Wildlife Damage Specialist: South Dakota

Agency
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks
Location
Buffalo, SD
Job Category
Full time Positions
Website
https://scssdltmweb.agilera.net/ltm/CandidateSelfService/controller.servlet?context.dataarea=ltm&context.session.key.HROrganization=1&context.session.key.JobBoard=EXTERNAL
Salary
$16.12 - $19.00 per hour; depending on experience
Start Date
05/17/2017
Last Date to Apply
05/01/2017
Description
PLEASE SUBMIT APPLICATIONS THROUGH WEBSITE LISTED ABOVE. RESUMES SUBMITTED TO THE CONTACT BELOW WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

Job ID: 8126
Agency: Department of Game, Fish and Parks, Division of Wildlife
Location: Buffalo and surrounding area
Salary: $16.12 - $19.00 per hour; depending on experience
Pay Grade: GH

We currently are seeking a Wildlife Damage Management Specialist for the vacant district which encompasses Harding and northwest Butte counties. The ideal location for this position to work from is Buffalo, SD; however, consideration to any locations within the district will be given. The incumbent MUST live within the assigned work district. Primary responsibilities are to respond to agricultural producers with complaints of wildlife predation on livestock (normally coyotes) or damage to property (normally beaver) and remove the offending animals as quickly and efficiently as possible. Additional duties center on the mitigation of damage caused to producers by game species such as deer, antelope, and turkeys through implementation of various Department techniques. Please see the class specifications for a Wildlife Damage Specialist on the SD BHR web page for a detailed listing of duties

The incumbent will be required to obtain - a South Dakota driver license and a South Dakota Department of Agriculture Commercial Applicators license with certifications in categories 12 (rodenticide) and 13 (M-44 device).

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 Local Office.

The Ideal Candidate Will Have:
Experience trapping predators in year round conditions in a prairie environment. Preferred candidates will be knowledgeable and experienced in using foothold traps, snares, live traps, M-44 devices and all suitable baits and lures; experienced with calling techniques and shooting center-fire rifles to remove predators; have experience cooperating with fixed wing aircraft to remove predators (piloting aircraft is not allowed, however gunning from the aircraft is); have extensive experience reading 'sign' of predators and fur-bearing animals and therefore able to predict their movement patterns and act quickly to remove them; and have above average organizational skills in order to track and document work progress on several projects at one time. The ideal candidate will possess all these characteristics plus exceptional communication skills as a significant portion of their time will be spent communicating with private landowners, other staff and providing educational programing on request.

Knowledge of:
•animal behavior, wildlife identification, habitat, and types of damage typically related to a species;
•animal diseases and safe-handling practices, disease sampling, collection and preservation methods;
•wildlife damage control methods; trapping equipment and the proper methods of location, bedding, staking, set construction, baiting, and luring; how the environment such as terrain and wind currents affect the work at hand; and erection of fencing and placement of hazing devices;
•firearms including rifles, shotguns, and pistols; ammunition and reloading tools and methods; and safe-storage practices;
•wildlife management practices and survey techniques.

Ability to:
•plan and effectively organize work priorities and requests for services;
•establish and maintain working relationships with individuals, the general public, local government officials, other state agencies, federal and tribal government officials;
•read and identify animals quickly and efficiently from tracks, scat, hair, kill sights, and other signs;
•analyze, interpret, and implement applicable department, state, and federal laws and regulations;
•act as an intermediary among adjoining landowners who are unwilling to cooperate with each other for the purpose of securing a large enough area on which to practice predatory control effectively;
•balance landowners' expectations for predatory control with the public's expectations for sport and for humane treatment of animals with factual information and education;
•educate and inform people at all levels of knowledge about predators and the objectives of predatory control;
•navigate in rural and remote areas and adapt to changing weather;
•shoot a variety of firearms proficiently in mostly unfavorable conditions;
•use a computer and Microsoft Office programs such as Excel, Access, and Word;
•operate pickups, all terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, boats; and repair and service equipment in the field;
•communicate information.

VETERANS' PREFERENCE ELIGIBLE
The State of South Dakota offers paid employee health insurance plus ten paid holidays, generous vacation leave accrual, and medical, dental, vision, and other benefits. For more information visit http://bhr.sd.gov/workforus/workbenefits.aspx
Qualifications
PLEASE SUBMIT APPLICATIONS THROUGH WEBSITE LISTED ABOVE. RESUMES SUBMITTED TO THE CONTACT BELOW WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

The Ideal Candidate Will Have:
Experience trapping predators in year round conditions in a prairie environment. Preferred candidates will be knowledgeable and experienced in using foothold traps, snares, live traps, M-44 devices and all suitable baits and lures; experienced with calling techniques and shooting center-fire rifles to remove predators; have experience cooperating with fixed wing aircraft to remove predators (piloting aircraft is not allowed, however gunning from the aircraft is); have extensive experience reading 'sign' of predators and fur-bearing animals and therefore able to predict their movement patterns and act quickly to remove them; and have above average organizational skills in order to track and document work progress on several projects at one time. The ideal candidate will possess all these characteristics plus exceptional communication skills as a significant portion of their time will be spent communicating with private landowners, other staff and providing educational programming on request.

Knowledge of:
•animal behavior, wildlife identification, habitat, and types of damage typically related to a species;
•animal diseases and safe-handling practices, disease sampling, collection and preservation methods;
•wildlife damage control methods; trapping equipment and the proper methods of location, bedding, staking, set construction, baiting, and luring; how the environment such as terrain and wind currents affect the work at hand; and erection of fencing and placement of hazing devices;
•firearms including rifles, shotguns, and pistols; ammunition and reloading tools and methods; and safe-storage practices;
•wildlife management practices and survey techniques.

Ability to:
•plan and effectively organize work priorities and requests for services;
•establish and maintain working relationships with individuals, the general public, local government officials, other state agencies, federal and tribal government officials;
•read and identify animals quickly and efficiently from tracks, scat, hair, kill sights, and other signs;
•analyze, interpret, and implement applicable department, state, and federal laws and regulations;
•act as an intermediary among adjoining landowners who are unwilling to cooperate with each other for the purpose of securing a large enough area on which to practice predatory control effectively;
•balance landowners' expectations for predatory control with the public's expectations for sport and for humane treatment of animals with factual information and education;
•educate and inform people at all levels of knowledge about predators and the objectives of predatory control;
•navigate in rural and remote areas and adapt to changing weather;
•shoot a variety of firearms proficiently in mostly unfavorable conditions;
•use a computer and Microsoft Office programs such as Excel, Access, and Word;
•operate pickups, all terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, boats; and repair and service equipment in the field;
•communicate information.
Contact Person
Trenton Haffley
Contact eMail
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