Fisheries Biologist – FWPJob Type(s): Programs / Services
Deadline: May 21, 2020 12:00 am
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For your supplemental response, please create a separate document entitled “Supplemental Answers”, and upload to the attachments section of your application along with the resume and cover letter. Your completed document will include the question with the answer from you immediately following. Your answer for the question may not be longer than one page maximum.
QUESTION: Northwest Montana presents some unique opportunities and challenges for fisheries management and habitat protection including native and recreational species management, unauthorized placement of non-native species, use of hatcheries, habitat protection and local interest. What experience and which of your skills will serve you well while tackling these issues?
The specific district for which this employee is responsible includes the mainstem Clark Fork River downstream of Flathead River and all tributaries, including Thompson Falls, Noxon and Cabinet Gorge Reservoirs. The responsibility area also includes Thompson River, Bull River Vermillion River, Graves Creek, and all tributary streams. The area is generally bound by Idaho to the west, mouth of Flathead River to the east and various mountain ranges to the north and south. Some adjustment to the area of responsibility may be done based on skills and abilities of the successful applicant and current staff. The position supervises two permanent technicians, and a state budget.
In your resume, please include pertinent job experience with supervisor’s name and contact information. Also include higher education, job-related training and certifications, list of publications and three additional professional references. There is no page limit, however a concise resume with appropriate organization, presentation, and description should be about 4 pages (or 2 pages front and back).
Identity of applicants who become finalists may be released to the public if the Department deems it necessary. Employees who exceed 1,040 hours in a calendar year are also provided health, dental and life insurance. Other benefits include retirement, paid vacation, sick and holidays. This position may be covered by a VEBA (Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association).
A successful applicant will be subject to a background investigation.
Women are under-represented in this job category and are encouraged to apply.
The incumbent is responsible for planning, directing and carrying out fisheries management, research and other activities to: protect and enhance native and/or non-native fish species/populations/communities for the benefit and enjoyment of the public. Fisheries include cold- and warm-water fishes. Native fish include westslope cutthroat trout and bull trout (ESA listed threatened). There also are cool and warm water yellow perch, northern pike, walleye and bass fisheries. Many of the warm/cool water species are considered to be invasive and the result of unauthorized introductions. The incumbent is also responsible to protect, maintain, and enhance aquatic habitat including elements of physical habitat features and water quality and water quantity to optimize the fishery/aquatic resource and opportunity for the angling public. This includes working with the Mineral, Eastern Sanders County and Green Mountain Conservation Districts and the Natural Streambed and Land Preservation Act (310) and city, county, state and federal agencies through the Stream Protection Act (124) as well as other jurisdictions and permitting entities. The incumbent will assist other FWP staff in providing public fishing access via formal Fishing Access Sites and by various other means on public and private ground; provide public opportunities for learning about the responsible use and management of fisheries, waters and other aquatic resources; communicate with the public and with other tribal, state and federal agencies to convey results of biological investigations, management programs, and information on department programs to inform anglers on resource issues and allow their input into management activities; conduct field investigations to determine the characteristics and dynamics of fish populations and angler use to maintain or improve existing fisheries.
Other major duties involve various administrative actions within the Lower Clark Fork River drainage work area and elsewhere in region or state as assigned: Incumbent implements regional, divisional or departmental programs.
The incumbent is responsible for implementing actions identified in annual work plans as identified by the Federal Aid for Sport Fish Restoration, the Montana Statewide Fisheries Management Plan, and individual water management plans and other funding sources developed in concert with the regional fish manager and other fisheries management and mitigation biologists and staff. The incumbent implements agreed upon actions with minimal supervision. The Clark Fork River basin is multi-jurisdictional and the incumbent will work with Idaho counterparts to resolve fisheries management and natural resource issues.
Thorough working knowledge of fisheries management principles & techniques of fish sampling methods and equipment, electrofishing and water safety, aquatic research methods & equipment, stream mechanics & habitat management are all important job qualifications. Other important considerations include thorough working knowledge of computer use for data processing, telemetry techniques and analysis, and statistical analysis, skills in writing, speaking and working effectively with a broad spectrum of individuals, groups & agencies. The ability to operate a wide variety of vehicles, boats, motors, instruments and sampling equipment are needed, as well as the physical ability to do strenuous outdoor work in all weather conditions & locations ranging from valley bottom river and reservoirs to high altitude lakes and streams. A combination of excellent work habits, technical ability, applied knowledge and leadership/people skills is necessary for effectiveness in this position.
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 Biology, Range Management, Zoology, or Fish and Wildlife Management, Biology or a closely related biological field including completion of a field research project presented in a successfully defended thesis.
Equivalent experience is defined as five (5) years of progressively responsible experience as a fisheries/wildlife biologist or senior fisheries/wildlife technician, in addition to successful completion of a research effort 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. Completion of a final report in a peer-reviewed publication or a publication comparable to a refereed journal.
6. If appropriate to the project, formulation of any recommended changes in management prescriptions or actions.
7. Oral presentation on results of investigation to agency staff and public audiences.