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Fish and Wildlife Technician (Wildlife Research Technician)

Employer
State of Oregon
Location
Central Point, Oregon, US
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
May 21, 2022

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Sector
Academic / Research, Government
Field
Informatics / GIS
Discipline
GIS
Salary Type
Salary
Employment Type
Full time
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Initial Posting Date: 05/10/2022 Application Deadline: 05/24/2022 Agency: Department of Fish and Wildlife Salary Range: $2,922 - $4,331 Position Type: Employee Position Title: Fish and Wildlife Technician (Wildlife Research Technician) Job Description: Make a Difference in Oregon's Natural Resources! Help the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife fulfill its mission: To protect and enhance Oregon's fish and wildlife and their habitats for use and enjoyment by present and future generations. This position is with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) located in Central Point. Do research work that matters to Oregon's wildlife! Assist the West Region research team in conducting wildlife research studies on the biology and requirements of wildlife species in western Oregon, west of the Cascades crest. Contribute to departmental policies and species-oriented plans in managing black bear, cougar, elk, black-tailed deer, and forest carnivores. If you enjoy the outdoors, Oregon is the place for you. We have glaciated mountain peaks to the east, the Pacific Ocean to the west and the massive Columbia River Gorge to the north. You can fish 365 days a year, and there is hunting for big game, waterfowl, and game birds. The Oregon coast attracts thousands of people who clam, crab and fish in the ocean for halibut, salmon, and tuna. The outdoor opportunities are endless when it comes to fish and wildlife in Oregon! Oregon is known for their vineyards, breweries, and adventures for the whole family to enjoy. To learn more about the department, the work we do, and see our beautiful state, view the following video at https://youtu.be/8CjDPiPMGAk Did you know: * We offer full medical, vision and dental plans with employees paying either 1-5% of their rates * You will start out accruing 8 hours of sick and 8 hours of vacation leave per month, with your vacation leave accruals increasing every 5 years * You have access to 24 hours (3 days) of personal business leave to use at your discretion each year * You receive eleven paid holidays per year * AND you will be automatically enrolled into the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) program. What you will do: Capture, restrain, handle and mark wildlife Assist with capture of wildlife and restrain captured wildlife by injection of immobilizing drugs and/or by physical restraint. Collect biological samples including blood and DNA from captured wildlife for, individual identification, physiological tests, and disease tests. Attach radio-transmitters or other marking devices. Dissect mortalities to determine cause of death. Occasionally use firearms to euthanize injured or dangerous wildlife. Assist staff in monitoring animal populations Monitor status of radio-marked animals with VHF and GPS radio-telemetry to determine locations, mortality, movements, cause of death, habitat use, etc. Monitoring and capture may include flying in fixed-wing and helicopter aircraft, use of ATV, or snowmobile. Conduct trend surveys to determine wildlife population density estimates and herd composition. Record data in the field and in computer files. Summarize and tabulate data. Collect, verify, maintain and analyze research data and write reports describing findings Record and enter data into computer files and verify for accuracy. Conduct appropriate analysis on collected data. Write reports and assist in preparation of non-peer reviewed publications that detail the research findings. Use, create, and analyze ArcMap data themes including habitat, telemetry locations, and other environmental/landscape GIS layers. Speak or provide written information on the research to staff or managers, at professional meetings, and to the public as requested. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required. Working Conditions * Requires travel by air, vehicle, and foot through isolated and rugged terrain during all types of weather and road conditions. * Exposure to biting/stinging insects and toxic plants (poison oak). * Requires a flexible work schedule that varies in the number of hours worked on a daily basis, but not necessarily each day, or a work schedule in which the starting and stopping times vary on a daily basis, but not necessarily each day. This includes working at all hours and workdays in excess of eight hours. * This position requires occasional use of a firearm to deliver immobilization drugs and projecting nets for wildlife capture, euthanizing injured or sick wildlife, killing or hazing nuisance animals or birds, collecting animals for research or other studies, and protection from dangerous animals in close quarters. * This position requires an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Safety Education Card for on-the-job use of quads (Class 1 ATVs) obtained through the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, accessible at the following website: www.rideatvoregon.org/. On your application, be sure to indicate in your job description if you have a card or a copy of your card can be attached. If the selected applicant does not possess this certification, they must obtain it within six months of hire as a condition of continued employment. Criminal Records/DMV Check Applicants are subject to both a criminal history and motor vehicles check. Out-of-state finalists will be required to present a current certified driving record for review to be considered for the position. Be prepared to obtain as soon as possible. You are expected to provide the out-of-state certified driving record before an offer can be made unless extenuating circumstances exist. Adverse background information may disqualify you from further consideration. NOTE: Within three days of hire, applicants will be required to complete the U.S. Department Homeland Security's