Habitat Protection Scientist – Vermont

Agency
Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department
Location
Montpelier, VT and Barre, VT
Job Category
Full time Positions
Salary
21.64/hr
Last Date to Apply
11/03/2021
Website
https://vtfishandwildlife.com/
Description
The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department (VFWD) seeks to hire two (2) Fish and Wildlife Scientist I positions for the role of Fish and Wildlife Habitat Protection Scientist. This is an excellent opportunity to make a difference for fish and wildlife habitat conservation in a small state. The positions involve representing VFWD’s interests in protecting fish and wildlife habitat through land use regulatory and permitting processes, in addition to supporting other fish and wildlife conservation work as described below. One position will work in the Wildlife Division focused on terrestrial habitats, and the other position will work in the Fish Division focusing on aquatic and riparian habitats. The positions will be based in Barre and Montpelier, respectively. Responsibilities These positions will support the VFWD’s interests in protecting fish and wildlife habitat through land use regulatory processes. Primary responsibilities include reviewing development proposals and permit applications, and making recommendations to address impacts to fish and wildlife habitats, rare species, and other natural resource interests. This includes conducting habitat impact assessments and field reviews, coordinating and consulting with other VFWD and Agency of Natural Resources staff, as well as working with developers, consultants, and attorneys to avoid, minimize, or mitigate impacts to fish and wildlife habitat. The position will be required to develop biological opinions to represent VFWD’s interests through official regulatory processes and in-person testimony may be required. Other responsibilities may include supporting state land management, species surveys, collecting biological and environmental data, data entry, GIS analysis and editing, among others. This position requires occasional work under adverse field conditions and sometimes stressful circumstances negotiating settlements with developers, consultants, and attorneys.
Qualifications
Desired Skills/Knowledge - Working knowledge of environment regulations and policy, and natural resource protection principles. Previous knowledge specific to Vermont regulatory processes is beneficial but not required. - Working knowledge of fish and wildlife ecology, river science, riparian ecology, terrestrial ecology, natural communities, and ecological processes. - Strong written and oral communication skills - Familiarity with basics of Geographic Information Systems, and data entry across Microsoft program applications (Access, Excel, Word) - Ability to work collaboratively - Ability to successfully manage multiple projects with varying deadlines, requirements, and stakeholders Minimum Qualifications Bachelor's degree or higher in a natural resources field. OR Bachelor's degree or higher in biology AND two (2) years in a natural resources field. Application Please note that there are two separate application processes, one for the position in the Fish Division and one for the position in the Wildlife Division. The deadline for both is 03 November 2021. Fish Division (aquatic and riparian habitat): https://careers.vermont.gov/job/Montpelier-Fish-and-Wildlife-Scientist-I-Limited-Service-VT-05601/798702900/?locale=en_US For more information, please contact maureen.lynch@vermont.gov Wildlife Division (terrestrial habitat): https://careers.vermont.gov/job/Barre-Fish-and-Wildlife-Scientist-I-Limited-Service-1-VT-05641/799493400/ For more information, please contact noel.dodge@vermont.gov
Contact Person
Maureen Lynch
Contact Phone
8024984780
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