Responsible for supervision, budgeting, grants and management of the Upland Game Management Section, including supervision of the upland game bird biologist and hiring and supervision of numerous temporary and seasonal staff. Directly responsible for the research and management programs for partridge, pheasant, turkey, ruffed grouse, prairie grouse, cottontail rabbits and tree squirrels. Develop recommendations for upland game hunting seasons and management programs. Plan, coordinate, supervise and conduct surveys to determine the status of and harvest of all upland game, including compiling and analyzing data and writing reports. Develop and conduct upland game surveys and research projects that are designed to contribute to knowledge of annual production, hunter harvest success, and seasonal population indices to aid in the setting of harvest season lengths and bag limits for all upland game species. Maintain extensive upland game databases, records, files and literature. Actively participate in local, regional, national and international committees and working groups for species of responsibility. Coordinate with state, regional, national and international wildlife agencies and organizations on upland game population and habitat programs. Coordinate with and advise Department leadership and staff on upland game populations, habitat and management issues and related wildlife issues. Participate in other departmental wildlife surveys and management programs.
Requires a minimum of a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife biology or wildlife management, or closely related natural resource science degree and four years of professional work experience with a wildlife or natural resource management agency is required. A Master’s of Science degree may be substituted for two years of actual work experience.
The position requires extensive knowledge of wildlife and population management, wildlife habitat needs, and life cycle ecology, particularly for upland game species. Applicants must be able to communicate effectively both orally and written with wildlife management professionals, the media and the public. Applicants need to possess strong organizational and project coordination skills and work independently on multiple tasks with overlapping deadlines. Applicant must be able to work collaboratively with others on cooperative projects and to resolve problems.
Must have or be able to obtain a Class D North Dakota driver’s license. Must be able to lift at least 75 pounds, and be willing to travel extensively.
Requires satisfactory completion of a criminal background check.
Preference will be given for:
• Experience in wildlife management, surveys and analysis of survey data, particularly with upland game species
• Experience designing and conducting wildlife research and publishing the results
• Experience planning, creating or developing, and/or managing wildlife habitat
• Supervisory experience
• Working knowledge of database management and SAS
• Working knowledge and experience using GPS, GIS and ArcView or related GIS Software, especially for spatial modeling
• Actively participating in upland game bird hunting