Wildlife Technician, Whitebark Pine Surveys

at Salmon - Idaho Dept Fish and Game in SALMON, Idaho, United States

Job Description

 Wildlife Temporary Employment Opportunity
Idaho Department of Fish and Game
Position: Wildlife technician, Whitebark Pine Surveys (2 positions)
Employment Type: Temporary/Seasonal/Part-time
Location: Salmon, Idaho
Dates Needed: June 15 –  September 15, 2023
Salary: $16.41/hr
Announcement Closes: open until filled

About the Position 
Technicians will serve as crew members conducting Whitebark Pine surveys in high elevation alpine environments near Salmon, Challis, and Stanley, Idaho. For most of this work, technicians will work as a team. Surveys require overnight backpacking to survey locations, sometimes alone (as needed), in some of Idaho’s most remote and rugged terrain. The position will also assist on other wildlife diversity program projects, if needed.

Note: These are non-benefited positions.  Housing is NOT provided. Technicians must provide most of their backpacking gear however a tent, binoculars, inReach, GPS, water filter and jetboil can be provided by the employer.
Primary duties include collecting various metrics such as tree health, white pine blister rust prescence, cone production, and characteristics of individual trees (height, diameter etc.). Backpacking experience and a comfort with solo backcountry work, ability to navigate off-trail in remote, densely-vegetated, steep and rugged landscapes using topographical maps and GPS units, ability to carefully navigate rough, unmaintained roads in a 4WD vehicle, ability to work independently (alone ≥90% of the time) in remote areas for the duration of the field season, interest and aptitude for identification of western wildlife species (including plants, trees, birds), careful and accurate data collection/entry/management, and strong interpersonal skills for communicating and working effectively with program managers and co-workers. 

It is preferred that applicants have at least a BS in biology, wildlife biology, forestry or a similar degree-type and/or an equivalent in job experience and training. With or without reasonable accommodations, incumbents must be able to stand for long periods of time, lift up to 60 pounds, pack up to 40 pounds for 5+ miles, walk up to 15 miles a day along trails and cross-country, hike over rough and rugged terrain, safely drive for multiple hours per shift, and work in all weather conditions, including adverse weather. Incumbents will work 40 hours per week minimum. Incumbents must be at least 18 years of age and possess a valid driver’s license. Must accommodate a flexible schedule (holidays, weekends, and nights) and be willing to work for 10 consecutive days. 

Additional beneficial attributes: Experience identifying plants and trees, familiarity with how to use a compass and an InReach unit, familiarity or experience riding horses and mules and operating an ATV, willingness to be flexible, ability to self-motivate and self-manage, desire to learn new skills, willingness to work alone in landscapes occupied by apex predators and/or venomous wildlife (bears, mountain lions, rattlesnakes). 
Note: The physical and mental demands of this position cannot be emphasized enough. However, the applicant is still expected to stay safe, make good decisions and complete work tasks as instructed. 
To Apply:    
1)    Applicants must first register with Idaho Department of Labor (Reference Job Number #1945347 at
2)    Complete the IDFG Application For Temporary Employment form, located at:

3)    Mail or email (preferred) the IDFG Application For Temporary Employment form, cover letter, resume, and three professional or academic references to:

Tempe Regan
Idaho Department of Fish and Game
99 HWY 93 N.
Salmon, ID 83467
Contact Info - Phone: 208-756-2271

Additional Comments: 
EEO/Veteran’s Preference. If qualified applicants are found, this announcement may close before the listed closing date.
Contact: Tempe Regan
Phone: 208-756-2271

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Job Posting: 1945347

Posted On: Jan 11, 2023

Updated On: Feb 28, 2023

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