Title:  Wildlife Management Biologist - (8 openings)


Requisition Id: 1107 

Salary: $40,152- $50,196 

Salary Grade: S8 

Job Locations - (7 Openings) -  See below locations

Closing Date:  4/13/2021

If selected for an interview, you will be notified as to whether your interview will be held in person or by phone.  If it is in person, we ask that you follow CDC and DHSS guidelines. A mask and hand sanitizer will be available upon your arrival to our facility. 

To learn more about each job opening and job details, feel free to contact any of the below hiring supervisors.  In addition, feel free to reach out to any of them to express your desired work location or locations.   

Kristen Goodrich - (Kristen.Goodrich@mdc.mo.gov) - 573-522-4115 - Job Location - USDA Office - Linn, MO  

Jake Willard - (Jake.Willard@mdc.mo.gov) - 660-530-5500 - Job Location - Clinton Office - Clinton, MO

Chris Daniel - (Chris.Daniel@mdc.mo.gov) - 660-693-4666 - Job Location - Schell Osage Conservation Area - Eldorado Springs, MO

Michael Bill - (Michael.Bill@mdc.mo.gov) - 573-226-3616 - Job Location - Peck Ranch Conservation Area - Van Buren, MO

Ryan Dirnberger - (Ryan.Dirnberger@mdc.mo.gov) - 573-222-3337 - Job Location - Otter Slough Conservation Area - Dexter, MO

Roger Frazier - (Roger.Frazier@mdc.mo.gov) - 573-225-5827 - Job Location - Perryville Office - Perryville, MO

Ryan Jones - (Ryan.Jones@mdc.mo.gov) - 660-785-2420 - Job Location - Northeast Regional Office - Kirksville, MO

Nicholas Burrell - (Nicholas.Burrell@mdc.mo.gov) - 417-629-3434 - Job Location - Shawnee Trail Conservation Area - Mindenmines, MO



The role of the Wildlife Management Biologist  is under the direction of the District Supervisor and implements terrestrial management practices on state-owned lands in assigned counties, including prairie, cropland, woodland, forest and wetland management areas; leads wildlife surveys, CWD sampling stations, area maintenance, and public-use management.  Directly supervise a work team of full-time and hourly employees to complete habitat management and area maintenance tasks.  Completes supervisory responsibilities for direct reports including hiring and disciplinary actions, time and accomplishment tracking, and other personnel functions.


Essential Job Duties

  • Coordinate Management activities of multiple landscapes, habitats, and target species on managed lands.
  • Conduct habitat appraisals and evaluations and make improvement recommendations.
  • Respond to wildlife management issues, questions, and concerns.
  • Provide technical assistance to landowners and other land managers.
  • Prepare grant requests.
  • Monitor wildlife populations and habitat use on conservation areas.
  • Administer public land contracts.
  • Host training classes, workshops, field trips, and special events.
  • Participate in budgeting and forecasting activities and monitor spending compliance.
  • Assist with agency wide directives for habitat planning and population monitoring.

Ancillary Job Duties

  • Serve on internal and external regular and special committees.
  • Familiarity with Elk/Deer/Turkey biology and management.
  • Familiarity with feral hog trapping and eradication efforts.
  • Familiarity with Chronic Waste Disease management.
  • Experience in open field management and implementation.
  • Experience in wildfire suppression and/or prescribed burning.

Education and Experience


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to adapt to a variety of job situations involving long hours, hazardous conditions and difficult circumstances.
  • Ability to operate ½-ton truck and burning equipment.
  • Ability to conduct special conservation programs to special interest groups and the general public.
  • Ability to travel and stay overnight.
  • Ability to work varying hours and shifts.
  • Ability to operate vehicles, ATVs, tractors, mowers, power tools, etc.
  • Obtain a herbicide license, and apply herbicides safely and efficiently.
  • Ability to safely and effectively operate firearms.

Work Environment

  • Occasionally exposed to loud noises which may require the use of hearing protection.
  • Frequently work in outdoor weather which may be hot, cold, wet or humid.
  • Work is performed in both indoors and outdoors in a variety of different weather conditions.

Physical Abilities

  • Move about grounds, both inside and outside of buildings.
  • Constantly operate a computer and other office productivity machinery.
  • Frequently communicate and exchange accurate information.
  • Clarity of vision and three-dimensional vision.
  • Regularly lift up to 5 pounds, correctly lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Regular attendance is a necessary and essential function.


This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive; an employee will also perform other reasonably related job responsibilities as assigned by immediate supervisor and other management as required.  The Missouri Department of Conservation reserves the right to revise or change job duties as the need arises.  This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.  Management reserves the right to change job descriptions, job duties, functions, and requirements.

Exemption Status/Special Notes

This position has been determined to be Exempt according to the Fair Labor Standards Act.  Employees must agree to accept compensatory time in lieu of cash payments in accordance with the Department's Compensatory Time Off and Overtime Policy. 

MDC promotes a Tobacco-Free (smoke and smokeless) working environment.

The Department of Conservation will only hire United States citizens and aliens authorized to work in the United States.  All new employees will be required to complete an "Employment Eligibility Verification" (Form I-9) and produce requested documentation after employment.

Candidates seeking initial employment or re-employment must submit to a drug screen following offer of employment.

All persons employed with the state of Missouri shall file all state income tax forms and pay all state income taxes owed.