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  • 510307
  • Full-time
  • Closing at: Aug 21 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: $43,981 - $48,000 

Grade: 21

Closing Date: 08/21/2022

Job Summary:

The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Research Branch is recruiting to fill a regular full-time appointment for a Fisheries Biologist 1 position located in Flagstaff Arizona. Most fieldwork occurs on the Colorado River at Lees Ferry and in the Grand Canyon. The Fisheries Biologist 1 will be working in the Colorado River and responsible for maintaining and preparing scientific and sampling equipment for fish monitoring trips. The applicant must possess the skills to live, navigate, and camp, and work with a small group of people in remote wilderness environments for up to three weeks at a time with limited communication.

Job Duties:

Major duties include:
-Maintain and prepare field equipment (e.g. remote solar powered PIT tag antenna, field computers, electrofishing gear, nets, and other instrumentation) and handle logistics for monitoring trips.
-Sampling fish via electrofishing, hoop nets, angling, other methods
-Processing fish and processing and analyzing data utilizing a variety of programs
-Responsible for creel surveys, conducting, collecting, entering data as well as training others to creel
-Conducts image analyses and data entry from a game camera to supplement creel data
-Will serve as a field crew leader and direct other assistants in collection of field data
-May assist with inter/intra agency projects and works as part of the larger Research Branch team to accomplish the branch’s goals and operational objectives which include, but are not limited to, outreach, training, and providing expertise and support to other work units in the Department
-Will produce reports, peer reviewed publications, and present scientific findings and participate in educational outreach
-Performs other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

The candidate must have knowledge of a wide range of fish capture techniques, biology and life history of fishes, scientific method and analytical thought, and federal and state rules, regulations and procedures when working with fish and wildlife.

Candidates must be skilled to live, navigate and work in remote wilderness environments for extended periods of time (up to three weeks), operating motorized vehicles/watercraft and non-motorized watercraft, handling, tagging and measuring of various aquatic wildlife species, first aid and survival techniques and use of various field or office equipment including but not limited to radios, compasses, GPS units, orthophotos, trailers, all-terrain vehicles and 4-wheel drive trucks, computer software and programs such as Word, Excel, Access, Google, GIS, R, SQL.

Selective Preference(s):

The ideal candidate will be able to clearly follow policies and standardized protocols as well as both oral and written directions from supervisors, work both independently and as part of a research team to achieve project goals, sometimes within a crew leadership role, learn the use of specialized sampling equipment and data gathering techniques, problem solve and provide input to project design and implementation and work irregular house, including weekends, holidays and at night, in extreme and remote work environments for extended period of time.

The ideal candidate will have the ability to think and work independently and lead extended fish monitoring trips.

Experience with monitoring fish on large rivers in remote areas for extended periods of time, particularly within the Grand Canyon is preferred.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

The candidate must have a bachelor’s degree in a biology or closely related field.

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.).

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.