Wetland Biologist

CNMI Division of Fish and Wildlife

About the organization

The CNMI Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) is tasked with conserving, protecting and enhancing the fish, game and wildlife resources of our islands for the benefit of the citizens of the CNMI. As mandated under Public Laws 2-51, 10-57 and subsequent conservation laws, DFW provides and enforces regulations governing hunting, fishing, harvesting, and taking of species, as well as human behavior and activities in protected and conservation areas in the CNMI. Over 50 technical and professional staff work together on a variety of projects designed to enhance habitat, promote sustainable resource use, protect scarce species populations, and increase public awareness and enjoyment of the Commonwealth's unique natural resources and heritage through species-specific research, population and habitat monitoring, adaptive management, educational programs at schools, outreach at public events, environmental planning, permitting for major developments, and enforcement activities.


This position serves at a professional level as a Wetland Biologist within the Department of Lands and Natural Resources, Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW). The Wetland Biologist will apply appropriate biological knowledge wetland science to new and existing programs for the informed management and conservation of wetland associated wildlife and their habitats in the CNMI. The incumbent works under the direct supervision of the wildlife section supervisor and/or the Director of the Division of Fish and Wildlife.
1. The nature of the work involves constant deadlines and occasional interested parties including high-level government officials.
2. Respectful, patient, and clear communication with laypersons is required.
3. Able to work independent and within a group setting is required.
4. The position can be physically demanding i.e. occasionally working in hot, humid, buggy conditions, hiking on steep and rugged terrain, and camping on remote uninhabited islands for up to two weeks at a time without quick access to emergency care.


Master’s degree in Biology or Natural Resources Management is required. A degree with an emphasis on Wetland Ecology is strongly preferred.
Must have strong writing and communication skills.
Three years’ experience developing and implementing wetland habitat conservation and management plans, conducting wetland delineation surveys, and endangered wetland species and habitat regulatory processes.
One year experience with soil identification and/or assessing wetland functionality.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Knowledge of GIS. Excellent plant ID skills. Must be willing to commit a minimum of 3 years to DFW.


Salary will be commensurate with qualifications of the appointee.

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