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  • 509138
  • Full-time
  • Closing at: Jul 10 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.



Job Location:

Address:  5000 West Carefree Highway, Phoenix, Arizona

Posting Details:

Hiring salary range: $44,000-$55,000 

Grade: 21

Closing Date: 07/10/2022

Job Summary:

The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Research Branch is recruiting to fill a regular full-time appointment for a Wildlife Specialist 2 position located in Phoenix, Arizona.

The Wildlife Specialist will work under the direction of the Terrestrial Research Program Manager to plan, organize, and conduct wildlife research studies in a field, office, or lab setting.

Job Duties:

The Wildlife Specialist is also responsible for study design, study plan preparation, report writing and preparation of scientific manuscripts. Research studies may include reviewing wildlife survey methods, harvest analysis, habitat evaluations, special studies, or environmental inventories. The Wildlife Specialist provides consultation and technical advice relative to wildlife research and is expected to make public presentations. The Wildlife Specialist may be assigned to conduct wildlife research studies on a statewide or regional basis, and may work in the field in remote areas for extended overnight periods. This position supervises subordinate staff, interns and/or volunteers to complete assigned work projects.

The Wildlife Specialist will also develop and participate in Arizona Management System activities at the work unit, branch, or Department level. This position operates a variety of specialized equipment common to wildlife work and may be required to drive long distances. This position requires in-state and out-of-state travel including overnight multiple-day field trips, and weekend and holiday work may be occasionally required.
Major duties include:
Conducting field surveys for various taxa including large mammals, small mammals, herpetofauna, and avian species. This position will also require conducting vegetation surveys and camera trap surveys. Major duties can also include trapping, marking, and tracking wildlife using aerial and/or ground telemetry techniques.
Designing wildlife research studies and writing study plans to address wildlife management information needs.
Collecting field data and analyzing data using statistical software. Prepares reports and scientific manuscripts.
Making public presentations on wildlife research studies.
Working in remote locations and camping in primitive conditions for up to 8 continuous days. Handles logistics for camps and fieldwork and maintains field equipment.
Operating four-wheel drive vehicles and ATVs in rough terrain and entering and managing data using personal computers and statistical software.
Supervising subordinate personnel, including wildlife technicians, interns, and volunteers.
Participating in continuing education and performing other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

The candidate must have knowledge of the southwest, wildlife ecology, scientific methods, wildlife research and management techniques, data collection methods, statistical analysis, scientific report preparation, and proper operation, maintenance, and basic repair of field equipment and various vehicles, e.g. four-wheel drive, all-terrain vehicles. In addition, must be knowledgeable and experienced with wildlife field research techniques, e.g., terrestrial and aquatic field investigation, species identification and habitat requirements, types of flora and fauna and their ecological support systems.

Candidates must be skilled in collecting and analyzing field data, preparing and writing reports and scientific manuscripts, and presenting research study results. Must have the ability to use office equipment and perform both manual labor and office-related duties. Candidates must be able to communicate verbally and in writing and work alone and as part of a team. Must be able to work in remote locations for extended periods where overnight camping will be required.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

The candidate must have a Bachelor's degree in wildlife science or a closely related field, and three years of professional experience in wildlife management/research. A graduate degree in a wildlife science may substitute for one year of the required experience.

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.


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.