North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
Chowan County, NC, USA
Description of Work
NC Wildlife Resources Commission Mission Statement: To conserve North Carolina's wildlife resources and their habitats and provide programs and opportunities that allow hunters, anglers, boaters and other outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy wildlife-associated recreation. Visit www.ncwildlife.org for more information about careers. The agency employs approximately 650 employees. Salary will be based on budget, education, experience and equity. Salary Grade GN10 Hiring Range $39,611 - $63,378. 'This position requires frequent travel with occasional overnight stays, including out-of-state travel over multiple nights. Also this position has statewide responsibilities. Assignments, work and projects may be based in any location across the state.' Develops, coordinates and conducts survey, monitoring, and research activities for all waterfowl species in North Carolina. This includes conducting those activities relating to the design, implementation, analyses, interpretation, and dissemination of waterfowl population survey and research data on private lands, game lands, and other public lands. The Waterfowl Biologist examines management implications relative to waterfowl population dynamics and status so that agency hunting regulations and associated policies are based on sound and reliable data. The Waterfowl Biologists assists with the various steps in the Agency's annual process of recommending and selecting North Carolina's waterfowl seasons. Data obtained from survey, monitoring, and research activities are used to provide guidelines for technical guidance programs designed to implement appropriate wildlife habitat management for waterfowl on individual and corporate private lands and on public lands in the state. Responsible for survey and monitoring of waterfowl diseases in North Carolina, and coordinates specific actions in response to waterfowl mortality events, or events where transmission of waterfowl disease is suspected. The Waterfowl Biologist is one of two primary observers for agency waterfowl aerial surveys, which involve a minimum of 30-40 hours flying per year. Collaborates with appropriate personnel within and outside the agency, and with universities, to design appropriate cooperative research projects that may provide new information regarding population management of waterfowl species and coordinates with appropriate state, federal and university personnel regarding field data collection. Represents the Agency and Division on various federal committees (e.g., Atlantic Flyway Council Technical Section Committee), state committees, state committees, state board meetings, including those of nongovernmental organizations, committees of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, southeastern study groups, and interstate cooperative research project committees. Facilitates information exchange with and provides scientific expertise and technical guidance regarding waterfowl population dynamics, population status, population management, habitat management, and possible management implications to state and national conservation organizations, the media (numerous newspapers, magazines, etc.), landowners, and the general public. Survey and research data are disseminated through various outlets to educate sportsmen, landowners, and the general public regarding waterfowl populations and programs. The Waterfowl Biologist annually recruits, supervises and schedules work activities for one Temporary Employee. In coordination with the Migratory Game Bird Coordinator, prepares and maintains an annual operating budget and assists with the acquisition of needed equipment and manpower in support of waterfowl survey, monitoring and research activities.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies
Knowledge of wildlife biology, ornithology, and ecology is required. Advanced principles of scientific method, biological techniques, zoology, botany, statistics, forestry, and wildlife management are necessary. Experience in and knowledge of waterfowl sampling/survey techniques and procedures are desirable. The abilities to identify, capture and handle a wide range of wildlife species, conduct field necropsies, collect and process biological samples from live and dead wildlife, and prepare, preserve and store specimens are required. Accomplished communication skills (both oral and written) are required daily to coordinate with partners, disseminate information, and to help educate the public about waterfowl conservation and advance the NCWRC mission. The biologist should also be skilled in computer operation, database management, geographic information systems, multi-media communications and presentation, planning, and volunteer coordination. The abilities to prepare quality written reports/manuscripts and make oral presentations are required. The abilities to function independently, work in remote locations alone when necessary and work well with others are required. Good motivational and personnel management skills are required to guide personnel under his/her direct supervision in accomplishing predetermined and changing program goals, objectives, and policies. The willingness to operate a boat and locate/survey waterfowl from an airplane or helicopter is required.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Bachelor's degree in wildlife or fisheries management, marine biology, fisheries science, zoology or biology from an appropriately accredited institution and three years of related experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Supplemental and Contact Information
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