Natural Resources Specialist I-II-III-IV (Aquatic Invasive Species Biologist) – Texas

Agency
Inland Fisheries-AQUATIC HABITAT ENHANCEMENT
Location
Austin, TX
Job Category
Full time Positions
Salary
$3,345.13 - $5020.26 Monthly
Last Date to Apply
8/24/2017
Description
General Description This position is responsible for serving as a liaison to the public, other staff, and partner entities. Responds to questions and concerns related to aquatic invasive species and relevant regulations and permits. Conducts aquatic and riparian invasive species surveys, monitoring, and management in creeks, rivers and reservoirs and data entry, analysis, and reporting. Works independently during zebra mussel spawning to collect plankton samples from water bodies primarily around the Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin, Waco, and Houston areas (and areas in between) for early detection of zebra mussel larvae; substantial travel is required during this time. Performs microscopic analysis of plankton samples at the San Marcos Inland Fisheries Management lab, and photographs and collects suspect organisms for DNA analysis. Follows standardized procedures and cleans and maintains nets and other equipment, following strict decontamination protocols. Assists with landowner outreach to develop key partnerships for implementation of projects related to riparian and aquatic invasive species prevention and management. Assists in developing and implementing current and new outreach programs related to aquatic invasive species prevention and documentation of species distributions. Participates in public outreach activities and review and development of outreach and educational materials. May assist with supervision of seasonal staff or interns engaged in aquatic invasive species prevention, monitoring, and outreach efforts. Uses ArcGIS data and statistical and GIS-based analyses to help guide outreach and management efforts, develop project plans and reports, and develop data collection applications. Assists with coordination and oversight of, and may conduct, applied research focused on the distribution, ecology, and impacts of invasive species in freshwater systems, and development of prevention and management strategies. May write popular articles, technical reports and peer-reviewed articles for scientific journals. Assists with and may lead development, administration, and coordination of selected grants, contracts, or other partner agreements that support invasive species surveys, monitoring, research, and control activities, including oversight of selected aquatic herbicideapplication contracts. Assists with upper-level review of selected exotic species and fisheries permit applications for the department to contribute to science-based recommendations on permitting decisions to minimize risk of introductions of aquatic invasive species or impacts to imperiled native species. Assists with biosecurity inspections of permitted facilities. Participates in review and revision of regulations related to exotic species. May serve as agency representative or alternate for regional invasive species task teams and other technical groups. Performs additional tasks as assigned, including purchasing, permitting, and special administrative projects. Complies with all Agency, Division, and Branch rules, regulations, and procedures.
Qualifications
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Biology, Ecology, Fisheries, Aquatic Ecology, Wildlife Biology, or related field. Experience: NRS I: No experience; NRS II: Two years of relevant experience; NRS III: Six years of relevant experience; NRS IV: Ten years of relevant experience. Licensure: If driving is required, applicant must possess a valid State driver's license; Must be able to obtain, within six months of employment, a Texas Department of Agriculture Non- Commercial/Political Herbicide Applicator License, Subcategory 6 (Aquatic). NOTE: Retention of the position is contingent upon obtaining and maintaining required licenses. ACCEPTABLE SUBSTITUTIONS: Experience: Graduation from an accredited college or university with Master's degree in Biology, Ecology, Fisheries, Aquatic Ecology, Wildlife Biology, or related field may substitute for one year of relevant experience; Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Ph.D. in Biology, Ecology, Fisheries, Aquatic Ecology, Wildlife Biology, or related field may substitute for two years of relevant experience. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master's degree in an accredited college or university in Biology, Ecology, Fisheries, Aquatic Ecology, Wildlife Biology, or related field; Coursework in ArcGIS; Coursework in statistical analysis, preferably biometrics; Coursework in scientific writing or scientific communication. Experience: Experience in microscopic analysis of plankton samples; Experience in public outreach and developing effective partnerships with landowners and other entities to facilitate research and biological monitoring efforts; Experience using ArcGIS to create effective project maps and analyze data; Experience in basic statistical analysis of scientific data; Experience in writing research or other project proposals and plans and scientific or administrative reports. Licensure: Current or Previous licensure as Texas Department of Agriculture Non-Commercial/Political Herbicide Applicator, Subcategory 6 (Aquatic). KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS and ABILITIES: NRS