The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is seeking to fill a Fisheries Resource Biologist vacancy in the Strong area.
BRIEF JOB DESCRIPTION: This is professional services and scientific work at the biologist level involving research and management of the State’s inland fisheries by protecting, preserving, and enhancing Maine’s natural resources. Responsibilities include implementing regional work programs in the Rangeley Lakes Region and statewide programs to protect, enhance, and restore fisheries resources. An employee in this classification reports to and provides assistance to the IF&W Resource Supervisor in carrying out departmental goals and objectives. Work is performed under limited supervision.
The position responsibilities include the following tasks:
• Assists senior level resource biologists in planning and coordinating fisheries assessment activities.
• Performs research development, investigation, analysis, and monitoring of species and their habitats (e.g. physical, biological, and chemical characteristics, etc.) to support species planning and management.
• Conducts scientific studies by developing new approaches and methods, conducting population surveys, performing analysis, and assessing impacts to inform decision making that may lead to changes in program goals or objectives.
• Interacts and confers with other biologists, professionals, and advocacy groups to preserve and monitor habitats and populations.
• Establishes and maintains effective partnerships with agencies internal and external to state government to advocate for fisheries concerns.
• Collects, analyzes, evaluates, and applies technical data to assist in the development and implementation of departmental management, conservation, and protection programs and support establishment of priorities.
• Participates in and assists with the development of sampling programs to provide biological data necessary for resource management purposes.
• Leads and coordinates the work of contract and temporary non-state employees and volunteers as authorized by Resource Supervisor to ensure data/specimen collection and recordkeeping is accurate and adheres to relevant standards and protocols.
• Summarizes and assesses data using standard statistical procedures and scientific analysis to develop reports of findings and to provide recommendations to higher level Resources Biologist.
• Responds to routine inquiries and requests to provide scientific and technical support for departmental programs and other public stakeholder groups.
• Consults with and provides technical assistance to senior level staff to recommend strategies and approaches to mitigate the impacts of development on fisheries habitats.
• Writes environmental assessments to meet state and federal compliance and permitting requirements.
• Proposes, advocates for, and develops new approaches and methods to provide technical assistance in developing, promoting, and implementing research, planning, and work programs.
• Interprets, explains, and promotes programs, policies, and concerns to the public, other agencies, private organizations, and the media to assess public opinion and promote goals, strategies, and programs.
• Assists with the development, review, and implementation of annual comprehensive plans to support goals and objectives.
• Utilizes computers (may write and implement computer programs) to analyze and report biological data and information.
Preference will be given to those that have strong interpersonal and organizational skills as well as hands on experience directly related to freshwater fisheries management and the position responsibilities listed above.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A Bachelors Degree in Biology, Fisheries or Wildlife Management, or related field -AND- two (2) years of progressively responsible related laboratory or field research and/or management experience. Equivalent experience may be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis.
Interested applicants need to complete an online Application along with a detailed resume and cover letter and Supplemental Questions @ http://www.maine.gov/nrsc/jobs/index.shtml
Applications must be received by March 12, 2021.