Wildlife Biologist – LTE, Merrill

Agency
WI Department of Natural Resources
Location
Merrill, WI
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Salary
$15-$17/hr
Start Date
08/05/2018
Last Date to Apply
07/09/2018
Website
https://dnr.wi.gov/x87201/employment/lte/q207ltes.asp
Description
**This is a dual LTE position. Please state that you are applying for both positions.** One position: This position will conduct Young Forest habitat projects and assist with public land habitat projects in assigned counties. 40% Improve Young Forest Habitat on private land: Create and manage contractor list for alder mowing; schedule and direct alder mowing; assist with NRCS eligibility determinations; schedule and direct contractors on USFWS Partners for Fish and Wildlife projects to meet DNR in-kind obligations 30% Conduct wildlife survey efforts, respond to nuisance and injured wildlife calls, and support DMAP program within the 2-county work area 30% Habitat management and property maintenance: Maintain and repair parking areas, trails and fences. Conduct habitat management operations in forest and wetland habitats. Mow trails and openings; Inventory, spray and mow invasive plants; Maintain and operate small power equipment, chain saws, and mowers Second position: This position will focus on public outreach and disease sampling in the Harrison/Crescent CWD surveillance area. Duties will include working with DNR staff and local County Deer Advisory Councils (CDACs) to improve sampling of hunter harvested deer in a disease focus area established within parts of Lincoln, Oneida, and Langlade counties. This position will coordinate with local biologists, technicians, a biologist LTE, and local CDACs. 40% Coordinate outreach and educational programming within the targeted CWD surveillance area of Lincoln, Oneida, and Langlade counties. Draft press releases, informational materials, newsletter articles and coordinate information transfer between the Department and interested groups of the public. Prepare and deliver presentations to local units of government, conservation groups, and sportsman's clubs. Conduct face-to-face contact with local landowners regarding the issuance of CWD surveillance permits. 35% Collect deer tissue samples in the targeted surveillance area to achieve annual surveillance quotas. Develop a network of cooperative stations and self-service kiosks to collect CWD samples. Provide those cooperators with necessary equipment and training. Monitor and ensure quality control of data from all CWD samples collected within the assigned area. Perform tissue extraction following all lab and safety protocols. 25% Coordinate and participate in weekly and monthly planning sessions with local DNR staff. Prepare and execute plans for timely press releases and social media posts. Procure materials and supplies necessary for CWD sampling, determine needs for specialized equipment, write up specifications for purchase, locate vendors and obtain supplies by purchase or rental.
Qualifications
Required Qualifications: Knowledge and experience with wildlife ecology and habitat management. Good organizational skills, ability to work independently and with a team in office setting or under adverse field conditions. Effective communication skills. Must have valid driver's license. Know how to operate/maintain chain saw, tractor/mower, ATV, small power tools; Certified Pesticide applicator. Preferred Qualifications: BS in wildlife management or closely related field. Demonstrated public speaking skills and experience developing programs, news releases, working with social media. Experience field-dressing deer, collecting biological samples. Knowledge and use of Office software products. To apply: Submit 9100-162 LTE Application (electronic form through job website above or hard copy also available at most WI DNR offices), resume, cover letter and references to: Charles R. McCullough 223 E Steinfest Road Antigo, WI 54409 RE: Job Code 12396 & 12397 Application materials will be reviewed and the most qualified candidates will be invited for an interview. **** Due to the nature of this position the Department of Natural Resources will conduct a comprehensive criminal background check on applicants prior to selection. Pending criminal charge or conviction will not necessarily disqualify an applicant. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, the DNR does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record. Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire.
Contact Person
Chuck McCullough
Contact Phone
715-623-4190 ext 3131
Contact eMail
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