Salary: $2,755.50 Biweekly
Job Type: Full Time
Closing: 8/24/2021 5:00 PM Alaska

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Job Description

What you will be doing:
This position, based in Dillingham, serves as the Assistant Area Wildlife Management Biologist for western and southwestern Alaska overseeing wildlife populations, including six caribou herds, in portions of the Alaska Range, Aleutian Islands, and Wood River mountains (Game Management Units 9, 10, and 17). The assistant area biologist will help evaluate, plan, initiate and conduct research and management activities on various game, furbearer and other wildlife resources and requires frequent travel between area offices and field activities. This position provides support, technical expertise, and recommendations regarding wildlife populations, their ecology and management for long-term conservation and enhancement.

Our mission to Alaska:
This position supports the Division of Wildlife Conservation’s mission in Region IV to conserve and enhance Alaska’s wildlife and habitats and provide for a wide range of public uses and benefits. The incumbent assists in maintaining and enhancing opportunities to hunt, trap and view wildlife while providing opportunities for Alaskans to gain knowledge of and appreciation for all of Alaska’s wildlife, its management, and ways to interact with wildlife safely and ethically.

Why you should join our team:
This position offers a challenging and fulfilling, professional opportunity to assist in the management of world-class, wildlife resources, in portions of the Alaska Range, Aleutian Islands, and Wood River mountains (Game Management Units 9, 10, and 17) to meet DWC’s mission. This position will work directly with management and research biologists to grow professionally and gain experience assessing wildlife resources and managing a diversity of wildlife.  

Where you will be working:
This position, based in Dillingham (under supervision of the Dillingham and King Salmon Area Biologists) supports and administers wildlife management programs in the Bristol Bay region and on the Alaska Peninsula, among the crown jewels of wildlife and fisheries resources in Alaska and the world. The incumbent regularly interacts with members of the public issuing licenses, permits, and collects harvest and field information. Daily work environment spans from report writing, data analysis, interacting with stakeholders, and responding to nuisance wildlife issues in the front country to conducting surveys, investigations, and handling wildlife in remote locations sometimes requiring travel away from the duty station (1-2 weeks at a time).

Who we are looking for:
We are looking for an energetic and committed professional who has:

  1. knowledge of the life history of wildlife species in Alaska and a working knowledge of wildlife biology, ecology, and population dynamics
  2. experience capturing, immobilizing, and performing physical examinations of various mammal species
  3. experience collecting data via aerial and ground investigations, working with databases, preparing data analyses and summaries, and writing technical reports and presentations
  4. experience answering complex public inquires on wildlife issues or regulatory requirements using good oral and written communication skills (i.e., explaining trapping/hunting regulations, processes for obtaining a hunting permit, public access, etc.) while working in rural Alaska.
  5. experience handling firearms and proficiency in firearm use.

Special Notice:

  • This position is based in Dillingham (Unit 17) but will also have responsibilities in the King Salmon Management Area (Units 9 & 10)
  • Requires frequent travel
  • Requires the use of firearms and the ability to fly in small aircraft in mountainous terrain for extended periods of time


Minimum Qualifications


A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in biology, a branch of biology, limnology, biometrics, oceanography, forestry, or natural resource management.
One year of professional level biologist experience. The required professional biologist experience is met by service as a Wildlife Biologist 1, Fishery Biologist 1, or Habitat Biologist 1 with the State of Alaska or the equivalent with another employer.

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college that includes or is supplemented by the following credit hours will substitute for the degree in a specific field:
• at least 24 semester hours (36 quarter hours) in biology, a branch of biology, limnology, biometrics, oceanography, forestry, or natural resource management (excluding courses that focus on agricultural husbandry techniques, human population dynamics, or the design and manipulation of landscapes), of which 16 semester hours (24 quarter hours) are upper division courses; and
• at least 12 semester hours (16 quarter hours) in any combination of two or more of the following: chemistry, physics, mathematics, statistics, geology, hydrology, or GIS.

A master’s degree from an accredited college in biology, a branch of biology, limnology, biometrics, oceanography, forestry or natural resource management, will substitute for the required year of professional level biologist experience.

Special Note:
“Upper division courses” means courses that are specialized, in-depth and advanced. Such courses emphasize problem-solving, analytical thinking skills, and theoretical applications, with depth and rigor in a discipline’s theories and methods; specialization in a particular field or profession; refinement of general education; and/or development of specific intellectual and professional skills. Upper division courses are commonly identified in college catalogs as 300 level and higher.

Some positions may require training in specialized areas such as hydroacoustics, microscopic analysis, underwater research, or fish habitat restoration or enhancement.


Additional Required Information

A cover letter addressing all Five Position-specific Competencies and the Supplemental Questions are required at the time of application. If you do not have experience with a specific competency, please state so. This cover letter will be used as a writing sample.


  • Academic transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable)
  • Firearms Possession Form
  • Pre-employment Certification Form
  • Alaska Residency Certification Form

If post-secondary education is required to meet the minimum qualifications, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of units completed. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials if used to meet the minimum qualifications for a position. Transcripts can be attached at the time of application or within 48 hours of the close of this recruitment to the contact person listed below.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements, if applicable. If utilizing this education you must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. state university reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the state university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

If using work experience not already documented in your application, also provide the employer name, your job title, dates of employment, and whether full-or part-time. Applications will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and minimum qualifications are clearly met. If they are not, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment.

This recruitment may be used for more than one (1) vacancy. The applicant pool acquired during this recruitment may be used for future vacancies for up to ninety (90) days after this recruitment closes. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply to each recruitment notice to ensure consideration for all vacancies.

The State of Alaska complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Individuals with disabilities, who require accommodation, auxiliary aides or services, or alternative communication formats, please call 1-800-587-0430 or (907) 465-4095 in Juneau or TTY: Alaska Relay 711 or 1-800-770-8973 or correspond with the Division of Personnel & Labor Relations at: P.O. Box 110201, Juneau, AK 99811-0201. The State of Alaska is an equal opportunity employer.


This position requires the use or possession of a firearm or ammunition. In accordance with the federal Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997 (PL 104-208), if you have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, you may not hold this position.

A “misdemeanor crime of domestic violence” is an offense that is (1) a misdemeanor under Federal or state law; and (2) has, as an element, the use or attempted use of physical force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon, committed by a current or former spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabiting with or has cohabited with the victim as a spouse, parent, or guardian, or by a person similarly situated to a spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim.

If you have ever been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, do NOT apply for this position.


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For specific information in reference to the position please contact the hiring manager:
Bryan Reiley
Phone: 907-842-2334
Fax:  907-842-5514