Principal Wildlife Biologist, Wyoming Game and Fish Department

Statewide

Position Title: Principal Wildlife Biologist

Organization: Wyoming Game and Fish Department

Location: Statewide

Organization Overview: The Wyoming Game and Fish Department seeks a Principal Wildlife Biologist. This position provides advanced analytical expertise to the Science, Research, Analytical Support Unit, andWildlife Division. Primary responsibilities include advanced data analyses, technical support for field managers, harvest proposal review, and some component of data compilation to support policy decisions. While the successful applicant should be able to conduct work on any taxa, many of the job duties will focus on big game. Applicants should have a strong analytical skill set and a keen interest in wildlife management. The position will be based at the CheyenneHeadquarters Office (preferred) or at an approved regional office.

Duties:

  • Technical service and support: Provide expertise to field managers on Department data collection protocols and tools. Support Biologists in the application and interpretation of population models. Partner with Department work units and external vendors to develop new tools for field data collection and analysis. Assist Department personnel with data retrieval and interpretation. Review hunting season recommendations and management objectives. Represent the Unit and Division on relevant working groups and problem-solving committees
  • Advanced data analysis: Analyze existing and newly collected wildlife data to support Division needs, including evaluations of harvest management strategies. Work with Unit staff to evaluate and implement updated analytical techniques. Review study designs for research and monitoring projects to ensure defensible answers to management questions.Develop visuals, publications, and other deliverables to disseminate results Analytical capacity building . Work with Unit staff to coordinate and help deliver training opportunities that build internal analytical capacity. Assist with training new WildlifeBiologists and Wildlife Management Coordinators

Qualifications:

Knowledge:

  • Advanced understanding of the principles, concepts, and practices of wildlife ecology and management.
  • Advanced knowledge of traditional and emerging statistical applications relevant to wildlife ecology.
  • Demonstrated expertise in spatial analysis, survival analyses, population models, and Bayesian statistics.
  • Expertise in data collection associated with wildlife monitoring and research projects.
  • Experience developing new mathematical approaches or tools to solve wildlife problems.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Advanced technical writing skills.
  • Advanced familiarity with Program R, Microsoft, and Google platforms and an ability to learn new software packages.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to work with stakeholders, despite disagreements or differing perspectives.
  • Capacity to solve problems both independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to analyze information and make appropriate decisions.
  • Capacity to make and defend recommendations despite imperfect data.
  • Knowledge of state personnel rules and Wyoming Game & Fish Commission policies regarding Department employees.
  • **Must have a valid driver’s license.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education: Bachelor’s Degree (typically in Wildlife Management)
Experience: 1-3 years of progressive work experience (typically in Wildlife Management) with acquired knowledge at the level of a Senior Wildlife Biologist
OR
Education & Experience Substitution: 4-7 years of progressive work experience (typically in Wildlife Management) with acquired knowledge at the level of a Senior Wildlife Biologist

Preference will be given to applicants with a Master’s Degree in Wildlife Ecology, Biology, orManagement; with at least 5 years of progressive work experience in wildlife management and quantitative applications.

Salary/Pay: $5,624.67 – $7,030.40 Monthly

Application Deadline: September 22

How to Apply: Please use the online application to view the full job description as well as how to apply. Please direct any questions to Laura Curtis laura.curtis1@wyo.gov.