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Stream and River Biologist Project Leader

MA Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

Westborough, Massachusetts

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details 77,396.02 - 113,577.62 Yearly
Required Experience 2 - 6 years

Stream and River Biologist Project Leader  - (240005AC)

Description

The Massachusetts Department of Fish & Game works to preserve the state's natural resources and people's right to conservation of those resources, as protected by Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution. To carry out this mission, the Department exercises responsibility over the Commonwealth's marine and freshwater fisheries, wildlife species, plants, and natural communities, as well as the habitats that support them. 

The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW) is responsible for the conservation - including restoration, protection, and management - of fish and wildlife resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the public. 

The Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Fisheries and Wildlife is accepting resumes and applications for the position of Stream and River Biologist Project Leader (Aquatic Biologist IV) assigned to the Field Headquarters in Westborough, MA.

A cover letter and resume must be submitted as part of the application process and attached “as relevant” to the requisition. 

The Stream and River Biologist Project Leader writes fisheries conservation management plans, focusing on warm and cool water streams and large rivers, analyzes fisheries and other aquatic resource data, develops fisheries and instream flow recommendations and undertakes actions to protect, maintain, and restore fish populations and their habitats. 

The Project Leader sets project-specific priorities and plans, conducts fisheries and habitat assessment work, performs statistical and GIS analysis of data sets, and prepares technical reports and presentations.

 The Project Leader interacts with other state and federal environmental agencies to further enhance protection of fisheries resources and their habitats through Federal Energy Regulatory Commission hydropower relicensing efforts and statewide water policy deliberations.  

The Project Leader develops and makes presentations at public meetings and hearings; work with other environmental stakeholders and sportsmen’s organizations to advance watershed-based fisheries conservation and management objectives and participate in professional organizations and societies to identify emerging strategies for improving the agencies effectiveness with protecting and/or restoring fisheries habitat.

DETAILED STATEMENT OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develops and implements statewide assessments of stream and river resources, focusing primarily on warm and cool water streams and rivers.
  • Collaborates with the regulated community and other state and federal regulatory agencies to develop statewide stream flow recommendations, assessing stream flow and habitat necessary to support the Commonwealths native fish populations, and provides guidance regarding habitat restoration activities.
  • Serves as the fisheries representative in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission hydropower relicensing efforts and provides expertise on statewide water policy issues including the Interbasin Transfer Act and Water Management Act, and Water Quality Standards.
  • Uses an extensive existing fisheries data base, to research and monitor the effects of impacts to water quantity, water quality, and physical habitat on streams and rivers using GIS and statistical analyses of fisheries survey data. 
  • Conducts research and habitat restoration actions including the identification of fisheries resources in the project area, potential threats to those resources, and conservation options to protect them.
  • Collaborates with interdisciplinary teams within the Division and other public and private partners to ensure fisheries science is applied to support healthy aquatic ecosystems management and long-term sustainability of fish communities and their habitats.
  • Provides technical services and expert advice to stakeholders and partners on the conservation and management of fisheries resources. 
  • Develops and makes presentations at public meetings and hearings; works with other environmental stakeholders and sportsmen’s organizations to advance watershed-based fisheries conservation and management objectives.
  • Participates in professional organizations and societies to identify emerging strategies for improving the agency’s effectiveness with protecting and/or restoring fisheries habitat.
  • Performs related duties as required. 

 QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED AT HIRE 

  • Complete understanding of fisheries science, stream flow and habitat restoration, biology, ecology, and management.
  • Skilled in the use of GIS and statistical applications. 
  • Experience making oral presentations.
  • Skilled in experimental design, implementation of field studies and preparation of detailed reports. 
  • Ability to work effectively with other agency personnel, state and federal agencies, stakeholders and partners. 
  • Five years of professional work experience in fisheries resource management, research or aquatic habitat restoration.

Qualifications

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

Applicants must have at least (A) five years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional, para-professional or technical experience in marine biology or fisheries management work, of which (B) at least three years must have been in a professional capacity and of which (C) at least two years must have been in a supervisory capacity, or (D) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.

Substitutions:

I. A Bachelor's degree with a major in marine, fisheries or wildlife biology; fisheries or wildlife management; marine science or oceanography may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the required (A) experience on the basis of two years of education for one year of experience.*

II. A Graduate degree with a major in marine, fisheries or wildlife biology; fisheries or wildlife management; marine science or oceanography may be substituted for one year of the required (A) experience on the basis of two years of education for one year of experience.*
*Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.

Comprehensive Benefits

When you embark on a career with the Commonwealth, you are offered an outstanding suite of employee benefits that add to the overall value of your compensation package. We take pride in providing a work experience that supports you, your loved ones, and your future.

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An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.  Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Commonwealth is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law.  Research suggests that qualified women, Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC) may self-select out of opportunities if they don't meet 100% of the job requirements.  We encourage individuals who believe they have the skills necessary to thrive to apply for this role.

Official Title: Aquatic Biologist IV

Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Westborough-Rabbit Hill Road

Job: Science

Agency: Department of Fish And Game

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Day

Job Posting: May 23, 2024, 1:19:00 PM

Number of Openings: 1

Salary: 77,396.02 - 113,577.62 Yearly

If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator: Melixza Esenyie - 6176261282

Bargaining Unit: 09-MOSES - Engineers/Scientists

Confidential: No

Potentially Eligible for a Hybrid Work Schedule: Yes

HOW TO APPLY

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

Apply online at https://massanf.taleo.net/careersection/ex/jobdetail.ftl?job=240005AC

If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator: Melixza Esenyie - 617 626 1282

When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.

Category Fisheries, Hydrology
Tags GIS