WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST/CLIMATE ECOLOGIST: (Full-time, permanent) for the Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC), located on the Bad River Indian Reservation at Odanah, Wisconsin. GLIFWC serves 11 Chippewa tribes in the implementation and management of treaty harvesting rights. GLIFWC’s Biological Services Division (BSD) staffs biologists with expertise in environmental, fisheries, wildlife, and wild plant, issues.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Under the supervision of the Wildlife Section Leader, the Wildlife Biologist will:
1. Assist GLIFWC member tribes in the implementation of their treaty-reserved hunting, trapping and gathering rights in a biologically sound and culturally appropriate manner.
2. Assist with monitoring and reporting of the harvest of furbearer species for treaty hunting and trapping seasons.
3. Serve as liaison between GLIFWC and other agencies, particularly the DNR in Minnesota in relation to 1837 ceded territory rights and responsibilities.
4. Serve as one of the experts in the management and research of various furbearer species in the ceded territories and assist in the development of species management plans.
5. Conduct field management or research on topics of interest to GLIFWC member tribes including monitoring phenological state of identified plant species at key times in their life, and weather conditions in selected study areas;
6. Collaborate with GLIFWC biological staff to assess resource vulnerability and risks to identified resources and habitats;
7. Collaborate with other GLIFWC and tribal staff to undertake a seed bank pilot project for traditionally harvested plants most at risk from climate change;
8. Assist tribal leaders and attorneys in negotiation and serve as a wildlife expert when requested.
9. Supervise LTE’s and wildlife technicians during field work.
10. Perform other duties as assigned.
1. Master of Science degree in wildlife management, wildlife ecology or natural resources management, or closely related field including experience in climate change; or Bachelor of Science degree and at least 5 years of experience in the above fields.
2. Knowledge and experience with the ecology and management of various furbearer species to include wolves, otters, fishers, martens, otters and bobcats.
3. Demonstrated skill in written and oral communication.
4. Demonstrated skills with GIS and GPS technologies plus relational databases (e.g. MS Access).
5. Experience in working with tribal communities preferred.
6. Must have valid driver’s license and be insurable.
7. Indian Preference will be applied consistent with GLIFWC policies and the federal Indian Self Determination and Education Assistance Act (PL 93-638).