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Researcher & Biologist
Researcher & Biologist


  • Hands-on work with fish and wildlife 
  • Work outdoors 
  • Promotional opportunities 
  • Outstanding benefits packages 
  • Stable salary 
  • Professional development training 
  • Paid time off and sick leave 
  • Statewide transfer opportunities

Job Description

CPW wildlife biologist with a lake trout on Jefferson Lake.How do we know the health of our wildlife populations? Biologists use airplanes, helicopters, boats, and their own two feet to gain the first-hand knowledge needed to make sensible biological decisions. It’s as close as it comes to making an impact on wildlife. Biologists collect and analyze data, monitor wildlife populations, and recommend plans for wildlife management. Curiosity, persistence, and the desire to work with people help them solve problems. They work closely with land and water managers, hunters, anglers, and other groups to keep wildlife populations healthy.

We employ three main kinds of biologists, who work on a wide variety of wildlife and habitat projects. 

  • ​Aquatic Biologist - Fish 
  • Conservation Biologist - Threatened and Endangered Wildlife 
  • Terrestrial Biologist - Mammals and Birds

​These are full-time, salaried positions with standard state employment benefits.  A large portion of the work is done in the outdoors. There’s never been a better time to follow your dreams.​

Education and Experience

Biologists electrofishing from boat.Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in wildlife ecology, wildlife biology, fisheries biology, conservation biology, wildlife management, zoology or a closely related field and two years of professional experience in the above areas or areas related to the job duties. The most competitive candidates are those with Master’s degrees in wildlife or fisheries biology or related wildlife fields. A good way to gain experience is temporary or volunteer work assisting wildlife biologists.

People Skills – Good skills working with the public and interacting with people of all ages, interests, viewpoints and backgrounds.