Location: Bismarck, ND

Salary Range: $4,185 – $4,394 hiring range

Closing Date:  June 13, 2021

Type of Recruitment: Internal/External

Apply Here: https://www.cnd.nd.gov/psc/recruit/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM_FL.HRS_CG_SEARCH_FL.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST_FL&Action=U&SiteId=11000&FOCUS=Applicant&JobOpeningId=3018695&PostingSeq=1

Summary of Work

Collaborate with the Wildlife Veterinarian to develop, coordinate and implement annual cronic wasting disease (CWD) surveillance, including training Department staff and others on proper collection, organizing sample receiving, processing and submission.  Acquire, review, and analyze data, write reports and maintain records and files.  Assist with disease investigations involving other emerging wildlife health threats (bovine tuberculosis, avian Influenza, environmental toxicants, etc.). Supervise, train, and assist seasonal employees. Remain current with ongoing research and published literature on CWD and other emerging wildlife health threats. Serve on the Department’s CWD Taskforce and collaborate with Department staff to develop and implement CWD regulations, management programs and research. Develop and deliver public education and outreach materials, communicate CWD-specific regulations and policies to the public and represent the Department at public meetings and other public relation events. Develop and maintain working relationships with taxidermists, meat lockers, sportsman’s groups, and landowners; serve as a consistent, point-of-contact for such groups. Participate in other Departmental surveys and management programs. Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Requires a minimum of a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife biology or wildlife management, or closely related natural resource science degree and two years of professional work experience with a wildlife or natural resource management agency.  A Master’s degree in a closely related field can substitute for one year of work experience.

The position requires a working knowledge of wildlife diseases, population management and life cycle ecology. 

The individual must possess well-developed communication skills, both oral and written, be highly responsible, be well organized and have attention to detail.  Must have the ability to work with wildlife management professionals, agricultural professionals, the media and general public.  Must be self-motivated and adaptable to a fast-paced work environment.  Must have a good working knowledge of Microsoft Office products (Outlook, Word and Excel).

Applicants need to possess strong organizational and project coordination skills and work independently on multiple tasks with overlapping deadlines.  Applicant must be able to work collaboratively with others on cooperative projects and to resolve problems.

The individual must have a valid driver’s license, be able to lift at least 50 pounds, and be willing to travel.  

Requires satisfactory completion of a background check.

Preferred Qualifications

Preference will be given for:

  • Experience communicating and collaborating with diverse stakeholders.
  • Experience performing necropsies or sample collection in laboratory or field settings.
  • Experience planning, developing, and/or carrying out disease monitoring program(s) in wildlife populations.
  • Experience training and supervising seasonal staff.
  • Experience in GIS and statistical software.
  • Experience with data management
  • Actively participating in hunting and/or fishing.

Application Procedures

  1. Applicants must complete the online application.  Applicants will be scored by their responses to the questionnaire questions – please do not say “See Resume” to any questions.
  2. Applicants must also upload a Cover Letter describing how the applicant’s ability and experience relates to the Summary of Work.
  3. Applicants must upload a current Resume that includes information to demonstrate how you meet the minimum qualifications as posted.
  4. Applicants must attach a document listing at least 3 professional references.

Applicants should save their applications frequently to avoid any loss of information. The online application system will time you out after 40 minutes and you will lose any information that is not saved.

Applicants must submit all documents above. It is very important to be thorough and detailed on all your application materials.  If the Department’s human resource officer cannot determine that you meet the minimum qualifications or verify your answers to the questionnaire questions you will not be given credit.

Applications must be completed by 11:59pm on the posted closing date.

Current State employees with access to PeopleSoft can access the job posting through the PeopleSoft Portal.

External applicants can access the job posting by going to the ND State Jobs Openings.

For information about the position or for persons needing accommodation or assistance in the application or interview process, contact Kim Kary, Chief of Administrative Services at 701-328-6605.

For troubles or questions about applying on the online system, contact Melissa Long at  malong@nd.gov or recruiter@nd.gov.

The North Dakota Game & Fish Department makes reasonable accommodations for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the recruitment and selection process or with an employee’s ability to perform essential duties of the job.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to make known any needs for accommodation.  ND Relay Number 1-800-366-6888

Equal Employment Opportunity

The State of North Dakota and this hiring agency do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), genetics, religion, age or disability in employment or the provisions of services and complies with the provisions of the North Dakota Human Rights Act.

As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.