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Wildlife Biologist

Description of Work:

Responsible for field level phases of wildlife management and/or research within an assigned area or on an assigned project. Conducts wildlife research and wildlife management activities according to established methodologies and project work plans. Collects and analyzes data related to the management of game populations, upland birds, furbearers, endangered species and non-game animals and their habitats; works cooperatively with other department personnel and personnel of other state and federal agencies; makes hunting season recommendations and provides wildlife information to the public. In addition to the technical aspects of wildlife management, wildlife biologists deal extensively with the public and must have good communication skills and the ability to establish rapport with many different kinds of people. Individual initiative and problem-solving abilities are also important in effectively addressing complex wildlife issues.

Example of Duties:

Collects, compiles and analyzes biological data obtained from wildlife and wildlife habitat surveys according to accepted statistical procedures; writes technical reports, progress and project completion reports and articles; reviews and comments on plans and project proposals developed by other agencies, corporations and private organizations; makes formal and informal presentations to professional and public forums; conducts public participation processes; responds to game damage complaints and recommends preventative and control measures to landowners; provides technical assistance to landowners regarding habitat improvement or development; applies appropriate statistical methodologies in designing sampling techniques and analyzing and presenting data; and negotiates with landowners to secure hunter access to private lands.

Qualifications:

Working knowledge of the biology of wildlife populations and the principles of wildlife management; scientific techniques used in investigations of plant and animal communities; methods of statistically valid study assign and data analysis; and writing skills. Ability to design and implement scientific research projects; work outdoors in adverse working conditions; to be physically able to perform assigned duties; to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other agencies and the public and to communicate effectively verbally and in writing. No work experience is required but a minimum of one year of experience is preferred. Applicants must have a master's degree and a completed thesis project in wildlife management or closely related biological science.