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  • 501222
  • Full-time
  • Closing date: Sep 21 2021 at 23:55 MST


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.





Job Location:

Address:  5000 W. CAREFREE HWY, PHOENIX, AZ 85086

Posting Details:

Salary:  $39,983 - $71,563

Grade: 21

Closing Date: 9/21/2021

Job Summary:

Statewide project management for the Department's Terrestrial Wildlife Branch Turtles Project, under general supervision by the Department's Terrestrial Wildlife Branch Chief: plans, organizes, conducts, coordinates and analyzes complex inventory, monitoring, conservation and management projects of nongame amphibians and reptiles, with emphasis on turtles, and their habitats.

Job Duties:
  • Sets priorities and provides technical guidance for complex amphibian, reptile and habitat projects; develops strategic and implementation plans, and reports on highly complex projects, habitat evaluations, environmental inventories and other special studies; develops and coordinates implementation of interagency agreements and projects
  • Supervises direct reports, interns, contractors, and volunteers in the completion of tasks directed at fulfilling project objectives and achieving recovery objectives for sensitive and listed wildlife species
  • Works on approved projects with other AGFD work units and State, Federal, and other cooperators; responds to requests for general information and specific technical information
  • Develops and coordinates amphibian, reptile and habitat management techniques and recommendations within Department guidelines individually or as team member with other work units, regional personnel, and other Department personnel
  • Develops and maintains positive working relationships with other local, state and federal agencies, industry leadership, public and special interest groups related to Department programs and projects. Provides effective work unit leadership and appropriate customer service within and outside the Department to a variety of individuals and private and public groups
  • Reviews popular and technical publications to maintain proficiency in specialty fields
  • Prepares strategic and other study plans and reports. Reviews and/or prepares material for publication in technical journals and magazines or for presentation to scientific conferences, department personnel, other agencies, general public and/or the media
  • Participates in outreach activities
  • Performs other duties as assigned
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

The candidate must have knowledge of/in: Habitat and wildlife field investigation, management and conservation techniques, species identification and habitat requirements for Arizona wildlife, plants and habitats, in general, but especially for amphibians and reptiles. Knowledge of scientific data collection procedures, basic data management and statistical analysis techniques, wildlife agency and environmental laws, regulations, policies and procedures, and topographic map/GPS interpretation and use.

Candidates must be skilled in data gathering, applying standardized sampling techniques and general wildlife survey techniques in field and laboratory 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, and promoting positive interpersonal relationships within and outside work group and project planning and execution, work management, supervision and leadership.

The ideal candidate will be able to develop effective and positive working relationships with the public, tribes, various local, state, and federal governmental agencies, special interest groups and the media; provide positive and effective customer service to a variety of internal and external customers; negotiate with agencies, individuals and other entities in support of program area and Department mission; effectively communicate orally and in writing for a wide variety and level of audiences, including agency leadership; train and evaluate other specialists.

Candidate must be able to work irregular hours, including weekends, holidays, and at night and work outdoors in extreme and isolated conditions; identify wildlife in less than optimal conditions

The candidate must have a bachelor’s degree in a wildlife science or closely related field and two years of experience in wildlife research or management.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

Employment may be 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.).


The Arizona Department of Administration offers a comprehensive benefits package to include:
Sick leave
Vacation with 10 paid holidays per year
Health and dental insurance
Retirement plan
Life insurance and long-term disability insurance
Optional employee benefits include short-term disability insurance, deferred compensation plans, and supplemental life insurance

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page

Contact Us:

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact BRISA DANIEL at 623-236-7323 for assistance.


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.