Job Opportunity with Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife


Job Description:

Job Title: Fish & Wildlife Specialist I

Job ID: 620975

Location: St. Johnsbury

Full/Part Time: Full-Time Regular Shift: N/A
Regular/Temporary: Classified Hourly Rate: 19.080000
Posting Date: 02/24/2017 Pay Grade: 20
Position Number: 640127 Application Deadline: 03/26/2017
Department: Fish and Wildlife    

General Information:

This position, Fish & Wildlife Specialist I (Job Opening #620975), is open to all State employees and external applicants.

If you would like more information about this position, please contact Jud Kratzer at or 802 751-0486.

Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.

Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail.  You must apply online to be considered.

Position Overview:

The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is currently recruiting for a Fish and Wildlife Specialist I position to work under the Fisheries and Wildlife Biologists in the northeast region of the state.  This full-time permanent position offers a mixture of field, office, and lab work with duties split evenly between the Fish Division and Wildlife Division.  Major duties include fish and wildlife sampling, habitat assessment and management, and equipment maintenance.  This position is heavily involved in the state’s moose project.  The position is based in the St. Johnsbury regional office, which is located in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.

Duties include: Organizes and conducts fish population and habitat surveys and participates in creel surveys. Samples fish with nets and electrofishing. Participates in fish stocking. Fells trees and strategically places them to improve trout habitat in streams.  Assists in state lands management including timber sale layout and marking, apple tree release, nest box maintenance, boundary marking, maintaining signage, and writing and overseeing contracts for road and habitat work. Organizes and conducts wildlife and habitat surveys, including monitoring of lynx, spruce grouse, peregrine falcons, beech mast production areas, and deer wintering areas. Creates maps and organizes spatial data using GIS-based software.  May assist team biologists in the development of species management plans. Processes biological samples collected from the field and big game reporting stations in an office and laboratory setting. Operates, maintains and repairs vehicles, boats, outboard motors, ATV’s, snowmobiles, brush mowers, chainsaws, herbicide application equipment, generators, nets, and other equipment.

Minimum Qualifications:


Bachelor’s degree in wildlife or fisheries management, wildlife or fisheries biology, ecology, natural resources or biology.



Total Compensation:

As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it’s more than a paycheck. The State’s total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:

  • 80% State paid medical premium
  • Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Work/Life balance:  Flexible schedules, 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Want the specifics?  Explore the Benefits of State Employment on our website.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.


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