NOTE: Position to be filled on or after September 1, 2017
Under the direction of the Texas Master Naturalist and Texas Nature Tracker Programs' Team Lead, this position is responsible for the creation of popularly consumed technical guidance products to explain wildlife management solutions, tools, practices and issues. Interprets biological and scientific information for various and diverse audiences including the lay person via the production of social media, web, video and print products. Responsible for writing, editing and producing videos, social media content, outreach publications, and web content to support the Wildlife Diversity Conservation Outreach Programs. Assists staff in planning and producing social media content, technical bulletins, program and project reports, newsletters, and other technical guidance materials to constituents. Organizes and archives content for the program. May assist with web development. Coordinates proposals and applications from the public including Texas Wildscapes Certification, Bird City Program and Texas Nature Tracker Projects. Works under limited supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Performs additional duties as assigned. Complies with all Agency, Division, Branch and Program rules, regulations and procedures.
POSTING NUMBER: 17-00603
•Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Wildlife Management, Wildlife Science, Natural Resources, Environmental Science or Range Management.
Experience: •Three years experience in nature education, communications, public information, scientific writing, or editing.
Licensure: •Must possess a valid State driver's license.
NOTE: Retention of position contingent upon maintaining required license.
Education: •Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree and major coursework in Natural Resource Management, Environmental Education, Wildlife Biology, Zoology, Botany, or Ecology.
Experience: •Experience creating outwardly facing materials for popular audiences;
•Experience writing or editing articles or publications in various mediums including both technical bulletins and popular articles and informational materials with an understanding of the different communication styles for each style;
•Experience communicating scientific information through videography;
•Experience presenting data in both technical and popular settings;
•Experience communicating information via social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram, with an understanding of the different communication styles for each channel;
•Experience leading or working with volunteers.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
•Knowledge of wildlife, native habitats, natural processes, ecology, or natural resources management;
•Knowledge of habitat management practices commonly used in Texas;
•Knowledge of rules of style, grammar, spelling and punctuation and the ability to adapt to concise social media style as appropriate;
•Knowledge of editing and preparing informational materials;
•Skill in creating technical or informational products;
•Skill in effective written and verbal communication;
•Skill in communicating with the public on a variety of topics;
•Skill in editing and proofreading print and/or web content;
•Skill in effective interaction with staff at all levels of the department and other agencies and organizations;
•Skill in collecting and editing video;
•Skill in using MS Word, Excel and Outlook;
•Skill in editorial and design concepts and practices;
•Skill in planning, organizing and archiving with attention to detail;
•Skill in setting timelines and managing several projects simultaneously;
•Skill in maintaining effective work relationships with co-workers and work-related contacts;
•Ability to read and understand complex scientific concepts and translate those concepts to a public audience;
•Ability to compose content for informational and outreach materials;
•Ability to write concise, engaging social media content that adheres to standards set by the agency social media policy;
•Ability to proactively gather information from our Wildlife Diversity team members statewide to communicate via various mediums;
•Ability to train others in the effective use of various mediums including social media tools;
•Ability to work as a member of a team;
•Ability to work with inter-divisional team members to best move agency goals forward;
•Ability to meet and interact with the public and co-workers;
•Ability to take creative direction;
•Ability to maintain flexibility and work with frequent interruptions and changing priorities;
•Ability to conduct work activities in accordance with TPWD safety program.
•Required to work 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday;
•Required to travel 15% with possible overnight stays;
•Required to operate a State vehicle;
•Office location must be within 100 miles of Austin, Texas.
•Must conform to TPWD dress and grooming standards, work rules and safety procedures;
•Non-smoking environment in State buildings and vehicles.
In order to be considered for this position, the following information is required:
•Submittal of a completed online application;
•Work history experience MUST be completed in the online application;
•A scanned copy of official college transcript(s) issued from the registrar must be attached to the online application (if applicable);
•Applicants must attach a DD214 or other supporting documentation to the online application to claim Veterans Preference.
NOTE: Resume and professional references may be attached to the online application, but not in place of the completed application. A skills test may be conducted at time of interview.