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Biologist Specialist/Survey and Evaluation Coordinator

Employer
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
Location
Arkansas
Salary
45274.00
Closing date
Dec 1, 2021

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Sector
Government
Field
Conservation science
Discipline
Biological Surveys
Job Level
Mid level
Salary Type
Salary
Employment Type
Full time
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The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) is seeking to hire a Biologist Specialist who will work in the Research Division as the Survey and Evaluation Coordinator to assist the social science research program and promote the integration of social science into natural resource management and policy to enhance the mission of AGFC.

AGFC’s Mission: 

To conserve and enhance Arkansas’s fish and wildlife and their habitats while promoting sustainable use, public understanding and support.

To learn more about AGFC’s Conservation Legacy, please watch this video as it will provide insight into the team you will be joining: https://youtu.be/rEXz29ayl0M

Research Division: 

This position will be housed in the agency’s Research Division whose mission is to act as a specialized unit supporting the AGFC and its divisions through exploration, evaluation, and monitoring of best available science.  The conservation professionals of the Research division are a highly focused team, share a strong respect for each other’s profession, and work very closely to ensure the division successfully serves the agency. 

To learn more about the Research Division, please view this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wab4IpPYpNg&t=100s

About the Position:

We seek team-oriented applicants with ability and experience to engage in collaborative research, coordination and capacity building, and work across various departments, agencies, and disciplines. Individuals selected should be able to serve as a leader and developer on large scale projects, but just as readily serve in a support role to fellow colleagues. The selected individual will have the opportunity to work with high level professionals through all levels of the agency on a variety of conservation issues and experience the gratitude of having their work directly applied to conservation management.

Specific job duties will include:

  • Provide expert guidance and technical support to AGFC and its Commissioners on the social science of conservation issues.
  • Utilize current social science research and sampling methodologies and coordinate with AGFC staff to develop, implement, and analyze survey and program evaluation tools that help staff understand public behaviors, preferences, and trends related to conservation and management.
  • Aid in research projects related to the AGFC’s recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R-3) efforts to increase participation in outdoor recreation.
  • Facilitates the incorporation of social science information into program policy decisions, operation planning and program evaluation, and ensures social science research priorities are consistent with agency needs.
  • Use valid scientific methods to examine knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and other variables that affect human behaviors related to natural resource management, managers, research, and regulations.
  • To learn more and apply, please see the job announcement for the Biologist Specialist position. If you have questions, contact Jessica Feltz, Conservation Social Scientist (Jessica.Feltz@agfc.ar.gov). Thank you for your interest in the AGFC and conservation in Arkansas.

Minimum Education and/or Experience: 

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in biology, zoology, botany, or a related field; plus two years of experience in wildlife management or a related field. Other job related education and/or experience may be substituted for all or part of these basic requirements, except for certification or licensure requirements, upon approval of the Human Resources Chief.

Preferred education and/or experience:

Preference will be given to applicants with an advanced degree (M.S. or Ph.D.) in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources or other applied or classic social science field or Fisheries or Wildlife Biology with substantial conservation social science research experience, especially with survey design and research methods.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of the principles of biology, ecology, and related environmental sciences. Knowledge of game and fish management programs including propagation, cultivation, and harvesting techniques. Knowledge of game and fish management laboratory and field survey equipment, techniques, and procedures. Knowledge of supervisory practices and procedures. Ability to plan, organize, and oversee the work of subordinates. Ability to make public presentations. Ability to plan work unit objectives and operational activities and assign and direct the work of subordinate supervisors. Ability to conduct scientific game and fish surveys and studies, analyze and evaluate collected data, and prepare written narrative reports of findings. Ability to direct, coordinate, and maintain wildlife management programs.

PREFERRED MINIMUM KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES, AND SKILLS:

Formal training in social sciences (either classical or applied fields) including but not limited to: psychology, sociology, anthropology, human geography, human dimensions of natural resources, or conservation/environmental social science. Experience in conducting applied conservation social science techniques. Knowledge of current human dimensions research approaches and applications. Knowledge and experience with current survey design, implementation, analysis, and reporting techniques. Knowledge and experience of program evaluation data collection, analysis, and reporting techniques. Knowledge and experience with the use of electronic survey platforms, such as Qualtrics and Google Forms. Experience analyzing complex data sets. Ability to communicate about social science with a wide range of audiences both in written and oral presentation format. Experience and ability explaining complex research to a variety of audiences including biologists, stakeholders and agency leadership. Ability to work cooperatively with a wide variety of stakeholders and partner organizations including governmental and non-governmental organizations. Ability to independently create and execute strategic work plans. Ability to simultaneously manage and prioritize a large number of projects.

