Game Management Assistant - Year-Round, Seasonal


Wildlife Health Laboratory, Bismarck


$15.00/hr starting; partially paid health insurance


Temporary, Seasonal

Closing Date

December 31, 2017 - or until filled

Position Number


Type of Recruitment



Minimum Qualifications:


Requires a minimum of a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife biology or management or closely related natural resource science degree. Other 4 year science related degrees will be considered if the applicant has at least 2 years’ experience of wildlife field work. Graduating undergraduates with experience will be considered.


The position requires knowledge of wildlife game species found in North Dakota.  Applicants must be able to communicate effectively (both orally and written) with wildlife management professionals and the public, possess organizational skills, and work independently on multiple tasks with overlapping deadlines.  Applicants must have basic computer skills and be knowledgeable of and able to use Microsoft Office software and electronic databases.   


Applicants must have a valid Class D North Dakota driver’s license or equivalent issued by another state. Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds.  Must have experience operating ATVs.  Must be willing to travel extensively and work long/irregular hours outdoors in varying weather conditions.


Application Procedures:

  1. Applicants must complete the online application. 
  2. Applicants must upload a resume and letter of interest.  Transcripts may also be uploaded.
  3. Please indicate any affiliations you have with professional and college level organizations and any certifications that you hold, such as a Commercial Driver’s License, CPR Training, etc.

Current State employees with access to PeopleSoft can access the job posting through the PeopleSoft Portal.

External applicants can access the job posting by going to the ND State Jobs Openings.

Applications must be completed by 11:59pm on the posted closing date.

For information about the position or for persons needing accommodation or assistance in the application or interview process, contact Daniel Grove, D.V.M., Department Veterinarian – Wildlife Division at 701-202-0775

For troubles or questions about applying on the online system, contact Melissa Long at 701-328-6318.

Applicants who are residents of North Dakota and eligible to claim veteran’s preference must include Form DD214. Claims for disabled veteran’s preference must include a current statement of disabled status from the Veteran’s Affairs Office.

ND Relay Number 1-800-366-6888

The North Dakota Game & Fish Department makes reasonable accommodations for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant's ability to compete in the recruitment and selection process or with an employee's ability to perform essential duties of the job.  It is the applicant's responsibility to make known any needs for accommodation.

Job Duration
Position is generally 40 hours per week and year round.  Applicants must be able to work weekends and on-call duty during busy seasons. Overnight travel is also possible.

Summary of Work:

This position primarily reports our Wildlife Veterinarian and secondarily supports statewide Game Management staff.  Primary responsibilities include assisting with disease surveillance, maintenance of our Wildlife Health Laboratory facility and equipment, field retrieval and laboratory necropsy of carcasses, intake and processing of samples from carcasses, organization and maintenance of sample archives and databases, training new staff as needed, and other duties as assigned.  Additional responsibilities include assisting our Big Game, Furbearer, Upland Game, and Migratory Game Bird programs with laboratory work, field projects, and surveys, collecting harvest information from hunters/trappers, and data entry, organization, and management.  Occasionally, this job requires the humane euthanasia of wildlife via firearms or chemicals. 

There is the potential for a variety of training after employment, including:

  • Basic disease and pathology training
  • Disease specific diagnostic training
  • Fur trapping and handling training
  • Training in proper use of program specific data analysis software
  • Chemical immobilization training
  • Safety training
    • CPR
    • First Aid
    • ATV Safety
    • Boat and Watercraft Safety
  • Commercial Driver’s License training
  • Training on safe use of heavy equipment at Bismarck District Shop Facility


Other projects and duties that have been assigned in the past have included, but were not limited to:

  • Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia surveillance
  • Avian Influenza surveillance
  • Chronic Wasting Disease surveillance
  • Bovine Tuberculosis surveillance
  • Enforcement necropsies
  • Rabies surveillance
  • Coyote Tuberculosis surveillance
  • Aging hunter-harvested turkey wings
  • Deer and mountain lion live-captures
  • Goose and waterfowl banding
  • Locating animals via radio telemetry
  • Upland game field surveys


As employers, the State of North Dakota and political subdivisions prohibit smoking in all places of state and political subdivision employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.

Equal Opportunity Employer
The state of North Dakota does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability in employment or the provision of services, and complies with the provisions of the North Dakota Human Rights Act.