If you're passionate about wildlife-related recreational activities like fishing, hunting, and shooting sports -- and helping people of all ages and backgrounds learn how to safely enjoy those activities -- then the Wildlife Recreation Programs Specialist position at our Vernal office might just be your dream job. You would be responsible for implementing the following programs; Walk-in Access, Community Fisheries Angler Education, and Wildlife Recreation Events (e.g., skills training clinics, seminars, and wildlife-viewing activities). You would also help with the dedicated hunter program in the region and develop some social media content. This unique position involves occasional, hands-on fieldwork during wildlife and fisheries management projects.
As a Wildlife Recreation Programs Specialist, you will:
Plan, conduct, and evaluate the wildlife recreation events and angler education activities in the region.
Coordinate with the communication team in the Salt Lake office regarding regional event promotion.
Help plan and carry out public meetings, open houses, and special events.
Develop partnerships with local municipalities, conservation organizations, non-governmental organizations, and the public.
Stay informed about projects and efforts that are a priority for the Administration, Aquatic, Habitat, Law Enforcement, and Wildlife sections, in order to knowledgeably share stories that engage the public and build support for wildlife management and conservation.
Work closely with the conservation outreach manager in the region to help achieve work plan goals.
The Ideal Candidate:
The ideal candidate will have:
A firm understanding of the best practices related to event management.
The ability to communicate information and ideas clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
Strong interpersonal communication abilities that help build trust and positive relationships with Division employees, partners, members of the media, and the public.
Creative, pragmatic ways to solve problems and improve processes.
An understanding of the principles and practices related to budgets and budget management.
A talent for being highly organized, self-aware, and detail oriented.
An understanding and appreciation of the history and traditions associated with hunting, fishing, trapping, and shooting sports, and a recognition of how those activities support wildlife conservation.
Why You Should Join Our Team
When you work for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, you're helping improve the quality of life for everyone who calls the Beehive State home. Utah's abundant wildlife populations are a direct result of active, hands-on work by our employees and partners. Division employees give Utahns, and visitors to the state, something to smile about and stories they can't wait to share with their friends and family. Plus, the generous paid time off and great health benefits help ensure that you can spend quality time with your loved ones. Click here to view a summary of the benefits offered.
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Risks requiring special safety precautions and/or equipment, e.g., working around operating machines, contagious diseases, hazardous chemicals, etc.; risks found in potentially dangerous/unusual situations, e.g. being subject to possible physical attack.
Work requires some physical exertion such as long periods of standing, walking over rough terrain or rocky surfaces; recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, lifting moderately heavy items (up to 50 lbs.), or similar activities.
Bachelor's degree in a wildlife-related natural resources field, outdoor recreation, or other related fields.
Additional consideration may be given to candidates who have professional recreation programs management experience and/or professional communication experience.
This is a full-time position, which requires occasional weekend and evening work. Overnight travel is occasionally required to attend meetings and conferences and to support wildlife-management projects.
Valid driver license required to drive a motor vehicle on a highway in this state per UCA53-3-202(1)(a).
Must be able to pass a background investigation appropriate for employees who will work with youth and with firearms.
Must be able to successfully complete the Division's Utility Trailer Towing Safety certification training, Utah Hunter Education Instructor certification, and National Archery in the Schools (NASP)-Basic Archery Instructor certification during the probationary period or designated timeframe.
Preference may be given to candidates who have:
Experience fishing, hunting, and/or participating in shooting sports activities (e.g., archery, firearms).
Experience teaching and training youth and adults.
Experience using the Associated Press Stylebook in a professional communication capacity.
Experience taking professional-quality photos and video in the outdoors.
Experience using photo- and video-editing software.
Advanced skills and knowledge of fishing including habitat and biology, fishing regulations, fishing techniques, and use of fishing equipment.