Additional skills include knowledge of the principles of biology, ecology, and related environmental sciences. Knowledge of methods and techniques of scientific testing, data collection, and analysis. Knowledge of fish/wildlife management programs. Knowledge of wildlife/fish management laboratory techniques, equipment, and procedures. Ability to conduct scientific wildlife and/or fish surveys/studies, analyze and evaluate collected data, and prepare written narrative reports of findings. Ability to direct, coordinate, and maintain wildlife and/or fish management programs.

POSITION LOCATION:

Statewide, location to be determined at time of hire

CLASS SUMMARY:

The (AGFC) Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Biologist Specialist will work in the Research Division as the Survey and Evaluation Coordinator to assist the social science research program and promote the integration of social science into natural resource management and policy to enhance the mission of AGFC. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency/institution policy.

TYPICAL FUNCTIONS:

Plans and conducts various biological surveys to investigate population, habitat, and ecology of game and fish species and conducts studies of game and fish propagation, cultivation, and harvest. Analyzes and evaluates survey and sampling data and writes reports describing the results of the data and makes recommendations on game and fish populations. Directs the development of various wildlife management areas or fish propagation and cultivation and treatment plans based on district management plans. Assists supervisor with districts' annual budgetary projections, prepares various reports and purchase orders, requisitions for equipment, supplies, and parts, and prepares monthly activity reports. Makes presentations to civic groups, schools and clubs, and conducts public meetings to explain new and/or proposed rules and regulations and/or to hear complaints about wildlife management. Writes articles for news releases on game and fish activities in district. Assists supervisor in the development of game and fish management plans and proposals to expand or improve management areas. Performs other duties as assigned.

JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Provide expert guidance and technical support to AGFC and its Commissioners on the social science of conservation issues. Utilize current social science research and sampling methodologies and coordinate with AGFC staff to develop, implement, and analyze survey and program evaluation tools that help staff understand public behaviors, preferences, and trends related to conservation and management. Aid in research projects related to the AGFC’s recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R-3) efforts to increase participation in outdoor recreation. Facilitate the incorporation of social science information into program policy decisions, operation planning and program evaluation, and ensure social science research priorities are consistent with agency needs. Use valid scientific methods to examine knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and other variables that affect human behaviors related to natural resource management, managers, research, and regulations. Assist the AGFC Conservation Social Scientist in efforts to coordinate, review, and prioritize internal and external social science efforts. Collaborate and coordinate with university researchers and social science consultants on relevant projects. Translate social science research findings to biological staff and help them integrate social science into resource management and planning efforts. Communicate social science information to biological staff, agency leadership, commissioners and elected officials. Ensure best available social science is used within the agency. Aid in the development of effective communication strategies to help build understanding and support for program objectives and scientific evidence-based management decisions. Create and conduct scientific studies such that the resulting human dimensions data and findings will be incorporated into natural resource management decisions. Implement or create methodologies to assess, track, and evaluate social response to implemented regulations, agency programs and activities, and identify areas of impact and success within the state.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMAITON:

AGFC leadership commits to employee development because it embodies our agency's vision, mission, values, culture, and strategy. This involves employee goal setting; regular one-on-one meetings; supported training including job-specific topics, supervisory, or cross-divisional training; and leadership and mentoring program. AGFC fosters upward mobility and progressive movement within the division and/or the agency.  

AGFC also offers a wide variety of benefits as a state employer. You may visit our website for more information, or our Human Resources Division will be happy to discuss these benefits and options with you.

This position will be housed in the AGFC’s Research Division. This division is a highly specialized unit which supports the AGFC and its divisions through exploration, evaluation and monitoring of best available science. We seek team-oriented applicants with ability and experience to engage in collaborative research, coordination and capacity building, and work across various departments, agencies, and disciplines. Individuals selected should be able to serve as a leader and developer on large scale projects, but just as readily serve in a support role to fellow colleagues. The selected individual will have the opportunity to work with high level professionals through all levels of the agency on a variety of conservation issues and experience the gratitude of having their work directly applied to conservation management.

 

Must possess a valid driver’s license.

All applicants are subject to a criminal background check.

Applications must include complete work history and references. Applicants may apply online at www.jobs.agfc.com.  Applications must be submitted by midnight on December 01, 2021.  

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