To manage Virginia’s inland fish in order to maintain optimum populations of all species. To serve the needs of the Commonwealth and to provide opportunity for all to enjoy wildlife, inland fish, boating and fishing in a multi-county Region.
To enhance aquatic wildlife diversity and the quality of recreational fishing in a multi-county Region by designing and conducting fisheries and other aquatic resource studies, analyzing data, writing research and management reports, developing and implementing resource management plans, and performing environmental evaluations and assessments.
A working knowledge of the principles and practices of fisheries management, the life cycle of freshwater fishes, aquatic ecology and ecological concepts, fish population dynamics, and data analysis techniques.
Demonstrated ability to plan, implement, and supervise fisheries management programs; to supervise the work of others; to work harmoniously with the public and cooperators including diverse stakeholders and staff; to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
The ability to operate various equipment (e.g., vehicles, boats, whitewater rafts, electrofishing equipment, fish tagging apparatus, chainsaws, personal computers, etc.) ; and to perform various manual tasks in and around water in all weather conditions.
Must possess, or be able to obtain, a valid Virginia driver’s license within first week of employment.
High School Diploma, GED, or equivalent and a Valid Driver’s License.
Experience with management of freshwater fisheries in warm water rivers and cold water streams preferred. Experience with fisheries and infrastructure management of small impoundments preferred. Experience with developing aquatic resource and angling outreach programs/ productions through a variety of media platforms preferred.
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Fisheries Science or a closely related field is preferred. An M.S. degree in Fisheries Science or closely related field, or B.S. in Fisheries Science or closely related field with appropriate level and amount of experience equivalent to an M.S. degree is preferred.
Fisheries Scientist Certification from the American Fisheries Society and SCUBA Certification preferred.