Senior Wildlife Diversity Technician

Idaho Department of Fish and Game

Idaho Panhandle , Idaho

From 2010-14 the Multi-species Baseline Initiative conducted multi-species wildlife surveys across the Idaho Panhandle and adjoining mountain ranges. We are now conducting follow-up multi-taxa surveys focused on amphibians and forest carnivores. We seek a self-motivated and independent field technician for an extremely fun field season in the amazing ecosystems of the Idaho Panhandle.

What you’ll be doing:

You will primarily be conducting amphibian surveys at lentic wetlands and managing an array of remote cameras. You will also assist with periodic wildlife monitoring and habitat work on a major habitat restoration project at Boundary-Smith Creek WMA (BSCWMA). You will enter data, maintain a database, and review trail camera pictures as a regular part of your job. Additional varied duties may or may not include conducting alpine ecosystem surveys, terrestrial gastropod surveys, aquatic stream invertebrate surveys, and/or bat surveys.

Your work schedule may have some flexibility but will largely be based around 8 days on and 6 days off. During your 8 day work shifts you will be primarily car camping in the field at remote sites and working by yourself in grizzly bear country. You will not be a part of a larger crew but will occasionally work alongside other employees and/or interact with project volunteers. We are therefore seeking a technician who is very independent, woods savvy, comfortable spending time alone, and excited to spend a summer mostly ‘with the frogs’.

Surveys sites are stratified across the study area with some close to roads and some quite remote. You will therefore need to be in very good physical shape, handy with a GPS unit, experienced driving a 4x4 truck on unimproved forest roads, and at peace with being alone on steep slopes in thickets of wet alder for hours on end.

Duties will be primarily field focused (~85%) with out of the field data management responsibilities (~15%). Duties will generally be broken down as follows (percentages are approximate): 

  • Conducting multi-taxa, amphibian-focused, surveys at lentic wetlands (50%).
    • Downloading and replacing water temperature data loggers at same wetlands.
  • Managing an array of forest carnivore remote cameras (20%).
    • This includes camera maintenance and setting up new camera stations.
  • Assisting with habitat restoration and wildlife monitoring at BSCWMA (20%).
    • This may include weed spraying, vegetation planting, seed collection, etc.
    • This also may include assisting with bullfrog removal efforts.
  • Other miscellaneous duties including gear maintenance, facility maintenance, and surveys for additional taxonomic groups (10%).

What will be provided:

  • Housing in the form of a camp trailer and access to bathroom and cooking facilities. Trailer and facilities are located at BSCWMA near Porthill, Idaho.
  • Reliable field vehicle.
  • Camp groceries during field work.
  • Field gear and field computer.

Required qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree (or progress toward) in Biology, Ecology, Natural Resource Management, or a related field.
  • Excellent physical fitness.
  • Experience navigating off trail with a GPS unit.
  • Experience driving 4x4 vehicles on unimproved forest roads.
  • Experience with and ability to field identify at least one taxonomic group.
  • Swimming ability.
  • Willingness to work at night and euthanize bullfrogs.
  • Competency using Microsoft Excel .
  • Enthusiasm to learn new taxonomic groups.
  • Sense of humor in the face of adversity.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Expertise in Inland Northwest amphibian identification (strongly preferred).
  • Expertise in Inland Northwest mammal identification.
  • Experience with temperature data loggers, specifically water data loggers.


Mid/Late-May to Early/Mid-September, 2018


$15.41-16.51 per hour (not benefitted)


  • Create an application packet which contains your a) current resume, b) letter describing why you are excited about and qualified for the position, and c) contact information of at least 3 references.
  • Save the application as a single .pdf named as follows:

Your last name_DiversityTech_2018

  • Email the packet to:
  • Applications will be accepted until March 25.

Helpful application hints:

Shorter applications are appreciated. Applicants who focus on briefly conveying how they are qualified for and excited about this position will stand out. Successful applicants will demonstrate that they are ready and enthusiastic to work independently across the Idaho Panhandle. We strongly prefer a candidate with amphibian identification experience. If you don’t have experience with amphibian identification please explain any experience you have learning other taxonomic groups. No phone call please and good luck! :-)

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