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DWFP-Conservation Associate Biologist

State of Mississippi

Claiborne County ,  Mississippi

This is entry-level, professional biological management work in the fields of wildlife, fisheries, ecology and natural resources conservation in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. Characteristic duties include responsibility for investigation, collection and evaluation of field or laboratory data; and, conservation development, management and restoration activities related to state-owned and leased lands, wildlife management areas, and waterfowl areas or state parks/lakes, ponds, reservoirs and other public waters. Work is planned or outlined and performed under the close supervision of a higher-level biologist or an administrative or technical superior. Incumbents at the entry level may act as project assistants in the performance of related duties, and supervision may be exercised over subordinate workers.

Examples of Work:
Examples of work performed in this classification include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Participates in routine research projects, investigations and aquatic/biological studies in which the scope and objectives are established and based on standardized procedures; participates in formulating preliminary recommendations related to resource management.
  • Participates in habitat evaluations and ecological surveys; compiles and reports findings and observations.
  • Assists in the investigation of environmental impact of construction, dredging, channel maintenance, stream bank stabilization, soil and water conservation projects, gravel mining and related operations on wildlife, fisheries and natural resources management.
  • Participates in wildlife species or fish inventories, stream surveys, creel surveys, browse and mast surveys, population censuses, distribution and migration studies, prey and forage studies, age and growth studies, studies of mortality rates.
  • Assists in banding, tagging, counting, trapping, netting, shocking, and sampling activities; manages hunts; relocates or stocks (re-stocks) various species; collects data on depth, temperatures and flow of water in streams or other bodies of water; and compiles and reports collection data.
  • Prepares technical and non-technical reports from survey and field data; assists in compiling annual harvest information; hunting, fishing and recreational participation; resource usage; resource pressures, etc.; utilizes computer-based programs to enter survey and field data.
  • Operates and maintains a variety of equipment, including but not limited to: motorized vehicles, all-terrain vehicles, winches, boats, motors, audio-visual equipment, two-way radio and communications equipment, nets, traps, sampling gear, hand and power tools, laboratory and field testing equipment.
  • Implements conservation management program goals and objectives; resource preservation and enhancement practices; conservation management methods and techniques.
  • Assist in evaluation and improvement of terrestrial and aquatic habitats on state-owned or leased
  • lands; wildlife management areas, waterfowl areas; state parks/lakes; ponds; reservoirs and public waters; and, cooperative projects with federal, state or local agencies and conservation organizations.
  • Assists in providing technical assistance to sportsmen's groups, clubs, conservation and community organizations and the general public in resource management, habitat improvement, pond management and determination of harvest quotas.
  • Participates in informational and educational programs and in-service training on wildlife, fisheries, ecology and natural resources conservation methods and practices.
  • Responds to requests for information either verbally or in writing.
  • Assists in development, management and restoration projects for state-owned or leased lands; wildlife management areas; waterfowl areas; state parks/lakes; ponds; reservoirs and public waters; and, cooperative projects with federal, state or local agencies and conservation organizations.
  • Assists in making preliminary recommendations on seasons; bag or slot limits; specific state parks/lakes or management areas rules and regulations; hunting and fishing regulations.
  • Reviews and coordinates co-workers' job performance in order to obtain data and to ensure understanding of project goals.
  • Completes various reports related to time, attendance and activities; vehicle usage, expenses and repairs; federal aid reimbursement projects.
  • Maintains property inventory of assigned field and facility equipment.
  • Performs related or similar duties as required or assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
These minimum qualifications have been agreed upon by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in this job class and are based upon a job analysis and the essential functions. However, if a candidate believes he/she is qualified for the job although he/she does not have the minimum qualifications set forth below, he/she may request special consideration through substitution of related education and experience, demonstrating the ability to perform the essential functions of the position. Any request to substitute related education or experience for minimum qualifications must be addressed to the Mississippi State Personnel Board in writing, identifying the related education and experience which demonstrates the candidate's ability to perform all essential functions of the position.

EXPERIENCE/EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

Education:
A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited four-year college or university in Wildlife/Fisheries, Ecology/Biology or in Wildlife/Fisheries Conservation/Management, Forestry, Natural Resources, Environmental Science, or General Biology;

OR

Education:
A directly related Bachelor's degree field with thirty (30) semester hours in the wildlife/fisheries emphasis.

Required Document(s):

Applicant must provide employing agency evidence of completion of education requirements and a valid copy of his/her transcript to verify course work, when applicable.

Note:

Applicant must possess and maintain a valid Driver's License.

Essential Functions:
Additional essential functions may be identified and included by the hiring agency. The essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Investigates and reports data by using sampling machines, equipment and instruments.

2. Ensures the protection of wildlife, fisheries and natural resources.

3. Provides sportsman and general public with information on various topics.

4. Implements and maintains various administrative functions.



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