CWD Regional Coordinator – (22142169): Montana

Agency
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Location
Billings, Bozeman
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Salary
19.89
Start Date
08/29/2022
Last Date to Apply
07/27/2022
Website
https://mtstatejobs.taleo.net/careersection/200/jobdetail.ftl?job=22142169&tz=GMT-06%3A00&tzname=America%2FDenver
Description
Special Information: Identity of applicants who become finalists may be released to the public if the Department deems it necessary. Employees who exceed 1,040 hours in a calendar year are also provided health, dental and life insurance. Other benefits include retirement, paid vacation, sick and holidays. This position may be covered by a VEBA (Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association). A successful applicant will be subject to a background investigation. Women and minorities are under-represented in this job category and are encouraged to apply. These regional coordinator positions will require some overnight travel and weekend work. Must possess a number of skills that are both technical and interpersonal. Good communication skills are needed for interacting effectively with staff, sportsmen, landowners and other stakeholders regarding issues related to CWD. The incumbent will need to be effective at time management and at times will be required to work in inclement weather, rough terrain, and around offensive sights and odors. Very long work days may sometimes be required. This position is a seasonal less than 6 months and the season will end around Dec 31, 2022. Job Duties: This position is responsible for all CWD sampling operations in each Region as well as coordinating all field logistics and surveillance efforts to ensure a successful CWD sampling season. This position serves as the CWD Program’s Liaison to FWP staff and public in their Region. This position will act as a lead worker for up to 9 field technicians who will arrive in each region prior to the start of the general hunting season. This position will also organize with the distribution of CWD-related educational materials to various groups/locations and lead educational outreach with hunters and members of the public. In addition, this position will serve as the primary CWD sample collector during the Archery season. Physical and Environmental Demands: Work will involve field, laboratory, and office activities that require adaptations and re-organization of work schedules, travel, and lifting heavy objects. The work schedule may be variable from week to week, at times demanding long hours (e.g. 10-12 hour shifts) and extensive travel (up to 75%). Weekend work will be part of the regular schedule. Work conditions contain hazards and require a commitment to exercise caution and follow rigorous protocols to ensure safety. Exposure to potentially harmful biological and chemical agents and offensive sights and smells are routine. Exposure to outdoor hazards such as severe weather, work along roadways, and heavy lifting of dead animals is expected. Daily travel from housing to sampling locations is often under poor weather conditions. Physical and Environmental Demands: Work will involve field, laboratory, and office activities that require adaptations and re-organization of work schedules, travel, and lifting heavy objects. The work schedule may be variable from week to week, at times demanding long hours (e.g. 10-12 hour shifts) and extensive travel (up to 75%). Weekend work will be part of the regular schedule. Work conditions contain hazards and require a commitment to exercise caution and follow rigorous protocols to ensure safety. Exposure to potentially harmful biological and chemical agents and offensive sights and smells are routine. Exposure to outdoor hazards such as severe weather, work along roadways, and heavy lifting of dead animals is expected. Daily travel from housing to sampling locations is often under poor weather conditions.
Qualifications
Qualifications: Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Behaviors): Previous experience working as a CWD Program field technician is required. Direct knowledge and experience with all aspects of the CWD Program’s sample collection, data entry, and shipping protocols is required. Competent knowledge of CWD, understanding of the agency’s CWD management plan, and the ability to effectively communicate it to a diverse audience is required. Knowledge of biology, disease processes (especially CWD), animal ecology, anatomy and population dynamics are required. Basic map reading skills and familiarity with map coordinate systems and GPS units are required. Good organizational and time management skills are required as well as the ability to accurately collect and record data following all protocols. Knowledge of computer applications such as word processing and Microsoft Excel are required. Incumbent must be able to operate a four-wheel drive vehicle safely. Demonstrated previous experience in a crew lead or lead worker capacity is preferred. The ability to work without supervision in potentially hazardous conditions is expected. Incumbent must demonstrate an ability to work with other professional biologists, field technicians and the public. Communication skills, both written and verbal, are required. Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience): The knowledge, skills, and abilities of this position are normally attained through combination of education and experience equivalent to a minimum of two years of college work towards a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology, fish and wildlife management, animal ecology, biology, or a closely related field and related work experience. Supervisory experience is preferred. Combinations of education and experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis. May be required to acquire and maintain certification in the capture and handling of wildlife.
Contact Person
Stacy Purdom
Contact Phone
406-444-5670
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