Additional Salary Information:Existing FWP employees in this same job may maintain their current salary upon successfully competing for this lateral transfer. A statuatory pay raise of 5% will be awarded on November 15, 2014.
Applicant Pool:If another department
vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may
be used for the selection.
Wildlife surveys and inventories often require use of light aircraft flying at low altitudes and having confined seating room. Field work is often carried out alone in isolated and/or rugged terraine and/or during unpredictable and inclement weather conditions. Position is subject to remote supervision which thus emphasizes the need for excellent and consistent communication. The successful candidate must be in good physical health. Hours of work can be long and irregular and can include travel to out-of-town meetings, attending evening meetings and occasional weekend work, especially in the fall.Hiring wage is based on the labor market, qualifications, internal pay equity, and budget. Employees scheduled to work at least half-time are also provided paid health, dental and life insurance. Other benefits include retirement, paid vacation, sick and holidays. Identity of applicants who become finalists may be released to the public if the Department deems it necessary.
This position will be responsible for game and non-game wildlife management activities in FWP Region 5 based out of the Regional Headquarters in Billings. Approximately sixty percent of time will be dedicated to non-game activities and forty percent will be dedicated to game activities. Functions as the Non-game Species Specialist for the Region helping to designate and implement non-game activities in the Region and facilitating coordination with the statewide non-game program. Designs and implements projects which enhance and maintain wildlife habitat on private, public and Department owned lands, including: developing contracts to protect and enhance habitat using programs such as State Wildlife Grants, Upland Game Bird Enhancement Program, Migratory Bird Stamp Program, Habitat Montana, and private funding sources; provide technical assistance to public land management agencies for habitat improvements and reviews resource management plans, grazing allotments and other environmental documents; develop conservation easement proposals with willing landowners on private land; oversee management and habitat development on the Big Lake WMA, and assists existing staff with management of Yellowstone WMA. Designs and conducts field investigations to determine the characteristics and dynamics of wildlife populations and their habitats and uses this information to make recommendations for habitat and access projects and hunting season proposals, including: surveying non-game, big game, and upland game bird populations; compiling, analyzing and interpreting data; and designing and implementing special investigations and research studies. Increases opportunities for public enjoyment of wildlife resources by: improving recreational access to private and public lands by developing solid working relationships with private landowners, implementing FWP access programs, and through conservation easements, fee title acquisition, and other habitat projects; collaborate with BLM, USFS, and DNRC personnel to identify public lands with limited access or unmarked boundaries to improve public access into these areas; and expand distribution of selected species by trapping and/or transplanting into suitable unoccupied habitats. Represents the Department on matters related to wildlife management including: explaining sometimes controversial wildlife management programs to representatives from state and federal agencies, local and county governments, industries, private landowners, sportsmen's groups, service clubs, NGOs, and other special interest publics; meets with interested groups and individuals to explain and receive public comment on non-game activities, hunting regulations, management actions and wildlife concerns; represents the Department on various planning teams and working groups; and responds to game damage and urban wildlife complaints and takes or recommends appropriate actions to alleviate problems.
Must have a thorough knowledge and ability to integrate the arts and sciences of wildlife population biology, plant and animal ecology, soil science, research techniques and the principles of wildlife management. Must have the essential skills and knowledge to determine management parameters that must be inventoried, and to establish activity priorities and assignments for seasonal personnel and to effectively supervise and evaluate their activities. Must have thorough knowledge of the laws, policies, and regulations under which the agency operates. Must have knowledge of Department fiscal matters as they relate to regional and statewide activities, and supervise the expenditure of allotted funds. Must have the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and communicate verbally and in writing with employees, other agencies, corporations, and various public and private representatives. Must have a demonstrated ability to conceptualize wildlife problems, design projects to test hypotheses, conduct field studies, compile and analyze wildlife data, interpret results, present conclusions and recommendations, communicate complex issues and ideas to a diverse public in a way that effectively influences decision makers at the Federal, State, County, and private landowner levels. Must have demonstrated ability in conflict resolution and negotiation skills. Must have demonstrated ability and desire to collaborate with others (researchers, managers, specialists) internal and external to the Department working in their area of responsibility. Ability to perform tasks independent of close supervision is essential. Requires a thorough knowledge of methods used in FWP’s habitat programs including: land conservation tools like conservation easements; grazing system design and management; other non-game, upland game bird, and waterfowl habitat enhancements; and approaches to evaluating habitat impacts by wildlife, livestock, and human activities. Must have the skills and knowledge of appropriate and accepted wildlife survey techniques, and the skills and abilities to select and utilize technical equipment essential for wildlife management operations in the Region.
The knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the duties of this position are usually acquired through a Master's Degree in Fish and Wildlife Management, Wildlife Biology, or Range Science including completion of a field research project presented in a successfully defended thesis. Other combinations of education and experience which could provide such knowledge, skills, and abilities will be evaluated on an individual basis. Equivalent experience is defined as five years of progressively responsible experience as a wildlife biologist or senior wildlife technician that includes:
1. Literature review and development of a problem statement and/or hypothesis for a particular issue.
2. Development of a detailed study plan or sampling protocol for a field-oriented project based on the above-noted hypothesis.
3. Data collection and the effective management of data with an appropriate application.
4. Interpretation and analysis of data, including a quantitative assessment of that information.
5. As primary author, completion of one or more publications comparable to those found in reviewed journals.
6. If appropriate to the project, formulation of any recommended changes in management prescriptions and or actions.
7. Oral presentation on results of investigation to agency staff and public audience.