Social Scientist-North Carolina

NC Wildlife Resources Commission
Raleigh, NC
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Full time Positions
$42,780.00 - $68,448.00 Annually
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APPLICANTS MUST APPLY THROUGH THE FOLLOWING WEBSITE Description of Work **THIS IS A REPOST. PREVIOUS APPLICANTS WILL NEED TO REAPPLY.** NC Wildlife Resources Commission Mission Statement: The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is the state government agency created by the General Assembly in 1947 to conserve and sustain the state's fish and wildlife resources through research, scientific management, wise use, and public input. The Commission is the regulatory agency responsible for the enforcement of N.C. fishing, hunting, trapping and boating laws. Visit for more information about careers. The agency employs approximately 650 employees. This position is responsible for identifying, planning, organizing, and conducting human dimensions studies to evaluate, analyze, and interpret: • Constituents' views, attitudes, and values toward fisheries, wildlife management, and conservation; • Constituents' views and attitudes toward the Agency's current and proposed fisheries, wildlife management, and conservation strategies; and • Sociological trends in hunting and fishing. The range of duties includes but is not limited to: project and data/information collection, methodology planning, design, and modification; database development and data management; data/information collection, analysis, and quality control; in-person and telephone interviews, mail and internet surveys, and focus groups and public input meetings; program and/or policy evaluation and development; documentation of research methods and results; and preparing publications and reports, oral presentations, or related products for use in communication, instruction, and public education. The results of human dimensions studies will increase the Commission's capacity to: develop and/or adjust management strategies for the benefit of both wildlife and fisheries resources and the human population; plan strategies to communicate benefits of wildlife conservation; and plan strategies to market Commission activities. Through planning and conducting human dimensions studies and through coordination with Commission staff, the employee will develop and maintain partnerships with other agencies, wildlife conservation organizations, and individuals.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies · Ability to identify the need for human dimensions studies and recommend the appropriate quantitative and/or qualitative method(s) to use when designing a study. · Considerable knowledge of methods and techniques used in gathering, editing, analyzing, interpreting and reporting human dimensions information. · Ability to identify and address sources of sampling bias. · Ability to independently design and conduct scientific surveys of people. · Proficiency in both quantitative and qualitative approaches to social science. · Ability to facilitate focus groups, conduct interviews, and facilitate meetings. · Working knowledge of statistical principles and techniques used in collecting, interpreting, and reporting numerical data. · Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to apply the appropriate statistical techniques to analyze scientific survey data. · Broad understanding of biology and natural resource management. · Extensive knowledge of social science theory and methods and the scientific method. · Ability to prioritize program activities, plan and work independently and collaboratively, and complete projects in an accurate and timely manner. · Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing to Commission staff, the public, sportsmen groups, and other constituencies. Minimum Education and Experience Requirements Bachelor's degree in sociology, wildlife, fisheries, natural resource management, zoology, biology, economics, or natural resource policy from an appropriately accredited institution and two years of experience in conducting social science research; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Supplemental and Contact Information To apply for this position, please click the APPLY link above: •Resumes are not accepted in lieu of state applications. "See Attached Resume", etc. will result in an incomplete application. •To receive credit, all relevant experience must be included in the work history section of the application. Any information omitted from the application but included in the resume will not be considered for qualifying credit. •If multiple applications are submitted to an individual posting, only the most recent application received prior to the posting close date will be accepted. •Persons eligible for Veteran's Preference must submit a copy of Form DD-214. •NC WRC uses the Merit-Based Recruitment & Selection Plan to select the most qualified applicants to fill positions subject to the State Personnel Act. When a salary range is posted, the actual salary will be based on relevant competencies, knowledge, skills & abilities, internal equity and budgetary considerations pertinent to the advertised position. The State of NC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. •All applicants must complete and submit a State application for employment using the new NEOGOV Online Job Application System ( for the State of North Carolina. •Application for employment must be submitted by 5pm on the closing date. Resumes and cover letters can be uploaded with your application. •Pre-employment record checks are required for some administrative and education center positions. •"Applicants have rights under Federal Employment Laws: Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA),Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), and Employee Polygraph Protection Act(EPPA)." For additional information, please contact Human Resources at (919) 707-0104.
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