The Department of Fish and Game, Division of Wildlife Conservation is recruiting for a Wildlife Biologist I position to work in our Douglas office. This position will assist the Regional Wildlife Biologist for the Wildlife Diversity Program with a variety of inventory, monitoring, and research projects involving amphibians, bats, small mammals, birds, and terrestrial invertebrates in Southeast Alaska. Primary duties are to develop and implement Citizen Science projects aimed at synthesizing local knowledge, collecting data as part of a monitoring program, or collecting data to answer specific research questions; conduct visual and acoustic surveys and captures of a variety of wildlife taxa; complete data entry and analysis; assist with research project design and implementation; and oversee project logistics.
This is a permanent seasonal position. A typical work week is Monday–Friday, 8:00-4:30daily, with one hour for lunch (37.5 hours per week); however, substantial evening and weekend work may be required during the field season (April - September). Work may involve exposure to animals, insects, and inclement weather; low-level flying; traveling by boat or skiff; or contact with drugs or chemicals.
The key responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:
- Developing and implementing a robust Citizen Science program in Southeast Alaska.
- Working cooperatively with state, federal, university, and non-profit partners to enhance conservation of species of greatest conservation need.
- Assisting the regional wildlife biologist with all aspects of designing and implementing wildlife research projects.
- Entering, analyzing, and managing data.
The ideal candidate will possess the following desired strengths (A description of these strengths must be documented in your cover letter and applicant profile or you will not receive an interview. If you do not have experience in a particular skill, simply state so in your cover letter.):
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“Upper division courses” means courses that are specialized, in-depth and advanced. Such courses emphasize problem-solving, analytical thinking skills, and theoretical applications, with depth and rigor in a discipline’s theories and methods; specialization in a particular field or profession; refinement of general education; and/or development of specific intellectual and professional skills. Upper division courses are commonly identified in college catalogs as 300 level and higher.
- Experience with public outreach and education, including preparing outreach materials (posters, brochures, educational handouts, and PowerPoint presentations), developing social media and web content, and making presentations to students and the general public.
- Experience collaborating with multiple agencies or organizations.
- Strong interpersonal communication skills with an ability to work effectively and respectfully with others from varying backgrounds and perspectives.
- Experience recruiting, training, and coordinating volunteers.
- Excellent computer skills, including experience with advanced features of Access, Excel, and Word.
- Experience with ArcGIS, including importing, manipulating, and summarizing spatial data and creating maps.
- Experience with developing data collection protocols and forms, data entry, data management and manipulation, and producing data summaries.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills.
- Experience conducting research on wildlife populations, including writing and editing technical reports.
- Experience conducting aerial, ground, and/or boat-based wildlife surveys, and collecting habitat, environmental, and other scientific data.
- Experience living and working in remote field locations and working in inclement weather and challenging terrain.
- Experience managing logistics associated with field research projects, including chartering helicopters, planes and/or vessels; arranging travel; organizing, preparing, packing, and shipping field equipment; and purchasing and organizing food and field supplies.
An individual who will complete the educational requirements and obtain the required bachelor’s degree within six months may apply and be considered for a vacancy. Such applicants may be given a conditional job offer but may not be appointed until receipt of the required degree has been documented.
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in biology, a branch of biology, limnology, biometrics, oceanography, forestry, or natural resource management.
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college that includes or is supplemented by the following credit hours will substitute for the degree in a specific field:
• at least 24 semester hours (36 quarter hours) in biology, a branch of biology, limnology, biometrics, oceanography, forestry, or natural resource management (excluding courses that focus on agricultural husbandry techniques, human population dynamics, or the design and manipulation of landscapes), of which 16 semester hours (24 quarter hours) are upper division courses; and
• at least 12 semester hours (16 quarter hours) in any combination of two or more of the following: chemistry, physics, mathematics, statistics, geology, hydrology, or GIS.
The following combination of education and experience will substitute for the required bachelor’s degree:
60 semester hours (88 quarter hours) from an accredited college that included at least 20 semester (28 quarter) hours at the 200 level or higher in biology, a branch of biology, limnology, oceanography, ichthyology, mammalogy, or ornithology, fisheries and wildlife technology, aquaculture or hatchery methods, aquatic or terrestrial ecology, statistics, or forestry or natural resource management;
three years of paraprofessional field or laboratory/office work experience at the journey level or higher in fisheries, wildlife, habitat, or subsistence research or management will substitute for the required bachelors degree. The required paraprofessional experience is met by service as a Fish & Wildlife Technician III or higher with the State of Alaska, or the equivalent elsewhere.