Under the direction of the Statewide Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Program Coordinator, this AIS Specialist will be responsible for conducting, planning, analyzing, and organizing professional fish and wildlife management activities or studies in the office, field or laboratory. This position will develop and utilize best practices in managing the state’s fish and wildlife populations and their habitats as they pertain to aquatic invasive species and develops and implements public interaction campaigns and activities concerning invasive species abatement, pertaining to watercraft inspections and decontamination. Develops training based on currently accepted watercraft inspection and decontamination protocols, and leads and performs training and provides ongoing technical support to personnel and third party authorized agents on behalf of the Department and delivers public presentations. Develops and/or reviews recommendations and reports on aquatic wildlife research, habitat evaluations, special studies and/or environmental inventories and estimates, utilizing statistical methods and techniques in compiling and analyzing data collected, and maintaining and managing watercraft inspection and decontamination records through a regional database. Leads subordinate staff, interns and/or volunteers to complete assigned work projects and may oversee programs and/or projects related to aquatic invasive species. This position will also lead or assist the AIS Program Coordinator with Hazard Analysis and Critical Point Planning training required for personnel performing aquatic field work. Operates and maintains a variety of specialized equipment, such as mobile decontamination units and various watercraft and 4x4 vehicles. Collaborates with local jurisdictions, other agency staff, and external stakeholders to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species, and participates in Departmental outreach efforts and public information requests. Reviews popular and technical publications to maintain proficiency in the invasive species specialty field. Schedule may work irregular hours, including weekends, holidays, and/or at night and include overnight travel, working and camping for extended periods of time in Arizona’s weather and geographic extremes. Performs other duties as assigned.
The candidate must have knowledge of: fish and wildlife management and techniques, Arizona aquatic wildlife, southwest ecosystems, fisheries biology, ecology, statistical analysis, data collection procedures, scientific study and research design, Department, State, and Federal policies, laws, and roles, and administrative procedures. The candidate must have strong skills in: oral and written communication, coordination, leadership, supervision, outreach, negotiation, program planning, and organization. The candidate will have skill in applying wildlife management and conservation techniques with an emphasis on aquatic and riparian wildlife and have the ability to work in extreme environmental conditions including inclement weather that may include hiking long distances in remote locations and working irregular work schedules that may involve travel, weekend work and camping. The ideal candidate will have the knowledge and ability to operation of computers, vehicles, boats, radio telemetry, and GPS equipment, and skilled in interpersonal relationships. The candidate must be able to: work independently and in coordination with others, deal with a variety of people and interests, properly evaluate and apply data to program outputs, plan and use time effectively, negotiate and resolve conflict relating to resource issues, and recognize conflicting public values and viewpoints and respond effectively.
The candidate must have a minimum of B.S. in Wildlife Management or related field plus minimum of three years of professional experience in fishery and/or wildlife management. An advanced degree may substitute for one year of required experience. The preferred candidate will have three years of experience in aquatic invasive species management.
Employment is contingent upon completion of a post-offer medical/physical examination and the agency’s ability to reasonably accommodate any restrictions.
This position requires possession of and the ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any required driver training in accordance with Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.
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