TPWD – Natural Resources Specialist IV (Senior Wildlife Biologist)

September 12, 2021
Nacogdoches, TX
Job Type


To manage and conserve the natural and cultural resources of Texas and to provide hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

PLEASE NOTE: All applications must contain complete job histories, which includes job title, dates of employment (month/year) and hours worked per week, name of employer, supervisor's name and phone number and a description of duties performed. If this information is not submitted, your application will be considered incomplete. Applications with "See attached" or "See resume" will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application. Omission of data can be the basis for disqualification; you may state 'unknown' for any incomplete fields. A scanned copy of a college transcript(s) issued from the registrar must be attached to the online application (if applicable).

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VETERAN'S PREFERENCE: If you choose to claim veteran's employment preference including surviving spouse or orphan of a veteran as outlined by the State of Texas, you must attach a DD214 at the time your application is submitted. If you have questions regarding this requirement, please visit our Veteran's Hiring Reference page at

FOR NEW HIRES/REHIRES: Health insurance is available the 1st of the following month after a 60-day waiting period.

TO APPLY: Application must be completed at:

HIRING CONTACT: Rusty Wood, (936) 564-3596

PHYSICAL WORK ADDRESS: TPWD Wildlife Division District 6 - Pineywoods Ecoregion, Nacogdoches, TX 75961

Performs advanced (senior-level) natural resources work. Under the supervision of the Wildlife Division District 6 Leader, the Senior Wildlife Biologist serves as a team lead within a 27-county area of responsibility. Demonstrates a strong understanding of wildlife and habitat management techniques in the Pineywoods Ecoregion. Mentors less-tenured biologists and works with the district team to advance knowledge and expertise on wildlife and habitat management to improve technical guidance consultations on private lands in the Pineywoods. Works directly with both public and private land managers to recommend wildlife management techniques and habitat enhancement practices for game and non-game species, formulate comprehensive plans concerning management techniques, and recommend appropriate harvest levels of game species. Identifies staff training needs and directs new training to improve team performance or address changes to programs or policies. Develops and coordinates dissemination of wildlife management related information to landowners, hunters, and the general public through publications, clinics, seminars, social media, news releases, and popular articles. Demonstrates a commitment to a high level of professionalism and demonstrates diplomacy and discretion working with team members and constituents. Welcomes the opportunity to take on new responsibilities and challenges. Works under minimal supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Performs additional duties as assigned. Complies with all Agency, Division and Branch rules, regulations and procedures.


Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Wildlife Science, Wildlife Management, Wildlife Ecology, or closely related field in Natural Resources Management. Major coursework from bachelor's or post-bachelor's degree programs must include 24 credit hours minimum in Wildlife/Habitat Conservation, Wildlife/Natural Resources Management, and/or Research from accredited college or university.

Five years experience employed as a professional biologist with a broad background of progressively responsible practical wildlife management experience.

Must possess or be able to obtain, within 30 days of employment, a valid class "C" Texas driver's license;
Must possess or be able to obtain, within one year of employment, the National Wildfire Coordinator Group's (NWCG) Fire Fighter Type II certification.
NOTE: Retention of position contingent upon obtaining and maintaining required license and certification.

Physical Requirements:
Must be able to pass, within one year of employment, the FFTII moderate duty physical fitness standard (walk 2 miles with 25 lb. pack in 30 minutes or less) OR the arduous duty physical fitness standard (walk 3 miles with 45 lb. pack in 45 minutes or less).
NOTE: Retention of position contingent upon meeting and maintaining physical requirements.

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master's degree in Wildlife Science, Wildlife Management, Wildlife Ecology, or closely related field in natural resource management may substitute for one year of the required experience;
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Ph.D. in Wildlife Science, Wildlife Management, Wildlife Ecology, or closely related field in natural resource management may substitute for two years of the required experience.

Experience in farm and ranch practices;
Experience working with rural landowners;
Experience with big game management;
Experience with upland game bird management;
Experience with project management.

Knowledge of life history, habitat requirements and management needs of wildlife species indigenous to Texas with emphasis relating to private lands;
Knowledge and understanding of ecosystem management;
Knowledge of Department programs, policies, procedures, and operations;
Knowledge of common farming and ranching practices;
Skill in the use of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook;
Skill in effective verbal and written communication;
Skill in planning, conducting, and evaluating conservation outreach programs;
Skill in conveying advanced broad range of fish, wildlife and habitat issues with a wide variety of audiences, especially land managers and the general public;
Skill in collecting, analyzing, and reporting advanced scientific data;
Skill in providing quality customer service in a courteous and professional manner;
Skill in coordinating and communicating with the public, universities, department personnel, media representatives, and other governmental agencies;
Skill in applying advanced habitat enhancement techniques;
Skill in planning, conducting, and evaluating activities concerning wildlife population dynamics, habitat requirements, and habitat enhancement activities;
Skill in working independently with little or no supervision;
Skill in working as a team member;
Skill in project management;
Skill in research planning, design, and data analysis;
Skill in identifying and developing potential solutions to resource related issues;
Skill in identifying plants important to wildlife;
Ability to mentor and train others;
Ability to bring individuals and groups together to accomplish common wildlife and habitat management goals;
Ability to make decisions in the absence of the project leader;
Ability to conduct fixed-wing/helicopter aerial surveys as needed/required;
Ability to perform manual labor, including lifting supplies and materials up to 50 lbs.;
Ability to conduct work activities in accordance with TPWD safety program.

Required to work from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday;
Required to work on holidays, weekends, and hours other than 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. as necessary;
Required to work overtime, as necessary;
Must conform to TPWD work rules, safety procedures, and dress and grooming standards;
Required to perform manual labor, including lifting supplies and materials up to 50 lbs.;
Required to travel up to 40% with possible overnight stays;
Required to operate State vehicle;
Required to work outdoors, occasionally in adverse weather conditions;
Non-smoking environment in State buildings and vehicles.


Closing Date: Sep 24, 2021, 11:59:00 PM

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