivers and hiking/wading through moving water. Technician will be required to attend a USFWS YBCU survey training course while on the job. During YBCU surveys, oversight and planning will come from both IDFG and Intermountain Bird Observatory (project partner) staff.


    Applicant must be available by early April and able work through mid-August . Ability to identify (or quickly learn to identify) Western riparian bird species. Ability to work effectively and efficiently in dense riparian habitat with mosquitoes. Experience with topographical maps, GPS, rangefinders, field data collection and data entry. Ability to communicate effectively with various agency and NGO personnel as well as private landowners. Ability to work as part of a 2-person team.

    Bachelor's degree in Biology, Wildlife, or a Natural Resources field preferred but not required. 

    A valid driver's license is required.



    Employment Dates: 

    4/1/2019 to 8/15/2019

    How to Apply

    Complete an IDFG Application for Temporary Employment found at https://idfg.idahogov/jobs/application-temporary

    Submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to Matt Proett (matt.proett@idfg.idaho.gov) AND Stephanie Coates (stephaniecoates@boisestate.edu).  Please type "IDFG bird survey technician application" in the subject line of email.

    Please make reference to Job Services posting number 1165096 in the cover letter.  

    Additional Comments: 

    EEO/Veteran’s Preference. If qualified applicants are found, this announcement may close before the listed closing date.




    Matt Proett





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