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  • 513195
  • 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 HWY, PHOENIX, AZ 85086

Posting Details:

Hiring Salary Range: $44,000 - $57,000 

Grade: 21

Closing Date: 02/07/2023

Job Summary:

Under direction of the Aquatic Research Program Manager, this position will conduct sportfish research as part of the Department’s Research Branch whose mission is to conduct robust research and provide scientific information to inform and support the sound management and professional stewardship of Arizona's fish and wildlife resources, and to ensure the credibility of the Department's science.

Job Duties:

-Plans, organizes, analyzes, conducts, coordinates, and reports on complex and significantly specialized fish studies in the office, field or laboratory to support the management of the state’s sportfish
-Uses specialized methods and techniques to collect, compile, and analyze data to develop findings and recommendations on highly complex and/or specialized fisheries surveys, experiments, and habitat inventory/evaluations on a statewide level. Plans and assesses manpower and equipment needs
-Operates, maintains and repairs a variety of specialized equipment common to research work, including watercraft. Assists management of project budgets, supervises and/or trains subordinate personnel, and makes oral presentations to various audiences
-Reviews popular and technical publications to maintain proficiency in specialty fields
-Reviews and prepares materials for publication in technical journals and magazines or for presentation
-Represents the Department at inter-agency or public meetings
-Performs other duties as assigned

This position also requires the ability to work alone and in groups in the field, and to travel, camp, and work irregular hours in harsh conditions, for extended periods, including weekends as project needs dictate. Overnight travel will be required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

The candidate must have knowledge of/in: fish and wildlife management, techniques, procedures, programs, principles and philosophy as they pertain to fisheries and related resources, supervision and delegation. Must have the ability to multitask and have strong training and leadership techniques and strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to apply public relations. The candidate must be able to work independently and as part of a team.

Selective Preference(s):

The preferred candidate will have knowledge and experience of a wide variety of fish sampling techniques, strong analytical and statistical skills, strong writing skills, and experience developing, conducting, and reporting on independent fisheries research projects.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

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

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.