This is a Full-Time 40 Hours Weekly position with the Department of Game, Fish and Parks. For more information on the Department of Game, Fish and Parks, please visit https://gfp.sd.gov/.
Why the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks?
Working for the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks is not just a job. It is a life passion. It is about working together as a team with colleagues, customers, landowners, and partner organizations to ensure that our state’s outdoor heritage lives on for the next generation. Providing exceptional outdoor recreational opportunities for people to enjoy is one of the best jobs in state government. Our atmosphere empowers professional success and team building, while fostering relationships to build a culture focused on our four strategic plan goals.
Provide outdoor recreational opportunities
Serve as stewards of our state’s natural resources
Foster professional excellence
All we need is you to join our team! Sound like a good fit so far? As a South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks employee, here is what you will experience:
Innovation – the GFP team is consistently revolutionizing enhancements to outdoor recreation in terms of technology and customer experience. We invite new ideas and interaction from our employees.
Collaboration and Communication – our employees work with various teams, programs and divisions within the agency, outside state and federal agencies and public stakeholders. We want all employees to know that their voice will be heard as we continuously work towards our future goals.
Professional Development – We provide training and support for you to become an expert in the field and obtain the skills necessary to be successful in your position.
Task Diversity – the work duties are never boring. Your duties may include meetings with coworkers, collaborating with other government representatives, representing the Department at Commission meetings and national conferences, visiting one of our state parks and recreation areas or working to enhance habitat on a game production area. The outdoors provides for a pretty nice corner office!
Who We’re Looking For?
Do you have experience with coyote or beaver trapping?
Do you have experience dealing with ungulate depredation?
Do you enjoy working with South Dakota ranchers and producers?
Do you have a high degree of professional ethics and integrity?
Are you excellent at organizing and prioritizing multiple tasks and projects while maintaining a positive attitude?
Do you welcome the opportunity to tackle problems and think quickly to find innovative solutions?
Are you an effective, outgoing communicator who enjoys providing superior service to customers, leadership, and other employees?
What You Will Do:
Duties of a Wildlife Damage Specialist involve traveling extensively, often on bad roads and in inclement weather and in remote, rural areas; walking long distances in rough country while carrying packs, traps, and animals and while tracking and hunting animals; operating all-terrain vehicles in rough country or around sloughs and in remote areas; working on flood-stage rivers and creeks in boats; setting and checking traps in deep water; climbing on river banks; handling wildlife, dead and alive, and being exposed to disease and injury; working around domestic livestock in a panic because of predators; working with all of the hazards associated with aerial depredation work; working in the dark during early morning and late night hours while predators are out; answering and returning phone calls at all times of the day or night; and routinely handling firearms, explosives, sharps, poisons and chemicals.
What You Need:
About the Area
Region 2 is comprised of 20 counties along the Missouri River corridor from North Dakota to Nebraska. Along the river, there are three Game, Fish and Parks Offices located in Mobridge, Fort Pierre, and Chamberlain. The Missouri River offers some of the best fishing and boating opportunities in the state. In central South Dakota, there is a diversity of wildlife, where the east meets the west, transitioning from a mixed grass prairie to short grass prairie. Waterfowl, pheasants, grouse, white-tailed deer, mule deer, and pronghorn are just a few of the wildlife species that can be found across Region 2.
For more information about this area, please visit the South Dakota Missouri River Tourism website: https://sdmissouririver.com/
If you enjoy a career that is both exciting and challenging, possess good organization and communication skills, and want to make a difference in public service, we’d like to hear from you!
The ideal candidate will have knowledge or experience with:
Experience trapping predators in year-round conditions in a prairie and agricultural environment.
Knowledgeable and experience in using foothold traps, snares, live traps, M-44 devices and all suitable baits and lures.
Experience with calling techniques and shooting centerfire rifles to remove predators.
Experience cooperating with fixed wing aircraft to remove predators.
Extensive experience reading 'sign' of predators and furbearing animals and therefore able to predict their movement patterns and act quickly to remove them.
Experience resolving wildlife depredation conflicts to agricultural crops and feed supplies.
Above average organizational skills in order to track and document work progress on several projects at one time.
Exceptional communication skills as a significant portion of time will be spent communicating with private landowners/ other staff and providing educational programing on request.