Fisheries & Wildlife Biologist (Fisheries Program Specialist)

  • Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism
  • Pratt, KS, USA
  • Sep 01, 2018
Full time Biology - Ecology Conservation/ Natural Resources Fisheries - Marine Science - Aquatic Biology

Job Description

This permanent, full-time unclassified position will be located in the Pratt Operations Office within the Fisheries Division and is directly supervised by the Fisheries Division Director, Doug Nygren.

The incumbent is responsible for directing all aspects of assigned statewide fisheries programs and grants. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: managing complex fisheries related USFWS and BOR grants as assigned, purchasing equipment as needed by staff and appropriate parties, working with fisheries staff to accomplish division goals and mission, and presenting program performance reports as requested. Developing partnerships with non-governmental organizations such as Recreation Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF), American Sportfishing Association - Keep America Fishing, and others to assist with program activities and promote efforts. Develop Friends of Reservoirs Chapters in Kansas and create an official fish habitat volunteer program that works with the National Fish Habitat Partnerships and our staff to improve and restore fish habitat. Increase local (non-state) participation in habitat and fisheries related development at fisheries not owned by the state. Administer and manage program planning and budgeting systems for over $2.1 million in funding allocations. Implement best management strategies related to fisheries resource management within the following programs and evaluate effectiveness using defined measurables: Lake Fish Enhancement and Habitat, Urban Channel Catfish and Trout Stocking, the angler access and opportunity programs (Fish Impoundment Streams Habitat and Community Fisheries Assistance Program), and others as assigned. This position also serves as the Arkansas River Coordinator. Defines baseline maintenance budgets, determines availability and eligibility of funds to support program expenditures, and documents needs for new or enhanced efforts. Responsible for maintaining all documents and databases relating to federal funding and federal aid requirements. These are all subject to oversight by Department administrators, auditors, and federal auditors. Maintains records by department staff; assigns work among clerical staff; establishes priorities for completion of work and provides guidance in resolving complex issues. Evaluate programs using R3 efforts and research and incorporate proven R3 strategies relating to Fishing Access and Fish Stocking programs to increase participation. Prepare correspondence responses, complete questionnaires, and research specific topics as requested by supervisor. Represent the Department at state and national functions relating to fisheries programs and grants. Attends staff meetings to develop agency/program procedures, determines program needs and proposes revisions to laws, regulations, and statutes. Attend outdoor recreation and trade shows as appropriate. Present program presentations at local and statewide meetings, conferences, and other events.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor’s Degree in natural resources, education, social sciences, or closely related field. Minimum of two years of professional experience. Must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Other degrees and experience may be considered by the agency. Candidates with a strong background in recreational fisheries management and experience in fisheries program evaluation will be given preference. The successful candidate must pass a background check and possess a valid driver’s license.

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Beginning hourly salary, $25.76/hr