Wildlife Biologist IV

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Palmer, Alaska

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $2,944.80 Biweekly
Deadline May 29, 2024
Required Experience 7+ years

What you will be doing: This supervisory position is responsible for the oversight of the wildlife research program and staff in Region IV (Central/Southwestern Alaska). The position involves developing and ensuring a scientific basis for the regional wildlife management program, including developing, improving, or discarding management techniques for collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data used to make management decisions and regulatory recommendations to the Alaska Board of Game which includes intensive management activities. This position is responsible for determination of project and spending priorities; supervision of research and associated staff; assurance of scientific quality and integrity of research efforts and publications; management of the research program budget; and coordination of inter-regional and inter-agency research projects.

Our organization, mission and culture:
This position fulfills the Division of Wildlife Conservation’s mission in the Central-Southwest Region IV to conserve and enhance Alaska's wildlife and habitats and provide for a wide range of public uses and benefits. The incumbent maintains and enhances opportunities to hunt, trap and view wildlife while providing opportunities for Alaskans to gain knowledge of and appreciation for Alaska's wildlife, its management, and ways to interact with wildlife safely and ethically.

The Alaska Department of Fish & Game strives for a diverse and inclusive workforce where safety and well-being are paramount and employees at all levels promote a culture where everyone is valued, treated equitably, and treated respectfully.  

The benefits of joining our team:
This position offers a challenging and fulfilling, professional opportunity to conduct and coordinate research projects on a diversity of wildlife resources in a region that stretches from the Canadian border through the Aleutian chain. This position will work directly with management and research biologists and may develop projects with federal, tribal, university, and other collaborators. As a research coordinator you may be involved in research in remote areas of the state; answering research questions pertaining to wildlife nutrition, predator prey dynamics, and habitat use among others.  

The working environment you can expect:
This position is based in Palmer, in southcentral Alaska and oversees the activities of three research biologists, a wildlife physiologist, and a biometrician. Daily work environment spans from research planning, development, and coordination, to preparing budgets and managing fiscal obligations, program and personnel supervision, indirect supervision of facilities containing captive animals and a nutrition laboratory, report writing, data analysis, manuscript preparation, and conducting your own research. 

Who we are looking for:
We are looking for an energetic and committed professional who has experience:

  • Planning, developing, and coordinating research on the ecological relationships between wildlife species, their habitats, and human interactions.
  • Providing professional program supervision including assisting principal investigators and other staff biologists, preparing reports to Federal Aid coordinators, assisting in the preparation of manuscripts, and other materials for professional meetings.
  • Preparing budgets, managing fiscal obligations, and pursuing grants.
  • Supervising and evaluating professional research biologists, including reviewing progress on assignments, evaluating personnel, recruiting, and hiring personnel, and assisting in field work.
  • Directing and implementing research as a Principal Investigator with a focus on wildlife populations and habitat ecology.

To view the general description and example of duties please go to the following link: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/Alaska/classspecs 

Special Note: 

  • Valid Driver's license is required. 
  • Requires frequent travel within the state.

Must be able to obtain/maintain the below listed certifications upon being hired:

  • Peace Officer certification (AS 16.05.150, 16.05.160);
  • Wildlife chemical immobilization certification (Controlled Substances 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).

Visit Workplace Alaska for more details and to apply: Workplace Alaska, Division of Personnel and Labor Relations, Department of Administration

Position 11-2229.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: Documents requested at time of application:

  • A copy of academic transcripts (unofficial are acceptable), if being used to meet the minimum qualifications. 
  • Cover letter

Documents requested at time of interview, if selected:

  • A list of three (3) professional references with current contact information.
  • Copies of your two (2) most recent evaluations.

A cover letter and a resume must be included as part of the application package. The letter must include an explanation of interest in the position, why the applicant's experience, skills, and interests are suited for the job, and a synopsis of job experience as detailed in the application. Because clear communication is a paramount skill required for this position, the cover letter should be professionally written in a standard business format in order for the applicant to be considered for an interview.

To verify education is being used to meet and/or support the required minimum qualifications/competencies, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of units completed. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials used to meet or support the minimum qualifications/competencies for a position and are required with each application. (Unofficial is okay; please ensure the institution/URL name is listed on the transcripts). Transcripts can be attached at the time of application or provided at the time of interview; if not, transcripts will be required before employment.  

Contact Information: For specific information in reference to the position please contact the hiring manager:   
Tim Peltier, Region IV SupervisorPhone: (907) 861-2123Fax: (907) 861-2121 tim.peltier@alaska.gov

When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.

Category Wildlife