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  • 515028
  • Full-time
  • Closing at: Feb 7 2023 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.



Job Location:

Address:  5000 W Carefree Highway, Phoenix, Arizona

Posting Details:

Hiring Salary Range: $48,000 - $55,000 

Grade: 21

Closing Date:  02/07/2023 

Job Summary:

The Senior Research Biologist will be responsible for organizing, analyzing, conducting, and coordinating research and monitoring projects within the Wildlife Contracts Branch.

Job Duties:

Primary duties include project planning, study design, project implementation, and preparation of reports related to desert tortoise research and monitoring projects. The candidate will use statistical methods and automated data processing techniques to compile and analyze data. The candidate will oversee the work of biologists in the field, including technicians and interns, and will operate and maintain a variety of specialized field equipment common in wildlife work (including 4x4 vehicles). Work hours may be irregular, and will sometimes include working weekends, holidays, or at night. Will perform additional research related duties as assigned. Field work is often conducted in the heat of the summer in the desert.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

The candidate will have knowledge of wildlife science, Sonoran Desert wildlife identification, wildlife management techniques, job-related federal, state and agency rules, regulations, policies, and procedures, scientific data collection procedures, data analysis techniques (demographic, spatial, and occupancy modeling), and report writing techniques. The candidate will have skill in supervision and delegation.

Skills include survey, capture, and handling of wildlife especially desert tortoises, working both independently and as a leader of a research team, data analysis, and interpersonal communication. The candidate will be able to use a variety of field equipment (e.g. GPS units, cameras) and must be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. The candidate will be able to conduct wildlife surveys during all times of the day and year, including hiking in steep terrain in midday summer desert conditions.

Selective Preference(s):

The preferred candidate will have the ability to apply wildlife science as appropriate to the assignment.

The preferred candidate will have a graduate degree or 2 years of experience equivalent to a Wildlife Specialist 1 and experience in field data collection and analysis.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

The candidate must have a bachelor’s degree in a wildlife science or a closely related field from an accredited college or university.

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 in accordance with Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.

All newly hired employees will be subject to the E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification program.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is an equal employment opportunity agency.


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.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.