Natural Resource Specialist 2 (Wildlife Research Biologist)

  • Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • La Grande, OR, United States
  • Dec 06, 2017
Full time Biology - Ecology Conservation/ Natural Resources GIS - Remote Sensing Wildlife - Endangered Species - Biodiversity

Job Description

Make a Difference in Oregon's Natural Resources! 


ODFW Mission: To protect and enhance Oregon's fish and wildlife and their habitats for use and enjoyment by present and future generations.

Description

 • This position is with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife located in La Grande.
 • This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified people to fill the current vacancy and may be used to fill other vacancies as they occur.
 • The employee in this position will be represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and will be subject to all terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement. Pay and benefits on all job postings may change without notice.
 • You must submit your application online. Paper applications will not be accepted.

Duties & Responsibilities

The Wildlife Research Biologist will assist the Project Leader with completing the objectives of the ATV-Hunter Interactions, Carnivore Interactions, Mule Deer Population Dynamics, and Ungulate Habitat Use Studies, and other future research projects. The Department Wildlife Research Program has ongoing research projects that focus on management of mule deer and elk and their habitat and predators. The Wildlife Research Biologist will help collect, analyze, write, and publish results from data collected as part of research on mule deer and elk and their habitat and predators. Major duties and responsibilities are to:

• Gather/acquire data from field studies that may require arduous physical activities requiring hiking across steep and uneven terrain, use of ATVs, snowmobiles, and 4-wheel drive vehicles.

• Compile, archive and appropriately document datasets collected during Department research and management projects. 
 
• Conduct spatial and statistical analyses of animal location and other relevant project data. 
 
• Gather/acquire data from literature reviews and on-line searches requiring use of computers and specialized knowledge of management of large mammals.
 
• Summarize and analyze data using geographic and statistical software such as ArcGIS, R, Python, or equivalents. Interpret and summarize data analysis in writing and using visual aids.

• Write manuscripts suitable for submission to peer-reviewed journals that describe results of research on mule deer, elk, their habitats, and predators.
 
• Conduct literature reviews and summarize information on mule deer, elk, their habitats, and predators.
 
• Collaborate with staff from the U.S. Forest Service about managing and archiving data collected at the Starkey Experimental Forest.
 
• Communicate in person or via phone or electronic media with biologists, land managers, and other natural resource specialists on specific goals and objectives of research.
 
• Assemble various GIS layers and data sets needed for analysis to meet research objectives.
 
• Communicate with statisticians, conduct analyses, prepare tables and figure summarizing data analysis.
 
• Prepare written reports and oral presentations for scientific outlets, the public, professional meetings and managers.
 
• Assist with data collection and other tasks required to complete ongoing research projects.  
 
• Monitor GPS collared animals using telemetry from the ground and air.

• Coordinate and manage hunts that occur at the Starkey Experimental Forest.
 
• Assist with check station duties at the Starkey Experimental Forest.
 
• Investigate mortalities of collared animals and determine cause of death.
 
• Lead capture efforts of wolves, cougars, mule deer, elk, and other mammals.
 
• Assist Department staff with questions regarding application of research projects to wildlife management in Oregon.


Working Conditions

• Requires field work involving arduous, physical activities requiring hiking across steep and uneven terrain, use of ATVs, snowmobiles, and 4 wheel drive vehicles. At times this may be during inclement weather and driving conditions. Requires conducting aerial telemetry flights to locate radio-collared animals.

• Requires work conducted in an office environment requiring use computer to compile, summarize, and analyze data and to write manuscripts and reports summarizing research activities. May require long periods of standing or sitting at a computer work station.

• Will require training and certification in the use of wildlife immobilization chemicals for restraining and capturing wildlife.

• Work hours may vary to meet sampling schedules and may require overnight stay in remote settings.

• May encounter people unhappy with the Department and natural resource management. 

• May require lifting supplies up to 50 lbs. (e.g., trapping supplies or bales of hay) on rare occasions. 

• This position requires an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Safety Education Card for on the job use of quads and three-wheeled ATVs (Class 1 ATVs) obtained through the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, accessible at the following website: www.rideatvoregon.org/. On your application, be sure to indicate in the Certificates & Licenses section if you have a card. If the selected applicant does not possess this certification, s/he must obtain it within six months of hire as a condition of continued employment. 

• Requires a flexible work schedule that varies in the number of hours worked on a daily basis, but not necessarily each day, or a work schedule in which the starting and stopping times vary on a daily basis, but not necessarily each day. This includes working at all hours and workdays in excess of eight hours. Work many weekends, holidays and evening, including long and unusual hours. 

• This position requires occasional use of a firearm to deliver immobilization drugs and projecting nets for wildlife capture, euthanizing injured or sick wildlife, killing or hazing nuisance animals and birds, collecting animals for research or other studies, and protection from dangerous animals in close quarters. The successful candidate will be subject to an initial criminal history background check with fingerprinting to verify s/he may legally possess a firearm before using a firearm, and will be subject to annual criminal history checks thereafter. Continued employment is contingent upon passing the criminal history background check.
 
NOTE: You must have a valid driver license and an acceptable driving record.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will check driving records for in-state finalists. Out-of-state finalists will be required to present a current driving record for review.

Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills

Minimum Qualifications

• Two years of biological experience performing studies, research, or resource management activities in a fish or wildlife program that included one year of at least two of the following: gathering data, analyzing data, or preparing reports, and a Bachelor's degree in Fisheries or Wildlife Science, or a closely-related Bachelor's degree with at least 45 quarter (30 semester) hours of biological/ecological coursework; or three additional years of  biological experience performing studies, research, or resource management activities in a fish or wildlife program; OR

• One year of biological experience performing studies, research, or resource management activities in a fish or wildlife program that included at least two of the following: gathering data, analyzing data, or preparing reports, and a Master's degree in Fisheries or Wildlife Science, or a closely-related Master's degree in biological/ecological sciences; OR

• A Doctorate degree in Fisheries or Wildlife Science, or a closely-related Doctorate degree in biological/ecological sciences.

Applicants who have obtained a Master's degree or Doctorate that included work experience from an internship, work/study, thesis, or similar program may list this experience in their application to receive credit for the work experience. The Master's degree/Doctorate and applicable work experience will be considered separately and both the education and applicable experience may count toward minimum qualifications.

Note: Your application materials must clearly describe how you meet these qualifications. Answers to the supplemental questions must be supported in the "Work Experience" section of your Oregon E-Recruit application.

Requested Skills

Preference will be given to applicants with experience:

• Capture and handling large mammals using chemical immobilization

• Gathering biological data for research projects

• Conducting statistical analyses and summarizing results

• Speaking in public and making presentations
 
• Experience developing and maintaining databases and geodatabases

• Writing progress reports, technical reports or scientific publications

• Working directly with other biologists or stakeholders to coordinate research or monitoring studies

• Using firearms

• Operating all-terrain vehicles, wildlife immobilization, and telemetry equipment


Additional Information

Your answers to the supplemental questions must be supported by the "Work Experience" section in your Oregon E-Recruit application or you may not be considered for this position.

Closing 12/14/2017 11:59 PM Pacific

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Sector

Government- State/Provincial

Salary

$3,597.00 - $5,242.00 Monthly