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TPWD - Natural Resources Specialist I - II - III (District Wildlife Biologist)(REOPEN) - No Experien

Employer
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Location
Laredo, Texas, US
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
Jun 24, 2024

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Sector
Academic / Research
Field
Informatics / GIS
Discipline
Marine
Salary Type
Salary
Employment Type
Full time
TPWD MISSION

To manage and conserve the natural and cultural resources of Texas and to provide hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

PLEASE NOTE:

All applications must contain complete job histories, which includes job title, dates of employment (month/year) and hours worked per week, name of employer, supervisor's name and phone number and a description of duties performed.

Job history and volunteer experience should be listed in the work history section of the application to receive credit towards meeting the minimum requirements. Part-time experience credit is prorated based on the duration and hours worked per week. Please indicate hours worked for part-time/temporary/seasonal experience. If this information is not submitted, your application will be considered incomplete.

Applications with "See attached" or "See resume" will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application. Omission of data can be the basis for disqualification; you may state 'unknown' for any incomplete fields. If education is used to meet the minimum requirements of the job posting, a copy of a college transcript(s) issued from the registrar must be provided if you are selected for an interview.

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APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED THROUGH WORK IN TEXAS: Work In Texas (WIT) applicants must complete the supplemental questions to be considered for the posting. To complete the supplemental questions, go to CAPPS Recruit to register or login. CAPPS Recruit, https://capps.taleo.net/careersection/ex/jobsearch.ftl?lang=en

MILITARY OCCUPATIONAL SPECIALTY CODES:

Job Classification

Service

Military Specialty

Natural Resources Specialist I-V

Army

92W

Natural Resources Specialist I-V

Navy

AG, 180X, 680X

Natural Resources Specialist I-V

Coast Guard

MST, MSSR, OAR15

Natural Resources Specialist I-V

Marine Corps

6842, 6862, 6802, 8831

Natural Resources Specialist I-V

Air Force

1W0X1, 9S100, 15WX

* More information on military occupational specialty codes can be found below:

https://www.onetonline.org/crosswalk/MOC/ https://hr.sao.texas.gov/Compensation/MilitaryCrosswalk/MilitaryCrosswalkGuide.pdf

MILITARY EMPLOYMENT PREFERENCE: If you choose to claim military employment preference as outlined by the State of Texas, you must complete the Military Employment Preference Survey and attach this form and required documentation referenced on this form at the time your application is submitted. If you have questions regarding this requirement, please visit our Military Employment Reference page at https://tpwd.texas.gov/jobs/veterans/

Required forms that will need to be attached with application for Military Employment Preference:

1. Veteran- DD214 showing honorable discharge.

2. Surviving spouse of a veteran who has not remarried- Marriage Certificate and DD Form 1300 or appropriate documentation.

3. Orphan of a veteran killed while on active duty- Birth Certificate and DD Form 1300 or appropriate documentation.

4. Spouse of a member of the US Armed Forces/Texas National Guard serving on Active Duty- Marriage Certificate and copy of spouses active duty military orders.

5. Spouse of a veteran with disability and is the primary income for household- Marriage Certificate, Veterans DD214, and VA Benefits Summary Letter showing disability rating.

Documentation must be attached to the application before military preference can be granted.

BENEFITS:

Texas Parks and Wildlife offers a variety of benefits for employees such as generous paid time off, group insurance, retirement and pension, and frequent training and staff development opportunities. Other benefits include longevity pay, merit pay, deferred compensation, flexible benefit plans, 401K/457 retirement plans, direct deposit, telework, staggered work hours, Employee Assistance Program and a Return to Work Program. For new employees or rehires, health insurance is available the 1st of the following month after a 60-day waiting period. Click HERE to view our Benefits page.

HIRING CONTACT: Eric Garza, (512) 753-2707

PHYSICAL WORK ADDRESS: 5519 Bob Bullock Loop, Laredo, TX 78041

NOTE: County of responsibility is Webb. Successful applicant will be expected to reside in Webb County. Position is located at 5119 Bob Bullock Loop, Laredo, TX 78041.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Under the direction of the DISTRICT 11 LEADER, this position is responsible for performing the professional planning and implementation of natural resource management, monitoring, and research duties associated with wildlife and habitat resources in Webb counties within the South Texas Plains ecological region of the Southern Rio Grande Wildlife District. Provides technical assistance and public outreach programs to the general public, private landowners/land managers, sportsmen, and new constituencies. Develops comprehensive wildlife management plans for private landowners upon request. Disseminates information to the general public through news releases, radio/TV interviews, program presentations, and other public outreach and educational opportunities. Performs administrative duties and prepares technical reports, popular articles, and professional journal publications. Responsible in assigned area for public relations and educational/extension efforts to involve private citizens and organizations in support of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) programs. Identifies public hunting and non-consumptive use opportunities on public and private lands. Performs additional duties as assigned. Complies with all Agency, Division and Branch rules, regulations and procedures.

