Conservation Biologist I

State of North Carolina Alamance County, North Carolina
Job Type Paid permanent

To coordinate and conduct surveys for nongame aquatic species (nongame fishes, aquatic snails, crayfish, and mussels) within the Neuse, Tar-Pamlico, Roanoke, Chowan, and Pasquotank river basins; to quantitatively and qualitatively monitor priority aquatic communities within these river basins; to develop and conduct conservation actions for priority species; to represent aquatic nongame issues within the Agency's broader conservation programs; to work with the broader conservation community within the basins to achieve aquatic conservation objectives; to provide technical guidance to local, state, and federal governmental agencies, landowners, educational institutions, and conservation organizations; and to provide public outreach.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies
Understanding of freshwater biology, ecology, taxonomy, habitat requirements of aquatic fauna, and ability to identify the fish, mollusk, crayfish, and aquatic snail species of the State are essential. Must be able to design and conduct complex field studies. Considerable knowledge of land and water use planning, restoration biology, stream hydrology and morphology, watershed based management, geophysical processes affecting streams, fisheries and wildlife habitats, and management are required. Must be able to obtain CPR and first aid certification. SCUBA certification is desired. Skills in statistical analysis, computer operation and database management, including MS Office, ArcGIS, are necessary, as well as skills in presenting and preparing technical and non-technical information in writing and orally. The ability to function independently and work well with others is mandatory. Must have a valid NC driver's license or obtain one shortly after hiring.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Graduation from a four-year college or university with a degree in Wildlife or Fisheries Management, Zoology, Ecology, or Biology or similar field and two years of experience in Wildlife or Fisheries Management; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.


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