Invasive carp biologist: Kentucky

Kentucky Department Fish and Wildlife
Murray, Kentucky
Job Category
Full time Positions
$3,172.18 - $4,699.50
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
KDFWR is advertising the Fisheries Biologist II position #31151960 located in Murray, KY and encourages all interested KDFWR employees who have met the eligibility requirements to apply. The contact is Josh Tompkins (see below). Be advised that any interested employee will need to visit MyPurpose and use the MyCareer tile to complete or update an online application and to apply for this position. You can search for the position by title or the requisition number 22-10083. Advertisement Closes 03/27/23 (7:00 PM EST) 22-10083 Fisheries Biologist II (GFTL) Pay Grade14 Salary$3,172.18 - $4,699.50 Employment Type EXECUTIVE BRANCH | FULL TIME | ELIGIBLE FOR OVERTIME PAY | NON-CHAPTER | 37.5 HR/WK Hiring Agency Tourism, Arts, & Heritage Cabinet | Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Resources Location KDFWR 30 Scenic Acres Drive Murray KY 42071 USA Description Do you like working outdoors? Do you want a career where each day brings something different? Would you like to work with people who are dedicated to conserving the Commonwealth’s fish and wildlife resources? Do you want to be part of an agency that provides opportunities for everyone to enjoy the outdoors by fishing, hunting, boating, recreational shooting, wildlife watching or related activities in Kentucky? Join us in the exciting, innovative and rewarding environment of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR)! The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is looking for Fisheries Biologist II (GFTL). The qualified candidate will perform work related to research and management of aquatic nuisance species, specifically invasive carp, in western Kentucky water bodies. This position will conduct fish sampling and removal of invasive carp, assist with fish tagging events and tracking of invasive carp, conduct ride-alongs with commercial fishers, compile and analyze data for annual report compilation, and provide oversight for testing of experimental gears targeting invasive carp. This is a grant funded time limited (GFTL) position. This means it is a position that is paid entirely as the result of a grant. The duration of employment shall not exceed the life of the grant that funds the position. An employee appointed to a GFTL position is required to meet the minimum requirements for the classification. Further, an employee appointed to a GFTL position is designated as an unclassified (non-merit) employee. A GFTL employee is eligible to receive benefits at the same level as a classified (merit) employee in a permanent position. Examples of duties or responsibilities are not to be construed as describing what the duties or responsibilities of any position shall be and are not to be construed as limiting the appointing authority’s ability to assign, or otherwise alter the duties and responsibilities of a position. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list. Conducts fish sampling and removal of invasive carp using various methods and equipment. Reviews commercial fisher’s daily reports and quality control data entry. Summarizes data for the Asian Carp Harvest Program. Conducts ride-alongs with commercial fishers and collects invasive carp data from commercial fishers and processors. Assists in oversight of experimental gear testing for invasive carp removal efforts. Assists with fish tagging, maintenance of passive telemetry array, and associated database quality assurance and control. Compiles and analyzes data for annual reporting using statistical and word processing software. Assists in developing new project plans related to invasive carp work. Determines the location for and conducts fish population studies throughout the state. Makes management recommendations pertaining to fish populations. Designs and conducts creel surveys. Prepares monthly and annual progress reports which summarize project activities. Coordinates population studies with state and local agencies. Operates and maintains equipment such as pH meters, dissolved oxygen meters, electrofishing boxes, depth recorders, boats and graph recorders. Assists in the investigation of fish kills. Disseminates related information through radio talk shows, television appearances and interviews with writers. Plans and carries out fish propagation quality work. Performs pond management work such as taking care of brood bass and checking ponds for needs. Reviews permits and other documents and provides comments relative to the environmental impact on fish and wildlife resources. Preferred Skills and Abilities: Experience in fisheries management preferred. We offer a great package of EMPLOYEE and FAMILY-FRIENDLY BENEFITS, including: A 37.5-hour work week (w/occasional overtime required) Paid Time Off (Sick & Vacation) + Paid Holidays Overtime / Compensatory Time Affordable Health Insurance w/ Optional Health Reimbursement Account Life Insurance Retirement Wellness Incentives Program Training/Career Development Opportunities; paid Continuing Education Optional Deferred Compensation program (401K) Lots of Employee Discounts on electronics, health & wellness, retail, travel/ events/entertainment/services/education
Minimum Requirements EDUCATION: Graduate of a college or university with a bachelor's degree. Transcript review must indicate that the following course work has been earned at the undergraduate or graduate level: 1. Biological Sciences: 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) in biological sciences. Four courses (12 semester or 18 quarter hours) must be in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences; 6 of the 12 required semester hours must be directly related to fisheries science and at least one course (3 semester hours) must cover the principles of fisheries science and management. These courses may include fish management, ichthyology, aquaculture, fish ecology, principles of fisheries science, limnology, and stream ecology. The remaining hours can include other biological science courses such as biology, botany, and ecology. Examples of courses include biology, botany, ecology, cellular biology, fish management, ichthyology and limnology. 2. Physical Sciences: 15 semester hours (23 quarter hours) in physical sciences. Examples of courses are chemistry, physics, hydrology, astronomy, earth science and meteorology. 3. Mathematics and Statistics: 6 semester hours (9 quarter hours) in mathematics and statistics. Must include one calculus and one statistic OR two statistics courses. 4. Communications/Human Dimensions: 9 semester hours (13quarter hours) in communications/human dimensions. Courses include verbal and writing courses that include public speaking, discussion, composition and technical writing. Up to 3 semester hours related to master's thesis or PhD dissertation course work will count towards the 9-semester hour requirement. Human dimensions can include courses in areas of human personnel management, conflict resolution, socioeconomic and survey techniques. EXPERIENCE, TRAINING, OR SKILLS: Must have one years of professional experience in fishery research, fishery management and/or a related field. Substitute EDUCATION for EXPERIENCE: Certification by The American Fisheries Society at the Associate Fisheries Professional or Certified Fisheries Professional level will substitute for the education requirements. For additional information on The American Fisheries Society refer to A master's degree in fishery management, fishery biology or a related field will substitute for one year of the required experience. Substitute EXPERIENCE for EDUCATION: NONE SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS (AGE, LICENSURE, REGULATION, ETC.): Must possess a valid driver's license prior to appointment in this classification. Must maintain any required licensure(s), certification(s), or other credentials for the length of employment in this classification. Employing agency is responsible for ensuring employee possesses and maintains required licensure(s), certification(s) or other credentials. Must be able to swim and traverse rough terrain to access streams and other fisheries. Must be able to place boat on and off trailer. Must be able to carry 25 lbs. of equipment several hundred yards. Upon appointment, employees in this class may be required to maintain a valid driver's license and required to drive a licensed vehicle. This status may be necessary for the length of time in this class. If this is necessary, it will be listed in the specific position description for that position. Applicants and employees in this job title maybe required to submit to a drug screening test and background check. Applicants and employees in positions which perform job duties that may require contact with offenders in the custody or supervision of the Department of Corrections or with youth in the care, custody, or supervision of the Department of Juvenile Justice must meet qualifications pursuant to the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act, 28 C.F.R.115.17 and 115.317. Working Conditions - Incumbents working in this job title spend the majority of time outdoors performing job duties.
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Josh Tompkins
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