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Regional Wildlife Biologist - Habitat

Idaho Department of Fish and Game
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Regional Wildlife Habitat Biologist are responsible for management of Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) and working with other habitat based initiatives with federal, state, local, NGO, and private landowners that promote wildlife habitat in a habitat district. Main accountabilities for WMAs include: Implementing WMA management plans, day-to-day operational needs, supervision of seasonal employees, budget management, and managing unplanned events as they arise. This position assists the region’s wildlife population, diversity, research, landowner-sportsmen and environmental staff programs. The successful candidate will have the essential skills to work effectively with volunteers, agencies and staff; apply for and administer grants; monitor wildlife habitat; survey wildlife populations; and provide technical assistance.

An ideal candidate will have multiple years of experience as a professional biologist or equivalent level position within a state agency, federal agency or non-governmental organization. This position will require a competent individual who is comfortable working independently and engaging in complex issues.


  • Designs, implements, and monitors wildlife habitat projects on the department and/or private lands.

  • Designs and implements wildlife data collection programs.

  • Monitors wildlife movements and activities.

  • Prepares management work plans and annual reports for projects within assigned habitat district.

  • Evaluates and reports on land and water acquisitions for use as wildlife habitat or public access areas.

  • Reviews environmental assessment reports and impact statements affecting area wildlife populations.

  • Supervises and trains employees involved in habitat management activities; such as, operation and maintenance of department facilities, vegetation restoration, weed control, water level control, prescribed burning, and habitat inventory.

  • Participates in conducting public meetings and hearings on habitat projects and wildlife regulations.

  • Develops and maintains cooperative and successful relationships to effect habitat management within your region/district.

  • Participates in other regional wildlife management activities as requested.


Please Note:  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.
  • A valid driver's license.


    There is an examination 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 70 is needed to pass this examination. Notification of your examination 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.

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$20.87+ per hour DOE
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