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  • 511354
  • Full-time
  • Closing at: Oct 2 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:

Salary: $56,098 - $100,989 

Grade: 24

Closing Date: 09/14/2022   10/02/2022

Job Summary:

The HDMS Program Supervisor directly coordinates and monitors all aspects of the Department’s Heritage Data Management System (HDMS) program within the Habitat Evaluation and Lands Branch. The HDMS Program Supervisor organizes and establishes priorities for production of HDMS work products and tools, assuring timeliness and product quality for special status wildlife species. The HDMS Program Supervisor supervises, coaches, mentors and trains HDMS personnel and oversees program contracts. The position develops and implements policies and procedures to assure quality control and data security for release of special status wildlife species data consistent with all applicable laws, regulation, and Department policies. Coordinates HDMS activities and priorities with statewide, and regional program supervisors. Coordinates with other programs to provide technical support and interpretation of special status species occurrences and ecological requirements. Negotiates and coordinates directly with state, local, and federal agencies, and third parties in development of program related memorandum of understanding, data release agreements, and reviews and approves documents under delegated authority of Branch Chief. Assists the Branch Chief, Assistant Director, Deputy, Director, Commission, and Governor's Office as requested to: develop, review and interpret rules and policies, review draft legislation, and develop recommendations, briefings and presentations. Serves as an advisor, member, or team leader for various Department, regional, and national policy, strategic, and rule-making teams.

Job Duties:

Major duties include:

- Ensure quality control and adherence to operational guidelines to ensure effectiveness and productivity of the work unit. Exerts formal and informal leadership for direct reports and employees in other work units in support of Department/Commission direction.

- Direct and administer the HDMS program: organization, planning, training, and personnel management; interpreting raw field data and researching distribution, biology, taxonomy, and ecology of species status. Develop and implement operating procedures, develop program plans and identify plans for improvement and enhancement of HDMS program and tools.

- Prepare budget estimates and monitor expenditures of the HDMS Program.

- Oversee development and maintenance of HDMS tools. Coordinate and assist on development and maintenance of the Environmental Review Tool. Review, evaluate and edit HDMS work products.

- Supervise, coach, mentor and train HDMS staff and oversee contractors. Supervises activities of HDMS staff and contractors including mapping and processing of information about the distribution, biology, taxonomy, and ecology of special status wildlife species.

- Serve as primary technical advisor for interpretation of HDMS biological data; including representing the Department at meetings with cooperators, agencies, third party vendors, and serving, as assigned, on core teams for conservation and management of special status wildlife species in Arizona.

- Coordinate access to HDMS by Department personnel, outside agencies, organizations, and individuals for special status wildlife species distribution, status, taxonomy, and ecology. Review and disseminate requests for special status species information, including data requests and review of project proposals for effects on special status species, consistent with all applicable laws, regulations, and policies.

- Prepare technical correspondence, reports, presentations and briefings as subject matter expert for the Commission and Department staff. Make recommendations advising the Department and Commission as requested within the scope of activities of the HDMS program.

- Perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

The candidate must have knowledge of: the Department Mission, Southwestern ecosystems, wildlife ecology and habitats, AZ geography and habitats; ecology and habitat requirements of special status wildlife species of AZ; principles and practices of fish and wildlife management and conservation planning; field sampling techniques and general wildlife survey methodologies; Federal, State and Department environmental laws and policies, especially the Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act and Department project evaluation policies and procedures; Administration, supervision, training, project planning communications; Computer operation including software for project database and management, map making, and word processing; Scientific data collection procedures and report writing; Various types of flora and fauna and their ecological support systems; Game and fish laws, regulations, policies, and procedures; Organization, authorities and responsibilities of various Federal and State agencies as it relates to special state species management and conservation; Heritage Network/Natural Heritage Programs

The candidate must have skill in: Interpersonal and small group dynamics relevant to creating and maintaining cooperative working environment; Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; Managing multiple projects at once; Data gathering and applying standardized techniques; Handling detailed work with accuracy and speed; Preparing neat, well organized, and timely work products with strict attention to detail; Operating computer systems with Microsoft and Google software, and other HDMS systems. Programming languages such as "R" and Python; Work management and leadership.

The candidate must have ability to: Tactfully, diplomatically, and cooperatively coordinate, work, and plan with colleagues, other agencies, the public, and a great variety of other people; Respectfully listen to others to gain a full understanding of issues; Clearly and concisely communicate and coordinate, both oral and written, across Department wide areas of focus; Effectively handle difficult interpersonal situations; Analyzing and interpret detailed biological data; Negotiate with public and private entities and individuals.

Selective Preference(s):

The preferred candidate will have two years of supervisory or program management experience and knowledge of southwest ecosystems and rare species in Arizona. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of GIS software and relational databases and working knowledge of environmental laws and policies.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in a wildlife science or related field and two years of professional experience in fisheries and/or wildlife research/management. An advanced degree in fisheries and/or wildlife sciences may substitute for one year of required experience.

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 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.