Mule Deer Foundation – Arizona Mule Deer Biologist


The Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) and Arizona Game & Fish Department (AZGFD) are seeking a candidate to work as a Cooperative Mule Deer Biologist in Arizona. This position is a shared position between MDF and AZGFD and to be located at the AZGFD Headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona. The position will be an employee of the Mule Deer Foundation and supervised jointly by MDF and AZGFD. Daily work under the supervision of AZGFD and coordinated with MDF. This is a 2-year term position with possible extension based on funding availability.

Duties: primary duties will include:


1) Work closely with Department staff in order to complete a statewide inventory and assessment of mule deer habitat enhancing opportunities.

2) Facilitate and expand ongoing landscape scale habitat work: coordinate efforts and opportunities with multiple stakeholders (local, 501c3, state, federal, national, etc.).

3) Identify and secure external funding opportunities in order to implement habitat enhancing projects that benefit mule deer.


1) Provide leadership and implementation to MDF’s habitat projects in AZ through MDF’s

Habitat Stewardship Program.

2) Act as MDF liaison to AZGFD.

3) Work closely with other MDF Staff and conservation partners on habitat project, policy, fundraising, and coordination of MDF activities in AZ.

The position will have a 60-40 office:field ratio, but that may vary based on season.

The individual will be a MDF employee and all benefits, worker’s compensation, insurance etc. will be through MDF. The individual will also work closely with all MDF staff and MDF volunteers. AZGFD will oversee daily supervision and will share with MDF work planning, task assignments, and performance evaluations.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

A minimum is a Bachelor of Science Degree in Wildlife Biology, Range Management, Forestry or other Natural Resource discipline and 3 plus years professional experience.

Expertise in mule deer ecology and management.

Self-starter and ability to work independently with experience in project management, able to demonstrate a track record of performance in unique environment and situations.

Ability to professionally communicate clearly and effectively with landowners and partner agencies.

Knowledge of range science and wildlife ecology including the ability to develop habitat project plans that include wildlife habitat management objectives.

Knowledge of Southwest flora and fauna communities.

Position requires working in remote/rugged desert areas, successful applicant needs to be willing to work alone in inclement weather and adverse conditions.

Must be willing and able to perform administrative work in a controlled environment/office setting for an eight‐hour workday.

Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Google Suite, and ESRI GIS software.

Excellent verbal/written skills.

Position will start after June 1, 2021. The position is a 2-year term position with possible extension based on funding availability.

Starting Salary is $55K – $60K DOE plus benefits package that includes, health insurance, 401K.

To Apply: Email a cover letter, resume, and three professional references with contact information to, with a subject line of AZ Mule Deer Biologist Position.

Application period closes May 10, 2021 or when a suitable candidate is found.

Successful candidate will be required to pass a background check and drug test as condition of employment with MDF.

MDF is an equal opportunity employer and a drug free workplace.