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  • 501344
  • YUMA
  • Full-time
  • Closing date: Sep 26 2021 MST


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.



Job Location:

Address:  9140 East 28th Street, Yuma, Arizona

Posting Details:

Salary: $36,814 - $65,827 

Grade: 20

Closing Date: 09/26/21

Job Summary:

The Non-Game Specialist is responsible for implementing Sonoran Pronghorn Recovery actions, and assisting with the operation of captive breeding facilities for Sonoran Pronghorn. This position also represents the Department on the flat-tailed horned lizard IIC team.

Job Duties:

Provides oversight of assigned projects related to inventory, monitoring, management and conservation of nongame wildlife and habitats with emphasis on flat-tailed horned lizard and Sonoran pronghorn. Oversight includes organizing, developing funding for, and coordinates assigned projects to completion
Prepares annual budget request to ensure adherence to Department, State and Federal guidelines
Evaluates program effectiveness and provide input to program manager relative to program deliverables and actions
Collects and compiles biological data on populations, preparing reports on management findings and activities and maintain accurate records and data
Coordinates with outside agencies and organizations on game management issues and concerns, prepare official Department responses and briefings for program issues, review
Investigates and ensures compliance with live wildlife regulations
Reviews popular and technical publications to maintain proficiency in specialty field
Performs other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

The candidate must have knowledge of: Ecological principles, scientific data collection procedures, basic statistical design and analysis, wildlife species, habitat, and management principals, wildlife inventory and population management techniques, wildlife capture techniques, handling and marking, and nuisance wildlife abatement techniques.
The candidate must be skilled in oral and written communication, operation of 4X4 vehicles, boats, computers, GPS and radio telemetry equipment, designing and analyzing scientific studies, game surveys and other wildlife data collection techniques.
Candidates must be able to work independently and in coordination with others, properly evaluate and apply data to program outputs, plans and use time effectively and efficiently, to effectively fly and conduct surveys in fixed wing planes and helicopters, and resolve conflict resolution.

Selective Preference(s):

The preferred candidate will have knowledge of Sonoran pronghorn and flat-tailed horned lizard ecology and management and experience with aerial surveying, monitoring and/or aerial telemetry.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

The candidate must have a Bachelor’s or advanced degree in wildlife or closely related field from an accredited college or university and two years professional experience in wildlife research/management or wildlife research. An advanced degree in wildlife sciences or closely related field from an accredited college or university may substitute for one year of required experience.
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.


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 Milani Barron at mbarron@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.

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