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Biologist, Wildlife Regional - Farm Bill Coordinator

Biologist, Wildlife Regional

Department of Fish and Game

Open for Recruitment: March 16, 2017 - April 6, 2017
Announcement # 00835008051
Salary Range: $20.87+ per hour DOE -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Lewiston

The Department of Fish and Game is seeking a Regional Wildlife Biologist - Farm Bill Coordinator to fill a current opening in Lewiston, Idaho.

This position is for a Farm Bill Coordinator located in Lewiston, Idaho. Work will be split between two offices, Idaho Department of Fish and Game's (IDFG) Clearwater regional office in Lewiston and several Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) offices in the region. The position is expected to split it’s time between working with farmers, ranchers and other private landowners to enhance wildlife habitat on private lands throughout the Region with occasional work in the Southwest and Panhandle Regions and working on activities that further the goals of the Idaho elk plan on private property. Primary duties will include outreach, plan development and monitoring of the Western Idaho State Acres For Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) and Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) as well as working with federal and NGO partners to implement projects benefiting upland gamebirds, deer and elk on private land.

Efforts will focus on developing habitat for upland game birds (primarily pheasant, quail and Columbian Sharp tailed grouse), big game (focus on deer & elk) and riparian habitat that will benefit fisheries.

Key job duties will be providing technical assistance and information on the use of programs available within the federal Farm Bill, such as the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE), Agricultural Lands Easement Program and Environmental Quality Incentive Program.  It is expected that a portion of this position’s time will focus on implementing the habitat goals within the Idaho Mule Deer Initiative, upland game and elk plans. This will include working with other federal and state agencies as well as private landowners.

Please Note:  A NRCS background/security check is a requirement of the successful candidate of this position.  This background check will be completed within the first three months of hiring.

General Responsibilities:

  • Designs, implements, and monitors wildlife habitat projects on private, federal and/or department lands.
  • Develops relationships with private landowners, writes plans, designs and implements projects on private lands.
  • Designs and implements wildlife data collection programs.
  • Prepares management work plans and annual reports.
  • Manages the region's Access Yes! program.
  • Reviews environmental assessment reports and impact statements affecting area wildlife populations.
  • Trains employees involved in habitat management activities such as, vegetation restoration and monitoring, weed control, water level control, prescribed burning, and habitat inventory.
  • Participates in conducting public meetings and hearings on habitat projects and wildlife regulations.
  • Develop and maintain cooperative and successful relationships to effect habitat management.

Minimum Qualifications:

To minimally qualify for these positions, a candidate must have completed a master degree in wildlife management or closely related field OR completion of upper division coursework that resulted in a bachelor degree in wildlife management or a closely related field that includes courses in zoology, wildlife management techniques, wildlife habitat relationships, population dynamics and wildlife behavior AND professional field work equivalent to that received in a master degree program in wildlife management (typically two years). 

  • Incumbents must be willing to participate and to instruct in hunting activities.
  • Experience demonstrating good knowledge of the ecology, habitat requirements, taxonomy, and population dynamics of wildlife.
  • Some knowledge of forest, range management OR agricultural wildlife habitat.
  • Experience developing, evaluating or implementing management plans or development plans, hunting regulations or species management plans; conducting wildlife field research to include the design, collection and analysis of wildlife data, writing reports, and giving an oral presentation of project results.
  • Valid driver's license.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Experience working with private landowners or grazing leasees on habitat improvement projects.
  • Experience with Federal Farm Bill programs.
  • Experience collaborating with federal natural resource agencies such as Bureau of Land Management (BLM) or U.S. Forest Services.


There is an exam to determine an applicant's eligibility. Enter your responses to the questions in the space provided in the examination. 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. 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. A minimum rating of 59 is needed to pass this examination. Notification of your test results will be available online when the review process is complete.

To preview the examination for this position, click on the Preview Exam link below. You will not be able to take the exam from this screen. If you wish to take the exam, follow the instructions under "How to Apply".

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Click on the Apply Online button and follow the instructions provided to complete the Application Checklist and Exam for this position.

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  • Department of Fish and Game under "Agencies"
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Thank you for applying with the Idaho Department of Fish Game! 


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