Assistant Natural History Biologist

  • Missouri Department of Conservation
  • Jefferson City, MO, 65109
  • Mar 31, 2017
Part time Biology/Ecology Communication/Public Outreach Environmental Education/Interpretation Natural Resources Wildlife/Endangered Species

Job Description

Starting Date: May 1, 2017

Hours: up to 32 hours per week

This position will support the Wildlife Division’s Species and Habitat Unit. Primary responsibilities include support of the Wildlife Diversity Program, working as part of a team with the Wildlife Diversity Coordinator, Avian Ecologist, Habitat Plan Development Coordinator, and Bat Systematic Survey Coordinator to support ongoing development and implementation of their respective programs. Additional duties may include support of the Wildlife Management and Habitat Management Programs.

With the avian ecologist, provide support for the Great Missouri Birding Trail and other avian monitoring and outreach programs. Provide basic technical support for the Great Missouri Birding Trail website (WordPress), identify and write short features for the website, and update online content as needed. Provide Birding Trail and general avian outreach to MDC staff, partners, and the general public, as needed, including email and verbal correspondence. Work with Avian Ecologist to brainstorm and coordinate outreach efforts to engage more birders, especially youth.

Provide scientific support. Assist with data entry, compilation and organization of large quantities of data, and data analysis using Excel. Assist with GIS mapping and analyses. Conduct literature reviews and summarize results. Assist with preparation of an annual Biological Assessment by using Excel and ArcMap to compile, categorize, summarize and evaluate project data submitted by managers for potential impacts to federally listed bat species.

Provide project management support. Work with Division staff and Purchasing staff to assist with writing and administering cooperative agreements and contracts with partners to complete inventory, monitoring and research projects. Identify permits needed (e.g., Wildlife Collectors Permit, Special Use Permit) and assist contractors and agreement-holders with obtaining permits. Communicate regularly with contractors and agreement-holders to ensure progress is being made and provide assistance as needed.

Provide logistical and administrative support for planning team meetings, workshops, staff trainings, conferences and events. Handle meeting and lodging reservations, catering and other logistics. Attend meetings, workshops, conferences and events to provide on-site logistical and administrative support. Record detailed meeting notes and distribute to attendees. Assist with preparing, printing and assembling meeting materials and supplying necessary equipment.


Applicant must have a Bachelor’s Degree in Fish and Wildlife Management or Conservation, Environmental Studies, Plant or Animal Ecology, Biology, or applicable field of study, or equivalent related education and experience. Duties require the applicant to have a working knowledge of Missouri’s habitats and wildlife, especially birds; understanding of ecology and natural systems; excellent verbal and written communication and coordination skills; team work, and project management/leadership experience. Experience bird-watching, familiarity with Missouri’s bird species and their habitat associations, and general knowledge of habitat management preferred. Familiarity with federally endangered and threatened species in Missouri, and with Endangered Species Act consultation under Section 7 and Section 10 preferred.

Knowledge of and ability to use ArcMap, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other software tools are necessary.

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

Disclaimer: Extension beyond June 15, 2017, is conditional upon budgetary constraints and approval of the Department’s FY18 budget, continued availability of funds, and employee performance.

Closing Date: 4/14/2017

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