AGFC BIOLOGIST/RIVERS PROGRAM BIOLOGIST in Central, Arkansas (Statewide)

Agency
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
Location
Central Arkansas
Job Category
Full time Positions
Salary
40535
Start Date
01/11/2022
Last Date to Apply
02/22/2022
Website
https://jobs.agfc.com
Description
Minimum Education and/or Experience: The formal education equivalent of a bachelor's degree in biology, zoology, botany, or a related field. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE HUMAN RESOURCES CHIEF. Preferred Education and/or Experience: Master of Science degree from an accredited college in one of the following programs: biology, fisheries management, natural resource management, or other related biological sciences. Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills: Knowledge of the principles of biology, ecology, and related environmental sciences. Knowledge of game and fish management programs including propagation, cultivation, and harvesting techniques. Knowledge of game and fish laboratory and field survey equipment, techniques, and procedures. Ability to plan, organize, and oversee the work of subordinates. Ability to make public presentations and conduct hunter safety classes. Ability to plan work unit objectives and operational activities and to assign and direct the work of subordinate supervisors. Ability to conduct scientific game and fish surveys and studies. Preferred Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills: Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, stakeholders, and Arkansas Game and Fish Commission staff. Ability to implement project management techniques and practices (scheduling/task management) to ensure completion of programs and projects in an effective and timely manner. Ability to analyze data and apply relevant fisheries management and ecological principles to resolve conservation issues. Experience with advanced statistical methods and analyzing data in Program R, SAS, or similar statistical software. Ability to operate a boat and back a trailer. Knowledge of basic boat and trailer maintenance requirements. Experience publishing in scientific literature. A working knowledge of Google and Microsoft based programs. Ability to perform basic functions in GIS platforms and collaborate with agency GIS staff on projects. Ability to observe and classify wildlife species, fish species, and aquatic plants, and identify nonnative aquatic species. Ability to express oneself clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing to various groups including scientific peers, commercial industry constituents, and administration in the Division and Agency. Ability to make independent decisions and act decisively on the determined course of action. Ability to utilize and maintain issued equipment. Ability to swim or learn to swim. Lift small boats, outboard motors, canoes, and kayaks. Walk in rough terrain. Position Location: City: Central Arkansas Office: Statewide Position; Location to be determined at time of hire. Division: Fisheries Job Summary: The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) Biologist is responsible for supervising wildlife and timber management in a wildlife management area. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency policy. Typical Functions: Coordinates and participates in conducting biological surveys and studies of fish and wildlife to determine population growth, propagation rates, and the effect of environmental and human conditions on particular species. Participates in developing wildlife management area recommendations and the development of the five-year plan for future Game and Fish activities and acquisitions. Approves billings and projects expenditures and assists supervisor in preparing the district budget. Conducts hunter safety classes or public meetings on new and proposed rules and regulations. Writes news releases on activities in the district. Performs other duties as assigned. Specific Duties and Responsibilities: The successful candidate will join a progressive team of fisheries employees that values conservation of our resources, integrity, teamwork, innovation and professionalism. Continued professional development opportunities are supported. Coordinate routine monitoring and research on large river species with emphasis on: Catfish species, Paddlefish, Alligator Gar, Sturgeon species, Buffalo species, and large river Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN). Coordinate and implement research used to inform Species Status Assessments for petitioned Endangered Species Act aquatic species. Manage commercial harvest of fish, mussels, and aquatic turtles in the state, including assisting with population assessments, recommending regulation changes, and engaging stakeholders. Coordinate and implement research and data collection related to commercial harvest data including management of an electronic database system and population assessments for commercial species. Review Convention on the international Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) Applications for paddlefish and sturgeon products and any other species for which a permit is required. Participate in the development and execution of the Paddlefish/Sturgeon, Catfish, or Alligator Gar Species Management Plans. Serve as the AGFC liaison for three USACE Districts' large river habitat projects, specifically dike notching on the Arkansas River. Serve as the AGFC liaison to the Lower Mississippi River Conservation Committee (LMRCC) for habitat projects conducted in the Lower Mississippi River by the USACE or other entity. Serve as the Agency Representative to one or more MICRA species committees. Serve as Agency representative to NGO's such as the Red River Valley Association, Ouachita River Valley Association, Ouachita River Commission, etc. Develop partnerships with NGO's such as TNC, River keepers, etc. to conserve and enhance fish | habitat in large rivers. AGFC Programs Biologists must be self-starters, problem solvers, critical thinkers, and independent operators. Certificates, Licenses, or Registrations: Must possess a valid Arkansas driver’s license. A salary differential of 6% is available for employees that are Certified Fisheries Professionals through the American Fisheries Society. Special Job Dimensions: Frequent in-state travel and field work with exposure to inclement weather is required. Occasional exposure to hunters and dangerous animals may be required. This position often requires overnight travel, working weekends, long hours, and/or in poor weather conditions. Other Specific Information: This position has the designation of a safety-sensitive position. Applicants being considered for this position are subject to pre-employment drug and alcohol testing. Refusal to submit to testing will result in disqualification of further employment consideration. If offered a position, employees in this position will be subject to periodic drug and alcohol testing. As an equal opportunity employer, the Commission will make any reasonable accommodations necessary to ensure equal employment opportunities.
Qualifications
Minimum Education and/or Experience: The formal education equivalent of a bachelor's degree in biology, zoology, botany, or a related field. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE HUMAN RESOURCES CHIEF. Preferred Education and/or Experience: Master of Science degree from an accredited college in one of the following programs: biology, fisheries management, natural resource management, or other related biological sciences.
Contact Person
Eric Brinkman
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