Watershed Ecologist: Columbia, Missouri

Missouri Department of Conservation
Columbia, Missouri
Job Category
Full time Positions
$54,552.00 - $68,088.00
Last Date to Apply
Initiates, designs, conducts, and coordinates scientific research to identify key management questions. Focuses study on the movement of water and associated sediments, nutrients, and chemicals within a variety of watersheds. Investigates the influence of a variety and combination of conservation practices within a range of watersheds, landforms, soils, and geology in pursuit of targeted conservation best management practices (BMPs) and watershed programs for reducing soil erosion and pollution to improve stream and watershed health. Oversees all components of approved research projects including budgeting, hiring and supervising of hourly workers, data collection and management, data analysis, managing cooperative agreements, progress reports, grant reporting, and final reporting. Initiates, designs, conducts, or coordinates components of multidisciplinary, long-term, systems-level research projects. Collaborates with interagency research/management professionals and university faculty on cooperative research efforts. Represents Missouri in interagency efforts to evaluate and adapt comprehensive watershed management strategies that include the interests of landowners, communities, and those responsible for the natural resources of the state. Uses various watershed models and GIS to predict effects of management practices within a watershed. Works comfortably in a team setting with wildlife, fisheries, and forest managers to merge new principles of adaptive management with historically successful management techniques. Provides scientific technical support to managers, administrators, and educators. Creates various technical and non-technical presentations and publications for scientific journals, papers, posters, pamphlets, websites, and popular articles. Participates in project reviews and on project review teams for other research projects. Pursues external grants to augment research project funding. Responds to public inquiries about hydrologic issues involving landscape conservation practices and streams.
Master’s Degree in Fisheries, Biological Sciences, Aquatic Sciences, Hydrology, or related field At least three (3) years of relevant professional experience. Must maintain a valid, current driver's license. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Ability to operate boats, outboard motors, land maintenance equipment, power tools and large trucks pulling trailers. Ability to travel and work varying shifts, as required. Ability to use office equipment, such as copier, phone system, fax, scanner, and computer. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Experience with fishery science and wildlife management. Familiarity with GPS and GIS equipment. Work Environment Regularly work in outdoor environments where hot, cold, wet and/or humid conditions exist. Occasionally exposed to loud noises which may require the use of hearing protection. Physical Abilities Remain stationary up to 70% of the time. Move about grounds, both inside and outside of buildings. Regularly operate tools and other machinery and relocate machinery to other areas. Frequently communicate and exchange accurate information. Clarity of vision, three-dimensional vision, precise hand-eye coordination, and the ability to identify and distinguish colors. Concentrated attention is required at all times. Regular attendance is a necessary and essential function. Regularly lift up to 25 pounds, correctly lift up to 50 pounds.
Contact Person
Sherry Fischer: Sherry.Fischer@mdc.mo.gov
Contact Phone
573 5224115x3169
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