|Advertisement Opens: Jan. 17, 2024
|Advertisement Closes: Feb. 23, 2024
|Full Time: Yes
|Salary: $61,443.00 - $86,609.00 Annually
|Minimum Education and/or Experience:
A bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology, conservation biology, natural resources, environmental science or a related field plus four years of experience in a related field plus two years of demonstrated leadership of wildlife management activities.
A master’s degree in wildlife biology, conservation biology, natural resources, environmental science or a related field plus three years of experience in a related field plus two years of demonstrated leadership of wildlife management activities.
|Preferred Education and/or Experience:
The formal education equivalent of a master’s degree in natural resources; plus five years of natural resources experience; and two years in a leadership role.
Ability to acquire master diver certification within 3 years.
|Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:
Knowledge of the principles of biology, ecology, and related environmental sciences. Knowledge of wildlife management principles and techniques.
Knowledge of laboratory and field survey equipment, techniques, and procedures. Ability to plan, organize, and oversee the work of subordinates.
Ability to make public presentations.
Ability to develop and implement wildlife research, monitoring or management projects. Ability to communicate orally and in writing.
Ability to make public presentations.
Ability to plan work unit objectives and operational activities and assign and direct the work of subordinate supervisors and applicable field personnel.
Ability to develop and implement wildlife research, monitoring or management projects. Ability to direct, coordinate, and maintain wildlife management programs.
|Preferred Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:
Office: Benton Field Office
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) Conservation Program Biologist I is responsible for the overall management, protection and enhancement of fish, wildlife, and habitats on public lands and waters within a region. This position is also responsible for deployment, direct evaluation and/or coordination of specific professional, technical and/or part-time employees, interns, contractors and/or volunteers and may assume all staff supervisory and operational responsibilities in the absence of the Regional Supervisor. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency policy.
Leads nuisance wildlife capture and relocation.
|Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
Join the team of professionals that are tasked with conserving Arkansas’s rarest species. These individuals identify the issues impacting Species of Greatest Conservation Need and federally listed species, and work with partners, landowners, and contractors to implement conservation actions to help ensure their survival.
The selected individual will be responsible for the conservation of Arkansas’s native species, statewide. Duties for this position include routine monitoring of populations, identifying crucial conservation needs, implementing conservation actions, developing conservation strategies, establishing conservation goals, performing public relations activities, generating reports on computer-based programs and other duties as deemed necessary. The job requires heavy physical demands, working in inclement weather, and traveling away from the duty station for extended periods of time. The employee will be required to wear a commission uniform.
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) Aquatic Conservation Ecologists are responsible for identifying, coordinating and implementing conservation actions to help restore declining populations of focal species to self-sustaining levels. The AGFC Aquatic Ecology Program consists of four staff members with statewide responsibility for the conservation of all species within their respective taxon groups. Assisting with conservation projects managed by other ecologists is required to achieve the greater conservation mission of the AGFC. Familiarity with Arkansas’s diverse aquatic fauna is an important skill for all members of this team. Ecologists must work with Federal, State, NGO, and other AGFC personnel to identify and prioritize critical conservation actions for their species groups, and communicate these needs to administrators, landowners, and the public.
This position requires good written and verbal communication skills to inform the public, social media posts, detailed project plans, and agency reports. This position represents the agency on internal and external committees to further the conservation goals and objectives of the AGFC. AGFC Conservation Ecologists must be self-starters, problem solvers, critical thinkers, and independent operators.
This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency/institution policy.
|Certificates, Licenses, or Registrations:
Must have a valid driver's license.
Ability to acquire a non-commercial pesticide applicator license within 1 year.
Class A CDL may be required based on job duties assigned.
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.
|Special Job Dimensions:
|Other Specific Information:
Frequent in-state travel and field work with exposure to inclement weather is required.
Occasional exposure to dangerous animals may be required.
This position often requires working weekends, long hours, and/or in poor weather conditions.
As an equal opportunity employer, the Commission will make any reasonable accommodations necessary to ensure equal employment opportunities.