Biologist I, North Dakota: Riverdale

North Dakota Game and Fish Department
Job Category
Full time Positions
$4,185 - $4,394 hiring range
Last Date to Apply
Summary of Work: The individual selected for this position will work in the Wildlife Resource Section of the Department’s Wildlife Division and be responsible for assisting the District V Wildlife Resource Supervisor with the development, operation, maintenance, and overall management of District V Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) in Mercer, McLean, McHenry, Renville and Ward Counties. This includes coordinating and managing development or maintenance work projects like tree plantings, herbaceous cover or food plot establishment, noxious weed control, prescribed burning, fence construction and maintenance, water level management, and sign installation as well as WMA lease agreements, federal aid workplans, annual management plans and daily administrative duties. This position shall perform hiring and supervising of seasonal employees; assist with supervision of wildlife technicians; coordinate and respond to wildlife depredation; and assist the Game Management Section in game surveys (possibly including aerial surveys), management, and research activities. This position will also assist the Private Lands Section, as necessary, with implementation and delivery of private land habitat and access components of the Department’s Private Land Initiative (PLI). This position will provide educational services as needed and technical assistance on wildlife management based on sound biological principles and practices. Accomplishment of work objectives will require extensive coordination and collaboration with private landowners, contractors, energy developers, other federal, state, and private agricultural and wildlife conservation agencies. Other wildlife management and public information duties may also be assigned as necessary, including wildlife issues throughout District V.
Minimum Qualifications: Requires a minimum of a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife biology or wildlife management, or closely related natural resource science degree and two years of professional work experience with a wildlife or natural resource management agency. A Master’s degree in a closely related field can substitute for one year of work experience. The position requires a working knowledge and experience in the following areas: wildlife management concepts, wildlife habitat and land management practices, habitat requirements for Northern Great Plains wildlife, federal and state agricultural conservation programs and production agriculture. The individual must possess well-developed communication skills, both oral and written, be highly responsible, be well organized and have attention to detail. Must have the ability to work with private landowners, farmers/ranchers, other wildlife management professionals, wildlife groups and the general public. Must be self-motivated and adaptable to a fast-paced work environment. Must have a good working knowledge of Microsoft Office products (Outlook, Word and Excel). The individual must have the ability to operate farm type equipment, grass drills, trucks/trailers, ATVs/UTVs and other equipment. The individual must have a valid driver’s license, be able to lift at least 50 pounds, and be willing to travel. In addition, the applicant must be capable of obtaining S-130/S-190 basic wildland firefighter certification, a Class A commercial driver’s license (CDL), and a commercial pesticide applicators license within the first 6 months of employment. Requires satisfactory completion of a background check. Preferred Qualifications: Preference will be given to individuals with: •Knowledge and experience in wildlife depredation programs •Knowledge and experience in the control of noxious and invasive weeds and experience in use of sprayers •Experience using fire pumpers and towing trailers with heavy equipment •Experience in the operation and basic maintenance of UTV/ATVs •Experience in geographic information systems (GIS) •Experience in wildlife surveys and/or experience in aerial surveys using low flying aircraft •Active participation in hunting and fishing Application Procedures: 1.Applicants must complete the online application. Applicants will be scored by their responses to the questionnaire questions – please do not say “See Resume” to any questions. 2.Applicants must also upload a Cover Letter describing how the applicant’s ability and experience relates to the Summary of Work. 3.Applicants must upload a current Resume that includes information to demonstrate how you meet the minimum qualifications as posted. 4.Applicants must attach a document listing at least 3 professional references. Applicants should save their applications frequently to avoid any loss of information. The online application system will time you out after 40 minutes and you will lose any information that is not saved. Applicants must submit all documents above. It is very important to be thorough and detailed on all your application materials. If the Department’s human resource officer cannot determine that you meet the minimum qualifications or verify your answers to the questionnaire questions you will not be given credit. Applications must be completed by 11:59pm on the posted closing date. Current State employees with access to PeopleSoft can access the job posting through the PeopleSoft Portal. External applicants can access the job posting by going to the ND State Jobs Openings. For information about the position or for persons needing accommodation or assistance in the application or interview process, contact Kim Kary, Chief of Administrative Services at 701-328-6605. For troubles or questions about applying on the online system, contact Melissa Long at or The North Dakota Game & Fish Department makes reasonable accommodations for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant's ability to compete in the recruitment and selection process or with an employee's ability to perform essential duties of the job. It is the applicant's responsibility to make known any needs for accommodation. ND Relay Number 1-800-366-6888 Equal Opportunity Employer As employers, the State of North Dakota and political subdivisions prohibit smoking in all places of state and political subdivision employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10. The state of North Dakota does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, genetics, religion, age, or disability in employment or the provision of services, and complies with the provisions of the North Dakota Human Rights Act.
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