NOTE: Natural Resources Specialist (NRS) I salary will be commensurate with experience and/or completion of an advanced degree. Current TPWD NRS I-III employees may apply for this position at their current classification title and at the established Wildlife Division salary rate. Career Ladder progression is available dependent upon business need.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Education:

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree preferably in Wildlife Science, Wildlife Management, Wildlife Ecology, Range and Wildlife Management, or closely related field in Natural Resources Management. Major coursework from Bachelor's or post-Bachelor's degree programs must include a minimum of 24 hours in Wildlife/Habitat Conservation, Wildlife/Natural Resources Management, Wildlife Biology, and/or Research Methods.

Experience:

NRS I: No experience required;

NRS II: Two years relevant experience;

NRS III: Six years relevant experience.

Licensure:

If driving is required, applicant must possess a valid State driver's license;

Must possess or be able to obtain, within one year of employment, the National Wildfire Coordinating Group's (NWCG) Fire Fighter Type II (FFT II) certification.

NOTE: Retention of position contingent upon obtaining and maintaining required license and certification.

Physical Requirements:

Must be able to pass, within one year of employment, the FFT II moderate duty physical fitness standard (walk 2 miles with a 25 lb. pack in 30 minutes or less) OR the arduous duty physical fitness standard (walk 3 miles with 45 lb. pack in 45 minutes or less);

Required to conduct (without air sickness) low-level aerial fixed wing aircraft and helicopter surveys. TPWD employees are required to comply with aircraft weight restrictions. Weight limit restrictions prohibit flight with passengers that weigh in excess of 300 pounds. Must meet weight restrictions to accomplish annual low-level aerial surveys.

NOTE: Retention of position contingent upon meeting and maintaining physical requirements.

ACCEPTABLE SUBSTITUTIONS:

Education:

NRS I-II-III: Current Associate Wildlife Biologist certification OR current Certified Wildlife Biologist certification issued by the Wildlife Society may substitute for the required minimum of 24 hours in Wildlife/Habitat Conservation, Wildlife/Natural Resources Management, Wildlife Biology, and/or Research Methods from Bachelor's or post-Bachelor's degree program.

Experience:

NRS II and III ONLY: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master's degree in Wildlife Science, Wildlife Management, Wildlife Ecology, Range and Wildlife Management, or closely related field in Natural Resource Management may substitute for one year of the required experience;

NRS II and III ONLY: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Ph.D. in Wildlife Science, Wildlife Management, Wildlife Ecology, Range and Wildlife Management, or closely related field in Natural Resource Management may substitute for two years of the required experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Experience:

Experience with grazing regimes utilized for domestic livestock;

Experience working with rural landowners;

Experience with big game management.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

NRS I-III:

Knowledge of the basic life history, ecology and management needs of wildlife species and their habitats indigenous to the ecological region with particular emphasis relating to private lands;

Knowledge of general farm and ranching practices and their impacts on wildlife species and their habitats;

Knowledge of wildlife and habitat inventory and monitoring techniques for the ecological region;

NRS I:

Skill in using MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook;

Skill in effective verbal and written communication;

Skill in using statistical analysis programs;

Skill in operating GIS/GPS systems and other mobile applications;

Skill in collecting scientific data;

Skill in coordinating with the public, universities, department personnel, and other governmental agencies;

Skill in effective interaction with staff at all levels of the department and other State agencies and organizations;

NRS II: Skills of NRS I; PLUS:

Skill in collecting and analyzing scientific data;

Skill in applying common habitat enhancement techniques;

Skill in conducting conservation outreach programs;

Skill in developing comprehensive wildlife management plans for cooperators in the ecological region;

Skill in plant identification;

NRS III: Skills of NRS II; PLUS:

Skill in supervising projects as assigned;

Skill in planning, assigning and/or supervising the work of others;

Skill in communicating with the general public and agency staff on a broad range of fish, wildlife, and habitat issues;

Skill in research planning and design;

Skill in identifying and developing potential solutions to resource related issues;

NRS I:

Ability to apply common habitat enhancement techniques;

Ability to work as a member of a team;

Ability to work independently with little or no supervision;

Ability to conduct conservation outreach programs;

Ability to operate field equipment such as tractors, shredders, ATVs, etc.;

Ability to communicate with the general public and agency staff on a broad range of fish, wildlife, and habitat issues;

Ability to identify important wildlife plants;

Ability to perform manual labor, including lifting supplies and materials up to 50 lbs.;

Ability to conduct work activities in accordance with TPWD safety program;

Ability to perform routine (journey-level) natural resources work;

Ability to work under moderate supervision, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment;

NRS II: Abilities of NRS I; PLUS:

Ability to supervise projects as assigned;

Ability to understand the planning process;

Ability to perform complex (journey-level) natural resources work;

Ability to work under general supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment;

NRS III: Abilities of NRS II; PLUS:

Ability to apply advanced habitat enhancement techniques;

Ability to train others;

Ability to participate in local, regional, and statewide conservation planning efforts;

Ability to perform highly complex (senior-level) natural resources work;

Ability to work under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

Required to work from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday;

Required to work on holidays, weekends and hours other than 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. as necessary;

Required to perform work outdoors, occasionally in adverse weather conditions;

Required to perform manual labor, including lifting supplies and materials up to 50 lbs.;

Must conform to TPWD dress and grooming standards, work rules, and safety procedures;

Required to travel 20% with possible overnight stays;

May be required to operate State vehicle;

Non-smoking environment in State buildings and vehicles.

TPWD IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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