Wildlife Diversity Coordinator

State of North Carolina

Wake County , North Carolina

Description of Work

This position requires occasional travel with occasional overnight stays.
This position has statewide responsibilities. Assignments, work and projects may be based in any location across the state.

The Wildlife Diversity Program Coordinator's main job responsibilities are:

  • The Wildlife Diversity Program Coordinator participates and coordinates with Wildlife Management Division, Inland Fisheries Division, and Habitat Conservation staff as appropriate in developing goals and implementing programs that facilitate the mission and goals of the divisions and agency. Specifically, the position contributes significantly to revising, implementing and evaluating the N.C. Wildlife Action Plan and helps to ensure that program and agency projects and actions are consistent with the goals, objectives, and strategies identified in the plan. This position ensures that projects pursued by field staff are complementary to the action plan and meet state-wide and agency priorities. A high level of planning across divisions is necessary to ensure the overall program needs are met for both terrestrial and aquatic nongame species.
  • Many wildlife diversity program projects and activities require collaboration with and help from other agency sections and divisions as well as other resource agencies. This includes both the administration of agency programs and the melding of Wildlife Diversity Program goals with programs of other agencies. The Wildlife Diversity Program Coordinator is responsible for the coordination of program activities with other work unit supervisors to ensure that work activities are compatible with operational goals for those work units while simultaneously ensuring wildlife diversity projects have adequate manpower, and fiscal and operational resources necessary to meet project objectives. This position will serve as the Commission representative on matters related to the Agency's Wildlife Diversity Program including, but not limited to, the Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative, South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative, Association of Fish and Agencies committees, Atlantic Flyway Council Nongame Migratory Bird Technical Section, Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Wildlife Diversity Committee, and various work groups dealing with climate change issues. He/she serves as programmatic liaison for the Commission's Habitat, Nongame & Endangered Species Committee and North Carolina Nongame Wildlife Advisory Committee.
  • The Wildlife Diversity Program Coordinator works with Wildlife Diversity Program staff to provide leadership, direction, management and support in organizing and conducting program activities. Responsibilities include attending joint meetings with other agency and division staff members, helping to plan and monitor ongoing projects, providing technical expertise relative to overall activities, conducting regular section/project meetings to assess project status and needs, and reviewing monthly and quarterly activity and progress reports. Assesses program effectiveness and provides guidance and support to improve effectiveness and efficiency in meeting the goals of the Wildlife Diversity Program.
  • The Wildlife Diversity Program Coordinator provides orientation to new employees relative to Commission structure, policy, and administrative procedures. He/she is also responsible for relating and updating program staff with Commission actions and programs. He/she meets annually with individual biologists and supervisors under his/her supervision to develop work plans and coordinate field activity schedules, conducts an annual interim review and final performance review to evaluate employees' performance relative to the work plan. Throughout the year he/she provides counseling and guidance to biologists and supervisors to assist them in making decisions regarding work priorities, activities and scheduling. He/she also is responsible for initiating appropriate disciplinary measures and participating in grievance resolutions at the field level. He/she reviews job applications and coordinates interviews of prospective employees in the section. He/she assists with developing job descriptions for wildlife diversity biologist positions and makes recommendations to the division administrative staff relative to work assignments and program organization. He/she is responsible for ensuring that staff participate in professional meetings and symposia so that the most current and appropriate techniques will be utilized for the respective projects.
  • The Wildlife Diversity Program Coordinator meets frequently with program staff to assess fiscal needs for approved project activities. Budgetary requests are evaluated, prioritized and combined into an integrated program budget request. He/she is responsible for pursuing and administering funding for program activities including submitting grant applications, tracking project activities, and reporting project accomplishments. He/she helps to pursue and document matching funds for grants and recommends, reviews and approves annual budgets and large expenditures. He/she ensures that projects stay within budget and works to maximize cost effectiveness of activities. He/she reviews and approves monthly activity reports, p-card purchases, invoices, and equipment inventory of supervised staff. He/she coordinates with other Commission programs, staff, and administrators to allocate and administer grants and other funding that affects multiple programs (e.g. State Wildlife Grants, Pittman-Robertson, etc.) across the division and agency.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies
The employee should be completely familiar with agency structure, political realities, the regulation process, and technical aspects of the job. Well-developed communication skills are required for this position. Ability to prepare quality written reports and make oral presentations is mandatory. Accomplished communication skills are required daily to coordinate with resource professionals, relay technical information to employees, and to the public. Advanced principles of scientific method, biological techniques, zoology, botany, statistics, forestry, and ecology are necessary. Good motivational and personnel management skills are required to be able to guide personnel under his/her direct supervision in accomplishing predetermined and changing program goals, objectives, and policies.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Bachelor's degree in wildlife or fisheries management, zoology or biology from an appropriately accredited institution with a graduate degree preferred and six years of experience in wildlife management work including supervisory experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.



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