State of Utah
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Job Title: Predator Management Specialist ( Wildlife Specialist)
The Utah Department of Natural Resources (UDNR), Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) is seeking a highly skilled and motivated Predator Management Specialist to join our team. In this position, you will oversee the Central Region coyote bounty program as well as assist with the depredation and nuisance wildlife programs. The incumbent will have a depredation district and will help with nuisance/urban wildlife related issues.
As a Wildlife Specialist, you will:Manage Utah’s predator management program in Central Utah.
Administer central Utah coyote bounty program.
Respond to wildlife damage (depredation) and nuisance complaints, determine necessary actions, perform damage appraisals and implements control measures.
Remove dead animals from roadways, proper disposal, reporting and transfer injured wildlife to a licensed rehabilitator.
Assist district biologists in the region with wildlife captures, transplants, and other tasks.
The Ideal Candidate (will have):
Knowledge of predator behavior and experience trapping predators.
An understanding of applicable laws, rules, policies and procedures.
Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment.
Ability to apply critical thinking to resolve a variety of nuisance wildlife situations.
Full-time, job related experience in the wildlife management field.
Extensive knowledge of agricultural practices and wildlife crop damage.
Experience working with private landowners to resolve/mitigate big game depredation problems.
Experience using immobilizing drugs on wildlife in stressful situations.
The ability to communicate effectively with staff, partner, landowners, city officials and members of the public.
Why you should join our team:
You will be working with a team of professionals who are dedicated to managing and protecting the state’s abundant natural resources. We believe that wildlife is valuable to everyone and serve the people of the state of Utah as trustees and guardians of the state’s wildlife. The state also provides generous paid time off so you can spend more quality time with your family and loved ones and have a positive work-life balance. Click here to view a summary of the benefits offered.
To include knowledge, skills and abilities:
ability to communicate internally and with landowners
understanding of farming practices and wildlife damage
understanding of applicable laws, policies, rules and procedures
must be able to safely handle and capture wildlife
be proficient in firearms and ability to euthanize animals
make decisions or solve problems by using logic to identify key facts, explore alternatives, and propose meaningful solutions
ability to work professionally with members of the public while administering the coyote bounty program
ability to hitch, back, load, and haul heavy trailers.
Risks which require the use of special safety precautions and/or equipment, e.g., working around operating machines, firearms, working with contagious diseases or hazardous chemicals, etc. Work outdoors in extreme weather; walk and hike in rough terrain, and carrying heavy items in all conditions. Work alone in all types of conditions including adverse conditions for extended periods.
The work requires considerable and strenuous physical exertion such as frequent climbing, crouching or crawling in restricted areas, defending oneself and/or others against physical attack. Physically demanding position that includes heavy lifting up to 80 lbs. and ability to carry heavy objects and navigate rough terrain. Requires an extensive amount of walking and horseback riding with an ability to operate snowmobiles, ATV’s, tractors, and fork lifts.
High school diploma or equivalent.
Valid Utah driver’s license.
Full-time, job related experience in the wildlife management field
Must be willing to work in extreme weather conditions, at night, weekends, and will be on-call day and night.
Overnight camping in road-less areas, hiking to remote locations.
Knowledge of wildlife management for species indigenous to Central Utah
Requires willingness and ability to euthanize nuisance animals.
Willingness and ability to become certified in chemical immobilization, non-law enforcement use of firearms, DWR Class A explosives, First Aid, CPR and trailer trainings.
Preference may be given to applicants who have completed -A bachelor’s degree.
Wildlife immobilization and drug techniques
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