Fisheries Biologist – ANS Emphasis

Recruitment #210412-UNCL-07



Application Instructions:

Please apply online.

Contact the Human Resource Office with questions: Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, (405) 521-4640. 

Current full time employees of the Department must submit a Letter of Application to the Human Resource Office.

Please attach a transcript to your application; your application will not be considered without an attached transcript

Applications will be reviewed and the best qualified candidates will be invited for an interview.

All applicants tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to a background check and a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use before appointment.

Appointment to this position will be contingent upon a negative drug test result. Must be a U. S. Citizen or Alien authorized to work in the United States. 

A list of current openings can be found on the Department website at

At the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) we are guided by our passion for wildlife, wild spaces and the women and men who love the outdoors.  It is our mission to manage and protect fish and wildlife, along with their habitats, while also growing our community of hunters and anglers, partnering with those who love the outdoors, and fostering stewardship with those who care for the land.

We are proud to work in one of the nation’s top 5 states for recruiting, retaining and reactivating hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts. ODWC is renowned for being a top place to work in the state, and we are seeking people who share our love for the outdoors, our high degree of professionalism and our passion for serving our customers.

Working at ODWC provides the opportunity to participate in a fun and rewarding environment among some of the nation’s best biologists, game wardens, outdoor educators and administrative professionals. People in our ranks are making a real difference in conserving our state’s natural resources and outdoor traditions. We hope you will consider joining our team.

ODWC offers excellent state benefits with a generous benefit allowance and longevity payments. We match your 5% payroll deducted contribution to the Defined Contribution Retirement Plan with 6% that increases to 8%, 10%, and 12% at 5, 10, and 15 years of experience, respectively. You will accrue 15 days annual leave and 10 days sick leave per year as well as 11 paid state holidays yearly.

Position:  Fisheries Biologist – ANS Emphasis

Division:  Fisheries

Location:  Porter Office, Muskogee County, OK – location of domicile must be approved by supervisor.

Salary:  $39,484.00 Yearly*
*Salary commensurate with experience and education.

Under general supervision of the Regional Supervisor, participate in the development of both short and long range fish and wildlife management and research projects. Is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing the successful completion of assigned projects within predetermined guidelines. Must be familiar with the principles and procedures of fish and wildlife management and research.  Use scientific methods to gather data regarding fish/wildlife populations and/or habitat.  Collect fish/wildlife samples, specimens, and data.  Record and analyze scientific data and prepare and submit detailed reports.  Supervise both full time and temporary employees.  Serve as advisor or Department representative in areas of special expertise.  May have extensive contact with a variety of public and private individuals and groups.  Coordinates and oversees all activities pertaining to the Aquatic Nuisance Species and Fish Kill programs.

Participate in the planning, development, coordination and implementation of fish and wildlife research and management projects.  Assist in establishing project goals and participate in the development of the Division objectives.  Submit grant proposals and partnerships to corporate foundations, public and tribal entities.

Interpret policies to subordinates and interested public.  Develop or implement existing procedures for accomplishing assigned projects.

Coordinate work with Hatcheries, other Biologists, other Divisions and state, federal and municipal agencies.  Assist with the development of management or research plans which include definition of proposed projects, specifications, time schedules, expenses, equipment, supplies and personnel needed to complete the projects; i.e.; creel and economic analysis surveys.

Prepare and submit annual project budgets and reports including salaries, equipment, supplies, maintenance, etc. for assigned projects.  Submit claims for expenditures, and maintain expenditure ledger(s), equipment inventory and equipment maintenance logs.

Schedule work to be completed by contractors, cooperators or subordinates during appropriate time of year to meet project objectives.

Assist in conducting public hearings on seasons, regulations and other Department actions.

Present programs to local civic, educational, youth, professional, sportsmen and environmental groups.

Conduct fish population surveys to determine distribution of species, age and growth, condition, food habits, population enumeration and management recommendations.

Apply limnologic techniques to determine characteristics such as areas, depth, and temperature and water chemistry to various waters.

Apply standard creel census techniques to determine fishing pressure, harvest and characteristics of a fishery.

Apply fish culture techniques in transporting fish, collecting eggs, transporting fry, and introduction of fish into varied habitats.

Furnish technical advice and assistance to private pond owners and municipalities.

Investigate pollution caused fish kills to identify cause and determine loss.  Findings subject to use as court evidence.

Review professional and non-professional fishery and wildlife literature to keep up to date with current fish and wildlife management fields.

May be required to perform other duties, management or non-management, as assigned by Supervisor.

• Operate boats, motor vehicles, lawn mowers, tractors, and ATVs with various attachments.
• Operate and use firearms, cutting torch, and welding equipment.
• Lift and carry a minimum of 50 pounds for a distance of 100 yards.
• Ability to push / pull a minimum of 50 pounds to hook up trailers, load boats, and various other equipment.
• Walk and jog over rough terrain for extended periods of time.
• Must be able to swim.
• Work alone in remote areas.
• Endure various extremes of outdoor weather conditions.
• Work extended hours, weekends, and stay overnight out of town.
• Handle wild animals in live and dead condition, including field dressing wild game.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships, work independently, and be professional and courteous with the public and other agencies.
• Communicate clearly and effectively in public speaking situations and be able to express oneself clearly and concisely in writing.
• Operate and use small and hand held equipment and supplies.
• Use personal computer and various office equipment.
• Operate and use field traps, survey gear, and lab equipment.
• Conduct day / night audio and visual surveys.
Requires a Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Aquatic Resource Management or closely related field from an accredited college or university.

No previous experience is required.  Experience with GIS applications is preferred.

Must have knowledge of principles, practices and techniques of fish and wildlife management.  Understand basic farming operations and equipment use and basic supervision principles.  Must have skills in exercising good judgment in analyzing situations and making decisions.  Collect, evaluate and present information clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. 

The Department will make all decisions regarding recruitment, hiring, promotions, terminations, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on grounds of age, race, color, creed or religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, or other factors which cannot be lawfully used as the basis for an employment decision.


Applicant must upload a copy of their transcript to their application submissionNo additional information will be accepted after the application has been submitted.


Veteran's Preference Points Apply only for initial appointment in the Classified Service.