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Current Openings
 
Below you will find the current openings at Arizona Game and Fish Department. Openings change on a continuing basis so check back often and thank you for your interest.

Updated May 12, 2004

- View Wildlife Series Positions
- View Non-Wildlife Positions

How to Apply for Wildlife Series Positions:
A Wildlife Series application Form 007 may be obtained by calling the applicant line at (623) 236-7321, or through our Web site www.azgfd.com. A completed application, a current resume and college transcripts (unofficial or photocopies are accepted) must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on the closing date, by the Arizona Game and Fish Department, 2221 W. Greenway Road, Phoenix, AZ 85086-5000, Attention: Human Resources, indicating the correct Announcement Number. Permanent or limited permanent Game & Fish employees applying must submit a current resume, accompanied by a Wildlife Resume Supplement Form 9021, no later than 5:00 p.m. on closing date.

If the position you are applying for requires a Wildlife Science or related degree, below is a list of approved degrees:
- Biology - Fisheries Ecology
- Biological Sciences - Fisheries Management
- Conservation Biology - Fisheries Science
- Ecology - Life Sciences-ASU West only
- Environmental Biology - Marine Biology
- Environmental Sciences - Natural Resource Mgmt.
- Environmental Studies - Wildlife Biology
- Evolutionary Biology - Wildlife Management
- Fish and Game Management - Zoology
- Fisheries Biology

Transcripts may be requested to resolve disputes regarding qualifications.

How to Apply for Non-Wildlife Positions:
A current resume, must be accompanied by a Resume Supplement Form (SF-501), and submitted to the Arizona Game and Fish Department, 2221 West Greenway Road, Phoenix, AZ 85086-5000, Attention: Human Resources, no later than 5:00 p.m. on the closing date. To obtain an SF-501, visit www.hr.state.az.us/employment, or call (623) 236-7321 to receive one by mail. All applicants must include the Announcement Number on the SF-501. If you are currently a permanent status Game and Fish employee, include PROMO GF on the upper right corner of the SF-501.
 
Wildlife Series Positions
"GAME RANGER" / WILDLIFE MANAGER I
FIELD OPERATIONS DIVISION / STATEWIDE LOCATIONS
SALARY: WILDLIFE MANAGER I (CADET), GRADE 17 ($26,626 - 43,577)
JOB ANNOUNCEMENT #07-04EDA / CLOSING DATE 5/21/04

Note: Seeking applicants for Wildlife Manager I positions in which they will be promoted to Wildlife Manager II or Wildlife Law Enforcement Specialist, if vacant positions are available and after successful completion of one-year probation. The hiring process is quite extensive and requires a thorough background investigation including: a polygraph examination, a psychological assessment, a medical examination and physical condition assessment. Arizona State Law requires an applicant for State Peace Officer Certification be a United State Citizen. The expected start date is September 27, 2004.
 
Description of Duties:
Duties will vary by post of duty assignment and shall include: As a fully certified State Peace Officer, will have primary law enforcement responsibilities of A.R.S. Title 17 (Game and Fish laws), Title 5 (watercraft law enforcement) and Title 28 (OHV law enforcement). Must make arrests and serve warrants. Prepares comprehensive case reports for use in prosecuting those in violation of various statutes. Conducts wildlife law enforcement investigations. Recommends and assists with implementation of various habitat improvement projects. Conducts biological investigations of fish populations using creel census, electrofishing, gill netting and other sampling techniques. Develops projects to improve fish populations or to protect rare native species and assists in implementing such projects. Conducts wildlife surveys for game and nongame species occurring in designated districts/regions. Recommends wildlife management activities such as predator control, wildlife introductions and transplants, hunting season data, bag limits and other related activities. Performs other information and education activities such as public outreach, and may conduct Hunter Education and Project WILD programs. Performs other special projects as assigned. Encounters a high degree of risk in performance of required duties, and is required to wear a uniform and sidearm at all times while on duty. Must operate four-wheel drive vehicles, watercraft and pull trailers. Requires camping and performance of duties in all weather conditions. Outdoor skills necessary for performance of duties. A Wildlife Manager's post-of-duty is their residence and they are required to maintain an office in their home to perform official State business activities related to his position.
 
