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.
The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in fisheries or a related field plus two years of experience in fisheries management or a related field. A master’s degree in fisheries biology or related field is preferred and may substitute for two years of experience.
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.
Knowledge of or experience in current fish sampling techniques and fisheries science principles. Knowledge of statistical analysis techniques, experimental design, and statistical analysis software. Knowledge of fundamental fish population dynamics, population modeling techniques, and trout management. Knowledge of lotic habitat, limnology, and reservoir/tailwater relationships. Good oral and written communication skills and ability to work well with others. Good computer skills, especially in Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint). Proficient in use of GIS software and GPS technology. Ability to learn quickly and work independently as well as under direct supervision. Willingness to work on weekends as necessary. Occasionally will be required to work long hours in inclement weather. Must be able to operate motorboats and back trailers with a vehicle.
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.
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.
Applicant works under the direct supervision of the Trout Management Supervisor and assists with all duties associated with the statewide trout program. Oversees collection of monitoring data on all aspects of assigned fisheries through fish population samples, creel and angler surveys, and forage sampling. Handles data from raw form, through entry and analysis, and writes technical reports to include management recommendations. Performs additional management-oriented research as directed by the Trout Program Supervisor. Coordinates with other state and Federal agencies on a variety of issues such as water quality and physical habitat. Makes oral presentations to the public and others pertaining to trout management. Assists other Fisheries Division personnel as needed with stocking, sampling, and habitat improvement work. Other duties may include employee supervision and public relations activities.
Must possess a valid Arkansas driver’s license.
Frequent in-state travel and field work with exposure to inclement weather is required.
Occasional exposure to hunters and dangerous animals may be required.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:
Must possess a valid Arkansas driver’s license.
All applicants are subject to a criminal background check
As an equal opportunity employer, the Commission will make any reasonable accommodations necessary to ensure equal employment opportunities.