Under general supervision of the Regional/Program Supervisor, participate in the development of both short- and long-range fish and wildlife management and research projects. Is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing the successful completion of assigned projects within predetermined guidelines. Must be familiar with the principles and procedures of fish and wildlife management and research. Use scientific methods to gather data regarding fish/wildlife populations and/or habitat. Collect fish/wildlife samples, specimens, and data. Record and analyze scientific data and prepare and submit detailed reports. Supervise both full time and temporary employees. Serve as advisor or Department representative in areas of special expertise. May have extensive contact with a variety of public and private individuals and groups. Biologists perform a variety of duties depending on the specific program or area they are assigned to and may be responsible for the supervision of a technician and seasonal interns. Below is a short summary of the Blue River PFHA Biologist:
Blue River Biologist – Proactively manages fish and wildlife resources within the BRPFHA by providing annual updates to the Blue PFHA Management Plan, monitoring regional watershed and groundwater issues, utilizing prescriptive burns, and conducting wildlife and fisheries surveys. Provides annual fish stocking requests and assists hatchery personnel with trout and catfish stocking within the BRPFHA. Conducts frequent monitoring of the Area to understand public use patterns and associated activities and provides oversight to internal and external special projects/request originating on the Area. Additional duties include coordinates construction and/or development of activities on the Area as well as maintenance of equipment, buildings, roadways, campsites, restrooms, signs, fences, and other infrastructure. Promotes public use and awareness of BRPFHA and regional resources via news releases, interviews, presentations, and social media.
Education: Requires a bachelor’s degree or higher in Aquatic Resource Management or a closely related field from an accredited college or university. A master's degree in Aquatic Resource Management or a closely related field is preferred but not required.
Experience: No previous experience is required. Experience with GIS applications is preferred.