Habitat Biologist Technician

  • Wyoming Game and Fish Department
  • Lander, WY, USA
  • Apr 18, 2019
Full time Biology - Ecology Conservation/ Natural Resources Wildlife - Endangered Species - Biodiversity

Job Description

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: 

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management- Lander Field Office would like to inventory habitats on Green Mountain, Crooks Mountain, and Whiskey Mountain south of Jeffrey City, Wyoming to assist in the development of a comprehensive habitat management plan for the Sweetwater Mule Deer Herd. This position will conduct habitat and invasive species inventories, monitor current and past habitat treatments, and plan habitat enhancement projects. The successful applicant will also assist in the development of the habitat management plan. Extensive coordination with Bureau of Land Management, Wyoming State Forestry, private landowners, other state, local and federal agencies and project proponents is required.

Human Resource Contact: Kate 307-777-4507


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The listed functions are illustrative only and are not intended to describe every function which may be performed in the job level.

  • Conduct fine scale vegetation monitoring on select sites to evaluate long-term vegetation and habitat objectives associated with grazing management or previous vegetation treatments such as fire, mechanical or chemical applications. Data analysis and written reports for Department and public use will be completed.
  • Utilize existing digital land cover resources, GIS data, and habitat enhancement data from various sources to develop and assess specific vegetation enhancement projects. Project specifics could include developing grazing management and vegetation objectives for new treatments.
  • Field evaluation of sites will be required to determine the appropriate treatment to produce the desired habitat objectives. Newly proposed habitat treatment sites will require delineation of treatment boundaries, acreage calculations, treatment cost calculations, etc.
  • Function independently in the field and also as a team member with private landowners and various interagency personnel working collectively on habitat related projects.
  • Complete a written report on projects developed and data collected including but not limited to a GIS based map including potential project polygons, associated data sets and photos, and narrative addressing additional NEPA requirements, project partner contracts, time tables and funding required to implement projects.
  • Assisting agency Biologists with the development of a habitat management plan for the area.
  • Communicating with a variety of individuals from various agencies, as well as private landowners for project planning and development.


QUALIFICATIONS:
PREFERENCES: 

Preference may be given to those with a bachelor's degree in wildlife management, range management, biology, zoology, ichthyology or closely related field, PLUS one to two years of professional work experience in wildlife or fish resource management, research or habitat development. 

**Agency requires that the successful applicant possess a valid driver's license. 


KNOWLEDGE: 

  • Understanding of ecosystem function and identification of plants to the species level in sagebrush, mixed mountain shrub, riparian and aspen communities.
  • Knowledge and an understanding of vegetation response to a variety of manipulation techniques such as mechanical, prescribed fire and herbicide application, as well as vegetation responses to browsing and grazing.
  • Knowledge and experience with mule deer nutritional and seasonal use requirements.
  • Some knowledge and experience with livestock grazing management strategies.


NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
PHYSICAL WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • The ability and willingness to work with minimal supervision in remote locations with difficult terrain.


NOTES: 

  • FLSA: Non-exempt
  • All new hires or rehires starting in a non-exempt position on or after January 1, 2018 are required to be paid hourly.


SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION:
040-Wyoming Game and Fish Department - Wildlife Division

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Sector

Government- State/Provincial

Salary

$14.82 Hourly