The Utah Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife Resources is seeking a Native Aquatic Project Leader (Wildlife Biologist III) who will oversee the native aquatic species program within the Central Regional Office, in Springville, Utah.
The project leader's responsibility includes planning and implementing the field program, supervising field personnel, coordinating management activities and recommendations with the regional aquatics manager, state coordinators, partner resource agencies, etc.
As a Native Aquatic Project Leader, you will:
Lead the development and execution of management strategies associated with Native Aquatic species in the Central Region. This task includes leading the coordination of management activities and recommendations in cooperation with the Regional Aquatics Manager, State Coordinators (SLO), partner resource agencies (NRCS, USFWS, USFS, etc).
Lead the development and implementation of plans for sensitive species habitat enhancement, creation, and protection, restoration and/or conservation easements with resource partners (NRCS, USFWS, USFS, etc.) and private property owners within the Region. Tasks include stream/wetland restoration, review/oversight of stream alteration permits, serving on conservation teams or committees, watershed coordination plans, recovery teams, etc.
Partner in the coordination and management of sportfish opportunities on Utah Lake. The scope of this position may evolve to include management of a portion of community fishing waters within the region.
Identify and prioritize problems and research needs pertaining to aquatic native species, threatened and endangered fish, amphibians and reptiles, as well as aquatic habitat in streams, lakes, and reservoirs through public and professional contacts, survey results and reviews of previous studies.
Design studies and develop strategies to sample fish populations/communities, aquatic habitat and water quality parameters.
Organize and implement studies to collect biological, physical and chemical data utilizing other aquatic personnel.
Analyze biological, physical, and chemical data employing state of the art computer software and accepted statistical methods.
Identify riparian and aquatic habitat deficiencies that are limiting to aquatic species and other aquatic biota through public and professional contacts, personal knowledge and observation, and findings through previous studies.
The ideal candidate will have:
a Master's of Science degree in Fisheries, Aquatic Biology, Wildlife Management, or other closely-related field
several years of experience in implementing conservation actions
experience supervising multiple employees
experience managing multiple budgets
experience writing funding/grant proposals
(includes knowledge, skills, and abilities required upon entry into position and trainable after entry into position)
Bachelor's degree or higher in a related field of study
management, protection, propagation, conservation of fish and wildlife
wildlife ecology and habitat requirements
principles, theories, and practices of wildlife sciences
compose and produce reports, documents and related material
use computer relational database software
research methods, techniques, and/or sources of information
perform scientific and/or technical research and statistical data analysis
principles, theories, and practices of budget management
ensure compliance with contract terms, policies and procedures, etc.
communicate information and ideas clearly, and concisely, in writing; read and understand information presented in writing
survey methodology and related tools
supervise others by assigning/directing work; conducting employee evaluations, staff training and development, taking appropriate disciplinary/corrective actions, making hiring/termination recommendations, etc.
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