Resource Biologist

South Dakota State Government Rapid City, South Dakota
Job Type Paid permanent

This position will manage wildlife projects specific to enhancing the habitat on South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks owned and managed lands across the western half of South Dakota. This position will be responsible for managing the agricultural enhancement of wildlife habitat through the use of food plots, rehabilitation of native grass and/or conversion to native grass stands, and irrigated cropland.

Duties will include research and evaluation of different crops, herbicides and insecticides to attempt to achieve an adequate biomass for wildlife usage.; using soil type, weed and pest pressure, climate, timing and previous crop history to manage food plots and cropland; and provide daily work direction to a Habitat Forever biologist assigned to the Hill Game Production Area in Fall River County to help meet management goals.

A driver license is required; and a Commercial Driver License (CDL) is desired.

Frequent travel throughout western South Dakota is required. Some overnight stays may be necessary as the assigned work is completed in remote areas. Flexibility with work day necessary due to weather, equipment availability, etc., with weekend work or long work days (10-12 hours) may be necessary at times.

The incumbent must possess or be able to obtain within 3 months of employment a South Dakota Commercial Applicator License in General, 1A, 6, 7.

Multiple levels of certification in Wildland Fire Fighting must be obtainable, including S130 (Firefighter Training), S190 (Intro. to Wildland Fire Behavior), and S212 (Wildland Fire Chain Saws) at a minimum. The ability to pass the Arduous Work Capacity Test may be necessary.

NCRC: If you possess a National Career Readiness Certificate, please submit the certificate with your application. For more information on how to acquire a National Career Readiness Certificate contact a South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation Job Service Office. A certificate is not necessary to be considered.

The Ideal Candidate Will Have:
Applicants with a bachelor's degree in wildlife and fisheries science or range management degree or equivalent are preferred.

Knowledge of:

  • agricultural farming practices including proper timing of plantings, desired forage for wildlife based on habitat type, and effective control of invasive species and insects;
    irrigation practices;
  • invasive species identification and chemical control;
  • native grass species and methods of rehabilitation and/or restoration;
  • Microsoft Office software and basic computer skills.

Skill to:

  • communicate effectively with a range of people such as coworkers, vendors, program managers and other agencies;
  • use Trimble GPS mapping software and hardware in conjunction with a GPS to collect field data and produce maps;
  • prioritizing work schedule to accomplish all tasks and meet deadlines.

Ability to:

  • operate heavy equipment including tractors, skid steers, and farming implements;
  • work independently and/or in a team setting;
  • coordinate projects with staff;
  • perform job duties in extreme and harsh weather conditions;
  • lift 50 pounds routinely.


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Category Restoration, Wildlife