Aquatic Habitat Biologist – Lander, Wyoming

Wyoming Game and Fish Department
Lander, WY
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Temporary/Seasonal Positions
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The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is seeking a contract Aquatic Habitat Project Biologist to develop and implement stream habitat restoration projects in the Lander Region. The biologist will be responsible for conducting watershed and detailed stream assessments, developing restoration projects, monitoring water temperatures, writing reports, serving as a Department representative to a group pursuing Sweetwater River fish passage and stream restoration, and working cooperatively with stakeholders for Middle Fork Popo Agie River restoration maintenance and monitoring. This is a contract position funded through June 2023 and with an extension likely through at least June 2024. This field position requires labor and operation of 4X4 vehicles. Fieldwork may entail working alone in remote settings and in inclement weather. Human Resource Contact: Laura 307-777-4507 ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The listed functions are illustrative only and are not intended to describe every function which may be performed at the job level. Represent the Department while serving in a group pursuing fish passage and stream restoration improvement on the Sweetwater River watershed. Work cooperatively with stakeholders for Middle Fork Popo Agie River restoration maintenance and monitoring. Continue ongoing water temperature monitoring and analyze long-term data Collect, analyze and evaluate habitat and biological data, prepare reports and make recommendations for management actions on a watershed basis. Provide habitat extension services to landowners, conservation organizations, and the general public. Implement the Wyoming Game & Fish Department's Statewide Habitat Plan, including reviewing and ranking regional projects. Provide public awareness and knowledge of the value of healthy habitats and the desirability of maintaining diverse, productive, and sustainable watersheds. Coordinate and communicate with federal land management agencies, as well as other federal, state, and local agencies on habitat-based projects and efforts. Provide presentations on aquatic habitat-related topics to the public. Keep updated on new aquatic habitats, stream restoration, and watershed management practices and skills through reading literature and interacting with other professionals.
PREFERENCES/**AGENCY REQUIREMENTS: Preference will be given to those with a master’s degree in natural resource/fisheries management, biology, hydrology, fluvial geomorphology, zoology, or a closely related field OR a Bachelor's degree in one of the previously mentioned fields PLUS at least two years field experience. Preference will be given to applicants who submit a cover letter and resume to Lara Gertsch, Assistant Aquatic Habitat Manager, (, in addition to submitting the state application. **Agency Requires a valid driver's license. KNOWLEDGE: Knowledge of habitat quality and condition, habitat management, and habitat manipulation as well as habitat requirements of fish and wildlife species. Knowledge of environmental permitting regulations and processes for aquatic habitat restoration projects. Ability to communicate (orally and written) clearly and effectively with technical people, private landowners, the general public, supervisory staff, and decision-making staff. Skilled in Word, Excel, and GIS technologies (ArcView, All-Topo, GPS). Ability to effectively work in team settings and listen to partners and cooperators. Ability to apply diverse technical information for planning, designing, directing, and monitoring activities relative to habitat management and watershed restoration. Ability to prepare and complete work plans. Skill in designing and implementing scientifically valid research and monitoring investigations. Knowledge of State and Department policies, procedures, guidelines, and regulations. Ability to write clear and succinct project proposals and technical reports in a timely manner. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: None - See "Preferences" NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: PHYSICAL WORKING CONDITIONS: Must have a flexible schedule and be able to work long hours and different times and days (including weekends and nights, as needed). Ability to work in inclement weather. Will work and camp in the field for up to 8 days at a time. Moderate amounts of travel across the state is required. Requires operation of 4wd vehicles and towing trailers. Must be physically able to do strenuous physical labor for prolonged periods. Be able to lift and carry at least 50 lbs. NOTES: FLSA: Non-exempt Successful applicants for employment must pass a background check before appointment. CDL is NOT required for this position. Travel is required. Housing in Lander is not provided. The position is intended to fulfill a long-term (one or more years) need. This is an at-will employee contract (AWEC) position, currently budgeted through June 30, 2023. The position may be renewed on July 1, 2023. SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: 040-Wyoming Game and Fish Department - Fish Division Click here to view the State of Wyoming Classification and Pay Structure. URL: The State of Wyoming is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively supports the ADA and reasonably accommodates qualified applicants with disabilities. Class Specifications are subject to change, please refer to the A & I HRD Website to ensure that you have the most recent version. A complete listing of the State of Wyoming Classification and Pay Structure can be viewed at See Human Resource Contact Information in the General Description Section Statewide, WY 82002 Fax: (307) 777-6562 Class Code #ATAW99 Job # 2022-04460 ATAW99-2022-04460-AQUATIC HABITAT PROJECT BIOLOGIST-LANDER The State of Wyoming is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively supports the ADA and reasonably accommodates qualified applicants with disabilities. No notice of eligibility will be sent to applicants who meet the minimum qualifications.
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Laura Curtis
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