$3,709.09 – $4,779.75 Monthly
040-Game & Fish
11/18/2021 11:59 PM Mountain
Description and Functions
Performs and assists with various required duties, including law enforcement with an emphasis on watercraft, wildlife management data collection/management decisions, wildlife conflict/damage resolution including injured and nuisance wildlife calls, daily contacts with a wide variety of external constituent groups and internal Department employees; participates in training, and other miscellaneous jobs as assigned.
Human Resource Contact: Corey Johnson 307-777-4639
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The listed functions are illustrative only and are not intended to describe every function which may be performed at the job level.
- Participates in research projects and population surveys.
- Assists in providing information on wildlife education, law enforcement, and management. Gathers and compiles data into statistical information to meet the requirements of periodic or other reports.
- Patrols assigned areas to check for violations of game and fish and watercraft laws. Carries out a variety of tasks in the habitat development and propagation of wildlife.
- Law Enforcement/Watercraft Safety: Work independently or with other officers to enforce/check compliance with hunting, fishing, trapping and watercraft statutes and regulations, as well as littering and state land camping, open fires and off/closed road travel restrictions. Write enforcement reports, attend court, work with other enforcement agencies, conduct investigations, and collect intelligence. Conduct courtesy watercraft safety and registration inspections, along with HIN, VIN and AIS inspections. Carry and maintain law enforcement weapons and gear.
- Wildlife Management: Collect/summarize wildlife data, from both ground and air, to determine distribution, abundance, recruitment, hunter harvest and mortality causes of wildlife. Work with senior wildlife biologists and senior game wardens on hunting season strategies and recommendations. Assist with trapping/collecting/sampling wildlife for research projects and disease surveillance. Assist with the trapping and transplanting of wildlife.
- Wildlife Damage, Conflicts and Injured/Nuisance Wildlife: Assist senior game wardens and senior wildlife biologists with wildlife damage issues to include investigations, data collection and delivering damage materials to mitigate conflict. Respond to and appropriately handle injured and nuisance wildlife calls which may require euthanization of wildlife. Use chemical and mechanical immobilization equipment and techniques when necessary and appropriate. Use firearms to euthanize wildlife
- Public and Agency Contacts and Communication: On a daily basis, develops and maintains effective working relationships and communicates/coordinates with Wyoming Game and Fish Department employees. Makes regular public contacts, both in the field and office setting, with landowners, sportsmen, boaters, public-at-large, conservation groups, government agencies and non-government organizations. Provide information and education on various wildlife topics and boating safety as well as the wide variety of other Department issues. Develop and present structured education and information programs related to watercraft safety and hunter education.
- Training: Participate in law enforcement (including firearms and intermediate weapons), wildlife management, wildlife conflict resolution/damage, injured wildlife, immobilization of wildlife, equipment (motorized and non-motorized), dealing with the public and other training as assigned or deemed necessary. Required to attend and successfully complete/pass the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy Peace Officer Basic.
**Agency requires that candidates have a Bachelor’s degree in wildlife management, range management, biology, zoology, ichthyology, or other closely related fields. Other bachelor degrees may be considered with at least 20 hours of wildlife-related coursework as evidenced on required transcripts.
**Agency requires that candidates possess a valid driver’s license.
**Willing and able to undergo a background check, which will include fingerprinting.
**Wyoming State Law requires competitive testing for wildlife law enforcement positions. See website information at wgfd.wyo.gov/game-warden-process
- Knowledge of basic concepts, principles, and practices of wildlife management.
- Knowledge of animal biological processes.
- Knowledge of game and fish statutes and regulations, and of enforcement of game and fish laws and regulations.
- Knowledge of wildlife and fish species identification and life history.
- Knowledge of population ecology.
- Knowledge of methods, techniques, and regulations pertinent to the investigation, court procedures and prosecution of violators in wildlife, hunting or fishing, and watercraft related criminal cases.
- Knowledge of watercraft safety.
Bachelor’s Degree (typically in Biology)
0-2 years of progressive work experience (typically in Biology)
Education & Experience Substitution:
3-5 years of progressive work experience (typically in Biology)
Certificates, Licenses, and Registrations:
Necessary Special Requirements
PHYSICAL WORKING CONDITIONS:
- Work in various weather conditions and environments.
- Must be able to work all days of the week and varied work hours, including weekends and early mornings, evenings/late nights.
- Ability to safely operate motorized equipment, including 4×4 pickup truck, boats/personal watercraft, ATVs, and snowmachines.
- Ability to safely and appropriately handle live wildlife in a variety of sensitive and hazardous conditions.
- Ability to collect data as an observer in a small aircraft (fixed wing and helicopter).
- Ability to utilize and handle firearms (enforcement and hunting) and pass Department firearms qualification requirements and testing.
- Ability to perform and pass Department custody/control and intermediate weapons requirements and use of force testing.
- The position is on call to respond to job requirements.
- The position requires lifting of heavy objects and strenuous physical exertion at times.
- FLSA: Exempt
- Wyoming State Law requires competitive testing for wildlife law enforcement positions.
- Must submit transcripts containing at least 20 hours of wildlife-related coursework (see preferences). Additional details available at: wgfd.wyo.gov/game-warden-exam.
- Successful applicants must pass a comprehensive background check and complete the fingerprinting process prior to appointment.
- POST certification is required within the first year of employment.
- Contact information Wildlife Division at 307-777-4684.
040-Wyoming Game and Fish Department – Wildlife Division
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