Native Aquatics Biologist II

State of Utah Salt Lake City, Utah
Job Type Paid permanent

Are you looking for a dynamic position working with all of Utah's native fish, amphibians, reptiles, and mollusks? If so, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) is looking for you! As the Native Aquatics Biologist, you will provide on the ground support to each of our regional offices to address the State's most pressing conservation needs. This is a unique chance to both apply your biological expertise as well as expand it. Your efforts will impart positive and long-term effects on the conservation of Utah's diverse aquatic resources. You will have the opportunity to participate in every aspect of our conservation programs including: research, surveys, management implementation, and policy development.

Principal Duties

As the Native Aquatics Biologist, you will:

provide technical and field support to the regions which includes:

  • 90 days of field work allocated to the regions dependent on the outcome of annual NAS priorities meeting.

provide technical and administrative support to the Salt Lake Office staff which includes:

  • editorial review and compilation of CAS, ESMF, and WAP annual reports.
  • assist with tortoise adoption days and yard inspections where applicable.
  • oversee statewide Chytrid data collection and reporting.
  • attend 3-species database workshops and provide technical support.
  • technical support of Native Aquatics data integration into the Aquatics section database.
  • provide support for Recovery Program special projects.
  • support research projects through literature reviews and act as liaison between native
  • aquatics and the Aquatics Research Coordinator at FES.
  • explore new funding opportunities.
  • duties assigned by Chief (i.e.) New Zealand Mudsnail risk assessment tool, UDWR website redesign team, UT Sensitive Species list revision.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for this position has:

  • a bachelors degree in Fisheries, Aquatic Ecology, Fisheries Management, Malacology, Herpetology or a related field - preference given to higher degrees
  • field and research experience with desert aquatic ecosystems and fish
  • field and research experience with springsnails, bivalves, and other mollusks native to the inter-mountain west
  • field and research experience with amphibians and reptiles native to the inter-mountain west
    excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • a working understanding of Recovery Programs, Conservation Agreements, and State Wildlife Action Plans

Why You Should Join Our Team
Our DWR Aquatics section works as a team and we strive to breakdown barriers between conservation and recreation to improve and sustain the best aquatics resources in the west. Salt Lake City provides a unique blend of city life and a myriad of outdoor opportunities. With up to 90 days a year in the field (state-wide), this might be the best opportunity the DWR offers to experience all that Utah has to offer. We provide flexible work hours, opportunities for professional development, and participation in the decision-making process regarding management and conservation of Utah's aquatic resources. Additionally, the State of Utah offers great benefits and generous paid time off so you can enjoy a positive work-life balance. Click here for more information about the benefits offered.

Typical Qualifications:

  • bachelor's degree in Fisheries, Aquatic Ecology, Fisheries Management, Malacology,
  • Herpetology or a related field; preference will be given to higher degrees
  • field or research experience with fish, mollusks, amphibians, and/or reptiles
  • ability to research, analyze, understand and explain complex aquatic and natural resource issues
  • demonstrated ability to develop partnerships and collaborate with a wide range of state, federal, and private organizations
  • excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite
  • field experience with desert aquatic systems and fish communities
  • field experience with native springsnails, bivalves, and other mollusks in the inter-mountain west
  • field experience with native amphibians and reptile management, especially in the inter-mountain west
  • proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite
  • proficiency with Arc GIS
  • ability to communicate information clearly, concisely and accurately in written and verbal forms excellent decision making and problem solving skills by identifying key facts, exploring alternatives and proposing solutions
  • ability to research, analyze, understand and explain complex aquatic and natural resource issues experience pursuing conservation funding opportunities

Supplemental Information:

  • Routinely working in field conditions often in remote locations requiring camping.
    Off-road driving, wading streams, rafting medium to large rivers.
  • Risks which require the use of special safety precautions and/or equipment, e.g., working around operating machines, working with contagious diseases or hazardous chemicals, etc.
  • Work requires physical exertion. May require the ability to stand; walk over rough surfaces; bend, crouch, stoop, stretch, reach, lift moderately heavy items (up to 50 lbs.) in a recurring manner and/or for long periods of time.

HOW TO APPLY

https://agency.governmentjobs.com/utah/default.cfm?action=viewJob&jobID=2127942

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