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Title:  Fish & Wildlife Scientist III

Application Deadline Date:  08/23/2022
Req ID:  38041
Department:  Fish & Wildlife

Springfield, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $26.42


The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department (VFWD) is currently recruiting for a Fish and Wildlife Scientist III position for the role of furbearer project leader.  This position supports a range of critical needs for implementation of wildlife population management, managing furbearer hunting and trapping seasons, and some management of Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) in southeastern Vermont, among other duties to assist other projects.  This position will work within the Department's Wildlife Division and be stationed in the Springfield district office.


  • The Furbearer Biologist is within the Wildlife Species Management Program of the Wildlife Division.
  • Major responsibilities are to monitor, manage, and conserve all of Vermont's furbearing animals. Implement and carry out specialized research projects pertaining to furbearer population estimates, disease surveillance, and public surveys.  
  • A major component of this work involves working with many publics. Outreach and communications with organizations, individuals, and government agencies on wildlife-human conflicts.  
  • Frequently working with administrators on furbearer hunting/trapping regulations and statutes.
  • The position will participate in the activities of state and inter-jurisdictional committees and working groups.
  • Responsible for the administration and management of select wildlife management areas.  
  • Serve as grant project leader, monitor grant activities, budget, and reporting.  
  • Serve as the Department's technical representative with Northeast Furbearer Technical Committee, AFWA Trapping Work Group, and mammals Scientific Advisory Group.  
  • Assist with other wildlife division projects in data collection and outreach.

Who May Apply

This position, Fish & Wildlife Scientist III (Job Requisition #38041), is open to all State employees and external applicants.
If you would like more information about this position, please contact David Sausville at
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.

Environmental Factors

Duties are performed in both an office and a field setting. Field work may require traversing rough terrain and bodies of water in all weather conditions. Duties may require work outside of normal office hours. Attendance is required at a variety of public meetings, hearings, and seminars, where strong adversarial opinions and some hostility may be encountered. Private means of transportation must be available for necessary travel.

Minimum Qualifications

Master's degree or higher in a natural resources field AND two (2) years or more of experience in a natural resources field.


Bachelor's degree or higher in natural resources field or biology AND four (4) years or more of experience in a natural resources field.


Two (2) years or more as a Fish & Wildlife Scientist II with the State of Vermont.

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: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan; many jobs also allow for a flexible schedule
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
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Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of Vermont celebrates diversity, and is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect and meaningful inclusion that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The State does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, membership in an employee organization, family medical history or genetic information, or family or parental status. The State’s employment decisions are merit-based. Retaliatory adverse employment actions by the State are forbidden.