WILDLIFE SPECIALIST 2
“Senior Research Biologist”
WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT DIV / WL CONTRACTS BRANCH / PHOENIX, AZ BASED
FLSA-Exempt / SALARY GRADE 20 ($36,814-$65,827)
REQUISITION #37818 – CLOSING DATE 05/14/2018
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.
Description of Duties: The Senior Research Biologist will be responsible for organizing, analyzing, conducting, and coordinating multiple wildlife research projects within the Wildlife Contracts Branch. Primary duties include project planning, study design, project implementation and preparation of reports related to reptile and amphibian research and monitoring projects. The position will assist with the development and recommendation of department policy and procedures and use statistical methods and automated data processing techniques in compiling and analyzing of data collected. The candidate selected will oversee the work of field biologists including technicians and interns and will operate and maintain a variety of specialized field equipment common in wildlife work (potentially including 4×4 vehicles, boats, and/or ATVs).. Work hours may be irregular, and may include working weekends, holidays and/or at night. Will perform additional research related duties as assigned. Field work is often conducted in the heat of the summer in the desert.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities: (KSA’s): The candidate will have knowledge of wildlife science, Sonoran desert wildlife identification (especially amphibians and reptiles), wildlife management techniques, job-related federal, state and agency rules, regulations, policies, and procedures, scientific data collection procedures, data analysis techniques (demographic, spatial, and occupancy modeling), and report writing techniques. The candidate will have skill in supervision and delegation. The preferred candidate will have the ability to apply wildlife science as appropriate to the assignment. Skills include survey, capture, and handling of wildlife, tagging/marking wildlife, working both independently and as a leader of a research team, data analysis, and interpersonal communication. The candidate will be able to use a variety of field equipment (e.g. GPS units, cameras) and must be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. The candidate will be able to conduct wildlife surveys during all times of the day and year, including hiking in midday summer desert conditions.
The candidate must have a bachelor’s degree in a wildlife science or a closely related field from an accredited college or university. The preferred candidate will have a graduate degree in wildlife science or a closely related field and/or a demonstrated record of peer-reviewed publications.
Employment is contingent upon completion of a post-offer medical/physical examination and the agency’s ability to reasonably accommodate any restrictions.
This position requires possession of and the ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license. 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 in accordance with Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.
The State of Arizona offers an outstanding comprehensive benefits package including:
* 13 days of vacation
* 12 sick days
* 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
Arizona State Government is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer
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