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Fish and Wildlife Technician III

Workplace Alaska

Anchorage ,  Alaska

This is a 10-month permanent seasonal technician position. Under supervision of the Wildlife Information Center biologist, this position is responsible for working as part of a team in the Wildlife Information Center in Anchorage. The Information Center assists people from around the world, answering questions about hunting and trapping regulations, hunting opportunities, hunter education, and wildlife viewing in the region and statewide. This position provides customer service to the public and assists with providing field and logistical support to biologists in Anchorage and for projects throughout Southcentral Alaska (Region II).

The key responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing customer service to diverse groups, including explaining local and statewide hunting and trapping regulations and license sales
  • Sealing of animals in accordance with regulations and collecting biological samples to support ongoing projects
  • Entering harvest reports and ensuring accuracy in data collection
  • Assisting with aerial surveys for moose, sheep, and mountain goats in Southcentral Alaska
  • Taking reports of human-wildlife interactions
  • Enforcing fish and game statutes and regulations

The ideal candidate will possess some or all of the following desired strengths. All of these traits must be documented in your cover letter and supplemented in your applicant profile. If you do not have experience with one or more of the traits listed below, simply state so in your cover letter.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience working as part of a team or as a representative for a larger group
  • Experience answering public inquiries on complex issues or regulations through oral and written communication (i.e., explaining trapping/hunting regulations, processes for obtaining a hunting permit, public access, etc.)
  • Experience preparing and presenting informational materials to the public
  • Experience providing logistical support on complex projects
  • Experience with electronic databases
  • Experience working with large mammals, including field work and population modeling
  • Experience capturing, sedating with wildlife immobilization chemicals, and performing physical examinations of various large mammal species
  • Experience collecting data via aerial and ground surveys and preparing data summaries
  • Experience handling firearms
  • Experience with low-level flight in steep terrain, or working from boats

Upon hiring, the incumbent must be able to obtain/maintain:

  • An Alaska Driver's License (2AAC 90.210).
  • Department wildlife enforcement certification
  • Wildlife chemical immobilization certification (Controlled Substance Act; US Code Title 21; CFR 1300).
  • Wildlife capture and handling certification (Animal Welfare Act; Title 7, chapter 54, section 2131-2157; CFR Title 9, chapter 1).

Minimum Qualifications
High school graduation; and six months experience at the developmental level of fish and wildlife technician or aide. This experience is equivalent to Fish and Wildlife Technician II with the State of Alaska.
One year of technical laboratory and/or field experience involving fish or wildlife research, management, or habitat protection, or as a commercial fisherman, guide, trapper or subsistence hunter or fisherman.

Substitutions: An additional six months of work experience involving fish or wildlife, or outdoor manual labor or in a laboratory may substitute for high school graduation. Bachelor of Science degree in fisheries, wildlife or habitat protection may substitute for a maximum of two years of technical laboratory or field experience, involving fish or wildlife research, management or habitat protection.

Special Requirements: Work may involve exposure to animals, insects and inclement weather, low level flying, travel by boat or skiff, or contact with drugs and chemicals. Housing may consist of bunkhouses, vessels, or wall tents. Positions are seasonal or temporary.

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