This position is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Captive Wildlife Program. The Captive Wildlife Program leads the agencies’ regulatory function to oversee the permitting for the importation, breeding and sale of native and non-native wildlife, gamebird shooting resorts and commercial wildlife hunting resorts. This position will oversee a science-based evaluation of wildlife species proposed for importation, breeding and sale. Coordinate and/or perform inspection of facilities with Enforcement Division wildlife officers. Reviewing and processing of permit applications, review of permit reporting and conducting outreach and education to the public and others and assisting in resolving regulatory non-compliance. This position will work with wildlife officers and Wildlife Management Division species program biologists to resolve invasive wildlife species issues and conduct outreach to inform the public of the risks to native wildlife from invasive species. This position will also assist other agency divisions with oversight of other captive wildlife related permits and coordination of the Wildlife Management Division’s regulations process. Must understand and be willing to function in a multi-faceted, team-oriented work environment. Must maintain close individual contact with and develop solid working relationships with all agency personnel.
MINIMUM EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:
The formal education equivalent of a bachelor's degree in biology, zoology, botany, or a related field; plus two years of experience in wildlife management 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 MINIMUM EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:
Master’s degree in wildlife science or management, biology or a related field; plus experience working for a state or federal wildlife and fisheries conservation agency and/or or zoological institution. Experience with captive wildlife management and regulatory compliance activities. Experience and training in communication and public involvement techniques.
PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES, AND SKILLS:
Knowledge of captive wildlife animal management. Knowledge of risks associated with non-native wildlife to native wildlife, the public and agriculture. Ability to plan, organize, oversee detailed plans and the work of agency staff and outside contractors. Ability to make public presentations. Ability to plan work independent of close supervision that meets objectives and operational activities and to assign and direct the work of co-workers.