Employee serves as the leader and expert who, in conjunction with the Deer-Bear-Turkey Biologist, plans, oversees and implements the Black Bear Project and provides technical expertise to the Board, DWR employees, state/federal agencies, and citizens of Virginia.
Primary areas of responsibility for this position include oversight of statewide black bear conservation, research and management programs, monitoring population trends, formulating regulations, analyzing data, planning and conducting research, preparing reports and managing human/bear conflicts.
Management programs are established based on black bear program objectives, implemented with administrative approval and conducted in concert with agency management biologists, government and private organizations, and private individuals.
This position, while largely autonomous in daily and annual programmatic duties, receives oversight regarding administrative and personnel matters from the immediate supervisor, the Forest Wildlife Program Manager, who also may provide programmatic support in the form of suggested guidance and other assistance.
Please note this position will work from an assigned location and may require some statewide travel, to include overnight travel. Agency management expectations are for the incumbent to travel extensively within a 100 mile radius in any direction of the Charlottesville Virginia area.
Comprehensive knowledge of wildlife management principles and practices including population dynamics, predator/prey relationships, techniques to manipulate wildlife populations and habitats, and associated ecological concepts.
Extensive knowledge of the life history, habitats, behaviors, and requirements of wildlife (especially black bear).
Considerable knowledge of research design, sampling theory, statistical analysis, technical and popular writing, and database management.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively within a team or independently using a project management approach to implement management programs and research projects.
Considerable knowledge and experience in Microsoft Office and statistical analysis software.
Knowledge of public input processes and policy/regulation development.
Ability to resolve conflict and achieve effective solutions working with diverse stakeholders, staffs, and agencies.
Exhibit a customer service oriented approach when working with constituents and partners.
Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, including demonstrated ability to relate technical knowledge to technical and non-technical publics and to engage effectively with those groups.
Ability to think critically in stressful situations.
High school diploma or GED along with considerable experience in wildlife conservation or management required.
Possession of, or eligibility for, a valid VA driver’s license required.
A Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife management or closely related field and related experience in wildlife management or research.
A Master of Science degree in wildlife management or a closely related field is preferred.
Professional field experience related to research or management of black bears is desirable.