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  • 511961
  • Full-time
  • Closing at: Oct 7 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:

Salary: $48,000 - $55,000 

Grade: 21

Closing Date: 10/07/2022

Job Summary:

This position plans, organizes, analyzes, conducts and coordinates professional fish and wildlife management activities or studies in the office, field or laboratory. Develops and uses best practices in managing the state’s fish and wildlife populations and their habitats as they pertain to aquatic invasive species. Reviews recommendations and reports on aquatic wildlife research, habitat evaluations, special studies and/or environmental inventories and estimates. Provides technical advice within specialty areas and is expected to make public presentations. Leads subordinate staff, interns and/or volunteers to complete assigned work projects. May oversee programs and/or projects related to aquatic invasive species.

Job Duties:

This position will work under the direct supervision of the statewide Aquatic Invasive Species Program, based in the Aquatic Wildlife Branch. More specifically, this program Specialist will: ensure watercraft inspection and decontamination protocols are followed on the Colorado River and throughout AZ, lead and perform training and ongoing technical support of personnel and third party authorized agents on behalf of AGFD. The Specialist will also lead or assist the AIS Coordinator with Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point Planning (HACCP) training required for agency personnel performing aquatic field work. The position will prepare reports concerning program outreach and aquatic habitat evaluations; coordinate work of program technicians, interns and third party authorized agents; operate/maintain a variety of specialized equipment, such as mobile decontamination units, various watercraft, 4x4 vehicles and trailers; use of statistical methods and automated data processing techniques in compiling and analyzing data collected; maintain and manage watercraft inspection and decontamination records through regional database; collaborate with local jurisdictions, other agency staff, and external stakeholders to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species, participate in Departmental outreach efforts and public information requests. In addition, this position will be expected to set aside time for training and the review of popular and technical publications to maintain proficiency in the invasive species specialty field.

Works irregular hours, including weekends, holidays, and/or at night. Work indoors and outdoors. Percentage of time spent indoors and outdoors depends on assignment and/or seasons. Indoor work generally performed in an office and/or laboratory and may require long periods of concentration on details. May require travel to assignments in a vehicle, plus towing a trailered watercraft or other equipment. May require lifting and carrying 50 pounds, in the short term. May be exposed to hazardous materials. Field assignments may require extended periods of time in Arizona’s weather and geographic extremes. Outdoor work can involve exposure to animal and wilderness dangers. May require activities such as camping and climbing into and under trailered boats.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

The candidate must have knowledge of/in: basic fisheries management; aquatic invasive species and abatement techniques. The candidate will be skilled in communication with the public and applied public relations and problem solving techniques and have the ability to work independently and as part of a team. The candidate will have skill in report writing, analysis and interpretation of field data collected.

Selective Preference(s):

The ideal candidate will have knowledge of watercraft inspection and decontamination protocol, operation, maintenance and basic repair of field equipment and various vehicles, four-wheel drive, trailers and boats.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

Bachelors or advanced degree in fisheries and/or wildlife sciences or closely related field and one year professional experience.

Required to have or obtain Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission level III certification within 1 year of hire. USFWS Service Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point Training preferred.

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.