Wildlife Biologist Assistant

Virginia Dept of Game and Inland Fisheries

Wythe , Virginia

The purpose of this position is to provide technical support to Agency staff as related to the development and maintenance of fish and wildlife habitats, facilities, equipment and access. The employee’s primary work assignment is the Big Survey Work Unit consisting of the Big Survey, Crooked Creek, and Stewarts Creek Wildlife Management Areas The purpose of this position is to provide technical support to Agency staff as related to the development and maintenance of fish and wildlife habitats, facilities, equipment and access. The employee’s primary work assignment is the Big Survey Work Unit consisting of the Big Survey, Crooked Creek, and Stewarts Creek Wildlife Management Areas and the Radford Army Ammunition Plant, but will also work on other Department lands and facilities throughout Region 3 as directed. The employee works as part of a team to maintain and enhance wildlife populations on assigned WMAs by manipulating habitats, prescribed burning and wildfire suppression, participating in population and habitat research projects, and developing and maintaining WMA facilities, infrastructure, and equipment. This position also provides technical assistance to the public and supports operation and maintenance of boating access facilities within Region 3 as directed. Additionally, the position assists biologists and foresters with the collection of biological data needed for promulgating wildlife regulations and making wildlife habitat and population management decisions.

Minimum Qualifications
Incumbent should possess knowledge of and technical proficiency in multiple areas of wildlife management work; knowledge of or ability to learn habits and habitat requirements of wildlife; knowledge of building construction and maintenance techniques to include carpentry, mechanics, masonry, welding, and plumbing; knowledge of a variety of active and passive wildlife and fisheries population sampling methods and techniques; skilled in the use of relevant tools and equipment to include general maintenance of farm and heavy equipment, implements, vehicles, chain saws and small tools; skilled in the collection and recording of wildlife and fisheries population and user data; ability to apply knowledge and skills to develop and manipulate habitats to improve populations or enhance recreational opportunities; skilled in the use of PC and Microsoft Office software, specifically Word, Excel and Access; skilled in the collection and recording of physical, chemical and biological data; ability to follow instructions to implement management or research projects with minimal supervision and lead special projects as required; ability to perform manual labor to include moderate to heavy lifting in excess of 40 pounds; ability to work in varying indoor, outdoor, wet and dry climates and in remote locations; ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing; ability to effectively manage relationships with the public at-large, supervisors, general public and co-workers; and ability to interpret and analyze data.

High School Diploma or GED with experience in fisheries and wildlife management and valid driver’s license. Any combination of additional education from an accredited college or university in a related field may substitute for the required experience. A current CDL, Class A or B Driver’s License or must be obtained within six months of hire date. Must be able to obtain a Commercial Pesticide Applicators License within 1 year of employment.

Preferred Qualifications
Degree in Biological Sciences or a related field, progressively responsible experience in fisheries and wildlife management, and experience in building and construction practices and trades. Certified Prescribed Burn Manager, DOF Qualified Wildland Firefighter (Level 2 or 3), USFS Qualified Wildland Firefighter (Level 1), and/or Certified pesticide applicator for right-of-ways and agricultural

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