Wildlife Biologist

State of Montana
Glasgow, Montana, US
Jul 12, 2021
Jul 28, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
THE OUTSIDE IS IN US ALL. Please remember to attach the required resume and answers to the supplemental questions listed in this announcement. Applications missing the requested documents will be considered incomplete and may not progress further in the process. This position does not require a completed state application and the application will not be considered in place of the resume. Documents not requested will not be considered in the recruitment process. This position closes at 11:59 PM Mountain Time on August 3, 2021. You must apply through the State of Montana Career site. Supplemental Questions: * Eastern Montana is largely a rural prairie environment with a strong agriculture economy and culture. Why do you want to work in eastern Montana as a wildlife biologist and what skills do you bring that you feel are important to working here? * The successful applicant will be interacting with a wide variety of constituents (sportsmen, landowners, State and Federal agencies, NGOs, general public) representing different wildlife interests and values. Discuss your experience and philosophy for collaborating with such constituents and provide one example of a project or issue that you worked on that demonstrates your experience and philosophy. Special Information: Identity of applicants who become finalists may be released to the public if the Department deems it necessary. Employees who exceed 1,040 hours in a calendar year are also provided health, dental and life insurance. Other benefits include retirement, paid vacation, sick and holidays. This position may be covered by a VEBA (Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association). A successful applicant will be subject to a background investigation. Women and minorities are under-represented in this job category and are encouraged to apply. Job Specific Information The position offers a rewarding opportunity to work with an effective team of wildlife professionals to conserve wildlife and habitat resources, and provide for public access to enjoy those resources in eastern Montana. Applicants should have strong communication skills and the desire to build working relationships with private landowners, sportsmen, agency staff, NGOs and other members of the general public. Wildlife surveys and inventories often require use of light aircraft and helicopter at low altitudes and in hazardous flying conditions, sitting in confined spaces with exposure to high noise levels. Field work is often carried out alone in rugged terraine during unpredictable and inclement weather conditions. Hours of work are often long and irregular, and include evening meetings and occasional weekend work. Glasgow is in north central Montana and has a population of approximately 4,000. There are good medical and shopping facilities located within the city. The Missouri River Breaks and Fort Peck Reservoir are located within 30 miles and offer a wide variety of recreating opportunities such as hiking, camping, hunting, and fishing. Glasgow is surrounded by public land and represent one of the last best places for upland bird hunting, big game hunting (deer, elk, bighorn sheep, antelope) and multi-species fishing. Applicants need to provide a resume and answers to supplemental questions. State Job Application is not required. Job Duties An Area Wildlife Biologist is responsible for implementating FWP's wildlife management, habitat conservation and public hunting access programs in the Glasgow Area in FWP Region 6. Duties include: * Designing and conducting field investigations on wildlife populations and habitats * Preparing wildlife management and hunting/trapping recommendations * Informing the general public of wildlife and habitat matters and communicating department programs and policies * Working with private landowners and other partners to maintain, enhance, and protect wildlife habitat * Maintain and enhance public hunting access on private and public lands Ability to effectively work with private landowners, sportsmen, state and federal agencies, NGO's, and other members of the public is essential to the job. Knowledge and ability to integrate the arts and sciences of wildlife population biology, plant and animal ecology, soil science, research techniques and the principles of wildlife management. Knowledge of the biology, behavior, and ecology of a diversity of wildlife. Knowledge of appropriate and accepted wildlife survey techniques and use of technical equipment essential for wildlife management operations. Ability to quickly learn a variety of specialized wild animal capture and handling techniques. Ability to conceptualize wildlife problems, design projects to test hypotheses, conduct field studies, compile and analyze wildlife data, interpret results, present conclusions and recommendations, communicate complex issues and ideas to diverse audiences. Knowledge of the habitat requirements of wildlife species and how those requirements vary across a broad range of ecotypes. Familiar with and be able to implement a variety of habitat and vegetation survey techniques. Knowledge of plant identification and physiology and ecology. Ability to quickly learn FWP's habitat program including: land conservation tools, grazing system design and management, upland game bird and waterfowl enhancement programs, and approaches to evaluating habitat impacts by wildlife, livestock and human activities. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and communicate verbally and in writing with employees, other agencies, corporations and various public and private factions. Ability to collaborate with others (researchers, managers, specialists) internal and external to the Department. Ability to learn necessary skills for high-visibility public processes that are controversial and involve the entire spectrum of interests and stakeholders in wildlife conservation issues. Ability to prioritize and manage a range of tasks. Ability to work independently with little to no daily supervision. Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience): The knowledge, skills, and abilities of this position are normally attained through combination of education and experience equivalent to a Master's Degree in Fish and Wildlife Management, Wildlife Biology, Range Management, Zoology or Biology, including completion of a field research project presented in a successfully defended thesis. Other combinations of education and experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Equivalent experience is defined as five (5) years of progressively responsible experience as a wildlife biologist or senior wildlife technician, in addition to successful completion of a single research effort that includes: * Literature review and development of a problem statement and or hypothesis for a particular issue. * Development of a detailed study plan or sampling protocol for a field-oriented project based on the above-noted hypothesis. * Data collection and the effective management of data with an appropriate application. * Interpretation and analysis of data, including a quantitative assessment of that information. * As primary author, completion of one or more publications in a peer-reviewed journal. * If appropriate to the project, formulation of any recommended changes in management prescriptions and or actions. * Oral presentation on results of investigation to agency staff or public audience. Other combinations of education and experience which could provide such knowledge, skills and abilities will be evaluated on an individual basis.