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Biometrician 1/2/3 (PCN 11 2206)

Employer
State of Alaska
Location
Badger, Alaska, US
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
Dec 14, 2021

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Sector
Academic / Research, Government
Field
Conservation science
Discipline
Statistics
Salary Type
Salary
Employment Type
Full time
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Job Description The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Wildlife Conservation is recruiting for a Biometrician 1/2/3 located in Fairbanks! What you will be doing: The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Wildlife Conservation, is recruiting for a Biometrician 1/2/3 to be based at the Interior and Eastern Arctic Alaska (Region III) Headquarters on College Road, adjacent to Creamer's Field State Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, in Fairbanks, Alaska. The department is seeking an individual with an interest in wildlife management and conservation with vision to be part of an innovative and skilled biometrics team, and who aspires to solve scientific problems and address conservation issues. This position provides biometric assistance to mid and upper level wildlife biologists (Wildlife Biologist 2, 3, and 4) to support Wildlife Conservation staff and projects in the division's Interior and Eastern Arctic region (DWC Region III). This position works closely with regional and area-based game management or research issues and offers a rare opportunity to provide biometric support to a diverse array of wildlife projects in beautiful and remote areas of Interior and Eastern Arctic Alaska. The wildlife species associated with these projects include muskox, caribou, Dall sheep, moose, bison, grizzly and black bear, wolf, as well as furbearers such as marten, beaver, river otter, red and arctic fox, wolverine and lynx. The successful applicant will also have the opportunity to participate in wildlife field work with the richness of game species managed by Region III staff. Our organization, mission, and culture: The Alaska Department of Fish & Game strives for a diverse and inclusive workforce where safety and wellbeing are paramount and employees at all levels promote a culture where everyone is valued, treated equitably, and treated respectfully. Benefits of joining our team: This position offers a rare opportunity to provide biometric support to a diverse array of wildlife projects in beautiful and remote areas of Interior and Eastern Arctic Alaska. The wildlife species associated with these projects include muskox, caribou, Dall sheep, moose, bison, grizzly and black bear, wolf, as well as furbearers such as marten, beaver, river otter, red and arctic fox, wolverine and lynx. The successful applicant will also have the opportunity to participate in wildlife field work with the richness of game species managed by Region III staff. The working conditions you can expect: This position will be based at the Interior and Eastern Arctic Alaska (Region III) Headquarters on College Road, adjacent to Creamer's Field State Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, in Fairbanks, Alaska. Individual office space will be provided. Daily work will primarily entail providing biometric assistance to mid and upper level wildlife biologists (Wildlife Biologist II, III, and IV), both in person and remotely. We are looking for a candidate that possesses some or all of the following position-specific competencies (If you have any experience with the following, please document these in your application and cover letter): * Demonstrated knowledge of statistical theory and techniques of quantitative biology. Skills should include an understanding of experimental design; survey sampling; variance estimation; spatial and time series analysis; multivariate and nonparametric methods; generalized linear, linear mixed effects, and hierarchical models; population size estimation using mark-recapture, line transect distance sampling, and double sampling techniques; survival analysis; Bayesian approaches; circular statistics; movement analysis; resource selection analysis; and familiarity with the R software environment. Applicants need not be proficient at all skills. * Demonstrated ability to design and implement comprehensive programs to collect biological information, analyze data and interpret significance, and prepare accurate reports. * Demonstrated ability to present sampling protocols, biological data, and analytical results in a clear, understandable manner through internal memos, technical reports, or journal publications to both technically-oriented staff members and to lay audiences. * Demonstrated fundamental knowledge of biological models and the principles of population dynamics (e.g., population projection models, density dependence, growth curves). * Demonstrated ability to apply statistical techniques to wildlife research or management problems and, if necessary, to develop new statistical approaches. * Demonstrated familiarity with wildlife species common to Alaska and their basic life histories. Special Note: A valid driver's license is required. For field work, this position requires the use or possession of a firearm or ammunition (training available after selection). First Aid/CPR training is required but can be obtained after selection. Minimum Qualifications Biometrician 1 minimum requirements (Range: 17, Salary:$2,217.75 biweekly pay) A master's degree from an accredited college in biometrics, statistics, or one of the biological sciences including or supplemented by 18 semester or 27 quarter hours of graduate level statistics and/or biometrics. Special Note: Graduate level statistics and/or biometrics classes usually have course numbers of 500 or higher. An individual who will complete the educational requirements and obtain the required master'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. Biometrician 2 minimum requirements (Range: 19, Salary: $2,556.00 biweekly pay) A master's degree from an accredited college in biometrics, statistics, or one of the biological sciences including or supplemented by 18 semester or 27 quarter hours of graduate level statistics and/or biometrics. AND One year of experience practicing as a biometrician at the first working level. With the State of Alaska, this experience is equivalent to a Biometrician 1. Substitution: Any combination of two years of additional qualifying graduate study and professional experience in a position where primary responsibility is statistical analysis and design related to fish or game resource management or research will substitute for the required one year of biometrics experience. Special Note: Graduate level statistics and/or biometrics classes usually have course numbers of 500 or higher. Biometrician 3 minimum requirements (Range 20, Salary: $2,731.50 biweekly pay) A master's degree from an accredited college in biometrics, statistics or one of the biological sciences including or supplemented by 18 semester or 27 quarter hours of graduate level statistics and/or biometrics. AND Two years of experience at the full