This position serves as the Regional Wildlife Biologist responsible for coordination and implementation of wildlife management activities within the southeast quadrant of New Mexico. This position provides wildlife management assistance to Department employees, other agencies, and the public, including private landowners, to manage wildlife populations. In addition, this position collects and analyzes wildlife population data leading to reports and management and hunt recommendations.
The Southeast Regional Wildlife Biologist is responsible for coordination or activities related to wildlife management in the southeast quadrant of New Mexico. This position coordinates and implements wildlife management activities and duties including collection of survey data, development of hunting rules and regulations, and overseeing landowner systems for elk, deer, and antelope. This can involve proposing and developing new survey methods and models, conducting ground and aerial surveys, analyzing data, making management recommendations, using GIS to develop maps, and creating and providing information for the public. The biologist works directly with agency personnel, public lands managers, and private landowners to communicate Department mission and goals to these groups. The biologist applies management strategies to populations of wildlife in the southeast area to meet agency goals within the parameters of social tolerance and political issues in local communities. The biologist coordinates the southeast area personnel involvement in game and furbearer rule development processes. The biologist will compile documents to inform the state game commission in their rule development process. The biologist is a key spokesperson for the area on wildlife management issues.
The ideal candidate will possess a graduate level degree in wildlife science, wildlife management, forestry, animal science, biology, natural resource, or closely elated field and professional experience in wildlife and or wildlife habitat management.
Preferred Experience Includes:
1) Degree (Masters of Science preferred) in wildlife science, wildlife management, forestry, animal science, biology, natural resource, or closely elated field
2) Experience riding in rotary (helicopter) or fixed-wing aircraft for wildlife surveys. Big game survey experience preferred, but not required (deer, elk, bighorn sheep, pronghorn, oryx, ibex, etc.)
3) Working in backcountry conditions (for example camping, backpacking, hiking, hunting, wildlife tracking, 4x4, mountainous driving, or other related activities)
4) Experience with ArcGIS or other mapping software
5) Knowledge and experience in wildlife and/or wildlife habitat management
Bachelor's degree in biology, fisheries science/management, wildlife science/management, animal science, forestry, ecology or similar related natural resource degree and two (2) years of experience in the specified fields.
This position has both office and field work elements. While in the office, extended periods will be spent sitting at desks, computers, meetings, and talking to the public on telephone and in person. Out of doors, this person will spend extended periods traveling to various locations around the state. This person will need physical strength and stamina to hike and work at high elevations and drive 4-wheel drive vehicles over highways and narrow mountainous roads safely. Equipment used will be standard office equipment, ½ to ¾ ton 4 wheel drive vehicles, and may include ‘goose-neck’ and bumper-hitch trailers. Travel may include horseback, helicopter, fixed-wing aircraft, ATVs, or snowmobiles. Specific tool use may include GPS, GIS, radio telemetry, cameras, spotting scopes, binoculars, other ocular and environmental measuring instruments, capture equipment such as net-guns, dart guns, drop nets, drive nets, clover traps, corral traps and laboratory items such as centrifuges, syringes, scalpels, microscopes, slides, stethoscopes, thermometers, scissors, and standard construction tools such as drills, saws, hammers, shovels, wrenches, axes, and chainsaws.
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