This position is responsible for conservation, research, and management for mammals in the state of Texas (excluding game and marine mammals). Duties include managing the Department’s rare mammal, black bear, mountain lion, and furbearer conservation efforts. May also include work with bats. This position directs statewide mammal research efforts through drafting, reviewing, and recommending requests for research proposals, policy changes, and conservation measures needed to address threats and challenges to mammals identified in the Texas Conservation Action Plan. Coordinates contracted research projects and approves final reports. Conducts inventory, monitoring, research, and management activities for mammals on private and public lands and ensures data are entered into the TX Natural Diversity Database. Leads status assessments for mammals on the list of species of greatest conservation need. Coordinates with Department field staff, state, and federal land managers, private landowners, and others in the formulation of conservation planning projects for high-priority mammal species. Disseminates information to constituents through popular and scientific articles, digital media, and verbal presentations to communicate the value of mammal biodiversity and conservation. Works under minimal supervision, with considerable latitude to use initiative and independent judgment. Performs additional duties as assigned. Complies with all Agency, Division and Branch rules, regulations and procedures.