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  • 510147
  • Full-time
  • Closing at: Aug 8 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:

Hiring Salary Range: $48,000-$55,000 

Grade: 21

Closing Date: 08/08/2022

Job Summary:

Under general supervision of the Aquatic Wildlife Program Manager, the Aquatic Wildlife Specialist 2 position will plan, organize, coordinate and conduct fisheries management actions and projects in accordance with work plans.

Job Duties:

The Aquatic Wildlife Specialist will manage databases, analyze and interpret collected information and prepare various technical and popular reports and will help develop recommendations for species and habitat management, research, conservation needs, protocols guidelines, policies and procedures. Plan and assess labor and equipment needs, operate and maintain various specialized equipment, oversee, assist and train other personnel and volunteers on program activities. Develop and maintain positive working relationships with other local, state and federal agencies, special interest groups and the general public. Attend Department, inter-agency and public meetings related to fisheries management. Review and provide comments on proposed actions and management plans that could affect fisheries. Participate on various teams related to fisheries management. Coordinate and conduct various educational and outreach activities related to fisheries such as fishing clinics and presentations. Provide positive and effective customer service to internal and external customers. Review and issue special licenses and perform other duties as related to the position.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

The candidate must have knowledge of fish, wildlife and habitat research, investigation, management and conservation techniques and procedures. Knowledge of: species identification and habitat requirements of Arizona fish, fish and water monitoring, surveying, sampling and collection techniques and procedures, job related federal, state and Department rules, regulations, policies and procedures. The candidate will have skill in effective written and oral communication, operation of personal computers, software and electronic devices, mathematics and basic statistical analysis, data collection and management, vehicle, watercraft and hand equipment operation, safety and maintenance, project planning and execution, work management, leadership, working with others, building relationships and partnerships, working in remote areas, first aid and survival skills. The candidate must have the ability to work irregular hours including some weekends, work in extreme and isolated conditions and the ability to train and lead others.

Selective Preference(s):

The preferred candidate will have a Master of Science and two years of experience.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

The candidate must have a Bachelor of Science or advanced degree in fisheries science, management, biology, wildlife management or closely related field designing and implementing fisheries management practices, investigations or research.

Employment may be 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.