The Region 6 Wildlife South Program is looking for a highly motivated Environmental Scientist, Permanent Intermittent (¾ time), to work with a dedicated team of wildlife professionals to conduct demographic studies on mule deer populations, primarily in the mountains of western San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. Duties will include coordinating with Unit Biologist and Scientific Aids on capture of adult and neonatal mule deer, data management, monitoring by satellite and ground-based telemetry, investigation of mortalities, and collecting samples from carcasses of road-killed and hunter harvested deer in addition to sampling of vegetation and fecal pellets. Under supervision of the Region 6 Wildlife South Supervisor, the Environmental Scientist is responsible for serving as the Wildlife South Region’s lead scientist to implement surveys of mule deer demography, vital rates, and resource selection.
The incumbent will closely coordinate with other regions and Department functions, as well as other local, State, and Federal agencies. The position coordinates field work activities with Scientific Aids, collects and organizes data, prepares draft reports and correspondence, and answers routine questions from the public relative to the Department’s mule deer management program. Incumbent will analyze collected data to make recommendations for habitat management.
Additional information available in Duty Statement.
Apply for position by June 28, 2021 following directions on web site;
NOTE - To be eligible for hire, applicant must obtain 'list eligibility,” prior to July 17, by completing Cal HR examination and scoring among the top three ranks for the classification of Environmental Scientist; https://www.jobs.ca.gov/JOBSGEN/9PB01.PDF
Possession of a bachelor's or advanced degree with a major in a biological, chemical, physical, or environmental science, soil science, water science, hydrology, agronomy, natural resource science, environmental or public health, physical geography, or a closely related scientific discipline.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of: Basic principles of land, water, fish, wildlife, and other natural resources research; principles of ecology; soil and irrigation sciences, resource management, hydrology, geology, and waste prevention; statistical methods; land-use practices with reference to their general effect on human health, natural resources, agricultural productivity, and the environment; effects of hazardous and nonhazardous waste material and their interactions on the environment; chemical reactions; California and Federal environmental laws, rules, regulations, and requirements; basic toxicology, hydrology, geology, and principles of risk assessment and risk management; concepts employed in a variety of disciplines including environmental planning, economics, and resource management; geolocation angio-referencing software applications, resource conservation program impacts and implementation strategies; and recycling issues. Ability to: Apply or modify scientific methods and principles; collect environmental data; analyze and evaluate data and reach sound conclusions; review, check, and interpret scientific and environmental reports; analyze situations and take appropriate actions; establish and maintain cooperative relations with all persons contacted; communicate effectively; prepare clear, complete, and technically accurate reports; apply laws, rules, regulations, policies, and requirements of California and Federal environmental protection and resource management programs; assess the impact of proposed State and Federal environmental legislation and regulations; understand principles of risk assessment and risk management; work with professionals from a variety of disciplines within and outside of State government; and review and understand technical research reports on emerging public health and environmental issues.
Experience in wildlife management, research, planning, or consultation in environmental programs, demonstrated wildlife management skills including human wildlife conflict, and knowledge of broad principles of wildlife biology, hydrology, geology and habitat conservation. Advanced degree and experience in GIS and statistical analysis preferred. Ability to qualify to use a firearm or dart gun for human wildlife conflict issues and wildlife resource management. Special Personal Characteristics: Demonstrated ability to act independently, open-mindedness, flexibility, and tact. Interpersonal Skills: Ability to work effectively with others when needed and to work independently when required.
May have to work long days, weekends, and some holidays in variable temperature gradients, ranging from 0degrees Fahrenheit during winter months to 120 degrees Fahrenheit during summer months. Hike in mountainous and desert terrain, backpack and camp in remote areas, carry heavy equipment and supplies, work at night, and operate vehicles off road.
How to Apply:
In your cover letter please address previous experience in capture and handling of wildlife, population analysis and GIS/spatial analyses, field work, and backcountry experience, in general. Also, include a brief explanation as to why you’re interested in this position.
Jeff Villepique, Ph.D., Senior Wildlife Biologist, Supervisor