To serve as the statewide / Agency expert and project leader for the wetlands program in Virginia. Prioritizes, coordinates, and implements wetland management, restoration, and conservation monitoring, and public education activities among Department staff, other federal, state agencies, and NGO’s. Provides technical consultation on wetlands and waterfowl management issues to federal, state, and local government agencies; private landowners, consultants; conservation organizations; and other interested parties. Provides site identification design, permit clearance, construction bidding, oversight and development of wetland/site management plans. Provide guidance and technical assistance with grant writing and coordination for Agency land acquisitions.
Comprehensive knowledge of life histories and ecology of wetland wildlife species, including habitat associations and management requirements; and of wildlife management and research techniques and practices including data collection and analysis, habitat management principles and practices, and technical report preparation and publication. Ability to work independently and show initiative in enhancing the effectiveness of the position; to supervise the work of others where necessary; the ability to interact and engage with the Department’s diverse professional and support staff, diverse staff of other agencies, and with diverse individuals in the public and private sectors; and ability to write, type, organize, and present information with an effective command of the English language. Significant expertise with Windows, Word, Access, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint; Demonstrated competence to apply technical/scientific knowledge and management principles/practices. Knowledge of engineering, water control structure design, and manipulation of water to complete successful restoration projects.
High School Diploma, GED, or equivalent. Valid Virginia driver’s license or the ability to obtain on the first day of employment.
Bachelor’s degree in wildlife or fisheries management or in a related field with a strong academic background in wildlife or fisheries biology is preferred.
Sufficient professional experience to document attainment of required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Advanced (Master’s or Ph.D.) degree in the above fields highly desirable.
Professional experience in research and management of game and nongame wildlife, and experience with standardized habitat or species evaluation procedures are highly desirable. Professional certification by TWS, AFS, or SWS is desirable or capable of meeting requirements as a Certified Wildlife Biologist.
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