Nongame Birds and Mammals Biologist
Agency: Arizona Game and Fish Department
Location: Phoenix, AZ
JOB TYPE: Full-time
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
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.
To apply: visit https://azstatejobs.azdoa.gov/