Human Dimensions Specialist (Division Staff Specialist) – South Dakota

South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks
Pierre, South Dakota
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Full time Positions
$49,318.56 - $62,953.20, depending on experience
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Job ID: 12507 Agency: Department of Game, Fish and Parks / Office of the Secretary Salary: $49,318.56 - $62,953.20, depending on experience Pay Grade: GK Closing Date: Open Until Filled This is a full-time position with the Department of Game, Fish and Parks. For more information about the Department of Game, Fish and Parks, please visit This position directs the Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) public engagement processes, designs and implements survey research, assists with strategic and long-range planning services, and facilitates the integration of social and biological information in decision-making processes. This position works in a critical role with high priority, high profile, complex, and challenging wildlife, fish, and outdoor recreation issues in the state. Major responsibilities include: -design and manage the implementation of Department staff, stakeholder, and citizen engagement so meaningful and effective methods of input, participation, decision-making, and wildlife, fisheries and outdoor recreation management are used; -design survey methods to collect needed information: document use, harvest, demand, attitudes, values, beliefs and other social-economic data; -oversee maintenance and development of databases of information associated with division statistics; -design statistically valid and economical methods of collecting data; -make recommendations on how to use statistical information; -direct the development of and edits technical reports; -analyze technical data and write reports; -make presentations based on survey findings with a focus on human dimensions; -consult on and support statewide integration of wildlife, fish and outdoor recreation strategic planning and decision-making efforts so GFP activities are efficiently and effectively planned, implemented, and evaluated. The incumbent will work in a typical office environment.
The Ideal Candidate Will Have: The successful applicant will have an advanced degree (M.S. or Ph.D.) in human dimensions of wildlife, social science, or closely-related discipline. In addition, experience conducting scientific human dimensions surveys; analyzing social data and writing reports; conducting various public involvement strategies; and working on teams is beneficial. Qualified candidates must be self-motivated, require a strong work ethic, have a strong desire to make a difference and are passionate about serving the public while carrying out the GFP's mission. Knowledge of: -quantitative and qualitative research methods; -survey methodology and human dimensions; -principles used in the management of outdoor recreation; -ecological and socio-economic factors affecting resource management; -research design and implementation as they apply to wildlife, fish and outdoor recreation management; -strategic planning and policy development; -personnel and fiscal management; -principles of effective human relations, public involvement strategies, and working with the public; -statistics. Skill to: -communicate effectively; -foster team collaboration; -manage time effectively; -lead new projects and initiatives to ensure delivery of measurable outcomes; -use statistical packages (such as Program R) to analyze social data. Ability to: -analyze social data using the proper statistics; -interpret human dimensions data; -present human dimensions information to staff and public groups; -effectively plan, organize and prioritize work activities to meet schedules and deadlines; -establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external customers; -analyze problems and provide solutions; -understand and achieve department objectives; -conduct informative meetings with staff; -manage and track multiple projects and activities simultaneously. VETERANS' PREFERENCE ELIGIBLE The State of South Dakota does not sponsor work visas for new or existing employees. All persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and complete an Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9. 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 please visit This position is a member of Class A retirement under SDRS.
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Nickie Adams
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