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
The ideal candidate will have knowledge of principles and practices of wildlife management and strong interpersonal skills. The candidate must have a Bachelor's degree in a wildlife science or a closely related field from an accredited college or university. TO SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE ONE YEAR PROBATION, AZ POST CERTIFICATION AS A STATE PEACE OFFICER IS REQUIRED FOR THE WILDLIFE MANAGER AND WILDLIFE LAW ENFORCEMENT POSITIONS.
 
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WILDLIFE SPECIALIST II
"Arizona Bird Conservation Initiative Coordinator"
WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT DIVISION / NONGAME BRANCH
LIMITED POSITION / PHOENIX BASED
SALARY GRADE 19($31,329-$50,471)
ANNOUNCEMENT# 22-04EDA / CLOSING DATE 5/18/04
 
Description of Duties:
Plans, organizes develops funding for, coordinates and conducts projects related to inventory, monitoring, management and conservation of nongame wildlife and habitats, with an emphasis on birds. Trains and supervises the activities of other professional and subordinate personnel. Provides administrative oversight on project development, including budgets, purchasing procedures, and coordination with a variety of external partners. Organizes and supports regional committees of internal and external participants. Produces planning documents for program and Departmental activities. Reviews, evaluates and edits work products (e.g. correspondence, data, reports and publications) of subordinates staff; analyzes information collected from primary and secondary sources and prepares species and habitat management research and conservation recommendations, protocols and guidelines; develops reports and articles for intra- and inter-agency use and for technical and popular publications; makes presentations at policy and scientific conferences, workshops and training sessions and to Department personnel, other agencies and the general public. Reviews popular and technical publications to maintain proficiency in specialty fields and in other areas of general competence and responsibility. Advises the Department on policies, rules, laws, and issues within the scope of activity and expertise; counsels outside groups and agencies and the public in matters relating to birds and habitat. Operates and maintains a variety of specialized equipment common to terrestrial, aquatic and habitat-oriented wildlife work, and to office and duties associated with such work; uses standard and 4WD vehicles and watercraft in field work and conducts low-level aerial surveys from fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters.
 
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
The ideal candidate will have experience with interagency project and meeting coordination as well as writing agreements, strategic and implementation plans and final reports. The desired candidate will have two or more years of project coordination and administration experience with an emphasis on birds and habitats of the southwestern U.S. Demonstrated expertise with IBM compatible personal computers. The candidate must have a bachelor's degree in a wildlife science or a closely related field from an accredited college or university and two years professional experience in wildlife research or wildlife management. A graduate degree in a wildlife science or closely related field may be substituted for one year of the required experience.
 
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WILDLIFE ASSISTANT II
FIELD OPERATIONS / REGION III
TEMPORARY POSITION (Work Location Seligman,AZ)
SALARY GRADE 14 (Hourly $10.00)
ANNOUNCEMENT #21-04EDA / CLOSING DATE May 23, 2004
 
Description of Duties:
Assists with several aspects of the Black-footed Ferret Reintroduction Project in Aubrey Valley. Conducts ferret and prairie dog surveys following established protocols. Provides care and husbandry to captive ferrets and prairie dogs following established protocols. Maintains ferret release pens and prairie dog quarantine facilities. Conducts public outreach and education activities. Enters, summarizes, and reports field data. Writes project status updates. Provides project information to supervisor and other project collaborators. Performs other duties as assigned.
 
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
Ideal candidate will have knowledge and experience with endangered species, reintroduction, and animal husbandry and care. The preferred candidate will have skills and the ability to conduct surveys and monitoring. The applicant must have two years field experience as a Wildlife Assistant I or the equivalent. Bachelor's degree in a wildlife science or a closely related field from an accredited college or university may substitute for the required experience. A medical /physical evaluation is required prior to appointment.
 
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WILDLIFE SPECIALIST I
WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT DIVISION / RESEARCH BRANCH
LIMITED POSITION / FLAGSTAFF BASED
SALARY GRADE 17 ($26,626 -$43,577)
ANNOUNCEMENT 22-04EDA / CLOSING DATE 5/20/04
 
Description of Duties:
Assists in the conduct of wildlife-highway relationships research in central Arizona. Captures wildlife (deer and elk) and attaches GPS telemetry collars; maintains trap sites. Oversees and assists in installation and maintenance of infrared video camera systems, and oversees and assists with analysis of videotapes. Conducts procurement of supplies and equipment for research projects, including obtaining bids, etc. Oversees and assists in compilation of various data into electronic (e.g., spreadsheet) formats. Conducts interagency (ADOT, Forest Service) coordination on highway projects. Analyzes data with appropriate statistical procedures. Writes project reports and scientific manuscripts for publication, and makes presentations. Supervises and manages multiple subordinates. Conducts scientific literature searches on various topics. Conducts information and education outreach; works with media, and makes workshop presentations.
 
