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.
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 state and federal laws affecting public ownership and protection of natural resources. Knowledge of state and federal laws, rules, and regulations governing environmental protection, endangered species, or use of federal funds. Knowledge of research and analysis techniques and methods. Knowledge of ecological systems and environmental and ecological processes. Ability to conduct field studies to identify ecological value of land and water preservation methods. Ability to collect samples and conduct scientific testing and analysis. Ability to write descriptive results of analysis and prepare/present oral and written information. Ability to use GIS software. Ability to develop, recommend, interpret, and apply policies and procedures. Ability to plan work unit objectives and operational activities and to assign/direct/coordinate the work of coworkers and public land managers. Ability to participate in and lead groups in problem solving activities. Ability to develop monitoring systems for projects and/or programs to measure successes, failures, and develop solutions to problems. Must possess the interpersonal skills necessary to maintain and enhance AGFC's relationships with our state and federal partners. Strong organizational skills are preferred.
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.
Serves as the primary point of contact within the agency for all AGFC projects requiring state and federal permits. Evaluates proposed AGFC projects, assists in project implementation, and coordinates all permitting activities. Communicates project effects to regulatory agencies. Assists the agency in maintaining Commission assets by facilitating the permit application process. Coordinates AGFC internal permitting under the Clean Water Act, Rivers and Harbors Act, National Historic Preservation Act, Endangered Species Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act. Works with project leaders from all AGFC divisions to obtain necessary state and federal permits for project development and implementation. Coordinates AGFC projects with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, State Historic Preservation Office, Tribal Historic Preservation Office, Arkansas Commissioner of State Lands Office, Federal Emergency Management Agency, United States Army Corps of Engineers, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, and other state and federal agencies as needed. Position will require regular in and out of state travel.
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.
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.