PRIVATE LANDS BIOLOGIST | AGFC BIOLOGIST

Dates:
Advertisement Opens: March 13, 2018
Advertisement Closes: March 28, 2018
Full Time:
Yes
Salary:
$45,274.00 - $65,221.00 Annually
Minimum Education and/or Experience:

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor's degree in biology, zoology, botany, 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:

The formal education equivalent of a master’s degree in biology, zoology, botany, or a related field.

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 laboratory and field survey equipment, techniques, and procedures.

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

Ability to make public presentations and conduct hunter safety classes.

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.

Preferred Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Strong public speaking, presentation, and teamwork skills.  Strong computer skills including knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, GPS, and GIS programs including ArcMap.  Advanced knowledge of wildlife management and restoration techniques and habitat management practices used in restoration and conservation of agricultural landscapes is preferred.  Knowledge of forestry and glade management.  Formal training in prescribed burning preferred.  Knowledge of the principles of biology, ecology, and related environmental sciences.  Knowledge of Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s private lands management programs and specifically federal farm bill conservation programs.  Knowledgeable in

northern bobwhite, waterfowl, and deer ecology and management.  Ability to plan and organize assigned tasks independently.  Ability to conduct scientific game and fish surveys and studies.

Postion Location:
City: Jonesboro
Office: Jonesboro Regional Office
Division: Wildlife Management
Job Summary:

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

Typical Functions:

Coordinates and participates in conducting biological surveys and studies of fish and wildlife to determine population growth, propagation rates, and the effect of environmental and human conditions on particular species.

Participates in developing wildlife management area recommendations and the development of the five-year plan for future Game and Fish activities and acquisitions.

Approves billings and projects expenditures and assists supervisor in preparing the district budget.  

Conducts hunter safety classes or public meetings on new and proposed rules and regulations.

Writes news releases on activities in the district.  

Performs other duties as assigned.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

This position is a Private Lands Biologist position that coordinates with state and federal agencies and other conservation organizations to promote wildlife management on private lands via Farm Bill Programs along with other state and non-profit conservation organization programs (EQIP, WLFW, CRP, WRP, Forest Stewardship, etc.).  Conducts public relations and education activities as assigned to increase and improve habitat on private lands using all private lands programs administered by the Wildlife Division and offered by partner conservation organizations.  Provides wildlife technical advice and assistance to landowners, deer camps, and other leased land managers through the Farm Bill programs, the agency Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP), and the Acres for Wildlife program (AFW) along with other agency private lands habitat programs.  Assists in addressing nuisance animal and wildlife depredation complaints from property owners and provides appropriate technical assistance in assigned nuisance animal counties.  Conducts wildlife population management, research, and surveys.  Performs routine administrative duties required to comply with program, division, and agency standards.  Performs other duties as assigned.

Other Specific Information:

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.