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Wildlife Conservation Specialist (Turtles)

Date Posted: 9 Feb 2018 (Show details)

Institution: Minnesota Zoo
Location: Apple Valley, Minnesota
Closing date: 26 February 2018

The Minnesota Zoo is seeking an energetic biologist to conduct research to improve the conservation of imperiled turtles in Minnesota. Specific activities will include evaluating mechanisms to reduce turtle mortality of roadways in the central and southeastern part of the State and GPS and VHF telemetry to assess spatial and movement ecology, and may extend to assessing strategies to reduce nest predation.

This position is part time temporary unclassified, limited in duration and is anticipated to last through spring, 2021. The position is grant funded and may transition to full-time status in July, 2018. The schedule for this position is Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 3:00 pm to start (negotiable) and may increase or decrease in hours as the seasons and funding change.

This position is responsible for planning and performing professional wildlife research and conservation work for the Zoo’s freshwater turtle initiative, which is aligned with the Minnesota Zoo’s Center for Saving Wildlife Conservation Plan. The position will communicate project findings to scientific and general audiences and will help obtain funds for project needs.

Job duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Plan research and conservation activities benefitting Minnesota’s turtles, ensuring methods are feasible and scientifically sound and will effectively promote the conservation of turtles;
  • Conduct wildlife research activities on Minnesota’s turtles to increase scientific knowledge applicable to wildlife management. Implement conservation activities to help improve the long-term outlook of wildlife populations, in specific locations determined during planning processes;
  • Communicate project updates and findings to scientific and general public audiences so that information is incorporated into planning processes, knowledge is expanded, and the Zoo’s reputation as a conservation leader is enhanced;
  • Other Duties as assigned or apparent to ensure the smooth functioning of the department and its projects.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master of Science degree from an accredited educational institution in Conservation Biology, Ecology, Wildlife Management, or other related field;
  • At least 1 year of experience conducting field work for research and/or conservation purposes;
  • Ability to conduct independent field work for research and/or conservation purposes in remote areas for extended periods of time;
  • Experience using commonly employed field techniques for studying wildlife, including radio telemetry, use of GPS tracking devices, and handling of wild animals;
  • Experience in empirical research design and methodology sufficient to plan high-quality conservation research projects;
  • Demonstrated ability to lead the publication of scientific manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals;
  • Proficiency with Geographic Information Systems software sufficient to analyze and interpret spatial data, including data obtained via radio telemetry or GPS tracking;
  • Proficiency with R statistical software sufficient to compile, summarize, plot, and analyze data using robust and appropriate statistical approaches;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint sufficient to prepare written communications, enter, organize, and plot data, and prepare/deliver engaging presentations;
  • Oral communication skills sufficient to create and deliver high-quality audience-appropriate presentations and on-camera communications to scientific and general audiences;
  • Written communication skills sufficient to prepare scientific manuscripts for high-quality journals as well as engaging and audience-appropriate text of various lengths for non-scientists;
  • Possession of current and valid driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. from an accredited educational institution in Conservation Biology, Ecology, Wildlife Management, or other related field;
  • Field experience with reptiles and amphibians, especially turtles;
  • Experience in setting up and maintaining camera traps;
  • Demonstrated success in securing grants of at least $5,000 in support of conservation/research projects;
  • Strong record of publishing conservation research in relatively high-impact peer-reviewed journals.

To Apply

Go to the Minnesota Zoo's jobs board and select this opportunity. The posting also may be found on the State of Minnesota careers page. Click “Apply” at the bottom of the page and create a profile under register now tab. Submit your application through the online portal. Please contact Seth Stapleton (seth [dot] stapleton [at] state [dot] mn [dot] us) with any questions regarding this position.             

Temporary Wildlife Technician

Date Posted: 8 Feb 2018 (Show details)

Institution: Arizona Game & Fish Department
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Closing date: 11 Feburary 2018

The Arizona Game & Fish Department is seeking a Wildlife Technician. This is a temporary position with a pay of $14.20/hour.

Duties will include performing a variety of technical and entry level professional wildlife work under supervision of biologists and project administrators in one or more wildlife management and/or research programs. Primary duties will be conducting surveys for multiple species of wildlife, primarily on Speckled Rattlesnakes and Sonoran Desert Tortoises, in Arizona. Additional duties will include off-road navigation on foot and by vehicle, telemetry tracking, equipment maintenance, and assisting in project management. Assignments may require extended periods working and residing in primitive field conditions and operating 4WD vehicles. The anticipated project timeline is 37 weeks.


The candidate will have knowledge of wildlife and basic wildlife management techniques; proper operation, maintenance and basic repair of field equipment and vehicles; and problem solving techniques. The preferred candidate will be skilled in applying basic wildlife field work techniques, including knowledge of species identification and habitat requirements. The ideal candidate will be able to apply more advanced policies, procedures, and techniques; conduct professional data collection and analysis; prepare basic reports; and communicate professionally in speech and in writing. The candidate will have the ability to interact with the public; work alone and as part as a team; work outdoors in primitive field conditions; and hike, backpack, or camp overnight for extended periods of time.

The preferred candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in a wildlife science or a related field from an accredited college or university; OR two years of equivalent field experience.

Additional Requirements:

Employment is contingent upon completion of a post-offer medical/physical examination and the agency’s ability to reasonably accommodate any restrictions.

Position requires possession of and the ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.).

All newly hired employees will be subject to the E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification program. Our work environment offers training opportunities and encourages career development.

To Apply:

Apply online at and search for Job ID #35827.The close date is 11 Feburary 2018.

The Arizona Game & Fish Department is responsible for managing Arizona’s fish and wildlife resource as an enduring public trust. In addition, the Department is charged with promoting safe and responsible use of watercraft and off-highway vehicles. Funding is provided from the sale of licenses and permits; watercraft registration fees; federal excise taxes on firearms, fishing equipment, boats, and other sporting goods; State lottery revenues; donations on State income tax forms; and various contracts and grants. Department policy is set by the Arizona Game and Fish Commission, whose five members are appointed by the Governor.

Arizona State Government is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is an equal opportunity, reasonable accommodations employer and complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. If you need to request an accommodation in the employment process or would like to receive this document in an alternative format, please contact our office at (623) 236-7326 or TTY 1-800-367-8939, prior to the closing date of the job in which you are interested. We stand in support of equality for and advancement of all people based on their qualifications and actions alone without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, or any other characteristic protected by law.  

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