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
The ideal candidate will have knowledge of experimental and scientific research concepts, and skilled in wildlife capture, handling, and marking. The ideal candidate will have an understanding of and experience with electronics and video camera monitoring. The candidate must have a Bachelor's degree in a wildlife science or a closely related field from an accredited college or university. A medical/physical evaluation is required prior to appointment.
 
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Non-Wildlife Positions
EXECUTIVE STAFF ASSISTANT
WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT DIVISION
PERMANENT POSITION / PHOENIX BASED
SALARY GRADE 20 ($32,522 - $55,807) / JOB CATEGORY #5
ANNOUNCEMENT #13-04ENW / CLOSING DATE 5/12/04
 
Description of Duties:
Assists the Assistant Director of the Wildlife Management Division in the development of operating policies and procedures. Assists with the organizational aspect of several National and International Committees. Assists in long range fiscal and organizational planning. Conducts special studies; recommends changes to correct operation deficiencies or to improve the provision of services to the public. Develops management information systems to evaluate program performance, resource management, and budget control. Prepares administrative directives. Provides technical assistance and guidance as requested. Interprets rules, regulations and policies. Participates in the development of program proposals and grants; coordinates the preparation of the budget. Coordinates activities with other organizational units of the agency. Prepares a variety of administrative reports. May supervise professional and/or clerical personnel. Attends conferences and seminars. Reviews and evaluates programs and projects of the Department and other agency wildlife programs. Tracks activities of WMD Branches; prepares briefing reports; develops, coordinates, and monitors budget. Participates in field related activities. Performs other duties as assigned.
 
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
The ideal candidate will have knowledge of Game and Fish laws, regulations, policies and procedures; knowledge of principles and practices of wildlife management, boating enforcement and education programs; knowledge of State and Federal Aid budgeting processes; skill in work management, training, leadership, program planning/execution, skill in compiling data and performing statistical and strategic analysis, and skill in oral and written communications and public relations. The preferred candidate will have four years responsible administrative experience.
 
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CONTRACT MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST III
SPECIAL SERVICES DIVISION / SUPPORT SERVICES BRANCH
LIMITED POSITION / PHOENIX BASED
SALARY GRADE 20 ($35,578 - $55,807) / JOB CATEGORY #12
ANNOUNCEMENT #15-04ENW / CLOSING DATE 5/14/04
 
Description of Duties:
This position provides contract management support to the Department by performing a variety of contractual functions including: writes and administers specialized contracts for professional services and construction; analyzes reports and statistical data as it relates to contract management; attends meetings and participates on active teams and committees; writes policy and operating procedures relating to contract administration; performs related work as required; responds to protest and contract claims; designs forms for use in work process.
 
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
The ideal candidate for this position will have knowledge of Arizona Procurement Rules and Regulations, Federal laws and statutes pertaining to contractual agreements, and a Bachelors Degree in Business or a related field, in addition to participation in a professional purchasing/contracting organization.
 
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DISPATCHER II - REVISED
FIELD OPERATIONS DIVISION / LAW ENFORCEMENT BRANCH
PERMANENT POSITION / PHOENIX BASED
SALARY GRADE 14 ($24,305 - 34,981)
ANNOUNCEMENT # 17-04ENW / CLOSING DATE: 5/14/04
 
Description of Duties:
Operates two-way radio equipment connected to a statewide law enforcement network, a Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) System, and a computer terminal and teletype connected to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC)/Arizona Crime Information Center (ACIC) system. Enters, modifies, verifies, validates, retrieves and removes arrest warrant information from the NCIC/ACIC System. Researches and prepares background investigations. Interviews callers on toll free lines for hunting, fishing, boating, animal depredation and vandalism violations. Monitors security of department properties and personnel. Shifts may vary depending on staffing needs and may include weekends and holidays. Overtime may be required under special circumstances.
 
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
The ideal candidate will have one year of experience in radio or telephone dispatching operations and the ability to type 25 words per minute. The preferred candidate will have previous Terminal Operator Certification.
A medical/physical evaluation is required prior to appointment.
 
