SUPERVISING BIOLOGIST (WILDLIFE)

Class Definition

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: In the area of specialization indicated in the title, to plan, supervise, review and evaluate the work of a staff engaged in carrying out a comprehensive environmental program; to perform the most complex administrative duties, advanced research, and training of subordinates; and to do related work as required. SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Works under the administrative direction of the division Chief and Deputy Chief(s) with considerable latitude for the exercise of technical and administrative judgment; work is reviewed through conferences and submitted reports. SUPERVISION EXERCISED: To plan, supervise, review and evaluate the work of a staff engaged in carrying out a comprehensive environmental program.

Illustrative Examples of Work Performed

In the area of specialization indicated in the title, to plan, supervise, review and evaluate the work of professional personnel and support staff engaged in carrying out a comprehensive environmental program. To perform the most complex administrative duties, advanced research, and training of subordinates. To plan and supervise difficult scientific research on various species and their habitats, including the collection and statistical analysis of biological data. To coordinate and supervise research activities of assigned professional employees. To coordinate research and management programs with staff in other divisional sections and programs. To assist the Deputy Chief(s) in planning programs, preparing budgets, seeking external funding opportunities, writing grants and contracts, purchasing, management of staff, records maintenance, and inventory control. To be responsible for developing work procedures in the use and care of scientific equipment and overseeing the proper use and maintenance of such equipment. To provide technical assistance and recommendations to resource user groups and regulatory agencies relative to the conservation and management of the state's fish, wildlife, and natural resources. To help coordinate the use of Division budget resources through the management of staff's expenditures across numerous state and federal funding sources. To coordinate division assets in researching natural resource impacts from the development of offshore energy projects and responding to natural resource emergencies. To conduct special resource planning studies as assigned. Periodically, to reinvestigate assignments reported by subordinate staff to determine the effectiveness of work methods, techniques and recommendations. To participate in and coordinate in-service training programs, to direct and recommend staff for such training, and to conduct specialized training for various agencies. To prepare correspondence and detailed reports concerning program activities. To submit recommendations to the division's Deputy Chief relative to research and management programs, including proposals for changes in laws and regulations.

To serve as liaison for the division with various federal, state and local agencies relative to program activities.

To prepare comprehensive analysis of development proposals relative to their environmental impact.

To give testimony in court and before the legislature as an expert witness for the state.

To serve on legislative committees as requested by the division Chief.

To assist in planning for the acquisition and development of new management areas.

To develop short and long-term programs and goals which would address the needs of the state's environmental resources.

To provide expertise to local communities concerning proposed development which may affect environmental quality such as proposed energy facilities.

To coordinate division response to natural resource emergencies in consultation with Deputy Chief(s).

To serve as a proxy for the division Chief at federal and regional commissions, councils or other such management body dealing with resources on a regional basis.

To work closely with law enforcement personnel on the state and federal level in matters relating to the management and conservation of resources.

To do related work as required.

Required Qualifications for Appointment

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND CAPACITIES: A thorough knowledge of advanced principles, practices, methods and techniques of field and laboratory biological research pertaining to fish, wildlife and natural resource conservation and management and the ability to apply such knowledge within a comprehensive environmental program; the ability to plan, supervise and review the work of subordinates engaged in within a comprehensive environmental program; the ability to train such staff to perform assigned duties effectively; the ability to prepare detailed and complex scientific reports relating to the program containing findings, analyses, conclusions and corrective recommendations; the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with superiors, subordinates, and the general public, as well as the community and federal and state officials; and related capacities and abilities. EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Education: Possession of a master's degree from a college of recognized standing in the area of specialization as indicated by the job title as follows: 1. Biologist (Freshwater Fisheries): Biology (including substantial coursework focusing on freshwater species), Freshwater Fisheries, Freshwater Ecology, Limnology or a closely related science field. 2. Biologist (Marine Fisheries): Biology (including substantial coursework focusing on marine species), Marine Biology, Marine Fisheries, Marine Ecology, Oceanography, Conservation Biology or a closely related science field. 3. Biologist (Wildlife): Biology (including substantial coursework focusing on wildlife species), Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Ecology, Wildlife Management, or a closely related science field. 4. Biologist (Biometrician): Natural Resource Statistics, Quantitative Biology, Wildlife Biology, Freshwater Biology, Marine Biology, Wildlife Ecology, Freshwater Ecology, Marine Ecology, Oceanography, Marine Science, Conservation Biology or a closely related science field.

And,

Experience: At least three (3) years of employment in a responsible supervisory capacity involving the effective performance and application of advanced professional biological work in the designated area of specialization such as: such as: freshwater finfish, shellfish, crustaceans and/or other freshwater species and their habitat; marine finfish, shellfish, crustaceans and/or other marine species and their habitat; wildlife populations and their habitats; and/or statistical and mathematical analysis and/or population models for marine, freshwater or wildlife species and/or their habitat, or work conducting a marine or freshwater species stock assessment, or wildlife population and harvest assessment using mathematical and statistical models.

Or, possession of a Ph.D. from a college of recognized standing in the area of specialization as indicated by the job title as follows:

1. Biologist (Freshwater Fisheries): Biology (including substantial coursework focusing on freshwater species), Freshwater Fisheries, Freshwater Ecology, Limnology or a closely related science field.

2. Biologist (Marine Fisheries): Biology (including substantial coursework focusing on marine species), Marine Biology, Marine Fisheries, Marine Ecology, Oceanography, Conservation Biology or a closely related science field. Must have experience operating or working aboard small vessels.

3. Biologist (Wildlife): Biology (including substantial coursework focusing on wildlife species), Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Ecology, Wildlife Management, or a closely related science field.

4. Biologist (Biometrician): Natural Resource Statistics, Quantitative Biology, Wildlife Biology, Freshwater Biology, Marine Biology, Wildlife Ecology, Freshwater Ecology, Marine Ecology, Oceanography, Marine Science, Conservation Biology or a closely related science field.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

1. Must be physically qualified to perform assigned duties as evidenced by a physician's certificate.

2. At the time of appointment and continually thereafter, must possess and maintain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator's License.

Supplemental Information

A thorough knowledge of advanced principles, practices, methods and techniques of field and laboratory biological research pertaining to non-game wildlife and natural resource conservation and management and the ability to apply such knowledge within a comprehensive environmental program; knowledge pertaining to environmental education and outreach techniques; experience performing environmental assessments; the ability to manage grants and associated budgets; experience with drafting, reviewing, and promulgating environmental regulations; experience with regulatory permitting; the ability to plan, supervise and review the work of subordinates engaged in within a comprehensive environmental program; the ability to train such staff to perform assigned duties effectively; the ability to prepare detailed and complex scientific reports relating to the program containing findings, analyses, conclusions and corrective recommendations; the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with superiors, subordinates, and the general public, as well as the community and federal and state officials; and related capacities and abilities.