This position serves as the team leader in the supervision of all private and public lands staff in the 19 county Purchase Wildlife Region and maintains coordination with the Central office, program staff and field staff. The position is primarily administrative in nature and is responsible for day to day decision making on fiscal and personnel matters, handling regional issues, and the development of regional budgets, work plans, and reports.
EDUCATION: Graduate of a college or university with a bachelor's degree. Transcript review must indicate that the following course work has been earned at the undergraduate or graduate level: 1. Biological Sciences: 36 semester hours in biological sciences are required and must include courses in the following subcategories (Note: the sum of the hours required in subcategories is 33; the remaining 3 hours may be in any of these five subject areas): a. Wildlife Management: 6 semester hours (9 quarter hours) in courses emphasizing the principles and practices of wildlife management. b. Wildlife Biology: 6 semester hours (9 quarter hours) in courses in the biology and behavior of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. c. Ecology: 3 semester hours (4.5 quarter hours) in courses in general plant or animal ecology. d. Zoology: 9 semester hours (13.5 quarter hours) in courses in the taxonomy, biology, behavior, physiology, anatomy and natural history of vertebrates and invertebrates. Courses in genetics, nutrition, physiology, disease and other biology or general zoology courses are accepted. Ichthyology or fisheries biology courses are accepted. e. Botany: 9 semester hours (13.5 quarter hours) in courses in general botany, plant genetics, plant morphology, plant physiology or plant taxonomy. 2. Physical Sciences: 9 semester hours (13.5 quarter hours) in physical sciences such as chemistry, physics, geology or soils, with at least 2 disciplines represented. 3. Quantitative Sciences: 9 semester hours (13.5 quarter hours) in quantitative sciences that must include: a. Basic Statistics: 3 semester hours (4.5 quarter hours) in basic statistics. b. Quantitative Sciences: 6 semester hours (9 quarter hours) in calculus, biometry, advanced algebra, systems analysis, mathematical modeling, sampling, computer science or other quantitative science. 4. Humanities and Social Sciences: 9 semester hours (13.5 quarter hours) in humanities and social sciences, such as economics, sociology, psychology, political science, government, history, literature or foreign language. 5. Communications: 12 semester hours (18 quarter hours) in courses designed to improve communication skills such as English composition, technical writing, journalism, public speaking or use of mass media. A maximum of 3 semester hours (4.5 quarter hours) each will be allowed for a completed Master's thesis and Ph.D. dissertation. 6. Policy, Administration and Law: 6 semester hours (9 quarter hours) in courses that document significant content or focus on natural resource policy and/or administration, wildlife or environmental law or natural resource/land use planning will apply; as will courses that document contributions to the understanding of social, political and ethical decisions for wildlife or natural resource management.
EXPERIENCE, TRAINING, OR SKILLS: Must have five years of experience in wildlife management, wildlife biology and/or a related field.
Substitute EDUCATION for EXPERIENCE: Certification by The Wildlife Society at the Associate Wildlife Biologist or Certified Wildlife Biologist level will substitute for the course requirements. For additional information on The Wildlife Society refer to www.wildlife.org A master's degree in wildlife management, wildlife biology or a related field will substitute for one year of the required experience. A PhD degree in wildlife management, wildlife biology or a related field will substitute for two years of the required experience.
Substitute EXPERIENCE for EDUCATION: NONE
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS (AGE, LICENSURE, REGULATION, ETC.): Must possess a valid driver's license prior to appointment in this classification. Must maintain any required licensure(s), certification(s), or other credentials for the length of employment in this classification. Employing agency is responsible for ensuring employee possesses and maintains required licensure(s), certification(s) or other credentials.
Work is performed approximately 50% indoor and 50% outdoors. Duties involve working with all species of wildlife found in the Commonwealth.
This job has an initial and promotional probationary period of 6 months, except as provided in KRS 18A.111.