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EDUCATION BRANCH CHIEF
INFORMATION AND EDUCATION DIVISION / EDUCATION BRANCH
UNCOVERED POSITION / PHOENIX BASED
SALARY GRADE 23 ($42,181 - 72,066)
ANNOUNCEMENT # 18-04ENW / CLOSING DATE: 6/1/04
 
Description of Duties:
The Education Branch Chief administers a wide range of public education activities and programs in a large, complex, multi-faceted department. The position is responsible for administration of an annual operating budget of $2 million, and the direct or indirect supervision of 24 employees. The position oversees and participates in the creation and execution of public education programs that promote the agency's mission, including education programs in hunter education, aquatic education, environmental education, watercraft safety education and shooting sports. The Education Branch Chief is also responsible for oversight of the agency's statewide shooting ranges program, and oversight of the operations of the Ben Avery Shooting Facility and the department's Wildlife Center. The position reports to the assistant director of the Information and Education Division. This position is uncovered.

Essential functions:
* Manages finances for the Education Branch;
* Coordinates and or facilitates development of statewide shooting ranges, oversees operations of the Ben Avery Shooting Facility and the department's Wildlife Center
* Develops and implements new public education programs
* Supervises employees whose work may include curriculum development, production of educational materials and delivery of education and training programs
* Counsels department executive staff concerning public education aspects of policies, practices, procedures, programs, and actions;
* Serves as a liaison between the department and its constituent groups;
* Demonstrates continuous effort to improve operations and processes, decrease turnaround times, mentors employees and works cooperatively with peers.
* Hires and supervises staff; responds to requests for general information; coordinates branch activities with other department work units and with other governmental agencies and with the public; represents the department to the public; serves on interagency and other committees;
* Establishes short and long range goals and objectives the following programs: Hunter Education, Environmental Education, Wildlife Rehabilitation, Aquatic Education, Shooting Ranges, Watercraft Safety Education.
* Analyzes, writes, and edits general correspondence and technical documents, including performance reports, progress reports, annual reports, rules regulations, briefing papers, and position papers.
* Develops budget and project proposals, cooperative agreements; approves and monitors expenditures; Performs other work duties as assigned by supervisor.

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Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
* Knowledge of state wildlife laws and rules and department policies and procedures
* Knowledge of public administration practices including personnel supervision, business management and public involvement
* Knowledge of the philosophies, principles and practices of wildlife management and public administration
* General knowledge of principles and practices of education and mass communications
* Skills in budgeting, public speaking, employee management, planning, goal setting, report writing, leadership, group dynamics, interpersonal communication, problem solving, program evaluation and conflict resolution.

The ideal candidate will have a B.S. degree in wildlife science; or a B.S. or B.A. in business administration, education or public administration, and at least five years of supervisory-level experience. A graduate degree is preferred, and career experience in wildlife management is desired. Other combinations of similar experience and education may be substituted.

How to Apply: Submit a current resume to the Arizona Game and Fish Department, 2221 West Greenway Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85023, Attention: Human Resources, no later than 5:00 p.m. on the closing date. Note the Announcement Number on your resume or in a cover letter.

Uncovered employees are not covered by the Arizona Department of Administration Personnel Rules. Uncovered employees serve at the pleasure of the Director of the Arizona Game and Fish Department. However, uncovered employees do receive the same benefits, retirement, medical, dental, etc. as covered employees.
 
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An equal opportunity, reasonable accommodations employer, the Arizona Game and Fish Department complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. If you need accommodation in the employment process or this document in an alternative format, please contact our office at (623) 236-7326, prior to the closing date of the job in which you are interested. The Arizona Game & Fish Department is responsible for managing Arizona’s fish and wildlife resource as an enduring public trust. In addition, the Department is charged with promoting safe and responsible use of watercraft and off-highway vehicles. Funding is provided from the sale of licenses and permits; watercraft registration fees; federal excise taxes on firearms, fishing equipment, boats, and other sporting goods; State lottery revenues; donations on State income tax forms; and various contracts and grants. Department policy is set by the Arizona Game and Fish Commission, whose five members are appointed by the Governor. We stand in support of equality for and advancement of all people based on their qualifications and actions alone without regard to color, gender, age, religion, national origin, or disability.
 
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