BIOLOGIST SPECIALIST | AGFC BIOLOGIST SPECIALIST

Dates:
Advertisement Opens: Sept. 11, 2019
Advertisement Closes: Oct. 10, 2019
Full Time:
Yes
Salary:
$45,274.00 - $45,274.00 Annually
Minimum Education and/or Experience:

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in biology, zoology, botany, or a related field; plus two years of experience in wildlife management or a related field. Other job related education and/or experience may be substituted for all or part of these basic requirements, except for certification or licensure requirements, upon approval of the Human Resources Chief.

Preferred Education and/or Experience:
A Master's degree in Fisheries Management.
Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of the principles of biology, ecology, and related environmental sciences.

Knowledge of game and fish management programs including propagation, cultivation, and   harvesting techniques.

Knowledge of game and fish management laboratory and field survey equipment, techniques, and procedures.

Knowledge of supervisory practices and procedures.

Ability to plan, organize, and oversee the work of subordinates.

Ability to make public presentations.

Ability to plan work unit objectives and operational activities and to assign and direct the work of subordinate supervisors.

Ability to conduct scientific game and fish surveys and studies, analyze and evaluate collected data, and prepare written narrative report of findings.

Ability to direct, coordinate, and maintain wildlife management programs.

Preferred Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:
Ability to tow and operate boats. Knowledge of fish population dynamics, population simulation modeling, and common statistical analyses. Pose skills in public input methods when working with anglers. Experience in current fish sampling techniques. Good written and verbal communication skills. Physically able to work long hours, sometimes under harsh or physically demanding conditions. Strong teamwork concept, yet capable of completing a task without close supervision. Strong organizational skills.
Postion Location:
City: Monticello, Arkansas
Office: Monticello Regional Office
Division: FISHERIES MANAGEMENT
Job Summary:

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) Biologist Specialist is responsible for supervising a wildlife management program.  This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency policy.

Typical Functions:

Plans and conducts various biological surveys to investigate population, habitat, and ecology of game and fish species and conducts studies of game and fish propagation, cultivation, and harvest.

Analyzes and evaluates survey and sampling data and writes reports describing the results of the data and makes recommendations on game and fish populations.

Directs the development of various wildlife management areas or fish propagation and cultivation and treatment plans based on district management plans.  Assists supervisor with districts’ annual budgetary projections, prepares various reports and purchase orders, requisitions for equipment, supplies, and parts, and prepares monthly activity reports.

Makes presentations to civic groups, schools and clubs, and conducts public meetings to explain new and/or proposed rules and regulations and/or to hear complaints about wildlife management.

Writes articles for news releases on game and fish activities in district.

Assists supervisor in the development of game and fish management plans and proposals to expand or improve management areas.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
Functions as District 5 Assistant District Fisheries Biologist under the supervision of the District 5 Fisheries Supervisor. Responsible for the management of fisheries and aquatic resources in Fisheries District 5, which includes: Arkansas, Ashley, Chicot, Desha, Drew, Jefferson, and Lincoln counties in southeast Arkansas. Routinely performs standardized fish population surveys including electrofishing, creel surveys and netting. Analyzes fish population survey data and prepares annual fishery management reports. Assist supervisor with making management and regulations recommendations. Assists other fisheries division personnel with aquatic resources and fisheries management projects. Conducts specialized research and data analysis of various fish species and habitat types. Conducts fish management activities such as lake fertilization and fish habitat improvements. Extension work on private farm ponds and fishing lakes. Writes technical reports and presents audio/visual programs to civic clubs, angler clubs, school groups, and professional organizations. Maintains professional decorum with other local, state, and federal agencies. Establishes and maintains communication with the public. Scopes potential public access sites and identify access maintenance renovation needs.
Certificates, Licenses, or Registrations:

Must possess a valid Arkansas driver’s license.

Special Job Dimensions:

Frequent in-state travel and field work with exposure to inclement weather is required. 

Occasional exposure to hunters and dangerous animals may be required.

Other Specific Information:
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS: Must possess a valid Arkansas driver’s license. SPECIAL JOB DIMENSIONS: Frequent in-state travel and field work with exposure to inclement weather is required. Occasional exposure to hunters and dangerous animals may be required. All applicants subjected to a criminal background check.

As an equal opportunity employer, the Commission will make any reasonable accommodations necessary to ensure equal employment opportunities.