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DWR Biologist Job Opening

Have you completed a degree in wildlife management, wildlife science or a closely related field? Do you have an interest in predatory mammals or furbearer management? The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is looking for a wildlife biologist to fill a predator-focused position in the game mammals program of our Salt Lake office. In this position, you will oversee the collection of data and administration of payments in the predator incentive program; collect biological samples from cougars, bears and bobcats; and analyze/submit reports related to the data and programs. If you are hired, you will help implement this program throughout the state. The person filling this position will have the opportunity to assist with projects taking place in the game mammals program, including the capture and monitoring of large predators like cougars and black bears, and will also assist with the falconry program. You will also have a chance to learn and assist with the management recommendation process. Note: Preference will be given to candidates with a bachelor’s degree in a natural resources field or with at least six years of demonstrated successful experience working full-time in a wildlife-related natural resources position.

Principal duties

As a wildlife biologist in the game mammals program, you will:

  • Administer the predator incentive program by collecting biological samples from coyotes turned in for incentive payments. You will also check in hunters at the DWR’s Salt Lake office and consolidate samples taken in DWR regions across the state of Utah.
  • Provide assistance to regional predator specialists and biologists with program implementation.
  • Maintain a database of program participants, the coyotes they have turned in and the payments they’ve received.
  • Collect data on confirmed livestock losses to cougars, bears, wolves and eagles; administer compensation payments to livestock producers for confirmed losses.
  • Assist the game mammals program coordinator with data collection and analysis for management recommendations.
  • Generate annual reports for the predator incentive program and livestock compensation program.
  • Assist other program coordinators with data collection.
  • Assist with the capture and monitoring of large predators like cougars and bears.
  • Assist with the falconry program.

The ideal candidate

The ideal candidate will have:

  • An interest in predatory mammals and knowledge of their behavior.
  • A bachelor’s or higher degree in wildlife management or a closely related field, or a bachelor’s in an unrelated field and at least five years of directly related experience.
  • An understanding of principles, theories and practices of wildlife sciences with an emphasis on predator management.
  • The ability to use logic to analyze or identify underlying principles, reasons or facts associated with information or data to draw conclusions.
  • The ability to communicate clearly — both verbally and in writing — with various interest groups, including hunters and trappers, public councils and boards, livestock producers, biologists and non-consumptive wildlife enthusiasts.
  • The willingness and ability to obtain samples from animal carcasses.

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