**Applications must be submitted through the State of Michigan NEOGOV system at the link provided above, applications emailed to the contact email will not be considered.
ABOUT THIS POSITION
This position performs a wide variety of professional wildlife management activities including planning, implementation, monitoring, and analyzing wildlife habitat projects on public and private lands and protects, develops, and maintains State Game and Wildlife Areas in the assigned area of St. Clair and Macomb Counties. This employee is responsible for waterfowl population monitoring for the St. Clair Flats, Lake St. Clair, and the St. Clair River. Other activities include ecosystem management planning, mapping (GIS), coordinating waterfowl, deer, and furbearer check station activities, making management recommendations for hunting and trapping regulations, responding to and providing guidance on nuisance and urban wildlife management, and working collaboratively with partners including conservation organizations and local units of government.
A DAY IN THE LIFE
A wildlife biologist in this position directs and oversees habitat management activities across several public land parcels in the area of responsibility. This position will have considerable operational space and flexibility to identify and prioritize daily, medium-, and long-term shared work goals and habitat management guidance, stepped down from state and regional level guidance plans. This habitat management and guidance will be coordinated via daily and weekly meetings and check-in with wildlife technicians, wildlife assistants, and field operations managers to achieve shared goals.
Daily duties largely depend on the time of year but will include:
- active habitat management,
- responding to emails and calls from the public,
- coordinating purchasing and administration of contracted habitat management activities,
- administering lottery draw hunts,
- organizing and operating wildlife check stations,
- attending regional, workgroup, and partner or public meetings, which occasionally occur during evening hours.
Daily duties for this position are dynamic in nature with work priorities that can change multiple times per day due to calls from the public, issues that arise the field, and requests from higher-level managers. As such, this position will require frequent reprioritization of work. This position will need the ability to honestly identify, speak up and coordinate with the field operation manager to adjust and prioritize assignments.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED FOR SUCCESS
A person in this position will need to be flexible and adaptable in nature to take interrupted work and changing priorities in stride to accomplish the goals of the work area and division. This position will require a forward-thinking attitude and a broad level/big picture perspective of work activities. The position requires an understanding of how work activities and initiatives fit into the division’s goals and priorities. This biologist must have the ability to portray this understanding to colleagues, partners, and the public.
This position will require to the ability to actively and attentively listen and converse in a manner that strives for positive outcomes with a wide array of constituents from various socioeconomic backgrounds whose opinions differ or often do not align with the department or division.
ABOUT THE DNR WILDLIFE DIVISION
The Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. We strive to protect natural and cultural resources, ensure sustainable recreation use and enjoyment, enable strong natural resource-based economies, improve and build strong relationships and partnerships, and foster effective business practices and good governance.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS AND INFORMATION
Please attach a resume, cover letter and official college transcripts to your application. For our purposes, "Official Transcripts" must contain the college/university name and address, the degree conferred and date granted, coursework completed (especially if no degree granted), and the Registrar's signature and/or seal.
**Please include a response to the following question on your cover letter. What do you think are the biggest challenges and opportunities to natural resources and habitat management in a highly urbanized landscape? Failure to include a cover letter and a response to this question will result in your application no longer being considered for this position.
Information provided in your application, resume, cover letter, transcripts, and any other documentation provided will be used to verify responses to the supplemental questions. Unsupported responses may not be considered further.
Due to the professional level nature of this position, we will be scoring your cover letter, resume, and responses to supplemental questions for grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, format, and content.
Your application for any position does not guarantee that you will be contacted by the Department/Agency for further consideration. Only those applicants interviewed will be notified of the results.
Certain positions may require a criminal history background check.
Possession of a bachelor's degree in natural resource science or biological science with at least 8 semester (12 term) credits in wildlife biology and 16 semester (24 term) credits in one or a combination of the following: botany, ecology, ecosystem management, entomology, natural resources GIS applications, mammalogy, ornithology, wildlife management, zoology, conservation biology, human dimensions of fish and wildlife management, evolutionary biology, forest resources, environmental science, or natural resources law and policy.
Wildlife Biologist 9
No specific type or amount is required.
Wildlife Biologist 10
One year of professional experience carrying out wildlife biology assignments equivalent to a Wildlife Biologist 9.
Wildlife Biologist P11
Two years of professional experience carrying out wildlife biology assignments equivalent to a Wildlife Biologist, including one year equivalent to a Wildlife Biologist 10.