Non-Game Bird Biologist

Rhode Island Division of Fish and Wildlife
South Kingston, RI
Job Category
Full time Positions
$71,487 annually
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
Basic Job Requirements Requires a minimum of a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife biology or wildlife management, or closely related natural resource science degree and four years of professional work experience in wildlife or natural resource management is required. A Master’s of Science degree may be substituted for two years of actual work experience. Function as a field research/management biologist within the Rhode Island, Division of Fish and Wildlife, responsible for ensuring the scientific validity of the statewide management of non-game bird populations. Coordinates, designs and conducts scientific investigations that address wildlife ecology and management of non-game birds. Represents Rhode Island and the Division on non-game bird related topics both locally and regionally. Administers and coordinates statewide species-specific management programs and identifies research needs for many species including those of greatest conservation need. Provides scientific analysis and interpretation of long-term and recent data to develop recommendations for statewide non-game bird regulations and other management programs to ensure technically sound resource protection and utilization. Applicants must be able to communicate effectively both orally and written with wildlife management professionals, supervisors, the media, and the public. Applicants need to possess strong organizational and project coordination skills and work independently on multiple tasks with overlapping deadlines. Applicant must be able to work collaboratively with others on cooperative projects and to resolve problems. Responsibilities Evaluate statewide wildlife population trends. Compile, analyze, synthesize, and interpret information derived from research projects and surveys as the basis for resource management recommendations. Prepare recommendations for developing or modifying Rhode Island Code, other legal statutes, or policies pertaining to wildlife resources. Maintain and expand knowledge of wildlife population ecology, management, scientific procedure and the principals of technical writing and oral presentations. Prepare multi-year grant proposals (federal and private) to augment project funding. Cooperatively participate in designing, implementing and evaluating interstate and international research and management programs. Provides overview and review of Federal grants. Conducts review on other threatened and endangered species as needed. Will cooperate with NGO and governmental partners on cooperative agreements and proposed actions as related to T&E species. Will represent Rhode Island on several local, regional, and federal committees for the states interest in non-game birds. This position will also participate in threatened and endangered species work based on the needs of the Division. Will perform these and other duties as assigned. Must have, or be able to obtain, a Class D Rhode Island driver’s license. Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds and be willing to travel within and outside the state. Total travel is not expected to exceed 15% of time requirements. The incumbent performs duties in a variety of different environments, including an office environment, field environment, rugged terrain, and various adverse weather conditions (extreme heat, cold, rain, snow, sleet, etc.). Requires satisfactory completion of a criminal background check. As a WMI Employee: Work independently in a joint capacity with the Wildlife Management Institute (WMI) and the Bureau of Natural Resources, Rhode Island Department of Environmental (RIDEM) to provide Wildlife Biologist services to RIDEM. The incumbent will work out of the RIDEM Division of Fish and Wildlife headquarters in South Kingstown, Rhode Island. The work area will be statewide; however, duties may require attendance at meetings in other Rhode Island counties and New England States. This position will be classified as a limited term employee of the WMI. Direct supervision of day-to-day activities will be provided by RIDEM. Limited-term employees are defined as employees of WMI retained to provide a specific scope of services as defined within one or more grants or contracts awarded to WMI. WMI bases your employment upon your skills and knowledge and ability to achieve desired outcomes defined by RIDEM. You will be expected to work no more than an average of 35 hours per week in any 12-month period. This position is initially entitled to 10 vacation days, 4 personal days, 7 sick days and 12 paid holidays annually. You will be eligible for WMI 401(k) retirement benefits and WMI will provide workers’ compensation, general liability protection, professional liability protection and unemployment insurance benefits. WMI will withhold taxes including social security. This position is not part of the state health insurance system and the annual salary reflects an ability to acquire insurance personally. WMI will reimburse you for any travel expenses that are necessary and reasonable to perform the duties assigned to you.
Preference will be given for: Knowledge and skill typically acquired through a Graduate degree plus related work experience (M.S. or PhD. in wildlife science, wildlife biology, wildlife ecology, wildlife management, or a related natural sciences). Specialized knowledge of college level statistics, biometrics, and mathematics through software programs such as SAS or R, especially as it relates to non-game birds. Experience planning, creating or developing, and/or managing wildlife habitat Working knowledge and experience using GPS, GIS and ArcView or related GIS Software, especially for spatial modeling Working knowledge of state and federal laws pertaining to fish and wildlife, especially non-game bird populations and threatened and endangered species. Application Procedures Application review will begin immediately. To apply via email, send a resume to: Applications via mail must be postmarked before the deadline to be considered and sent to: David M Kalb Ph.D. Supervising Biologist RIDEM Division of Fish and Wildlife 277 Great Neck Road West Kingston, RI 02892 For questions about WMI Limited Term Employee terms, contact: Scot Williamson, VP Wildlife Management Institute 4426 VT Route 215 N Cabot, VT 05647 802-563-2087
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