The formal education equivalent of a high school diploma; plus two years of field experience in wildlife or fisheries management or forestry or land management, or a related area.
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.
Currently pursuing bachelors degree, or completed bachelors degree. Prior experience in science course work and science lab with an emphasis on biology, forensics, medical, or related field. Laboratory experience preferred.
Knowledge of the procedures and methods used in documenting wildlife investigations.
Knowledge of the equipment and techniques used to maintain buildings,
grounds and equipment.
Knowledge of fish propagation, harvesting, cultivation, and maintenance activities.
Knowledge of tissue and blood sampling techniques used in collection research.
Knowledge of agricultural methods and basic land laws.
Knowledge of timber marking, land surveying, and other related forestry techniques.
Ability to collect samples of wildlife, perform fish hatchery, prepare reports, maintain files, and present oral and written information.
Ability to operate and maintain wildlife equipment.
Excellent computer skills, especially in Microsoft Office Suite Programs (Word, Excel, Access, and Power Point) and Google applications (Gmail, Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Calendar). Ability to learn quickly and work independently; as well as under direct supervision and group project settings. Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in written form. Applicants must be self-motivated and able to maintain focus when performing repetitive duties in a laboratory setting. Applicants need an interest and basic knowledge of scientific principles and techniques. Must be willing to work indoors and outdoors in a variety of weather conditions. Must be able to swim. Laboratory skills and experience preferred.
The Conservation Program Technician is responsible for forest and fish propagation, fire prevention, cultivation, and harvesting activities and/or maintaining a wildlife management area. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency policy.
Inspects forest lands for damage by insects or disease, assists in implementing plans or recommendations for control measures, and prepares plans for site preparation or improvement of planting, harvesting, marketing, or wildlife use.
Conducts or assists in conducting research on collected samples, such as fish, blood, water, soil, and plant species, and examines animals and specimens to detect diseases or other problems.
Conducts agricultural and forest management activities on wildlife management areas, including preparing seed beds and plant foods; selects and marks trees for thinning and/or logging utilizing soil erosion control measures and maintains waterways, dams, and ponds.
Monitors and inspects public and private wildlife to ensure compliance with state regulations and trains various personnel in activities, such as fire safety, accident prevention, and maintenance and calibration of scientific and technical equipment.
Gathers, provides, and presents general and forestry educational information and training to various federal, state, local health officers, community organizations, and the general public.
Provides technical support and services for scientists and engineers working in fields, such as agriculture, environmental science, resource management, and biology.
Assists in conducting fish and game propagation and maintenance activities, including monitoring of spawning, hatching, incubation, sexing, and feeding.
Prepares reports pertaining to wildlife findings, conclusions and recommendations.
Cleans, maintains, prepares, and supplies work areas.
Performs other duties as assigned.
The selected individual will be responsible for assisting the fisheries pathologist in the fish health laboratory and in the field. Participation in fish health inspections and diagnostics, extraction and dilution of DNA, maintaining the fish health laboratory, inventory of lab supplies, and entering fish health and genetic data into databases or spreadsheets is required. A majority of the work will be performed in the fish health laboratory, but travel and field work are required. Some field work will require overnight stay outside of normal work area; expenses for travel (meals and lodging) will be reimbursed upon submission of an approved expense account. The fisheries pathologist program is a statewide program and AGFC owns and operates 6 fish culture facilities requiring travel and extended work hours. The selected individual will learn basic fish health techniques, media preparation for bacterial analysis and identification, DNA extraction techniques, safety techniques for laboratory work, standard protocols for quality control and quality assurance in a lab, and proper biosecurity techniques for aquaculture. The job requires a detail oriented person capable of working independently and performing repetitive tasks. The position is a part-time seasonal position. The individual will be required to live within a 50 mile radius of Hot Springs. The position requires the individual to wear appropriate attire for laboratory work (long pants and no open toed shoes).
The job will include local and statewide work assignments.
All applicants are subject to a criminal background check.
Applications must include complete work history and references.
As an equal opportunity employer, the Commission will make any reasonable accommodations necessary to ensure equal employment opportunities.