Wildlife/Fish Specialist 2
Working Title: Herpetologist
(Class Code: GF02-12782)
CLOSING DATE: Open Until Filled
FULL HIRING RANGE: $3000.00 - $4261.00 Per Month
AGENCY HIRING RANGE: $3,000.00 - $3,704.00 Per Month
DEPARTMENT: Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Fish
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF WORK: Improve the agency's ability to manage reptiles and amphibians throughout the state of Wyoming. The employee will coordinate the statewide herpetological program for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. As a member of the statewide Aquatic Assessment Crew (that is charged with developing tools and collecting information needed to sustain communities of native aquatic wildlife) the employee will provide expertise on all issues related to the conservation and management of reptiles and amphibians in Wyoming.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Plan, coordinate and supervise all aspects of herpetological projects conducted by the Department. Most projects will attempt to determine amphibian and reptile distribution, population size, species composition and threats to persistence. Provide technical support and field assistance for reptile and amphibian population and disease monitoring efforts statewide. Coordinate implementation of the herpetological portion of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department's Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy. Analyze data and report results. Manage assigned portion of the Herpetological Coordinator budget, ensuring that spending does not exceed appropriation. Maintain the statewide herpetological database. Compile information gathered by personnel from WGFD and coordinate with other state and federal agencies, university researchers and those with scientific collection permits to ensure that appropriate data are incorporated in the WGFD data system. Expertise in, and development of, tools, techniques and standardized methods for herpetological sampling (e.g., population monitoring, trapping, visual encounter and aural surveys, disease testing, etc.). Design, construct, repair, maintain and coordinate use of specialized sampling equipment. Hire and supervise contract biologist technicians. Schedule all work, conduct training, oversee preparation of daily activity reports and time cards and evaluate progress. Assume additional responsibility in absence of supervisor. Initiate, organize and implement training programs for Departmental personnel and other groups when appropriate. Develop and present educational programs to school children and other non-professional groups. Participate in and periodically organize cooperative efforts with federal agency, conservation organizations and university personnel. Primary WGFD representative on endangered and threatened amphibian and reptile recovery teams and working groups. Coordinate with university researchers, and other state and federal agencies on herpetological management issues. Coordinate with agency personnel on herpetological management issues. Coordinate herpetological sampling by WGFD personnel throughout Wyoming. Work with regional personnel to develop herpetological sampling priorities within each region and train personnel in herpetological sampling techniques and taxonomy. Assist with environmental commenting pertaining to Wyoming herptiles.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS: Knowledge of herpetological community and population ecology. Knowledge of aquatic resource management concepts and practices. Knowledge of research and statistical methods. Knowledge of herpetological sampling design and techniques. Skilled in use of computers, including word processing, spreadsheets and databases (including database design and management). Ability to plan, coordinate and complete multiple projects involving statewide travel. Ability to prepare grant proposals and coordinate all aspects of funded projects. Ability to operate and repair sampling equipment. Ability to perform fieldwork under adverse weather conditions. Must have good oral and written communication skills. Must be in good physical condition.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Any combination of training and experience equivalent to a bachelor's degree in wildlife management, range management, biology, zoology, ichthyology or closely related field, PLUS four years of professional work experience in wildlife or fish resource management, research or habitat development, enforcement of wildlife laws and regulations, OR a master's degree in wildlife management, biology, zoology, ichthyology, range management or closely related field, PLUS two years of professional work experience in wildlife or fish resource management, research or habitat development, enforcement of wildlife laws and regulations.
NOTE: Must have a valid drivers license.
APPLICATIONS: For more information or to apply online go to http://statejobs.state.wy.us/JobSearchDetail.aspx?ID=12782
or submit a State of Wyoming Employment Application to the Human Resource Division, Emerson Building, 2001 Capitol Avenue, Cheyenne, WY 82002-0060, Phone: (307)777-7188, Fax: (307)777-6562, along with transcripts of any relevant course work.
The State of Wyoming is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively supports the ADA and reasonably accommodates qualified applicants with disabilities. No notice of eligibility will be sent to applicants who meet the minimum qualifications.
DATE RELEASED: 11/14/2007