I-9 form confirming authorization to work in the United States. ODFW participates in E-Verify. ODFW is not able to support VISA sponsorships. We are seeking applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and have the following skills and experience: Minimum Qualifications: * An Associate degree in Wildlife Biology/Technology or Agriculture; OR * Eighteen months of experience in the care of livestock, agricultural research and experimentation, monitoring game or wildlife, or farming. (Six months of fisheries, fish culture, fish screens, or related habitat work experience will count toward this experience). A higher level degree in Wildlife Science, Agriculture, or a closely related degree with at least 45 quarter (30 semester) hours of biological/ecological coursework will substitute for the Associate degree. Requested Skills: * Knowledge and use of Microsoft Office software programs (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint) * Writing reports or publications * Gathering data and performing statistical analyses * Conducting biological surveys on wildlife * Coordinating field logistics for wildlife research projects * Handling, capturing and marking wildlife * Use of radio-telemetry receivers/antennas, hand-held GPS units, and electronic tablets * Ability to operate 4-wheel drive vehicles and navigate on poor condition roads Additional Information: Your answers to the supplemental questions must be supported by the "Job History" section in your application or you may not be considered for this position. Resumes will not replace the completed "Job History" section in your online application. You may be disqualified if your experience listed in the "Job History" section does not include information used to: 1) meet the minimum qualifications of the job and 2) back up your answers to the supplemental questions. If any of the positions listed in your application are part time or seasonal, be sure to include the dates you worked (month and year) and the average amount of hours worked per week in the duties section. Only those individuals who most closely match the requested skills will be invited to an interview. Note: You will be required to provide a copy of your official or unofficial transcripts (online transcripts are acceptable) during the selection process that show your name, the name/address of the institution, coursework with passing grades, and degree conferred (including date), if you are using education to qualify. Transcripts and cover letters can be attached to your application in the Resume/CV/Cover Letter attachments field when you apply. Cover letters may not be reviewed unless it is stated as a requirement in the job posting. For helpful tips on filling out your job history, responding to the supplemental questions, and submitting your application, click here Internal Applicants: The contact information that is prefilled on your application is typically your work email and work phone number. Be sure to check your state email and Workday notifications for your status regarding the recruitment process. If you are away from the office or unable to check your state email account for an extended period, contact the HR Recruitment Unit and the hiring manager to let them know your personal email and phone number where you can be contacted. This will help to ensure you do not miss out on any correspondence that may be related to an interview. If you apply for a position as an internal applicant and then terminate while the recruitment is still in process, contact the Recruitment Unit to have your contact information updated. External Applicants (non-state of Oregon employees): If you would like to retain a copy of this job posting, please print a copy before submitting your application. Once the job posting has closed, you will not be able to access the posting. The job posting closes at 11:59 PM (PDT/PST) on the close date. After you submit your application, be sure to respond to the two questionnaires relating to public records requests and veterans' preference immediately following your submittal. These questions are necessary to complete the application process. Reasonable accommodations for interviews will be provided upon request to individuals with disabilities. If you are experiencing difficulty applying for this position or have questions, please contact the ODFW Human Resources office at 503-947-6051. This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified people to fill the current vacancy and may be used to fill other vacancies as they occur. The employee in this position will be represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and will be subject to all terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement. Pay and benefits on all job listings may change without notice. Veterans - If you are an eligible veteran and you meet the qualifications, veterans' preference points will be added to your score. For more information on veterans' preference points visit www.oregonjobs.org and select Veterans resources under Resources. Please do not attach veteran documentation to your initial application, after you have applied you will be sent a task in your Workday account to provide your veteran documentation at that time. Find information on State of Oregon benefits More information about our agency can be found on our social media accounts and at myodfw.com and https://www.dfw.state.or.us/ If you are passionate about natural resources, we invite you to join our team and assist with furthering ODFW's mission by partnering with communities and sharing how our work has a positive effect on Oregon's fish, wildlife and their habitats. ODFW is dedicated to cultivating a diverse and inclusive workforce as we strive to represent and better serve our neighboring communities. Our most important asset is our employees, and each person brings unique, different, and important contributions to the workplace and community we serve. With Oregon's changing demographics, a workforce that reflects this change will make us stronger and create an opportunity for better decision making. Consider joining our team as we lead ODFW into the future! The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

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