The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has a statutory responsibility to manage over 800 different species. It takes many hardworking individuals with a variety of jobs to preserve Wyoming's natural resources.
Wyoming Game and Fish personnel work with people, solve problems, analyze information, and make decisions day in and day out in order to protect Wyoming's natural resources.
Personnel must have
- Good people skills as they work with children, volunteers, hunters, anglers, landowners, and the media
- Willingness to work long hours and frequently travel
Fish / Wildlife Biologists
Fish and wildlife biologists manage wildlife populations and the habitats that support them. Understanding wildlife physical characteristics, populations, behaviors, and the impacts humans have on wildlife and wildlife habitat are all important in managing wildlife. Fish and wildlife biologists have many duties including planning and conducting surveys and projects, analyzing results, evaluating develpment proposals and recommending methods to minimize impacts, writing reports, and preparing hunting season recommendations.
Terrestrial / Aquatic Habitat Biologists
Terrestrial and aquatic habitat biologists inventory, monitor and study wildlife habitats and work with Federal and private partners to manage or improve habitats that support wildlife. Habitat biologists strive to maintain healthy ecosystems in order to provide Wyoming's wildlife with the necessities of life - food, cover, water, and space. Habitat biologists review and plan projects and conduct habitat work on public, private, and department owned lands.
Wildlife Management Coordinators oversee terrestrial game management regionally. They supervise regional wildlife and terrestrial habitat biologists and ensure that hunting season recommendations consider population and habitat data and are designed to move big game populations toward established population goals.
Nongame Bird / Mammal Biologists
Most wildlife in Wyoming are not pursued by hunters or anglers. Nongame biologists work hard to inventory, monitor and study these animals and the habitats they depend upon. The physical characteristics of nongame species, their population, behavior, and the impacts humans have to their habitat are all important to understanding how best to conserve these species.
Large Carnivore Biologists
Large Carnivore Biologists work with Wyoming's large carnivore species (bears, wolves, and mountain lions). Efforts to manage large carnivores require a great deal of knowledge about the species as well as a talent for dealing with controversy and the public. Large carnivore biologists are responsible for preparing management strategies and research plans for large carnivores, conflict resolution for all trophy game species, coordinating the grizzly bear program, and proactive educational efforts to provide for public safety in large carnivore country.
Fish Culture Biologists
Fish Culture Biologists are integral in providing quality fishing, native species restoration and fisheries management. They deal with complex issues including water management, predators, production management and disease treatment and control.
Migratory Game Bird Biologist
The Migratory Game Bird Biologist provide management for all migratory game birds in Wyoming (for example, ducks, geese, cranes, doves). Biologists conduct flights and ground surveys of waterfowl, participate with the Central Flyway Technical Committee and Council and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to make management and hunting season recommendations.
The Sage-grouse Program Coordinator annually coordinates collection of lek attendance data, prepares hunting season recommendations and works with many others to implement the Governor’s sage-grouse Executive Order and to enhance sage-grouse conservation in Wyoming.
Biologist Technicians duties vary depending on the program they are working with. Duties range from assisting with fish and wildlife data collection, disease surveillance, trapping, tagging, habitat inventory and management, facility maintenance and urban conflict resolution.
Information and Education
The Information and Education specialists provides accurate and timely information to the public in just about every imaginable way. They cover important wildlife activities and issues from the public. One day they might be covering a bighorn sheep transplant and the next day organizing a media tour of important wildlife habitat areas.
Wildlife Forensics and Fish Health Lab
The main focus of the laboratory is fish health and wildlife forensics, but the lab provides other services such as aging of big game teeth.
For more information on Wyoming Game and Fish Careers visit: https://wgfd.wyo.gov/gameandfishjobs/