Fish and Wildlife Technician (Wildlife Habitat Technician)


Hines, Oregon

Job Type: Full-Time (Seasonal)

Salary: $3,218 - $4,755

Start / End Dates: 04/01/2024 - 10/31/2024

Seasonal Wildlife Employment Opportunity !


Make a difference in Oregon’s Natural Resources!

Help the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife fulfill its mission: To protect and enhance Oregon’s fish and wildlife and their habitats for use and enjoyment by present and future generations.


Location & Duration:

Based out of Hines , OR, this is a full time, seasonal position starting April 1, 2024 through October 31, 2024. Low-cost housing provided by ODFW in Hines is an option of this position.


(These are estimated dates. Length of season(s) may be shortened or extended depending on project needs, funding, or factors beyond the project’s control).


What you will do:

The primary role of this position is to conduct wildlife habitat enhancement and restoration projects on Department-owned lands in Harney and Malheur counties and other properties as directed by the District Habitat Biologist:

  • Conduct farming activities on department owned land. Assists biologist with field preparations, irrigating food plots, controlling noxious weeds, tree plantings, and habitat inventories.
  • Construct, maintain, and repair watering devices, fences, and roads on department land or in cooperation with other agencies.
  • Assist biologist with coordinating, supporting, monitoring progress, and inspecting work with volunteer personnel on various habitat enhancement and access projects.
  • Maintains and/or repairs buildings, grounds and structures by painting, welding, plumbing and grounds keeping. Maintains and/or repairs farming and irrigation equipment, and certain types of automotive equipment, small engines, and power tools.
  • Operates hand tools, weed trimmers, chainsaws, power tools, welders (arc and wire feed), cutting torches, tractors, implements,, boats, ATV’s, and 4X4 manual and automatic vehicles.
  • Assists in conducting biological inventories and monitoring. Collects, records and reports data under supervision and direction. Locates, observes, counts, and classifies sex, age, species, of wildlife from vehicle, ATV, boat, aircraft, or on foot.
  • Assists with capture, marking and relocation of wildlife. Assists with monitoring and maintaining access, habitat improvement progress, signage, kiosks, and dropboxes on all Access and Habitat projects.
  • Record daily activities and keep inventory of tools and supplies. Responsible for preparing monthly reports and providing information to the public on hunting, fishing and the Access and Habitat Program.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.


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 use agricultural chemicals.
  • Overnight stays and camping are required at department-owned facilities or in remote areas.
  • Frequently performs duties independently or with minimal supervision
  • Frequent travel between Malheur County and Harney County as part of regular duties and/or to maintain Watershed Wildlife Areas.
  • This position requires an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Safety Education Card for on-the-job use of quads (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 Work Experience Description if you have a card or a copy of your card can be attached. If the selected applicant does not possess this certification, they must obtain it within 30 days of hire as a condition of continued employment.
  • This position requires a Boater Education Card obtained through the Oregon State Marine Board. There are some exceptions to this (e.g., Coast Guard Boat Operator License or commercial fishing license). For further information, access the Web site at On your application, be sure to indicate in the Work Experience Description if you have a card or a copy of your card can be attached. If the selected applicant does not possess a card, they must obtain it within 30 days of hire as a condition of continued employment.
  • This position requires the possession of a Public Pesticide Applicator’s License (PPAL). On your application, be sure to indicate in the Work Experience Description if you have a PPAL. If the selected applicant does not possess a PPAL, they must obtain it within 30 days 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.


Questions about the positions? Please contact Tucker Freeman at

Qualifications / Experience Level Required:

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.

Requested Skills:
  • Knowledge of biological science about mammals and birds
  • Conducting wildlife habitat restoration
  • Conducting field work in remote settings safely
  • Operating irrigation and farming equipment
  • Using power equipment
  • Conducting wildlife species surveys and monitoring
  • Using GIS software
  • Collecting and recording data
  • Identifying plants
  • Contacting hunters and collecting harvest information

Criminal Records/DMV Check:
Applicants are subject to both a criminal history and motor vehicles check. Driving is required for all positions. Out-of-state finalists will be required to present a current certified driving record for review to be considered for the position. Be prepared to obtain as soon as possible. You are expected to provide the out-of-state certified driving record before an offer can be made unless extenuating circumstances exist. Adverse background and/or driving information may disqualify you from further consideration.

Within three days of hire, applicants will be required to complete the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s I-9 form confirming authorization to work in the United States. ODFW participates in E-Verify. ODFW is unable to support VISA sponsorships.

Additional Information:
Your answers to the supplemental questions must be supported in your resume or the “Job History” section in your application or you may not be considered for this position. You may be disqualified if your experience listed in your resume or the “Job History” section does not include information used to back up your answers to the supplemental questions. If any of the positions listed in your application are part-time or seasonal, be sure to include the dates you worked (month and year) and the average amount of hours worked per week in the duties section. Only those individuals who most closely match the requested skills will be invited to an interview.

For helpful tips on filling out your job history, responding to the supplemental questions, and submitting your application, click here

If you’d like to attach a copy of your official or unofficial college transcripts, they can be attached to your application in the Resume/CV/Cover Letter attachments field when you apply. Cover letters may not be reviewed unless it is stated as a requirement in the job posting.

External Applicants (non-state of Oregon employees):
If you would like to retain a copy of this job posting, please print a copy before submitting your application. Once the job posting has closed, you will not be able to access the posting.

Internal Applicants:
The contact information that is prefilled on your application is typically your work email and work phone number. Be sure to check your state email and Workday notifications for your status regarding the recruitment process. If you are away from the office or unable to check your state email account for an extended period, contact the HR Recruitment Unit and the hiring manager to let them know your personal email and phone number where you can be contacted. This will help to ensure you do not miss out on any correspondence that may be related to an interview. If you apply for a position as an internal applicant and then terminate while the recruitment is still in process, contact the Recruitment Unit to have your contact information updated.

The job posting closes at 11:59 PM (PDT/PST) on the close date. After you submit your application, be sure to respond to the two questionnaires relating to public records requests and veterans’ preference immediately following your submittal. These questions are necessary to complete the application process.

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.

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 terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement. Pay and benefits on all job listings may change without notice.

Veterans – If you are an eligible veteran and you meet the qualifications, veterans’ preference points will be added to your score. For more information on veterans’ preference points visit and select Veterans resources under Resources. Please do not attach veteran documentation to your initial application. After you have applied you will be sent a task in your Workday account to provide your veteran documentation at that time.

Find information on State of Oregon benefits

If you are passionate about natural resources, we invite you to join our team and assist with furthering ODFW’s mission by partnering with communities and sharing how our work has a positive effect on Oregon’s fish, wildlife, and their habitats. ODFW is dedicated to cultivating a diverse and inclusive workforce as we strive to represent and better serve our neighboring communities. Our most important asset is our employees, and each person brings unique, different, and important contributions to the workplace and community we serve. With Oregon’s changing demographics, a workforce that reflects this change will make us stronger and create an opportunity for better decision making. Consider joining our team as we lead ODFW into the future! To learn more about the department and the work we do, view the following video at

More information about our agency can be found on our social media accounts and at and

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Housing: Yes


Tucker Freeman

Application Closes: 03/06/2024

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