Under direction of the Statewide Native Aquatics Program Manager, this position is the statewide lead for multiple native fish species, including Colorado River big river fishes, Virgin River fishes, and the Little Colorado Spinedace. This position will plan, organize, coordinate, develop funding for, administer and implement projects related to the inventory, status, monitoring, management, and conservation of Colorado River basin native fishes and their associated habitats. More specifically, this position works on projects with an emphasis on recovery efforts tied to species recovery plans, watershed management plans, conservation agreements, and/or mitigation requirements, thus working with a diverse group of partners in multiple states, agencies, and regional offices. Works with partners to set priorities and provides technical guidance for complex research projects; prepares recommendations for species-specific fisheries and habitat management, research, conservation, protocols and guidelines; develops recommendations and reports on highly complex and significant specialized surveys, habitat evaluations, environmental inventories, and other studies.
Develops and coordinates implementation of interagency agreements and projects; assists with development of watershed management plans and cooperative agreements relative to Colorado River basin native fishes; makes presentations at scientific conferences, to other agencies and to the public. This position may plan and implement piscicide treatments. Develops implementation plans and multiple reports annually. Attends and organizes multi-agency coordination and planning meetings statewide pertaining to native fish and conservation. Facilitates volunteer recruitment and hiring seasonal interns. Manages budgets and grants for assigned projects, and actively seeks funding for projects. Coordinates with Regional Aquatic Program Managers and Aquatic Specialists to develop and prioritize Colorado River basin native fish activities. Assists with administration of In the Current blog. Performs other duties as assigned.
The candidate will have knowledge in the following areas: fish and wildlife management and techniques, wildlife biology, wildlife habitat requirements, wildlife survey and monitoring techniques, analysis of survey and monitoring data, GPS devices and technology, and effective training and leadership techniques.
The candidate will have skill in: program administration, demonstrated ability to communicate complex statistical, mathematical, and modeling concepts clearly and effectively to technical and lay audiences in both oral and written format, think critically and creatively to apply the appropriate statistical, mathematical, and modeling approaches to specific wildlife management questions, ability to manage multiple projects and to develop effective and positive working relationships with the public, tribes, various governmental agencies, special interest groups and the media, supervision, mentoring, delegation. Must be able to work as part of a team with diverse members.
The preferred candidate must have skill in writing grant proposals, managing grants, and administering and managing multiple budgets. The preferred candidate will have the ability to identify native and nonnative fishes found in Arizona and be able to fly in small aircraft and have the ability to communicate both orally and in writing, work irregular hours including weekends, holidays and at night and work outdoors in extreme and isolated conditions, identify wildlife in less than optimal conditions, and operate boats, four wheel drive vehicle and ATV’s.
The candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree in a wildlife science or closely related field from an accredited college or university and three years of professional experience in fisheries and/or wildlife research/management. An advanced degree in fisheries and/or wildlife sciences may substitute for one year of required experience.
Employment may be contingent upon completion of a post-offer physical examination and the agency’s ability to reasonably accommodate any restrictions