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Social Scientist

NC Wildlife Resources Commission
Job Field:
Water and Soil Resources
Job Type:
Full Time
North Carolina
Location Detail:
Wake County
Job Description:

NC Wildlife Resources Commission Mission Statement:

To conserve North Carolina's wildlife resources and their habitats and provide programs and opportunities that allow hunters, anglers, boaters and other outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy wildlife-associated recreation.

Visit for more information about careers. The agency employs approximately 650 employees.

This position is responsible for planning and conducting sociological and economic impact studies to evaluate, analyze, and interpret:
• Constituents' views, attitudes, and values toward fisheries, wildlife management, and conservation;
• Constituents' views and attitudes toward the Agency's current and proposed fisheries, wildlife management, and conservation strategies;
• Economic benefits of fisheries, wildlife management, and conservation activities; and
• Sociological trends in hunting and fishing license sales.
The results of human dimensions and economic impact studies will increase the Commission's capacity to develop and/or adjust management strategies for the benefit of both wildlife and fisheries resources and the human population, plan strategies to communicate benefits of wildlife conservation, and plan strategies to market Commission activities. Through planning and conducting human dimensions studies and through coordination with Commission staff, the employee will develop and maintain partnerships with other agencies, wildlife conservation organizations, and individuals.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies

The employee must be able to identify the need for individual human dimensions studies and recommend the appropriate quantitative and/or qualitative method(s) to use when designing the study. The employee must have extensive knowledge of social sciences and the scientific method. The employee must be able to design and conduct scientific surveys. The employee must have demonstrated knowledge of and be able to apply the appropriate statistical techniques to analyze scientific survey data. The employee must have the ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing to Commission staff, the public, sportsmen groups, and other constituencies. The employee must be able to facilitate focus groups, conduct interviews, and facilitate meetings. The employee must be able to prioritize program activities, plan and work independently and complete projects in an accurate and timely manner.
The employee must have demonstrated experience analyzing scientific survey data using appropriate statistical methods. The employee should have a good understanding of biology and natural resource management.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Bachelor's degree in wildlife, fisheries, or natural resource management, zoology, biology, sociology, economics, or natural resource policy from an appropriately accredited institution and three years of experience in human dimensions with a natural resource agency; or an equivalent combination of education and experience

$42,780.00 - $68,448.00 Annually

State of North Carolina employees have the opportunity to participate in a compelling array of benefits to enhance their quality of life, their health, and their future. Benefits include employee health insurance options, standard and supplemental retirement plans, NC Flex (a variety of high-quality, low cost benefits on a pre-tax basis), and paid vacation, sick, and community service leave, to name a few.  Some benefits require 30 + hours work/week for participation. To find out about these, and other programs, please visit our Employee Benefits page:

How to Apply:

To apply for this position, please click the APPLY link above:

  • Resumes are not accepted in lieu of state applications. "See Attached Resume", etc. will result in an incomplete application.
  • To receive credit, all relevant experience must be included in the work history section of the application. Any information omitted from the application but included in the resume will not be considered for qualifying credit.
  • If multiple applications are submitted to an individual posting, only the most recent application received prior to the posting close date will be accepted.
  • Persons eligible for Veteran's Preference must submit a copy of Form DD-214.
  • NC WRC uses the Merit-Based Recruitment & Selection Plan to select the most qualified applicants to fill positions subject to the State Personnel Act. When a salary range is posted, the actual salary will be based on relevant competencies, knowledge, skills & abilities, internal equity and budgetary considerations pertinent to the advertised position. The State of NC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
  • All applicants must complete and submit a State application for employment using the new NEOGOV Online Job Application System ( for the State of North Carolina.
  • Application for employment must be submitted by 5pm on the closing date. Resumes and cover letters can be uploaded with your application.
  • Pre-employment record checks are required for some administrative and education center positions.

For additional information, please contact Human Resources at (919) 707-0104.