Wildlife Biologist

State of Tennessee

Davidson County , Tennessee


Education and Experience: Possession of a master's degree from an accredited college or university in wildlife or fish management or closely related field and experience equivalent to one year of full-time professional wildlife resources work; qualifying full-time professional wildlife or fisheries experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis to a maximum of one year.

Other Requirements:
Necessary Special Qualifications: Applicants for this class must:

  • be willing to and able to qualify with, carry, and use assigned weapons;
  • be at least twenty-one (21) years of age on the date of application;
  • be a citizen of the United States;
  • have a good moral character, as determined by investigation;
  • complete a criminal history disclosure form in a manner approved by the appointing authority;
  • agree to release all records involving their criminal history to the appointing authority;
  • supply a fingerprint sample in a manner prescribed by the TBI for a fingerprint based criminal history records check;
  • have no conviction for a felony or have been discharged under any other than honorable conditions from any branch of the United States armed forces;
  • pass a physical examination administered by a licensed physician that is consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act and that relates to the essential functions of the position;
  • pass a psychological evaluation administered by a licensed mental health professional that is consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act and that relates to the essential functions of the position;
  • have visual acuity of 20/100 in each eye, separately without glasses, and each eye corrected to 20/30 or better with corrective lenses;
  • possess a valid motor vehicle operator's license at the time of appointment in some positions;
  • upon appointment, successfully complete a prescribed course of instruction at the Tennessee Law Enforcement Academy or have successfully completed the equivalent of the prescribed course.
  • Necessary Special Qualifications 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 13 apply only to those positions required to carry a firearm.

Examination Method: Education and Experience,100%, for Preferred Service positions.

Summary: Under general supervision, is responsible for professional wildlife or fish management work of average difficulty; and performs related work as required.

Distinguishing Features: This is the working level class in the Wildlife Biologist sub-series. An employee in this class is responsible for planning, participation in, and coordination of a regional or other non-statewide program or project for fish and wildlife management or research. Work involves planning, conducting, and interpreting biological studies; developing and coordinating regional or other non-statewide program activities; and giving consultation to field personnel on specific programs. This class is flexibly staffed with and differs from that of Wildlife Biologist 1 in that an incumbent of the latter acts in an entry level capacity learning the methods and procedures of performing professional wildlife or fisheries management work. This class differs from that of Wildlife Biologist 3 in that an incumbent of the latter is responsible for a statewide program.


  • Integrity and Trust
  • Problem Solving
  • Time Management
  • Priority Setting
  • Written Communications
  • Composure
  • Decision Quality
  • Conflict Management
  • Organizing
  • Planning
  • Action Oriented
  • Approachability
  • Ethics and Values
  • Presentation Skills


  • Biology
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical
  • Clerical
  • Communications and Media
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Customer and Personal Service


  • Critical Thinking
  • Science
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Learning
  • Active Listening
  • Time Management
  • Equipment Maintenance


  • Deductive Reasoning
  • Oral Expression
  • Oral Comprehension
  • Written Comprehension