Lead biologist responsible for management of regional lakes and reservoirs. This position is responsible for completing a variety of professional wildlife work assignments relating to the management of fisheries resources in central Arizona. Plans, organizes, analyzes and conducts professional fish and wildlife management activities for the Regional Fish Program. Conducts outreach activities (e.g. fishing clinics, fishing techniques workshops) and communicates information to the public. Respond to requests for program related information, education and outreach activities. Administer regional special license permits (e.g. White Amur, Aquatic Stocking, and Live Bait Dealers). Conducts data analysis and develops and/or reviews recommendations related toward fisheries management. Develops and oversees study design for fisheries and creel surveys and habitat evaluations. Records, analyzes and maintains fisheries management databases and interprets data for fish management reporting. Represent the Department at public and professional meetings; Provide consultation and technical advice within specialty area. Manage and maintains assigned program equipment. May serve as project lead to interns and/or volunteers. Assess program needs and procure supplies and equipment necessary for fish program personnel. Perform other duties as assigned.
The candidate will have knowledge of/in: fish and wildlife techniques and application; fish biology and habitat; fish population dynamics; survey design and application; statistical analysis; federal and state laws, regulations and policies related to fisheries management and aquatic resources. The ideal candidate will have skill in: water based fisheries management techniques, including SCUBA certifications; verbal and written communication; basic knowledge of GPS devices and technology; first aid; basic survival skills; statistical analysis and reporting; basic accounting principles; public outreach. The candidate will have the ability to work independently and as part of a team; provide effective customer service (internal and externally); multitask; prioritize; and be a critical thinker.
The candidate must have a Bachelor's degree in fisheries and/or a wildlife science or a closely related field, and two years of professional experience in fisheries and/or wildlife management/research. A graduate degree in a wildlife science may substitute for one year of the required experience.
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.).
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