Fish and Wildlife Technician III

Workplace Alaska - Fairbanks, AK

Full-time$3,100 a month
NOTE: This position has been extended to allow for a larger applicant pool. If you have already applied there is no need to reapply.

**This individual position is EXEMPT from the hiring restriction. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.**

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Wildlife Conservation, is recruiting for a permanent-seasonal, full-time, Fish and Wildlife Technician III (Range Technician) in Fairbanks.

This position provides the public with a high degree of safety, education, and customer service related to firearm safety, marksmanship, and hunter education through operation of walk-in public shooting hours and support of programs and operations at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG), Hunter Education Indoor Shooting Range (HEDR) in Fairbanks. The position deals extensively with the public and recreational shooters, with firearms and hunter education instructors, and with shooting coaches, firearms instructors, and range safety officers.

The ideal candidate will:
Have a strong desire to help promote the safe and responsible use of firearms;
Have a strong desire to help promote participation in hunting and the shooting sports;
Have a strong desire to help others be safe and proficient with firearms;
Be an advocate for wildlife conservation, hunting, and the shooting sports;
Be willing and able to work evenings and weekends, and serve the community by assisting with the operations of an indoor shooting range;
Be punctual, reliable, and 18 years of age or older; and
Have experience safely hunting and participating in the shooting sports.

The key responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:
Supervising live-fire range use by serving as range safety officer during public hours;
Providing range orientations and safety briefings;
Assigning lanes, collecting range use fees, renting and selling shooting accessories;
Responding to public inquiries in person and on the phone;
Maintaining databases and filing documents;
Producing range ID cards, printing certificates;
Cleaning firearms and equipment;
Assisting with special shooting, instructional, and educational events;
Scoring targets, completing score cards;
Producing informational and promotional materials including flyers, posters, and signs;
Distributing flyers, brochures, and informational materials throughout the community;
Moving, handling, lifting, stowing and inventory of equipment and supplies, including ammunition, filters, heavy buckets of lead (Pb) for recycling, targets, etc.;
Basic facility and equipment maintenance and grounds care; and
Other tasks associated with operations related to the range project.

The position is assigned to the Hunter Education Indoor Shooting Range at 1501 College Road and is generally staffed mid-September through mid-August of each year (about 11 months) and typically is scheduled to work 37.5 hours per week. Work hours are primarily based around walk-in public shooting hours at the range which are generally evenings (Wednesday through Friday, starting at 4 P.M. along with midday hours on Thursdays and Fridays, from 12 to 2 P.M.) and weekends (Saturday and Sunday, starting at 1 P.M.) during the majority of the season. The summer season hours are typically based Monday through Friday, with weekends off. Open hours are subject to change. The person selected for this position must be able to work weekends (mid-to-late Sept through mid-May) and be able to work a flexible schedule when needed.

In the future, the season dates for this position may be altered based on project needs and budget allocation.

The ideal candidate will possess some or all of the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience (All of these traits must be documented in your cover letter and applicant profile. If you do not have experience with one or more of the traits listed below, simply say so):
Able to be comfortable and proficient working in a position that deals extensively with the public, specifically with hunters and shooters, from novice to very experienced;
Able to successfully communicate with people of all ages and backgrounds about firearm safety, range procedures, hunting, and shooting;
Experience handling sales, cashiering and general accounting with a high degree of accuracy, including the use of cash registers, point of sales systems, and credit card verification machines;
Experience accurately and proficiently handling computer data entry, database use, spreadsheets, word processing, and desktop publishing using applications like Microsoft Office (Excel, Access, Word, PowerPoint, and Publisher) in a Windows operating system environment, using a PC;
Able to safely and proficiently handle and shoot firearms including handguns, rifles, and shotguns;
Have a general knowledge of hunter education and safety, hunting regulations, and wildlife in Alaska;
Experience with hunting and the shooting sports;
Experience supervising live-fire shooting events as a certified range safety officer is desirable; and
Experience teaching others as a certified hunter education instructor or certified firearm instructor is desirable.

Individuals with experience and interest in firearm safety, hunter education, outreach and education related to wildlife conservation, firearm instruction, and marksmanship training are encouraged to apply.

