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Wildlife Biologist II

Workplace Alaska

Fairbanks ,  Alaska

This is a full time, permanent, position, which serves as an assistant-level management biologist in the Fairbanks Management Area. Under supervision of the Area Biologist, who establishes general project objectives and deadlines, the incumbent will be responsible for assisting with planning, developing, coordinating, conducting and evaluating complex management programs for big game, small game, furbearers and other species within approximately 40,000 square miles in Game Management Units 20A, 20B, 20C, 20F, and 25C. The area is roughly bordered by the Yukon River and Ray Mountains on the north and the Alaska Range to the south. It includes the Tanana drainages as far east as the Salcha and Delta Rivers, and Tanana and Yukon drainages as far west as the Tozitna and Cosna Rivers. Game Management Unit 20C, and large portions of Units 20F and 25C are remote, roadless areas. Units 20A and 20B surround Fairbanks and include neighboring communities linked by the road system.

This is one of the most interesting and challenging positions in the Interior. Management of moose, caribou, sheep, bears, wolves and furbearers are all part of normal duties. The Assistant Area Biologist assists with management and regulatory actions consistent with principles of wildlife management and legal constraints, and that maximize benefits for all users. Management issues include managing high density moose populations, including managing harvest to maintain moose populations within carrying capacity while minimizing hunter conflicts; managing two small caribou herds, Dall sheep populations, and black and grizzly bear populations. In addition, interest in trapping furbearers is high and urban wildlife issues are common.

The key responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

The successful applicant will be expected to complete aerial survey projects, radio track wildlife, conduct animal capture operations, analyze wildlife survey and harvest information, write project reports, explain hunting and trapping regulations to the public and other agencies, address nuisance animal complaints, participate in public meetings, manage permit hunts, and make wildlife management and regulatory recommendations.

The ideal candidate will possess some or all of the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience (All of the following traits must be documented in your Cover letter. If you don't have experience with one or more of the traits listed below, simply say so.

  • Experience planning, conducting, analyzing and reporting aerial surveys of fish or wildlife;
  • Experience managing or researching wildlife or fish species, including analyzing and reporting data collected;
  • Knowledge of or experience with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game hunting regulations, trapping regulations and the Board of Game regulatory process;
  • Experience immobilizing big game species to accomplish management, research, nuisance control or humanitarian objectives;
  • Experience developing, initiating and participating in cooperative wildlife management projects with government or non-governmental organizations;
  • Experience writing management reports, scientific papers or management plans for fish or wildlife species;
  • Experience using or education regarding the use of statistical procedures for analyzing wildlife population data;
  • Experience representing a natural resource agency at a public meeting or hearing;
  • Experience coordinating multiple personnel on field projects;
  • Work-related experience in a public information or public service position that required you to provide prompt, courteous service, by phone or in person, on a daily basis to a variety of personality types, including angry or upset individuals.

Special Notice:
A valid Alaska driver's license and CPR/First Aid are required for this position. CPR/First Aid can be obtained at the division's expense after becoming employed. The incumbent will also be required to be deputized by the State of Alaska to enforce Title 16 fish and wildlife regulations. The state will provide enforcement training for the qualified applicant.
Work may involve exposure to wild animals, insects and inclement weather, low level flying, travel by boat or skiff, or contact with drugs and chemicals.
Aerial survey duties are a requirement of the position and will take place in cramped spaces in small aircraft maneuvering for long durations at low altitude. The incumbent must be capable of performing aerial survey duties while dealing with any onset of airsickness that may occur.

Minimum Qualifications
A bachelor's degree from an accredited college in biology, a branch of biology, limnology, biometrics, oceanography, forestry, or natural resource management.
One year of professional level biologist experience. The required professional biologist experience is met by service as a Wildlife Biologist I, Fishery Biologist I, or Habitat Biologist I with the State of Alaska or the equivalent with another employer.

A bachelor's degree from an accredited college that includes or is supplemented by the following credit hours will substitute for the degree in a specific field:
• at least 24 semester hours (36 quarter hours) in biology, a branch of biology, limnology, biometrics, oceanography, forestry, or natural resource management (excluding courses that focus on agricultural husbandry techniques, human population dynamics, or the design and manipulation of landscapes), of which 16 semester hours (24 quarter hours) are upper division courses; and
• at least 12 semester hours (16 quarter hours) in any combination of two or more of the following: chemistry, physics, mathematics, statistics, geology, hydrology, or GIS.

A master's degree from an accredited college in biology, a branch of biology, limnology, biometrics, oceanography, forestry or natural resource management, will substitute for the required year of professional level biologist experience.

Special Note:
"Upper division courses" means courses that are specialized, in-depth and advanced. Such courses emphasize problem-solving, analytical thinking skills, and theoretical applications, with depth and rigor in a discipline's theories and methods; specialization in a particular field or profession; refinement of general education; and/or development of specific intellectual and professional skills. Upper division courses are commonly identified in college catalogs as 300 level and higher.

Some positions may require training in specialized areas such as hydroacoustics, microscopic analysis, underwater research, or fish habitat restoration or enhancement.

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