Wildlife Specialist (Aquatic Invasive Species)
Opening date: January 14, 2021
Closing date: When filled
Salary: $13.48/hr + DOE
Location: Price, Utah
Time frame: April to September 2021
Positions available: 1
Housing: Housing is not provided
The Utah Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife Resources, has seasonal positions (no benefits) available in Price, UT. This appointment will last from approximately April 1 to September 31, 2021. Housing is not provided.
Examples of Duties
The successful applicant will aid in implementing the Utah Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan, with particular attention given to preventing the spread of Quagga and Zebra Mussels in Utah’s waterways. A large portion of the job is in outreach and interdiction by which boaters will be educated about Quagga Mussels and what their role is in fighting this threat.
Duties include scheduling technicians, answering phone questions, onsite supervision, basic maintenance of equipment, data entry, inspecting and interviewing boaters entering Utah’s lakes and using a high-pressure sprayer to decontaminate boats when needed. Housing is not provided and the position can last through September.
Job Requirements and Skills
Applicant must be 18 years of age or older and have a valid driver’s license at the time of employment. Applicant must be able to work a flexible schedule, with weekends and holidays (Memorial Day, Fourth of July, July 24, Labor Day, etc.) Mandatory. Applicant must be self-motivated, honest, able and willing to work outdoors in harsh conditions. Applicants must be able to work alone and within a team setting.
Preference may be given to “Watercraft Savvy” applicants with boating experience, or who are pursuing a degree in Biology, fisheries, Natural Resources, or Criminal Justice. Basic mechanic aptitude is helpful. Prior supervisory experience is a plus. Knowledge of aquatic invasive species and Quagga mussels is preferred, but not required.
Applicants must be willing to work in an outdoor setting, communicate well with others, and be able to maintain professionalism while in potentially stressful situations and work weekends and holidays.
Interested applicants may apply by emailing a cover letter, resume and 3 references to:
AIS Interdiction Specialist
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
319 N. Carbonville Rd. Suite A
Price, Utah 84501
DNR complies with the ADA. Hearing-impaired employees who wish further information regarding this announcement may call the DNR TTY number at 801-538-7458. Disabled employees who desire reasonable accommodation in the interview process should contact the DNR Human Resource Office at 385-315-2834.