Under supervision of a wildlife biologist III (district fisheries biologist), employee serves as the assistant district fisheries biologist for an eight-county area in the eastern panhandle region of the state. Employee will be responsible for working closely with staff to conduct fisheries surveys on large and small impoundments, rivers and streams; planning and conducting fisheries related projects, utilizing fisheries management analyses and indices through the use of analytical software to interpret data; writing technical reports and scientific publications; maintaining sampling and research equipment; and maintaining public fishing and boating access sites. Other duties will include presenting fisheries management information to sporting, civic, and educational groups; providing public outreach to promote the agency, its objectives, and findings; and representing the agency in intergovernmental activities concerning fisheries issues. Preference will be given to applicants with a strong background in recreational fisheries management including: field survey techniques involved with boat and back mounted electrofishing, gill and hoop netting, remote stream temperature surveillance, and fish tagging and marking; laboratory activities involved with fish aging and biological tissue collection; a background or knowledge in basic fish health; and data management and analysis techniques. The ability to operate four- wheel drive and pull, launch and operate motor- boats; swimming ability for safety while performing duties and the ability to perform strenuous and potentially hazardous work for long hours under varying climatic and at times, adverse environmental conditions will be important evaluation criteria. In-state and out-of-state travel will be required. Performs all duties as assigned. Regular attendance is required. Must be available to work on weekends.
Training: Master of science degree from an accredited college or university with a major in a natural science field appropriate to the area of assignment as noted below. Promotional only: Bachelor's degree in a natural science field plus four years of full-time or equivalent part-time paid professional experience in the field or aquatic, botanical, fisheries, or wildlife resources management may be substituted for the master of science degree.
Closing Date: April 19, 2017
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