Fish and Wildlife Technician (Mid-Columbia District Wildlife Technician)
Fish & Wildlife-High Desert Region - The Dalles, OR

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ODFW Mission: To protect and enhance Oregon's fish and wildlife and their habitats for use and enjoyment by present and future generations.

  • This position is with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife located in The Dalles.
  • This is a Seasonal position from March 1, 2013 through September 30, 2013.
  • This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified people to fill the current vacancy and may be used to fill other vacancies as they occur.
  • The employee in this position will be represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and will be subject to all provisions of the collective bargaining agreement and State cost reduction directives, including mandatory unpaid time off (MUTO) days due to budgetary constraints. Pay and benefits on all job listings may change without notice.
  • You must submit your application online. Paper applications will not be accepted.
Duties & Responsibilities:
The Wildlife Technician will construct, maintain (or improve) and protect habitat development primarily on the Lower Deschutes Management Area. S/he will also assist with monitoring vegetation changes, biological inventories, and mapping developments and may help implement the district’s Upland Bird Cooperative Access Program as funding becomes available. The major roles and responsibilities are to:

Maintain wildlife cisterns: • Make field inspections of cistern condition, operation and water level. • Use hand and power tools to repair or replace sheet-metal aprons, lumber framework, cistern tanks and plumbing and cistern fences. • Use pickup truck and trailer to haul sheet-metal, lumber, fencing, water and other supplies. Maintain fish and wildlife habitat projects on the wildlife area: • Farm wildlife food plots with tractor and implements. • Maintain shrub and tree plantings. • Control weeds with herbicides. • Maintain riparian fences. • Maintain access road. • Patrol for fires and camping violations. Assist biologist with wildlife inventory and vegetative analysis: • Observe, count, and classify sex, age, and species of wildlife from pickup truck, all-terrain vehicle, boat, aircraft and on foot. • Assist with radio-tracking of deer and bighorn sheep. • Assist biologist with surveying, identifying, and recording types of vegetation at range elevation sites. Assist wildlife biologist with habitat construction and improvement projects: • Load and haul lumber, fencing and other construction supplies to project sites. • Assist biologist and volunteers with construction of habitat fencing, wildlife water sources, and other improvements. • Assist biologist with tree and seed planting. • Prepare monthly reports for the District Wildlife Biologist. • Provide information to the public on wildlife area activities. • Provide information to the public on fishing and hunting.
Working Conditions

  • Work areas are remote and will be 50-75 miles away from the office. Vehicles operated on all road types, including primitive.
  • Work includes exposure to all types of weather and road conditions.
  • Work independently 75% of the time.
  • This position requires 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: . On your application, be sure to indicate in the Certificates & Licenses section if you have a card. If the selected applicant does not possess this certification, s/he must obtain it within six months of hire as a condition of continued employment.
  • Requires 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. This includes working at all hours and workdays in excess of eight hours.
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 & Desired Attributes:
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 by the "Work Experience" section of your Oregon E-Recruit application.

Note: A copy of all transcripts (if education is required to qualify) must be attached at the time of application in order to receive credit for college degrees or coursework. Transcripts must include coursework and indicate that a degree was conferred. Online transcripts are acceptable. Official or original transcripts are not required; however, they may be required to validate education.

Desired Attributes

Preference will be given to applicants with the following experience relating to fish, mammals, or birds :

  • Knowledge of biological science
  • Trapping and immobilization
  • Recognizing disease symptoms
  • Making visual observations of species or habitat
  • Collecting and recording data
  • Report Writing
  • U sing geographic information system (GIS) software (ArcGIS and ArcPad)
  • Operating heavy equipment
Additional Information:
Your answers to the supplemental questions must be supported by the work experience section in your Oregon E-Recruit application or you may not be considered for this position.

Only complete applications will be considered. Be sure to answer all supplemental questions and attach all required documents. Late submissions will not be accepted. If you need assistance with adding attachments to your profile or to a specific job posting please go to Adding and Removing Attachments to a Profile and Job Posting for further instructions. This quick help guide can also be found on the State Jobs Page by clicking in the Applicant E-Recruit FAQ's then click on Applicant Profile Maintenance.

**IMPORTANT NOTICE – Email Addresses Now Required**

The state of Oregon is now requiring all applications have a valid email address.

Application Reference Number: ODFW13-0001

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer
If you do not currently have an email address and do not know where to go to get one please refer to our Applicant E-Recruit FAQ's web page. Click on the link below to go directly to question #14 to view several internet providers where you can get a free e-mail account. The state of Oregon does not endorse any particular provider. Applicant E-Recruit FAQ's

This quick help guide can also be found on the State Jobs Page by clicking in the Applicant E-Recruit FAQ's then click on Applicant Profile Maintenance.

Note: A resume (text or attached) will not be reviewed for work history unless stated in the job posting that it is a required attachment.

To apply , follow the "Apply" link above and complete the Oregon Employment Application online. You must click the 'Confirm' button at the end of the application by the posted close date to be considered for the job posting. All application materials (including transcripts) must be received by the closing date/date posted on this job posting.


Interviews: Qualified applicants whose responses most closely match the minimum qualifications and desired attributes for this position will be invited to an interview. If called for an interview, applicants will be asked to sign a reference authorization and release form at the time of interview.

Reasonable accommodations for interviews will be provided upon request to individuals with disabilities.

If you are experiencing difficulty applying for this position or have questions, please contact the ODFW Human Resources office at 503-947-6051.

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