This person will co-lead Michigan's Voluntary Wetland Restoration (VWR) Program as a recognized resource, with the Department of Environment Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) and review and make recommendations for wetland restoration permits. The position will also serve on the interagency Wetland Working Group and develop guidance documents and processes to facilitate the VWR program. This person serves as an advisor for the state for wetland habitat management in conjunction with other federal, state and local governments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), including participation in multi-state cooperative conservation efforts coordinated through the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP). This position is responsible for assisting with coordination of activities of the Wildlife Division's statewide Wetland Program. This position leads the Division's Wetland Habitat Workgroup in the development of a statewide wetland habitat strategy and provides guidance to the Division on annual work planning activities to implement the strategy. Other tasks for this position include leading the development and coordination of monitoring programs as called for in the statewide strategy; providing expertise on wetland habitat needs and management practices; providing policy recommendations for resource management; and building partnerships with agencies and organizations that are interested in wetlands. This person will also participate in outreach related to wetland habitat such as developing written communications for the public and wetland management community on wetland habitat issues.
Required Education and Experience
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.
Three years of professional experience carrying out wildlife biologist assignments equivalent to a Wildlife Biologist, including one year equivalent to a Wildlife Biologist P11 or a Research Biologist P11 with wildlife emphasis.
Barbara Avers, Michigan DNR Waterfowl and Wetland Specialist