Under direction of the Regional Habitat Program Manager, the Habitat Compliance Specialist will be responsible for evaluating land and water projects for the benefit of fish and wildlife resources. Coordinates and conducts reviews and evaluations on project proposals, reports and land use plans for potential impacts to fish and wildlife including endangered species and habitats. Recommends Department actions on these projects and proposes mitigation when appropriate. This position participates in inter-disciplinary planning teams and develops habitat plans and works to ensure that there will be viable wildlife habitat and wildlife populations in the future. This position coordinates with and protects Department interests with Lower Colorado River Multi-species Conservation Plan (LCRMSCP) on activities on Commission owned properties and conducts day to day business on these properties.
Additional duties will include communicating orally and in writing to express the Department’s position and concerns on proposed land management plans and projects and cooperates with the public, private entities and federal, state and local agencies to develop plans and actions that mitigate potential adverse impacts to fish, wildlife and habitats for wildlife conservation and wildlife-oriented recreation. This position will develop and maintain working relationships with cooperating agencies and other public entities as an advocate for wildlife conservation and wildlife oriented resources. Conducts field inspections and evaluations in cooperation with Department field personnel and cooperating agencies and leads/participates in habitat restoration/enhancement projects.
This position will assist in the management, maintenance, and operations of department properties, including the development of project proposals, seeking funding for, and implementation of habitat improvement projects on department properties. May lead or participate in habitat restoration/enhancement projects. Will use GIS in project evaluations to make maps and will also be responsible for maintaining official records and files on project development and assists supervisor and other Department personnel in the preparation of annual reports. Performs other duties as assigned.
The candidate must have knowledge of/in: wildlife species and their habitat requirements, habitat functions and values, evaluation and management/enhancement techniques. Candidates must have knowledge of the location and relative values of the major biotic communities in Arizona, federal, state and local environmental laws and regulation and environmental issues and public attitudes toward wildlife habitat and other environmental issues.
The candidate must be skilled in: use of computers, GIS, cameras and other necessary tools and equipment, data entry and analysis, developing program goals and objectives, negotiation, public speaking, conflict resolution, facilitation, field survey and habitat assessments to make sound biological recommendations.
The ideal candidate will be able to develop effective and positive working relationships with a wide variety of audiences including external agencies and organizations, have the ability to communicate both orally and in writing, train and evaluate other specialists, 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.
Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Management or closely related field plus a minimum of two years of professional work experience in wildlife management or research.
Employment is contingent upon completion of a post-offer medical/physical examination and the agency’s ability to reasonably accommodate any restrictions.
Position requires possession of and the ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.).
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