I: Knowledge of flora and fauna of Texas and their ecosystems; Knowledge of aquatic ecology; NRS II: Knowledge of NRS I, Plus: Knowledge of aquatic invasive species and their ecology; Knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, and policies dealing with conservation of fish and wildlife resources and their habitat; NRS III – NRS IV: Knowledge of NRS II, Plus: Knowledge of regulations related to aquatic invasive species in Texas and the US; Knowledge of Integrated Pest Management principles, including the use of biological, cultural, mechanical, and chemical control methods; Knowledge of basic principles of purchasing and contracting; Knowledge of experimental design principles and implementation; NRS I: Skill in effective and professional verbal and written communication; Skill in the use of ArcGIS to create basic maps; Skill in the operation of a variety of scientific and analytical equipment including laboratory equipment (e.g., microscopes), field sampling gear (e.g., data sondes, seines, kick nets). Skill in the use of computer software including MS Word, Excel, and Outlook; NRS II: Skill of a NRS I, Plus: Skill in effective verbal and written communication to a variety of audiences; Skill in the use of ArcGIS at an intermediate level to create maps; Skill in basic descriptive statistical analysis and graphical representation of scientific data; Skill in the use of intermediate functions of MS Excel (e.g., formulas, graphing); Skill in safely trailering, loading, launching and operating boats; NRS III – NRS IV: Skill of a NRS II, Plus: Skill in the use of ArcGIS to analyze data; Skill in statistical analysis of scientific data for hypothesis testing; Skill in development of data collection sheets and quality assurance methods for scientific data; Ability to contribute to achievement of team, branch, and division goals; Ability to develop effective partnerships and maintain working relationships with superiors, subordinates and peers; Ability to multi-task effectively and prioritize workload while maintaining attention to detail; Ability to fully participate in water based sampling activities; Ability to work independently and follow protocols, with minimal latitude for independent decision making; Ability to conduct aquatic and riparian invasive species surveys, monitoring, and management in creeks, rivers and reservoirs and data entry. Ability to participate in public outreach activities and review and development of outreach and educational materials. Ability to learn and communicate regulations related to exotic species. Ability to perform administrative duties; Ability to conduct work activities in accordance with TPWD safety program; Ability to work under moderate supervision, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment; Ability of a NRS I, Plus: Ability to work independently and follow protocols, with some latitude for independent decision making; Ability to collect data, conduct descriptive statistical analysis (e.g., means, trends) and prepare administrative reports and graphs of results of aquatic and riparian invasive species surveys, monitoring, and management; Ability to contribute to science-based recommendations on aquatic invasive species or impacts to imperiled native species; Ability to interpret regulations related to exotic species; Ability to work under general supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment; NRS III: Ability of a NRS II, Plus: Ability to work independently and develop and refine protocols, with moderate latitude for independent decision making; Ability to design experiments, conduct basic statistical analysis (i.e., hypothesis testing) and prepare scientific reports on results of aquatic and riparian invasive species surveys, monitoring, and management; Ability to effectively communicate investigation and research findings to the scientific community, resource managers, peers, and members of the general public; Ability to participate in review of regulations related to exotic species; Ability to represent the department on local and regional scales with invasive species task teams and other technical or stakeholder groups; Ability to lead teams of professional and technical staff; Ability to work under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment; NRS IV: Ability of a NRS III, Plus: Ability to work under minimal supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. WORKING CONDITIONS: Required to work from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday; Required to work overtime as necessary, including some evenings and weekends; Required to participate in water based sampling activities; Required to perform work outdoors, occasionally in adverse weather conditions; May be required to operate a State vehicle; Required to travel 20% with possible overnight stays; Non-smoking work environment in all State buildings and vehicles. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: In order to be considered for this position, the following information is required: Submission 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. Army 72, 92 Navy Meteorology and Oceanography, Restricted Line (Information Dominance) Coast Guard MST, 790, 72 Marine Corps 68, 88 Air Force 1W, 8E, 9S, 15 http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/MilitaryCrosswalk/MOSC_NaturalResources.pdf
Job Number
17-00757
Contact Person
Monica McGarrity
Contact Phone
512-552-3465
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