Biologist 3

Nevada Department of Wildlife Published: April 26, 2018
Elko, Nevada
Skill Level
Mid Level
Job Type
Natural Resources/ Restoration / Scientific

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~ The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) is the state agency responsible for the restoration and management of fish and wildlife resources, and the promotion of boating safety on Nevada’s waters. ~

NDOW is organized into seven divisions (law enforcement, game, fisheries, conservation and education, habitat, wildlife diversity, and operations division) that develop programs and projects, and three regions (eastern, southern and western) that implement these programs.

In addition, NDOW coordinates agency planning activities, legislation, and support operations by assigning senior management level personnel to coordinate these efforts. The Department is led by a governor-appointed Director, who also serves as the Secretary of the Wildlife Commission.

The Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners, a 9-member, governor-appointed board, is responsible for establishing broad policy, setting annual and permanent regulations, reviewing budgets, and receiving input on wildlife and boating matters from entities such as the 17 county advisory boards to manage wildlife.

Position Overview

Biologists conduct fisheries, wildlife and/or habitat management projects and research studies including data collection, analysis and interpretation; develop and implement project proposals and work plans; prepare recommendations; and participate in public relations activities.

Incumbents possess a degree of knowledge and proficiency sufficient to perform work independently with little or no additional training.


  • The incumbent will work under the Eastern Region Habitat Supervisor to coordinate habitat conservation, enhancement and restoration activities on private land in Eastern Nevada.
  • The focus of the incumbent will largely be to develop, manage, and implement projects, including conservation easements, with a specific emphasis and priority on private lands.
  • This will require the incumbent to have inter-personal communication skills to facilitate working effectively with private landowners to explain and prepare proposals for potential funding through the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) or partner programs.
  • The incumbent must also be capable of developing and administering scopes of work for effective and timely project implementation.
  • Because of the shared duties of this position between Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and NDOW, the incumbent will need to effectively communicate with and work in close coordination with leadership and staff from both organizations to identify and develop projects using the best conservation practices for habitat restoration, enhancement, and management of habitats on private land.
  • The incumbent will be required to communicate project progress thru reports to maintain communication between NDOW, NRCS and other partner agencies or non-governmental organizations (NGOs), as applicable. Incumbent will be well versed in developing project proposals and to effectively build working relationships with other agencies and organizations that provide biological assistance to landowners.
  • This position is also being recruited as Biologist 1 & Biologist 2.

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In order to be qualified, you must meet the following requirements:

Education and Experience (Minimum Qualifications):

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in biology, wildlife management or closely related field and 3 years of professional wildlife management experience such as conducting research studies including data collection, analysis and interpretation; development and implementation of project proposals for fisheries, wildlife and/or habitat management projects.
  • OR 2 years of experience as a Biologist II in Nevada State service.
  • OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Working on occasional nights and/or weekends may be required.
  • Specialized experience may be required and will be identified at the time of recruitment.

Additional Information

Special Requirements:

  • A valid driver's license is required at the time of appointment and as a condition of continuing employment.

Additional Position Experience:

  • Experience presenting information to private landowners, public agencies, and the general public.

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