Senior Biologist (Wildlife) – Rhode Island

Rhode Island DEM Division of Fish and Wildlife
Great Swamp Headquarters, West Kingston
Job Category
Full time Positions
$47,486 - $54,747
Last Date to Apply
GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: To perform advanced professional biological field and/or laboratory work in the area of specialization-Wildlife; to engage in and/or supervise difficult technical research projects; and to do related work as required.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Works under the general supervision of a superior from whom are received general directions which afford the opportunity for considerable initiative and independent professional judgement; work is reviewed through written and oral reports, and conferences for conformance to law, policies, rules and regulations.
SUPERVISION EXERCISED: Plans, assigns, supervises and reviews the work of professionals, laborers and others engaged in the program.
In the area of specialization-Wildlife indicated in the title of the class of position:
To perform advanced professional biological field and/or laboratory work.
To assist in management programs and research studies to promote sound fish and wildlife conservation.
To supervise field surveys of fish and wildlife populations regarding their concentrations, mortality,
predations, habitat and mobility.
To evaluate and interpret the findings of such biological research and make appropriate program recommendations.

To develop new research techniques and methods for obtaining data.
To make recommendations for federal and state laws, rules and regulations and management practices.
To plan and prepare technical reports for federal-aid reimbursement, scientific publication or general public information.
As required, to represent the department at scientific conferences and public meetings and to assist in the program of public education, as it concerns state conservation programs.
To give testimony in court as an expert witness of the state.
To assist in the evaluation of development proposals for their environmental impact upon existing natural resources.
To plan and supervise the management of cooperative programs with federal, state and local government agencies, sportsmen's and environmental groups and the general public.
To maintain records relating to program activities.
To prepare general correspondence, technical reports and requisition specifications for superiors.
To assist in planning for the acquisition and development of new fish and wildlife management areas.
To do related work as required.
Job Bulletin[6/7/2017 2:45:10 PM]
KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS AND CAPACITIES: A working knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of field and laboratory biological research pertaining to fish and wildlife conservation and management; a working knowledge of the organization and functions of natural resource and management programs the ability to supervise field studies concerning the investigation, management and conservation of the resources in one of the specialization's indicated in the title; the ability to conduct, prepare and interpret statistical analysis of research data; the ability to prepare and present written and oral reports of research and program activities; the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, the interested public and related state and federal agencies; the ability to engage in active field work requiring physical stamina; and related capacities and abilities.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Education: Such as may have been gained through: graduation from a college of recognized standing with a Bachelor's Degree in one of the specialization's indicated in the title; or one of the biological sciences; and Experience: Such as may have been gained through: employment as a Biologist in a responsible technical capacity within the specialization indicated by the title. Or, any combination of education and experience that shall be substantially equivalent to the above education and experience.
Conditions for appointment: must be physically qualified to perform assigned duties, as evidenced by a physician's certificate. Must possess and maintain a Motor Vehicle Operator's License issued by the State of Rhode Island.
Candidate must demonstrate previous experience wit the following: research and management involving white-tailed deer or other cervids; analyzing population and harvest data trends; application of population modeling techniques; conducting aerial and ground surveys for white-tailed deer or other cervids; use of statistical software packages; trapping/chemical immobilization of white-tailed deer or other cervids; reviewing and drafting regulations; use of radio-telemetry collars and associated equipment; working with hunters and hunting organizations; developing and analyzing hunter surveys; performing mast, vegetative, and browse surveys; and performing surveillance for chronic wasting disease and other deer health concerns. Candidate must also work well with others, possess excellent oral and written communication skills, have experience in public speaking, data presentation, working with the media, and conflict
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