proficiency level of professional biometric research. With the State of Alaska, this experience is equivalent to a Biometrician 2. Substitution: Any combination totaling four years of additional qualifying graduate study and related professional experience including two years in a position where primary responsibility was statistical analysis and design related to fish or wildlife resource management or research will substitute for the required two years of biometric experience. Special Note: Graduate level statistics and/or biometrics classes usually have course numbers of 500 or higher. Additional Required Information REQUIRED DOCUMENTS If not already attached at the time of application, the following must be submitted to the hiring manager listed in the contact information below within 48 hours of the close of this recruitment, if you are using education to meet the minimum qualifications: * Cover Letter that includes a detailed explanation of your education and work history and how it serves to meet the minimum qualifications of the biometrician 1,2, or 3 job classes. * Copies of college transcripts (uncertified copies are acceptable) * Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) If selected, please provide the following at the time of the interview: * Three (3) letters of reference (if a letter of reference cannot be provided at the time of the application, provide the name, phone number and email address of that reference) * A sample of your professional writing for which you are the sole or senior author (in addition to the cover letter accompanying your application) COVER LETTER A cover letter is required for this position and will be used as a writing sample. The cover letter includes a detailed explanation of your education and work history and how it serves to meet the minimum qualifications of the biometrician 1,2, or 3 job classes. Please attach the cover letter to your application before submitting it online or, if unable to attach to your application or email it to the contact provided in the job posting. Your cover letter will be used to help determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process. INTERVIEW PROCESS A dual interview approach may be used for this recruitment. The initial interview may be conducted via telephone. All attempts will be made to conduct in-person interviews in Fairbanks of applicants who qualify for a second interview. However, due to COVID-19 considerations, second round interviews may be conducted by telephone or videoconference. If in-person interviews are requested by ADF&G, applicants must be available for an on-site interview. For applicants who will need to travel to for the second interview, the State of Alaska will pay travel and lodging expenses. EDUCATION If post-secondary education is required to meet the minimum qualifications, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of units completed. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials if used to meet the minimum qualifications for a position. Transcripts can be attached at the time of application or within 48 hours of the close of this recruitment to the contact person listed below. SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR FOREIGN EDUCATION Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements, if applicable. If utilizing this education you must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. state university reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the state university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. FLEXIBLY STAFFED This position is flexibly staffed. It may be filled at the 1, 2, or 3 level, depending on the applicant's training and/or experience. The full range of salaries is listed above. Starting salary will be determined by the level the position is hired at. If filled at a lower level, promotion to the higher level will occur upon successful completion of the probationary period and required training, as well as the applicant meeting the minimum qualifications of the higher job class. WORK EXPERIENCE If using work experience not already documented in your application, also provide the employer name, your job title, dates of employment, and whether full-or part-time. Applications will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and minimum qualifications are clearly met. If they are not, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment. MULTIPLE VACANCIES This recruitment may be used for more than one (1) vacancy. The applicant pool acquired during this recruitment may be used for future vacancies for up to ninety (90) days after this recruitment closes. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply to each recruitment notice to ensure consideration for all vacancies. EEO STATEMENT The State of Alaska complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Individuals with disabilities, who require accommodation, auxiliary aides or services, or alternative communication formats, please call 1-800-587-0430 or (907) 465-4095 in Juneau or TTY: Alaska Relay 711 or 1-800-770-8973 or correspond with the Division of Personnel & Labor Relations at: P.O. Box 110201, Juneau, AK 99811-0201. The State of Alaska is an equal opportunity employer. FIREARMS This position requires the use or possession of a firearm or ammunition. In accordance with the federal Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997 (PL 104-208), if you have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, you may not hold this position. A "misdemeanor crime of domestic violence" is an offense that is (1) a misdemeanor under Federal or state law; and (2) has, as an element, the use or attempted use of physical force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon, committed by a current or former spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabiting with or has cohabited with the victim as a spouse, parent, or guardian, or by a person similarly situated to a spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim. If you have ever been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, do NOT apply for this position. NOTICE If you choose to be contacted by email, please ensure your email address is correct on your application and that the spam filter will permit email from the 'govermentjobs.com' domains. For information on allowing emails from the 'governmentjobs.com' domains, visit the Lost Password Help page located at https://www.governmentjobs.com/OnlineApplication/User/ResetPassword. WORKPLACE ALASKA APPLICATION QUESTIONS & ASSISTANCE Questions regarding application submission or system operation errors should be directed to the Workplace Alaska hotline at 1-800-587-0430 (toll free) or (907) 465-4095 if you are located in the Juneau area. Requests for information may also be emailed to recruitment.services@alaska.gov. For applicant password assistance please visit: https://www.governmentjobs.com/OnlineApplication/User/ResetPassword Contact Information For specific information in reference to the position please contact the hiring manager: Graham Frye 907-459-7233 graham.frye@alaska.gov

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