Habitat Conservation Biologist- Montana

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
Last Date to Apply
Please remember to attach the required cover letter and responses to the supplemental questions listed in this announcement. Applications missing the requested documents will be considered incomplete and may not progress further in the process. Documents not requested will not be considered in the recruitment process (such as a resume). Because resumes will not be reviewed, please be sure to include all relevant experience in the application. This position closes at 11:59 PM Mountain Time on September 17, 2018. You must apply through the State of Montana Career site. Supplemental Questions (Maximum of one page per question): 1. Describe your professional experience conserving fish and wildlife habitat including the challenges faced and any partnerships involved. 2. Please describe your experience developing habitat conservation proposals, grant writing or other project development activities and submitting them for review by others. What programs have you worked with in the past and what success did you achieve? Special Information: The Habitat Conservation Biologist will work as part of an innovative and collaborative team of professionals within FWP as well as with professionals from other agencies and tribal governments, a variety of conservation organizations, and private landowners. Normal office hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, but hours will vary and will include travel and occasional field work throughout the year. Approximately 15% of time is spent in the field working in environments that include exposure to dust, noise, extreme temperatures, and inclement weather, including some climbing, hiking and lifting. Fieldwork includes operating potentially dangerous equipment, and handling dangerous materials, traveling in adverse weather conditions, and may include occasional use of small, low-flying aircraft. About 75% of time is spent in an office where work is done in a controlled, comfortable setting. About 10% of time involves travel to and from work sites, or to various meetings and conferences. Kalispell is a dynamic community located within a thirty-minute drive of Flathead Lake, Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort, Glacier National Park, several National and State forests and parks, and the Bob Marshall Wilderness area. Kalispell is the retail, professional, medical, and governmental center of Northwest Montana with a valley-wide population of 100,000. The office for this position is located within the Regional Headquarters building, located at 490 N. Meridian Rd., Kalispell. The regional Headquarters is a well-maintained office building which houses all of the regional divisions including, Parks, Fisheries, Enforcement, Wildlife, Communication and Education, Technology Services, and Administration. 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.
Duties: The Habitat Conservation Biologist is responsible for identifying, evaluating prioritizing and conserving key habitats for priority species affected by hydroelectric development at Libby and Hungry Horse dams. The incumbent uses resource information provided by regional managers on the values of priority habitats as well as habitat requirements of associated species to accomplish work objectives. This position is also responsible for managing each project including contracting and supervising contract or temporary personnel, maintaining high professional status, coordinating with other agencies, organizations and public groups. The incumbent must have a working knowledge of the Montana Environmental Policy Act and the ability to write environmental assessments, environmental impact statements. The Biologist is also required to write and implement programmatic plans and site-specific area management plans, project proposals, and grant applications. Successful implementation of these duties will require complex political, social, biological, and communication skills relating to fish, wildlife and ecological sciences and habitat conservation as it affects Montanan’s fish and wildlife resources at the regional level. The Biologist will perform this work by reviewing professional literature to aid in the design, implementation and evaluation of multiple project opportunities. The Biologist is an integral member of an interdisciplinary team of professionals collaborating to design and implement a variety of integrated mitigation projects that conserve, enhance and restore fish and wildlife populations and their associated habitat that were impacted by construction and operation of Libby and Hungry Horse Dams. The work of this position will help to improve conditions for wildlife populations in northwestern Montana and will coordinate these efforts with a wide variety of other individuals and organizations to achieve landscape-level conservation outcomes. Qualifications: Knowledge and ability to integrate the arts and sciences of wildlife habitat conservation, landscape ecology, plant and animal ecology, soil science, research techniques and the principles of wildlife ecology. Knowledge of the biology, behavior, and ecology of a diversity of wildlife and their associated communities. Knowledge of appropriate and accepted field survey techniques and the ability to select and utilize technical equipment essential for conducting those surveys. Knowledge of the habitat requirements of important endemic and introduced wildlife species and their effective conservation strategies at a landscape scale. Familiar with and be able to implement a variety of habitat survey techniques to inform species conservation efforts. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and communicate verbally and in writing with employees, other agencies, corporations and various public and private factions. Ability to collaborate effectively with others representing a variety of personalities and interests both internal and external to the Department. Ability to learn necessary skills for high-visibility public processes that are controversial and involve the entire spectrum of interests and stakeholders in wildlife conservation issues. Ability to prioritize and manage a range of tasks. Ability to work independently with little to no daily supervision. Education and Experience: The knowledge, skills, and abilities of this position are normally attained through combination of education and experience equivalent to a Master's Degree in Fish and Wildlife Management, Wildlife Biology, Conservation Biology, Environmental Studies, Zoology or Ecology, including completion of a field research project presented in a successfully defended thesis. Other combinations of education and experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Equivalent experience is defined as five (5) years of progressively responsible experience as a wildlife biologist or senior wildlife technician, in addition to successful completion of a research effort that includes: 1. Literature review and development of a problem statement and or hypothesis for a particular issue. 2. Development of a detailed study plan or sampling protocol for a field-oriented project based on the above-noted hypothesis. 3. Data collection and the effective management of data with an appropriate application. 4. Interpretation and analysis of data, including a quantitative assessment of that information. 5. Completion of a final report in a peer-reviewed publication or a publication comparable to a refereed journal. 6. If appropriate to the project, formulation of any recommended changes in management prescriptions or actions. 7. Oral presentation on results of investigation to agency staff and public audiences. If you feel you meet the equivalent experience, please provide a supplemental response in your application that indicates your experience level relative to each point. Applicant Pool Statement: If another department vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may be used for the selection. Training Assignment: Not Applicable
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