Wildlife Biologist 3 (Endangered Species)-West Virginia

West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
Elkins, West Virginia
Job Category
Full time Positions
$37,140 to $68,712
Last Date to Apply
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) plans to fill a Wildlife Biologist -3 position in the Elkins Operations Center in Randolph County. This notification is being circulated to inform prospective applicants of this opportunity and allow applicants to submit application materials to the West Virginia Division of Personnel (WVDOP). You must be on the WVDOP register to be considered for this position. Please note that the Wildlife Biologist job descriptions were revised June 2, 2017 and if you were on the roster before the revision, you will need to re-apply to be considered for register placement. The position serves as an endangered species biologist (animals) in the Wildlife Diversity Unit of the Wildlife Resources Section with state wide responsibilities. This is a multi-disciplinary position that includes biological field work involving data collection/analysis, regulatory enforcement, conservation education, environmental review, incident/disease investigation, coordination with other state and federal agencies, and conservation activities/planning. Duties and Responsibilities: This position serves as Program Manager for the Endangered Species Program within the Wildlife Diversity Unit. The Program's goal is the conservation and recovery of federally threatened and endangered animals and other critically rare species in the state. This statewide program deals with a diverse group of animals including mammals, amphibians, fish, and invertebrates. This position supervises program personnel who gather data in the field and compile information from the literature and WVDNR scientific collecting permit reports. Program databases containing data on the biology and distribution of species of concern are maintained. Annual reports will be compiled. The employee designs and implements research projects and long-term monitoring programs to fill data gaps and obtain population trend information that will help make informed decisions regarding federally listed species. Some projects may be delegated to subordinates, but when necessary, proposals for such work are requested from experts outside the agency. The employee applies information gained from surveys, monitoring, and research to developing conservations strategies and to review proposed projects for potential impacts to rare and listed species. Where impacts may occur, the employee works closely with state, federal, and private entities to ensure compliance with state and federal laws and regulations, recommends project modifications that will eliminate or minimize impacts, and suggests potential mitigation for unavoidable impacts. The employee represents the WVDNR on regional and national committees addressing the conservation of these species on a broader scale. The employee must be familiar with state natural resource laws and certain federal laws (Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, Lacey Act) and be able to provide expert opinion to state and federal law enforcement officers and regulatory staff. This person reviews proposed projects (including road construction, wind energy, hydro-electric energy, timber harvesting, gas development, etc.) and works with project proponents and agency (in-house and other agencies) to develop recommendations to minimize or avoid impacting wildlife or degrading habitat.
Minimum Qualifications: (Applicants must meet these to qualify for register placement) • TRAINING: Training: Master of Science degree from an accredited college or university with a major in wildlife or fisheries management and biology, fish culture, conservation biology, natural resources, aquatic biology, botany, biological sciences or environmental sciences. Preference will be given to educational and field experience as related to specific job postings, and • EXPERIENCE: Three years of full-time or equivalent part-time paid experience in wildlife or fishery management or related fields. • SUBSTITUTION: Doctorate of Philosophy degree from an accredited college or university with a major in wildlife or fisheries management and biology, fish culture, conservation biology, natural resources, aquatic biology, botany, biological sciences or environmental sciences. • SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: A valid West Virginia driver’s license is required. May be required to obtain a commercial driver’s license. Skill in swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, rock-climbing, caving, rappelling and/or conducting fieldwork under a variety of conditions is preferred. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: • Strong background in plant and animal taxonomy, biology, and ecology is required. A strong background in the natural history of a variety of animal taxa (vertebrates and invertebrates) preferred. • Knowledge of wildlife and habitat conservation practices is essential. • Familiarity with MS Office (Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint) and ARCMAP is required. • Familiarity with the federal Endangered Species Act, especially the Section 7 process, is preferred, as is knowledge of West Virginia natural resources laws and regulations. • Familiarity with the responsibilities and organization of other agencies (US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Forest Service, US Army Corps of Engineers, WV Department of Environmental Quality, WV Division of Forestry, etc.) is preferred. • Strong organizational skills and excellent written and oral communication skills are required. • Demonstrated experience with survey and monitoring methodologies for a variety of taxa is preferred. A large portion of this job deals with bats, including hibernacula surveys, emergence counts, mist netting and acoustic surveys, and with freshwater mussels (surveys and monitoring). • Demonstrated experience developing and presenting scientific information in programs for citizen groups, agency personnel, people in various industries, and to professional/technical groups is essential. • Strong organizational skills and excellent written and oral communication skills are required. • Knowledge of invasive plants, animals, and wildlife diseases is preferred. • Demonstrated experience developing grant proposals, especially federal grants, and managing grants (budgeting, reporting, etc.) preferred. • Experience in developing/reviewing species management plans, habitat management plans, species status assessments, and recovery plans is preferred. • Knowledge of lab/field sample collection, storage, and shipping techniques is necessary. • Supervisory skills preferred. To Apply: • This vacancy will be advertised both inside and outside of state government. • Non-government applicants must submit a state job application and required documentation (transcripts, certifications, etc.) required for the Wildlife Biologist 3 position. 1. Go to http://www.personnel.wv.gov 2. Click on “Jobs Open for Application”. 3. Scroll down and click on the Wildlife Biologist job title. 4. Click the “Apply” link located on the right side of the page next to the Print Job Information link. 5. The first time you do this you will be asked to create an account and an application. 6. Make sure your application is completely filled out and your qualifications are detailed. 7. To be considered for this job opportunity, you must submit a copy of an official transcript or diploma to the WVDOP before the closing date for this job posting (if you have not already done so.) This can be attached to your application online or submitted via e-mail to applicantservices@wv.gov • Interested applicants should submit their applications online as soon as possible. • All applications for this position will be reviewed within one to two weeks after the closing date. Qualifying applicants will be placed on the Division of Personnel register for this position.
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