Special Notice:
The incumbent must be able to reliably work a schedule that requires working primarily evenings and weekends in order to maintain shooting hours for the public.
The incumbent must be able to perform physically demanding work involving lifting and carrying heavy objects.
CPR and First-Aid certification is required for this position. CPR and First-Aid certification can be obtained after hire, if needed, at the employer's expense.
A valid Alaska Driver's License and safe driving record is required for this position.
The person selected for this position must be eligible to become certified as an NRA Firearm Instructor (minimum age of 18 for Assistant Instructor) OR as an NRA Range Safety Officer (minimum age of 21).
Hiring for this position is conditional of the final applicant having a satisfactory criminal history report and background check.
Hiring for this position is conditional of the final applicant having a satisfactory (below 10 mcg/dL) Blood Lead (Pb) Level (BLL) test.

High school graduation; and six months experience at the developmental level of fish and wildlife technician or aide. This experience is equivalent to Fish and Wildlife Technician II with the State of Alaska.
One year of technical laboratory and/or field experience involving fish or wildlife research, management, or habitat protection, or as a commercial fisherman, guide, trapper or subsistence hunter or fisherman.

Substitutions: An additional six months of work experience involving fish or wildlife, or outdoor manual labor or in a laboratory may substitute for high school graduation. Bachelor of Science degree in fisheries, wildlife or habitat protection may substitute for a maximum of two years of technical laboratory or field experience, involving fish or wildlife research, management or habitat protection.

Special Requirements: Work may involve exposure to animals, insects and inclement weather, low level flying, travel by boat or skiff, or contact with drugs and chemicals. Housing may consist of bunkhouses, vessels, or wall tents. Positions are seasonal or temporary.

Special Note:
Fields of study comparable to fisheries, wildlife or habitat protection include aquaculture, biology, ichthyology, microbiology, ornithology and zoology.

A cover letter is required for this position and will be used as a writing sample. The cover letter should highlight your knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience as they pertain to the key responsibilities and desired strengths listed in the job description. Please attach the cover letter to your application before submitting it online or, if unable to attach to your application, fax or email it to the contact provided in the job posting. Your cover letter will be used to help determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process.

Please note:
If not already attached at the time of application, the following must be submitted to the hiring manager listed in the contact information below within 48 hours of the close of this recruitment, if you are using education to meet Minimum Qualifications:
Copies of all college transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable).

If selected for an interview, applicants must submit the following items:
A list of three (3) personal references with contact phone numbers;
Copies of any supporting credentials/certifications, if applicable (Range Safety Officer (RSO), NRA Instructor (Certified or Assistant), current CPR/First Aid certification, etc.); and
A legible copy of the applicant's valid Alaska Driver's License.

The interview may include a short skills assessment. Applicants requiring a special accommodation need to contact the person listed below prior to their scheduled interview.

Hiring for this position is conditional of the final applicant having a satisfactory criminal history report. The employer will coordinate with the final candidate to obtain the required report and will pay for or reimburse the cost.

Hiring for this position is conditional of the final applicant having a satisfactory Blood Lead (Pb) Level (BLL) test (below 10 mcg/dL). The employer will coordinate with the final candidate, to obtain the required test and will pay for or reimburse the cost.

This recruitment may be used for more than one (1) vacancy. The applicant pool acquired during this recruitment may be used for future vacancies for up to ninety (90) days after this recruitment closes. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply to each recruitment notice to ensure consideration for all vacancies.

If post-secondary education is required to meet the minimum qualifications, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of units completed. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials if used to meet the minimum qualifications for a position. Transcripts can be attached at the time of application or within 48 hours of the close of this recruitment to the contact person listed below.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements, if applicable. If utilizing this education you must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. state university reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the state university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

If using work experience not already documented in your application, also provide the employer name, your job title, dates of employment, and whether full-or part-time. Applications will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and minimum qualifications are clearly met. If they are not, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment.

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This position requires the use or possession of a firearm or ammunition. In accordance with the federal Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997 (PL 104-208), if you have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, you may not hold this position.

A "misdemeanor crime of domestic violence" is an offense that is (1) a misdemeanor under Federal or state law; and (2) has, as an element, the use or attempted use of physical force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon, committed by a current or former spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabiting with or has cohabited with the victim as a spouse, parent, or guardian, or by a person similarly situated to a spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim.

If you have ever been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, do NOT apply for this position.

This recruitment is open to Alaska Residents only. Applicants must meet Alaska Residency Requirements in order to be considered for employment at this time.

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For specific information in reference to the position please contact the hiring manager:

Name: John M. Wyman
Phone #: 907-459-7292
Fax #: 907-459-7332