This position plans, organizes, analyzes, conducts and coordinates professional fish and wildlife management activities or studies in the office, field or laboratory. Develops and uses best practices in managing the state’s fish and wildlife populations and their habitats as they pertain to aquatic invasive species. Reviews recommendations and reports on aquatic wildlife research, habitat evaluations, special studies and/or environmental inventories and estimates. Provides technical advice within specialty areas and is expected to make public presentations. Leads subordinate staff, interns and/or volunteers to complete assigned work projects. May oversee programs and/or projects related to aquatic invasive species.
This position will work under the direct supervision of the statewide Aquatic Invasive Species Program, based in the Aquatic Wildlife Branch. More specifically, this program Specialist will: ensure watercraft inspection and decontamination protocols are followed on the Colorado River and throughout AZ, lead and perform training and ongoing technical support of personnel and third party authorized agents on behalf of AGFD. The Specialist will also lead or assist the AIS Coordinator with Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point Planning (HACCP) training required for agency personnel performing aquatic field work. The position will prepare reports concerning program outreach and aquatic habitat evaluations; coordinate work of program technicians, interns and third party authorized agents; operate/maintain a variety of specialized equipment, such as mobile decontamination units, various watercraft, 4x4 vehicles and trailers; use of statistical methods and automated data processing techniques in compiling and analyzing data collected; maintain and manage watercraft inspection and decontamination records through regional database; collaborate with local jurisdictions, other agency staff, and external stakeholders to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species, participate in Departmental outreach efforts and public information requests. In addition, this position will be expected to set aside time for training and the review of popular and technical publications to maintain proficiency in the invasive species specialty field.
Works irregular hours, including weekends, holidays, and/or at night. Work indoors and outdoors. Percentage of time spent indoors and outdoors depends on assignment and/or seasons. Indoor work generally performed in an office and/or laboratory and may require long periods of concentration on details. May require travel to assignments in a vehicle, plus towing a trailered watercraft or other equipment. May require lifting and carrying 50 pounds, in the short term. May be exposed to hazardous materials. Field assignments may require extended periods of time in Arizona’s weather and geographic extremes. Outdoor work can involve exposure to animal and wilderness dangers. May require activities such as camping and climbing into and under trailered boats.
The candidate must have knowledge of/in: basic fisheries management; aquatic invasive species and abatement techniques. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of watercraft inspection and decontamination protocol, operation, maintenance and basic repair of field equipment and various vehicles, four-wheel drive, trailers and boats. The candidate will be skilled in communication with the public and applied public relations and problem solving techniques and have the ability to work independently and as part of a team. The candidate will have skill in report writing, analysis and interpretation of field data collected.
The candidate must have a bachelor’s degree in a wildlife science or a closely related field from an accredited college or university.
Employment is contingent upon completion of a post-offer medical/physical examination and the agency’s ability to reasonably accommodate any restrictions.
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 (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.).
All newly hired employees will be subject to the E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification program. Our work environment offers training opportunities and encourages career development.
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