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Wildlife Seasonal Technicians – Temporary, Seasonal

Position Overview

Various areas around the state of North Dakota - Free Housing is available at all locations. Security deposit required. No pets allowed at any locations.
$13.50 to $18.75 per hour – based on college credits and experience
Closing Date
February 4, 2024
Temporary, Seasonal
Type of Recruitment
Job Duration - Positions are generally 40 hours per week and 3 to 6 months in duration. The exact number of positions available and starting dates will not be known until shortly before the application deadline.

Summary of Work

  • Seasonal employee duties include routine land management duties on Wildlife Management Areas (fencing, signing, establishment of wildlife food plots, controlled burning, noxious weed control, mowing, tree planting, and various habitat improvement functions) by use of ATV’s, UTV’s, tractors and various other equipment.
  • Seasonal employees will work on thousands of acres of WMA’s in a multi county district on various habitat types including wetlands, rivers, grasslands, and ag land.
  • Computer Data Entry.
  • Performing equipment maintenance on ATV’s/UTVs, farm equipment, mowers, chain saws, etc.
  • Signing PLOTS (Private Lands Open to Sportsmen) tracts.
  • Other work opportunities may include conducting wildlife surveys, waterfowl and dove banding, assistance with PLOTS program, CWD sampling, fish netting and sampling, and electrofishing.
  • Overnight travel required (vehicles provided). Expenses while away from main work station will be reimbursed per policy (includes motel and meals).
  • Individual must be able to work long and/or irregular hours mostly outdoors in varying weather conditions.


Minimum Qualifications:

Applicants must be accepted to, enrolled at, or a recent graduate of a college or university. Students should be in good academic standing. Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds and possess a valid driver’s license.

Basic skills/knowledge required for these positions include the ability to operate equipment with minimal training, ability to operate OHVs, ability to work alone with limited supervision and the ability to represent the department in a professional manner. Individuals must be capable of working long, irregular hours outdoors, under adverse weather conditions.

Certification for OHV operation and as a commercial pesticide applicator is required within the first 30 days of employment, Game and Fish will provide training.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given for:

  • Applicants majoring in a wildlife, range management, biology, or natural resource management program or closely related science field.
  • Farm/Ranch experience and able to operate equipment with minimal training
  • Trailer Towing Experience
  • ND ATV/OHV Certificate
  • ND Commercial Pesticide Certification
  • ND Commercial Driver’s License
  • S-130/S-190 Fire Training and or CPR Training

How to Apply

Application Procedures:

  • 2023 Returning employees do not need to complete the online application. Please use the following procedures:
    • Please send a letter of interest indicating that you would like to return for the upcoming season also indicating where you would like to be located
    • Include a copy of your transcripts
  • New Applicants 
    • Must complete the online application
    • Must upload a resume
    • Must upload a copy of transcripts

Positions available at Williston, Bismarck, Dickinson, Riverdale, Devils Lake, Jamestown and Lonetree (Harvey) District offices. Applicants will be asked to specify their preferred location as well as other locations applicants are willing to work in. Please indicate these locations in the application process to be considered for employment in these districts.

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 Alegra Powers - Administrative Assistant, Wildlife Division at 701-328-6351.

For returning employees, letters of interest and transcripts can be mailed to Alegra Powers, c/o ND Game and Fish Department, 100 N Bismarck Expressway, Bismarck, ND 58501 or emailed to

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

The North Dakota Game and 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.

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 (including sexual orientation and gender identity), religion, age, or disability in employment or the provision of services, and complies with the provisions of the North Dakota Human Rights Act.

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