Florida softshell turtle, Apalone ferox, photo by J.D. Willson

Temporary Wildlife Technician

Arizona Game & Fish Department
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 https://azstatejobs.azdoa.gov 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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