Wildlife Biologist I

  • Wyoming Game and Fish Department
  • Laramie, WY, United States
  • Mar 18, 2017
Full time Biology/Ecology Natural Resources Wildlife/Endangered Species

Job Description


This is an entry level position to prepare and train a biologist technician. The position performs and assists with biological data collection, disease biology, hunting season recommendations, public contacts, environmental reviews related to land use, and wildlife conflict resolution including injured wildlife calls, will have contacts with constituent groups, participate in training and other miscellaneous jobs, sometimes statewide, as assigned.

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

  • Collects and conducts a limited analysis of demographic data for a variety of big / trophy game, and game bird species to develop wildlife trend and population estimates.
  • Biological data collection and analysis including disease tissue collection and processing.
  • Works independently or with other regional personnel in collecting and analyzing wildlife data, including big game classification surveys from air and on the ground, antelope line transects, sage-grouse lek surveys, wildlife distribution surveys, hunter harvest checks, terrestrial habitat data, blood and/or tissue surveys for disease monitoring, and detailed records on disease collection efforts.
  • Collects teeth, tissue and hair for bear and mountain lion harvest checks, measures/plugs bighorn sheep horns, assists with remote camera trap and radio telemetry data collection.
  • Data analysis includes spreadsheet population models, GIS software, Distance, JCR and sage-grouse databases, mapping software, and Google internet applications.
  • Work on wildlife related research projects in assigned region with and under supervision of Wildlife Management Coordinator on project field work like telemetry collar collection, conduct field necropsies on collared moose and mule deer mortalities, conduct mule deer fawn and moose calf surveys for collared females, and assist with various project proposals (methods and budgets).
  • Serves as secondary to Senior Wildlife Biologist in analyzing data, coordinating internal season setting input and justifying hunting season in a limited number of hunt areas on an annual basis.
  • Collects and analyzes distribution data to identify seasonally important habitats for all wildlife.
  • Assists with related wildlife research needs when necessary, and as directed by the Wildlife Management Coordinator.
  • Works with lead researchers, graduate students, and consulting firms when applicable.
  • Wildlife data collection accomplished by both ground and aerial methods (helicopter or small fixed wing aircraft).
  • Writes some technical end of year reports, and some big game hunting season justifications.
  • Maintains extensive presence in the field, particularly during hunting seasons.
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with region-wide WGFD employees, other state and federal agency personnel, local landowners, sports persons and wildlife organizations.
  • On occasion position may help supervise seasonal/contract disease or biological technicians.
  • Travels to other regions and works with the Statewide Wildlife and Habitat Management section on statewide issues, (5% is approximately 106 hours/year @ 176 hours/month)
  • Biologist training in: spreadsheet modeling, Line Transect surveys and analysis, immobilization techniques, environmental commenting, GIS mapping, habitat measurement techniques and analysis, disease work via the Wyoming Vet lab, help with large carnivore work on occasion, and non game surveys.
  • Represent the WGFD at some public informational meetings, at field check stations, and at hunter/public information events (i.e. hunter fest).
  • Assist in Hunter Management Assistance Programs (HMAP) focused on obtaining harvest of elk and pronghorn on private lands.
  • Respond to and appropriately handle injured and nuisance wildlife calls which may require euthanization of wildlife (use of firearms). Use chemical and mechanical immobilization equipment and techniques when necessary and appropriate. Use firearms to euthanize wildlife.
  • Documents and reports daily activities, writes annual and project reports, ensures budget and grant expenditures are within allocated amounts by reporting to the wildlife management coordinator or supervisor and in accordance with fiscal procedures.
  • Maintains assigned vehicles, atv, snowmobiles, trailers and other technical equipment.
  • This position may utilize horses in the numbers as specified in assigned district.


Preferences may be given to those with a Bachelor's Degree in wildlife management, range management, biology or zoology.

**Agency requires that the successful applicant have a valid driver's license.


  • Knowledge of principles, theories, and practices of wildlife sciences.
  • Knowledge of how to identify various wildlife, domestic animals, and/or plant species, seeds, or grain.
  • Knowledge of wildlife ecology and habitat requirements.
  • Knowledge of trends and forecast methodology.
  • Knowledge of applicable laws, rules, regulations and/or policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of principles, theories, and practices of biological science.
  • Knowledge of aquatic & terrestrial wildlife management and habitat requirements.
  • Knowledge of natural resource management, range management, wetland management, and habitat management.
  • Knowledge of the principles of wildlife conservation/management, data collection, habitat requirements and life histories of various wildlife and wildlife management.
  • Knowledge of data analysis and interpretation.
  • Strong inter-personal communication skills both written and verbal.
  • Ability to analyze information and make appropriate decisions.
  • Ability to coordinate and work with federal, state, and local agencies on wildlife management issues.
  • Ability to fly in helicopters and small fixed-wing aircraft and collect data.
  • Ability to work without direct supervision, work alone, and/ or as a team.
  • Ability to work with other people/agencies/groups, even when disagreement occurs
  • Good physical condition.
  • Ability to make and defend recommendations/decisions in spite of imperfect data.
  • Ability to successfully negotiate positive outcomes for wildlife, and make decisions under varied conditions.
  • Computer skills, and ability to learn new software packages, including knowledge of Google, Microsoft, Distance and online database programs.
  • Knowledge of general outdoor skills and survival.


Education:Bachelor's Degree (typically in Wildlife Management)

Experience:0-2 years progressive work experience (typically in Wildlife Management)
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:CDL


Education & Experience Substitution:
3-5 years of progressive work experience (typically in Wildlife Management)

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: CDL

Closes: 03/30/17 11:59 PM

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Job Level



Government- State/Provincial


$3,454.00 -$4,318.00 Monthly