Senior Wildlife Biologist position available in Wyoming, USA

Working Title: Sr Wildlife Biologist
(Recruitment ID: FWWB10-22162)
FULL HIRING RANGE: $4,569.00 - $5,375.00 per month
CLOSING DATE: 09/13/2013

DEPARTMENT: Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Wildlife
LOCATION: Saratoga
FLSA: Exempt

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF WORK: Provides habitat services to private landowners and land managers to increase the quantity and quality of fish and wildlife habitat. This will be accomplished through partnerships with landowners, public land managers (BLM, USFS, and NRCS), various conservation groups, sage grouse local working groups, the Platte Valley Habitat Partnership, and others.

  • Develop work schedules, plans, and budgets to accomplish goals and objectives of the WGFD Strategic Habitat Plan, regional habitat priorities, and the habitat extension program within a region.
  • Coordinate with WGFD, NRCS, BLM, U.S. Forest Service, private land owners, sage grouse local working groups and other state and federal land management personnel to enhance wildlife habitat through the Platte Valley Habitat Partnership and other cooperative work groups.
  • Plan and develop funding proposals, coordinate and implement cooperative habitat projects to optimize carrying capacity for wildlife, especially mule deer.
  • Evaluate wildlife habitat/range conditions, collect data, and recommend management or projects to improve terrestrial and aquatic wildlife habitat.
  • Evaluate habitat, analyze data, make recommendations for management or improvements, and suggest actions to minimize loss of habitat on public and private lands.
  • Enhance wildlife habitat by providing assistance to private land owners and public land managers through USDA Farm Bill Programs and other conservation group funding and partnerships, including a newly-established Game & Fish Commission habitat fund in support of the Platte Valley Habitat Partnership.
  • Evaluate past wildlife habitat improvement projects to determine effectiveness of meeting goals and objectives.
  • Enhance public awareness and knowledge of the value of healthy habitats and the need to maintain diverse, productive, and sustainable watersheds to meet wildlife needs.
  • Prepare interim and final reports on special projects, complete annual strategic habitat plan reports, and routine reports as needed.
  • Represent WGFD at public informational meetings. Interact with the public and landowners to promote WGFD and other partner programs.
  • Attend WGFD and other partner-sponsored training to keep current with techniques and issues of importance in the management of wildlife in Wyoming.
  • Knowledge of habitat and rangeland management, ecological plant succession, and grazing management.
  • Ability to become proficient in managing sagebrush communities.
  • Ability to plan and develop funding proposals, track budgets, implement and monitor results of habitat enhancements.
  • Understanding of big game ecology, management, and habitat requirements.
  • Knowledge of riparian, wetland, and watershed management and development.
  • Knowledge of the principles of wildlife habitat data collection and habitat conservation.
  • Knowledge of native Wyoming plant identification and management; management, protection, propagation, and conservation of fish, wildlife, and habitat.
  • Well-developed communication skills (written and oral).
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to work as a team member to accomplish goals; skills and ability to learn new computer software packages including Microsoft, ArcView and Arc GIS.
Preference will be given to those with a bachelor's degree in wildlife habitat, range or watershed management, ecology, biology, PLUS four years of professional work experience in wildlife habitat, watershed, or rangeland management; OR a master's degree in wildlife habitat, range or watershed management, ecology, biology, PLUS two years of professional work experience in wildlife habitat, watershed, or rangeland management.

Must have a valid driver's license.

*Please view the Class Specifications (Class Code FWWB10) and the State required Minimum Qualifications for this vacancy at:http://statejobs.state.wy.us/lookup.aspx

For more information or to apply online go to http://statejobs.state.wy.us/JobSearchDetail.aspx?ID=22162 or submit a State of Wyoming Employment Application to the Human Resource Division, Emerson Building, 2001 Capitol Avenue, Cheyenne, WY 82002-0060, Phone: (307)777-7188, Fax: (307)777-6562, along with transcripts of any relevant course work. The State of Wyoming is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively supports the ADA and reasonably accommodates qualified applicants with disabilities. No notice of eligibility will be sent to applicants who meet the minimum qualifications.

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