Wildlife Biologist III (PCN 11-7073)
State of Alaska
 Juneau, AK

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG), Division of Wildlife Conservation, is recruiting for a Wildlife Biologist III to serve as an Endangered Species Biologist for the Threatened, Endangered and Diversity (TED) Program in Juneau.

We are looking for a dynamic and motivated wildlife professional to participate as part of the state's endangered species research and response team. The position will provide expert scientific and policy information and review for federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) issues, including status reviews and listing proposals; synthesize and provide critical review of available biological information to inform ADFG's scientific positions and conservation planning efforts; develop and participate in species-specific workgroups, as needed; and develop, lead, or participate in small-scale field research projects. The position reports to and receives general direction from the TED Program Coordinator.

Key responsibilities include, but not limited to:

  • Work with ADFG staff (including those that specialize in marine mammals, waterfowl, shorebirds, land birds, small mammals, wood bison, and sport and commercial fisheries) to evaluate and respond to federal pre-listing decisions, listing petitions, and proposed federal rules, as well as revisions of State Wildlife Action Plans, species' recovery plans, and other conservation planning efforts.
  • Identify funding opportunities and develop proposals to assist with research on candidate and listed Threatened and Endangered (T&E) species, and administer, design, and implement research projects.
  • Administer complex budgets that require matching funds.
  • Contribute to and evaluate federal and state environmental reviews, including gathering and summarizing scientific comments on project impacts to listed species.
  • Coordinate and enhance conservation efforts for T&E species throughout Alaska.
  • Collaborate with ADFG staff to develop partnerships, implement conservation strategies, and focus program efforts on high-priority species and habitats.
  • Work cooperatively with other state, federal, university, and non-profit organizations engaged in wildlife conservation activities and issues within the state.

The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic, thoughtful, and self-motivated biologist able to critically evaluate scientific information, ask insightful questions, follow protocols, creatively solve problems, and work independently as well as part of a team. This position offers a variety of office, travel, and fieldwork experiences along with opportunities to work with individuals from a number of different agencies and organizations.

The ideal candidate will possess some or all of the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience (To receive an interview, submit a cover letter describing your work experience with each of the following numbered topics below. If you do not have experience with one or more of the skills listed, simply say so. Your application materials should also include a resume):

  • Experience working with or implementing the federal Endangered Species Act, especially experience related to sections 4, 6, 7 and 10 of the Act.
  • Experience with technical and professional scientific writing that demonstrates your ability to write clearly, including your experience with preparation of issue papers and publishing research results.
  • Skill in evaluating and using scientific information to inform policy and management decisions.
  • Experience as a wildlife biologist, designing and performing research projects that include hypothesis testing, and population monitoring on a diversity of bird and mammal species. Specifically identify wildlife research work experience with candidate, threatened, and endangered species; non-hunted species; and hunted/game species.
  • Experience developing and implementing species risk assessments, conservation plans, recovery plans, best management guidelines, or regulations to conserve wildlife and habitat.
  • Skill in interacting with the public and giving scientific and other public presentations, as well as verbal and written briefings for policy and decision makers, especially on controversial issues.
  • Experience collaborating with multiple agencies or organizations that demonstrates strong interpersonal communication skills, with the ability to work effectively and respectfully with others from varying backgrounds and with different perspectives and abilities.
  • Experience writing grants or other funding proposals, including developing and monitoring project budgets.
  • Experience leading or supervising early-career biologists, technicians and other support staff.

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 full performance professional level biologist experience. The required professional biologist work experience is met by service as a Fishery Biologist II, Wildlife Biologist II, Habitat Biologist II, or Fisheries Geneticist I 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.

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.


A cover letter is required for this position and will be used as a writing sample. The cover letter should highlight your knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience as they pertain to the key responsibilities and desired strengths listed in the job description. Please attach the cover letter to your application before submitting it online or, if unable to attach to your application, fax or email it to the contact provided in the job posting. Your cover letter will be used to help determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process.

At the time of application, applicants must submit the following:

  • A cover letter that highlights your knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience as they pertain to the key responsibilities and desired strengths listed in the job description; and
  • Resume/CV.

Please note:

If not already attached at the time of application, the following must be submitted to the hiring manager listed in the contact information below within 48 hours of the close of this recruitment, if you are using education to meet Minimum Qualifications:

  • Copies of all college transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable).

At the time of interview applicants must submit the following items:

  • Two (2) professional writing samples that you authored, preferably one research publication and one non-research publication; and
  • A list of at least three (3) professional references, including their current contact information.


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.


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.


Questions regarding the application process can be directed to the Workplace Alaska hotline at 800-587-0430 (toll free) or (907) 465- 4095. If you choose to be contacted by email, please ensure your email address is correct on your application and that the spam filter will permit email from the 'govermentjobs.com' domains. For information on allowing emails from the 'governmentjobs.com' domains, visit the


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 recruitment is open to Alaska Residents only. Applicants must meet Alaska Residency Requirements in order to be considered for employment at this time.WORKPLACE ALASKA APPLICATION QUESTIONS & ASSISTANCE

Questions regarding application submission or system operation errors should be directed to the Workplace Alaska hotline at 1-800-587-0430 (toll free) or (907) 465-4095 if you are located in the Juneau area. Requests for information may also be emailed to recruitment.services@alaska.gov.

For specific information in reference to the position please contact the hiring manager:

Name: Tracey Gotthardt

Phone #: 907-267-2209

Email: tracey.gotthardt@alaska.gov