Wildlife Ecologist

  • Missouri Department of Conservation
  • Jefferson City, MO, United States
  • Nov 23, 2016
Full time Biology/Ecology Natural Resources Wildlife/Endangered Species

Job Description

Duties and Responsibilities
Provide leadership and coordination for a statewide, comprehensive bird recovery, management and monitoring program: Lead staff effort to identify and prioritize bird species recovery and management needs in each major natural community type using available national, regional and Missouri data; work with staff to implement highest priority recovery, and management needs as opportunity allows; Provide leadership and coordination with staff to determine priority monitoring needs and coordinate dissemination of results so Department and partner staff learn from these efforts and can adapt actions as needed; Work closely with the Grasslands Coordinator to support grassland birds and grassland management efforts; Support Conservation Opportunity Area (including Priority Geography) teams to provide leadership in identifying target bird species, management needs and design of monitoring efforts as needed; Work with Resource Science Division staff to conduct research projects as needed to assess response of birds to management actions, causes of species declines, assess recovery efforts, etc.; coordinate with Private Land Services Division staff to promote bird conservation practices on private lands.

Technical Expertise and Networking: Serve as a primary source of technical expertise on birds, their habitat needs, and regional and international nongame partnerships by maintaining a rich network of professionals at regional and national levels. Serve as the Department’s representative on interagency, regional and national committees including Partners in Flight and Southern Wings, attend national and regional bird-related meetings to learn the latest science and management techniques; share information with managers and partners by facilitating trainings, workshops, presentations, field days relating to bird management; and coordinate with Missouri River Bird Observatory, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Audubon Chapters, Missouri Audubon and National Audubon Society and universities on bird research, management and monitoring.

Strategic Guidance: Provide strategic guidance to MDC staff and partners on bird management topics, including recovery efforts for species of conservation concern. Facilitate the implementation of the North American Bird Conservation Initiative and other national and regional bird plans and coordinate with Wildlife and Resource Science Division staff who serve on Joint Ventures and bird conservation initiatives as needed to ensure a coordinated, agency effort is maintained; help managers identify desired future conditions related to bird habitat conditions; coordinate with Missouri Bird Conservation Initiative and birding organizations on bird conservation and birder recruitment strategies; serve as a member of the Wildlife Diversity Team to provide agency direction; provide leadership to Wildlife Division as part of the Species and Habitat Unit team.

Monitoring: Function as the Department’s coordinator for monitoring of bird SOCCs and regional and national surveys. Work with staff to identify and conduct priority bird surveys and monitoring and disseminate results to appropriate management divisions to ensure the information is used; Help solicit volunteer help to conduct priority long-term surveys (e.g., Breeding Bird Survey, Christmas Bird Count) and summarize information for staff and partners to ensure the information is being used in Missouri; Work with Resource Science Division to propose changes to the SOCC Checklist for birds; Submit Heritage records from relevant surveys; work with Missouri’s birding organizations to conduct bird surveys of Department conservation areas and submit data to eBird through the Missouri portal.

Outreach: Promote appreciation of birds, their habitats and management and birdwatching opportunities through trainings and outreach efforts to Department and partner staff and citizens. Provide training to staff on bird identification, ecology and habitat needs that includes current trends and priority species and conservation actions needed in Missouri; Work Outreach: Promote appreciation of birds, their habitats and management and birdwatching opportunities through trainings and outreach efforts to Department and partner staff and citizens. Provide training to staff on bird identification, ecology and habitat needs that includes current trends and priority species and conservation actions needed in Missouri; Work with O and E staff to facilitate public outreach regarding bird SOCC, including economic aspects of birdwatching; and coordinate birder recruitment opportunities and other events to build appreciation for Missouri’s bird resources; Coordinate the Great Missouri Birding Trail with partners and other duties as assigned.

Qualifications
Bachelor’s Degree in wildlife ecology, wildlife management, ornithology, biology, zoology, conservation biology or closely related area and three (3) years of professional experience in natural resource management, research, teaching or related areas; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Certified Wildlife Biologist is highly desirable.

Special Ability Requirements
Ability to:
Understand and apply principles associated with natural resource policy development.
Work with and coordinate the efforts of people with diverse points of view.
Resolve conflicts and achieve a consensus.
Handle multiple, diverse tasks of a complex nature and employ good time management techniques.
Work Saturdays, Sundays and occasional long or irregular hours.
Travel frequently.
Identify Midwestern flora, fauna and natural communities.
Work out-of-doors under rigorous and adverse field conditions.

Exemption Status/Special Notes
This position has been determined to be exempt according to the Fair Labor Standards Act. Employees must agree to accept compensatory time off in lieu of cash payments in accordance with the Department’s Compensatory Time Off and Overtime policy.

Smoking is prohibited in all owned, rented or leased Department of Conservation offices, buildings, and similar facilities, in Department aircraft, and in vehicles.

The Department of Conservation will hire only United States citizens and aliens authorized to work in the United States. All new employees will be required to complete an "Employment Eligibility Verification" (Form I-9) and produce requested documentation after employment.

Candidates seeking initial employment or re-employment must submit to a drug screen following offer of employment.

All persons employed with the state of Missouri shall file all state income tax forms and pay all state income taxes owed.
 
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Sector

Government- State/Provincial

Salary

$40548 - $71532/yr.