Under administrative direction of the Section Administrator, directs, coordinates, controls and evaluates the activities of the Statewide Wildlife Disease/Invasive Program; directs professional staff statewide; plans, develops, executes, and evaluates policies, procedures and management guidelines; administers and controls expenditures and allocates program resources; recommends changes in existing statutes and reviews legislation and administrative orders. Researches, compiles, prepares/presents technical papers and reports. Assists with the sections annual budget. Serves as full-line supervisor, assigns and reviews work; approves time off; provides guidance and training to assigned staff; adjusts first level grievances; effectively recommends and imposes discipline. Consults with the Section Administrator in conducting and evaluating research and management studies, (e.g., Avian Influenza Distribution, Study of Heavy Metals, Toxic Contaminants and Disease of Whitetail Deer). Amends and develops statutes and Department regulations to achieve better statewide disease management practices; explains and interprets Division programs and policies to the media. Represents the Section Administrator at assigned meetings on an intra-state basis.
• Requires knowledge, skill and mental development equivalent to completion of a Bachelor's degree in wildlife or natural heritage resource management or in a related biological science.
• Requires five years progressively responsible professional experience in wildlife resource management.
• Requires thorough knowledge of disease and invasive wildlife programs.
• Requires thorough knowledge of natural resource and wildlife management planning theory.
• Requires ability to establish and maintain satisfactory working relationships with representatives from federal, state, local governments, conservation organizations, landowner organizations, landowners and the general public.
• Requires ability to direct staff and operations within geographical areas having wildlife disease outbreaks.
• Requires the ability to effectively communicate in oral and written form and especially be able to prepare and maintain complex reports and conduct formal public presentations.
• Requires a valid driver's license.