ARIZONA GAME AND FISH DEPARTMENT
Managing today for Wildlife tomorrow
WILDLIFE SPECIALIST I
“Nongame Birds and Mammals Biologist”
WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT DIV / TERRESTERIAL BRANCH / PHOENIX BASED
SALARY GRADE 18 (salary grade range $31,110 - $55,762)
REQUISITION # 37968 / CLOSING DATE: 05/23/2018
The Arizona Game & Fish Department is responsible for managing Arizona’s fish and wildlife resource as an enduring public trust. In addition, the Department is charged with promoting safe and responsible use of watercraft and off-highway vehicles. Funding is provided from the sale of licenses and permits; watercraft registration fees; federal excise taxes on firearms, fishing equipment, boats, and other sporting goods; State lottery revenues; donations on State income tax forms; and various contracts and grants. Department policy is set by the Arizona Game and Fish Commission, whose five members are appointed by the Governor. For more information, please visit our website at www.azgfd.gov.
The mission of the Arizona Game & Fish Department is to conserve Arizona’s diverse wildlife resources and manage for safe, compatible outdoor recreation opportunities for current and future generations. It is our vision to be the national conservation leader supporting the continuation of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation and Arizona’s most trusted, respected and credible source for wildlife conservation products, services and information.
Under direction of the Nongame Birds and Mammals Program Manager, this position will be responsible for the statewide implementation and planning of field work associated with the Black-tailed Prairie Dog Reintroduction, support of the Raptor Management Program, as well as other small mammal and bird field activities as coordinated and scheduled by project leaders. Activities will include field work associated with observational surveys, wildlife monitoring, translocations, small mammal trapping, band reading, raptor trapping, helicopter surveys, and technical cliff and tree climbing. This individual will procure, operate and maintain a variety of specialized field equipment common to terrestrial, aquatic and habitat-oriented wildlife work including 4-wheel drive vehicles, all-terrain, and watercraft. Office duties will include wildlife and habitat data entry, database maintenance, report development, and preparing articles for technical and popular publications. This position will also prepare and deliver presentations to a variety of audiences and settings, and perform other duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
The candidate must have knowledge of: wildlife and habitat field investigations, wildlife management and conservation techniques including technical tree and cliff climbing, trapping and handling techniques, transmitter deployments, aerial surveys, a general knowledge of all Arizona wildlife, scientific data collection and management procedures for small mammals and raptors, grammar and writing techniques, and State wildlife and environmental laws, regulations, policies and procedures.
The candidate will be skilled in: data gathering, applying standardized sampling techniques and general wildlife survey techniques in field settings, manual and automated data processing, statistical analysis, evaluation and interpretation of data, applying habitat and wildlife management techniques, verbal and written communications, public relations techniques, problem-solving, promoting positive interpersonal relationships within and outside work group, orienting, camping, hiking and boating or rafting while working alone or with a partner in primitive field conditions, identification of Arizona wildlife species, wildlife handling, measuring, processing, transmitter design/deployment techniques, tissue sampling, emergency wildlife treatment techniques, technical tree and cliff climbing in order to access raptor nests, planning and implementing field activities including low level aerial surveys for wildlife.
The ideal candidate will be able to develop effective and positive working relationships with a wide variety of audiences including external agencies and organizations, provide positive and effective customer service to a variety of internal and external customers, communicate both orally and in writing for a wide variety of audiences including agency leadership, train and evaluate other biologists, work irregular hours including weekends, holidays, at night, and work outdoors in extreme and isolated conditions, identify wildlife in less than optimal conditions, operate boats, four wheel drive vehicle and ATV’s, conduct many hours of low-level aerial surveys, carry out technical tree and cliff climbing and evaluate the safety of each climbing opportunity, and operate power tools.
Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Management or closely related field. The preferred candidate will have a minimum of two years of professional work experience in wildlife management or research. A Master’s degree can substitute for one year of experience. This position also requires the acquisition and retention of a Pesticide Applicators Certification after employment.
Employment is contingent upon completion of a post-offer medical/physical examination and the agency’s ability to reasonably accommodate any restrictions.
Position requires possession of and the ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.).
All newly hired employees will be subject to the E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification program. Our work environment offers training opportunities and encourages career development.
The State of Arizona offers an outstanding comprehensive benefits package including:
* 13 days vacation
* 12 sick days with accumulation benefits
* 10 paid holidays
* Participation in the nationally recognized Arizona State Retirement System
* Superior health care options
* Vision care, dental care, pharmacy benefits, and flexible spending account (options available)
* Life, long-term disability, and short-term disability insurance options are available
* Many more benefit programs are available
For more information on the benefits available to State of Arizona employees, including plan descriptions, wait periods and cost, please visit www.benefitoptions.az.gov.
Arizona State Government is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is an equal opportunity, reasonable accommodations employer and complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. If you need to request an accommodation in the employment process or would like to receive this document in an alternative format, please contact our office at (623) 236-7326 or TTY 1-800-367-8939, prior to the closing date of the job in which you are interested. We stand in support of equality for and advancement of all people based on their qualifications and actions alone without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, or any other characteristic protected by law.