Wildlife Biologist Assistant

  • Missouri Department of Conservation
  • St Louis, MO, USA
  • Feb 12, 2018
Full time Biology - Ecology Conservation/ Natural Resources Fisheries - Marine Science - Aquatic Biology GIS - Remote Sensing Wildlife - Endangered Species - Biodiversity

Job Description

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direction of a Natural History Biologist, plans, supervises, and implements the monitoring, restoration, and management of natural communities and fish and wildlife populations on both public and private lands. Assists with species monitoring, updating records of species of conservation concern, endangered species recovery tasks, natural community restoration, and environmental reviews. Tasks will vary seasonally and with priority focus, but could include breeding bird surveys, rare plant surveys, natural community assessments, invasive species control, cave hibernacula surveys, etc. Works cooperatively with biologists of Forestry, Wildlife, Private Land Services, and Fisheries Divisions. Plans seasonal and monthly work schedules. Tracks accomplishments and assists with vehicle and fuel reconciliation reports. Assists with the development of a district budget and monitors expenditures including bidding for goods and services and contract administration. Prepares and presents educational programs and assists with workshops promoting natural community restoration and management. Records, compiles and analyzes information using portable data recorders, personal computers, ArcGIS and other software. Participates in Leadership Academy and other professional development programs. Performs other duties as required. 

Although this is a full-time salaried job, the position is designed to be a training position for a 2-3-year term, with the desire for the candidate to build their experience and seek promotional opportunities within the Missouri Department of Conservation. 

To learn more about the job, feel free to contact Andrea Schuhmann at 636-441-4554.

Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Conservation Biology, Ecology, Wildlife Management, Forestry; or a closely related natural resources degree.

Special Ability Requirements

Ability to: 
Accept all responsibilities of the job and assigned tasks. 
Use provided computer technology to enhance the quality of work and programs. 
Keep focused on understanding, anticipating and responding to the needs of customers. 
Administer financial resources in a manner which instills public trust and accomplishes the Department’s mission. 
Accept change and new information and cope with job pressure and stress. 
Identify internal and external politics that impact the work of the Department. 
Define a problem, analyze relevant information, develop solutions and solve problems. 
Maintain focus and intensity, and remain optimistic and persistent even under adversity. 
Develop and sustain cooperative working relationships. 
Demonstrate technical proficiency in areas of responsibility. 
Create and sustain an atmosphere in which timely, quality information flows between self and others and to express facts and ideas in a convincing manner whether one-on-one or within or before groups. 
Take a long-term view of the Department’s or Unit’s direction and articulate a vision which integrates key program goals, priorities, values and other factors. 
Demonstrate regular and predictable attendance. 
Operate a motor vehicle and obtain a valid Driver License by date of employment. 
Identify native and non-native species of Missouri plants and animals. 
Read and interpret topographic and soil survey maps and aerial photos. 
Read and write land descriptions using latitudes and longitudes, GPS data, and standard legal descriptions (Township, Range, Section), and to locate specific points, areas and features on topographic maps and on the ground. 

Travel extensively throughout the state during the work week and occasionally for out-of-state training (approved travel expenses are reimbursed by the Department). 
Work with and maintain effective working relationships with the St. Louis Zoo, State Parks, Missouri Botanical Garden, private landowners, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, conservation organizations, etc. 
Work out-of-doors in extreme hot or cold temperatures, and with biting insects. 
Walk in rough terrain including shallow flooded wetlands, dense prairie, and steep sloped woodlands while performing field work and participating in prescribed burns or wild fires. 
Must have good technical and general writing skills. 
Must have good verbal communication skills. 
Must have the ability to prepare and present general information and technical programs to diverse professional and lay audiences.

Closing Date: 2/23/2018

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Sector

Government- State/Provincial

Salary

$28,596 - $32,100 depending upon qualification.