Large Carnivore Biologist - Wolves- Wyoming

  • Wyoming Game and Fish Department
  • Wyoming, United States
  • May 13, 2017
Full time Biology/Ecology Communication/Public Outreach Management Natural Resources Research

Job Description

Manage large carnivores with a primary focus on capture and monitoring of wolves in northwest Wyoming.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:  The listed functions are illustrative only and are not intended to describe every function which may be performed in the job level. 

  • Capturing and handling of large carnivores primarily focused on wolves, but potential for assistance capturing grizzly bears, mountain lions, and black bears.
  • Collecting data specific to wolf population demographics to be used to demonstrate recovery of wolves in Wyoming and in annual management objectives.
  • Investigate and determine appropriate management actions for wolf conflicts and wolf depredations in northwest Wyoming – high level of coordination with USDA Wildlife Services, Regional Wyoming Game and Fish personnel and members of the public.
  • Inventory and monitor large carnivore populations; working with federally threatened/endangered species.
  • Using controlled drugs, firearms, and explosives.
  • Collecting data and keeping records.
  • Conducting aerial observation flights for large carnivores.
  • Using radio telemetry equipment for locating marked animals.
  • Data analysis and report writing.
  • Working closely with other work units and regional personnel within Wyoming Game and Fish.
  • Conduct information and education programs.

Qualifications

PREFERENCES: 

Candidate must have a minimum of 3 years experience working in some related fashion with wolf capture and monitoring and wolf conflict resolution activities, preferentially in Wyoming.  Candidate must have a minimum of 5 years experience working in back country and front country settings, dealing with large carnivore conflict resolution and monitoring of large carnivores preferentially in Wyoming.  Candidate must have the ability to work with landowners, livestock producers, and interested publics when dealing with wolf monitoring and conflict resolution and represent the Department in management efforts for large carnivores on a statewide level.
 
Any combination of training and experience equivalent to a bachelor's degree in wildlife management, range management, biology, zoology, ichthyology or closely related field, PLUS experience in capturing and handling black bears, grizzly bears, and mountain lions, and gray wolves.

Must have a valid drivers license.

KNOWLEDGE:  

  • Ability to work long and irregular hours under some adverse conditions.
  • Skills will be required to use firearms, dangerous chemicals, controlled pharmaceuticals, trapping equipment,  ATV's, horses, 4-wheel drive vehicles, radio equipment, radio telemetry, and power equipment and tools.
  • The position will require work with dangerous animals in remote settings.
  • Knowledge to participate in data collection, analysis, and report writing.
  • Will require independent decision making ability and excellent interpersonal communication skills.
  • Will require computer and data analysis skills.
  • The position will require heavy lifting and excellent physical condition.
  • Knowledge of the ecology of large carnivores and other wild animals.

Necessary Special Requirements

PHYSICAL WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Operating 4-wheel drive vehicles, snowmobiles, ATV's, riding and packing horses for backcountry work, and flying in fixed wing and helicopters in mountain conditions.
  • Working in inclement and severe weather conditions.
  • On call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Working alone in remote, backcountry locations.
  • The position will require heavy lifting and good physical condition.

Closing 5/25/2017 11:59 PM Mountain

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Sector

Government- State/Provincial

Salary

$21.17 Hourly

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