Fish and Wildlife Technician

State of Oregon

Tygh Valley , Oregon

Duties & Responsibilities
Now is your chance to make a difference in the state you love! Join the White River Wildlife Area team as a Wildlife Area Technician! This position will implement habitat development and maintenance functions necessary to conduct the wildlife area program. S/he will perform supplemental winter wildlife feeding, cereal grain farming, irrigation, livestock and game fence maintenance and construction, livestock and pasture management, timber management, prescribed burning, rangeland seeding, weed control, equipment maintenance and provide information to recreational users and aid in wildlife area rules enforcement. Major duties and responsibilities are to:

• Build, place, check and re-fill deer and elk feeders with pellets and hay (150 tons/yr). Record use at each feeder.

• Participate in farming activities for the purpose of growing food crops and enhancing wildlife habitat. Operate tractor, hay plow, disc, harrows, roto-tiller, drill, chemical sprayer and fertilizer spreader to plant and grow food and cover crops, trees and shrubs. Culture crops and trees by flood and sprinkle irrigation, mechanical and chemical weed control (pulling, disking, mowing, and spraying). Hook up, move, adjust and repair pumps and wheel sprinkler lines.

• Maintain wildlife area's office and buildings. Carry out other custodial duties required to properly manage the soil, water, timber, forage and wildlife resources of the area.

• Remove, construct and repair barbed and smooth wire and electric fences using hand tools, wire rollers, ATVs and a wheel tractor with auger. Construct and maintain area's game and livestock fences (49 miles and 165 miles respectively). Perform preventative and corrective maintenance/repairs on buildings, equipment, grounds, signs, watering facilities, roads, etc. Irrigate project lands (1001 acres), adjust water control structures to place water in proper ditches at correct times so water reaches and leave proper fields.

• Participate in regularly scheduled first aid, CPR, firearms and defensive driving training. Use firearms to euthanize sick or injured wildlife or control dangerous wildlife posing a risk to human safety. Conduct hunter and angler checks on the wildlife area. Aid in enforcement of wildlife area rules and regulations, motor vehicle restrictions and other regulations on the wildlife area. Assist district biologist in wildlife census, big-game trapping and tagging operations and damage complaints. Complete monthly and weekly reports.

Working Conditions

• Frequently required to work outside during inclement weather, long hours, before sunrise and after sunset, on weekends, and irregular work schedules.

• Required to lift sacks of feed, seed, fertilizer, etc.

• Routinely operate heavy equipment dual axle trucks, tractors, chemical sprayers and other equipment.

• Required to maintain valid first aid and CPR certifications.

• These positions require a flexible work schedule that varies in the number of hours worked on a daily basis, but not necessarily each day, or a work schedule in which the starting and stopping times vary on a daily basis, but not necessarily each day.

• These positions require an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Safety Education Card for on the job use of quads and three-wheeled ATVs (Class 1 ATVs) obtained through the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, accessible at the following website: If the selected applicants do not possess this certification, s/he must obtain it within one month of hire as a condition of continued employment.

• These positions require the possession of a Commercial Driver License (CDL) and a Public Pesticide Applicator's License (PPAL). On your application, be sure to indicate in the Certificates & Licenses section if you have a CDL and/or a PPAL. If the selected applicants do not possess a CDL/PPAL, s/he must obtain within six months of hire as a condition of continued employment.

• These positions require occasional use of a firearm to deliver immobilization drugs and projecting nets for wildlife capture, euthanizing injured or sick wildlife, killing or hazing nuisance animals and birds, collecting animals for research or other studies, and protection from dangerous animals in close quarters. The successful candidates will be subject to an initial criminal history background check with fingerprinting to verify s/he may legally possess a firearm before using a firearm, and will be subject to annual criminal history checks thereafter. Continued employment is contingent upon passing the criminal history background check.

NOTE: You must have a valid driver license and an acceptable driving record.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will check driving records for in-state finalists. Out-of-state finalists will be required to present a current driving record for review.

NOTE: Within three-days of hire, applicants will be required to complete the U.S. Department Homeland Security's I-9 form confirming authorization to work in the United States. ODFW participates in E-Verify. ODFW is not able to support VISA sponsorships.

Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills

Minimum Qualifications

• An Associate's degree in Wildlife Technology or Agriculture; OR

• Eighteen months of experience in the care of livestock, agricultural research and experimentation, monitoring game or wildlife, or farming. (six months of fisheries, fish culture, fish screens, or related habitat work experience will count toward this experience).

A higher level degree in Wildlife Science, Agriculture, or a closely-related degree with at least 45 quarter (30 semester) hours of biological/ecological coursework will substitute for the Associate's degree.

Note: Your application materials must clearly describe how you meet these qualifications. Answers to the supplemental questions must be supported in the "Work Experience" section of your Oregon E-Recruit application.

Note: You are strongly encouraged to attach a copy of all transcripts (if education is required to qualify) in order to receive credit for college degrees or coursework. If your transcripts are not attached, you will be required to provide a copy of your official or original transcripts (online are acceptable) during the selection process that show your name, the name/address of the institution, coursework with passing grades, and degree conferred (including date) to validate education, if necessary.

Requested Skills
Preference will be given to applicants with experience:

• Making visual observations of species or habitat
• Operating heavy equipment (e.g., excavators, crawler loaders, graders, sprayers, tractors or other farm and haying equipment)
• Operating electronic or mechanical equipment
• Using hand and power tools
• Collecting and recording data
• Creating oral and written reports
• Protecting, maintaining, improving and/or restoring wildlife habitat


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