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  • 510189
  • MESA
  • Full-time
  • Closing at: Aug 9 2022 at 23:55 MST


Delivering results that matter by providing best in class support services.

To conserve Arizona’s diverse wildlife resources and manage for safe, compatible outdoor recreation opportunities for current and future generations.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department manages fish and wildlife in Arizona and under the authority of the Arizona Game and Fish Commission, creates and implements scientific methods and regulations to effectively manage fish and wildlife habitat via conservation, enforcement, hunting, fishing, watercraft and off-highway vehicle recreation, and shooting sports. The Arizona Game and Fish Department dedicates itself to excellence, values its employees and supports a culture of stewardship, teamwork and partnerships.



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Posting Details:

Hiring Salary Range: $50,000-$58,000 

Grade: 19

Closing Date: 08/09/2022

Job Summary:

The Lower Gila River Wildlife Area Manager is responsible for a wide range of farm operations and maintenance, along with administration, planning, coordination, education and information. This position oversees the day-to-day operations and serves as the steward for the 3 more actively managed areas (farming food plots for wildlife) and 4 passively managed commission owned and/or managed lands along the lower Gila River. The position also provides the on-the-ground knowledge and guidance on projects as well as leads and/or assists other programs (aquatics, terrestrial) in habitat work on the areas. Prepares contracts, agreements, budgets, proposals and associated documents for habitat project implementation as well as coordinates with other agencies, organizations and stakeholders. Responsible for property inspections, reporting, and assessments. The manager lives onsite in the residence housing provided and acts as the host for all activities on the areas.

Job Duties:

This position will be responsible for day-to-day operations and maintenance of facilities, equipment and resources on assigned wildlife areas. Serves as the primary property stewardship for the lower Gila River properties. Will monitor wildlife populations and habitats and will conduct and assist in wildlife surveys and other projects on and adjacent to the areas. Oversee contract workers, volunteers, inmate labor crews and others as necessary and appropriate; delegate tasks, monitoring to ensure work is done safely and properly.

Responsible for preparing, maintaining, communicating and retaining project and property records and documentation; conducts procurement and purchasing activities; monitors budgets and expenditures. Prepares project documentation and coordinates and develops agreements with contractors and area farmers. Serves as a member of the Habitat, Evaluation and Lands Program in the allocation of resources and cooperates to achieve program goals and objectives to meet the agency mission.

This position will serve as the primary lead to identify project needs and enhancement opportunities. Will also coordinate and collaborate with other regional and Department programs; provides technical assistance, labor and materials to other work units projects on the areas; serves as a member of the local community and creates relationships to further opportunity, educate, organize events and inform on the Departments mission and vision; build relationships to further improve access; serve as the representative of the areas and the Department.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

The candidate must have knowledge of farm operations and maintenance principles; title 17; crop management and techniques appropriate to the growing in desert environments; basic vehicle maintenance and equipment management; basic first aid and safety on remote work sites; gathering and recording of data, identification, classification and tracking of wildlife; basic understanding of wildlife in the southwest, habitats and identification to provide recommendations for habitat enhancements; perception of a diverse public and their attitudes and expectations of wildlife resource management.

The candidate will have strong communication with a diversity of public; negotiation and conflict resolution; construction techniques: plumbing, welding, fencing, cement, carpentry; maintenance and repair: motor vehicles, diesel engines, trailers, hand tools, farming equipment, compressors, air guns, vehicle jacks and other materials and tools used in the repair of equipment in the field; application of potentially hazardous and toxic materials.

The candidate must have the ability to follow maintenance schedules, procedures and specifications for equipment; follow precautions and state specifications for hazardous materials such as herbicides and pesticides; safely handle and utilize heavy equipment, sharp hand and power tools; proper operation of radio, cell phone, electronic, verbal and written communication techniques; to oversee interns and volunteers; work alone in remote areas under extreme environmental conditions; manage time and have effective communication with supervisor and other internal and external customers.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

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.

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


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 Amy Lacy at alacy@azgfd.gov 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.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.