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Research Specialist

Description of Work

Under general supervision performs all phases of wildlife-related projects, within a limited scope. Wildlife research and wildlife management activities are conducted according to established methodologies and project work plans. Individual initiative and innovation in carrying out job responsibilities are encouraged. Research specialists maintain equipment and records, cooperate with other department personnel and personnel of other agencies, and work with landowners.

Example of Duties

Collects, compiles and analyzes data obtained from wildlife and wildlife habitat surveys, investigations and research; reviews and may edit scientific literature, writes technical draft reports and articles; presents wildlife information and programs to the public; responds to game damage complaints; and interfaces with a wide variety of people with a wide range of backgrounds. Many of these positions are seasonal or temporary.


Working knowledge of the biology of wildlife populations and the principles of wildlife management; scientific techniques used in investigations of plant and animal communities; methods of statistical analysis; and writing skills. Ability to design and implement basic scientific research projects; to work outdoors in adverse working conditions; to be physically able to perform assigned duties; to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other agencies and the public and to communicate effectively verbally and in writing. No work experience is required, but a minimum of one year of experience is preferred. Research Specialist (Professional Pay Band) requires the equivalent of a bachelor's degree in wildlife management or a closely related field. Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.