ARIZONA GAME AND FISH DEPARTMENT
Managing today for Wildlife tomorrow
WILDLIFE SPECIALIST II
“Ranid Frogs Project Specialist”
WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT DIV / TERRESTERIAL BRANCH / PHOENIX BASED
SALARY GRADE 20 (salary grade range $36,814 - $65,827)
REQUISITION # 39000 / CLOSING DATE:
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.
This position will serve as the Ranid Frogs Project Specialist for the Department’s Amphibians and Reptiles Program. This position will be responsible for planning, coordinating, conducting and delegating the implementation of field activities such as protocol monitoring surveys, invasive species control, habitat improvement and translocations with a variety of external partners. Duties also include coordinating and leading meetings with diverse stakeholders including private landowners, researchers, and agency partners to share findings and develop management strategies. The position will manage and analyze data and write reports and publications, and prepare workshops/trainings to other professional and subordinate personnel. The position will provide guidance to outside groups, agencies and the public in matters relating to wildlife and habitat conservation, especially pertaining to amphibians and reptiles. Operate a variety of specialized equipment common to a variety of wildlife work including 4-wheel drive vehicles. Perform others duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
The candidate must have knowledge of wildlife and habitat conservation, management and restoration principles, ecology, conservation issues and habitat requirements particular to amphibians and environmental legislation and policies pertinent to management and conservation of wildlife and their habitats, including the Endangered Species Act and National Environmental Policy Act.
The candidate must be skilled in collecting, managing, analyzing, and interpreting data using spreadsheets, databases, and statistical software and ArcGIS. Must be skilled in following standardized wildlife survey and sampling protocols in field and laboratory settings and identify species, particularly herpetofauna, Arizona wildlife and plants and familiarity with applying habitat management and restoration techniques.
Candidates must be able to apply problem-solving skills, develop positive and effective interpersonal relationships within and outside of the work unit, communicate both oral and written form to a wide variety of internal and external customers, work alone or with a partner in remote, desert or high elevation field conditions. Candidates must be able to work irregular hours sometimes including weekends, holidays, and at night, and work outdoors in extreme and isolated conditions.
The candidate must have a Bachelor's degree in a wildlife science or a closely related field from an accredited college or university and field work experience. The preferred candidate will have a Master’s degree in wildlife science.
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.