Riparian and Fisheries Habitat Technician – FWPJob Type(s): Programs / Services
Deadline: December 31, 2019 12:00 am
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Please remember to attach the required documents (Resume, Cover Letter and College Transcripts) listed in this announcement. Applications missing the requested documents will be considered incomplete and may not progress further in the process. Documents not requested will not be considered in the recruitment process. This position closes at 11:59 PM Mountain Time on December 31, 2019. You must apply through the State of Montana Career site.
The position is based in Dillon, MT. Dillon (population 4264) is the county seat and major trading area for over 13,000 people in Beaverhead and western Madison counties. It is the headquarters of the Beaverhead-Deer Lodge National Forest, the Dillon Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management, and the University of Montana-Western. Dillon also forms the center of Montana’s largest cattle and hay producing areas and is one of Montana’s top agricultural centers. Dillon and Beaverhead County provide abundant outdoor recreational opportunities including world-class blue-ribbon fly fishing and hunting, trailheads to national forests and wilderness, cross country and downhill skiing, PRCA rodeo weekends, and the Ratpod, an annual road cycling race. The watersheds in and adjacent to Dillon drain the nearby continental divide and seven mountain ranges that include parts of the greater Yellowstone ecosystem.
FWP is seeking to hire a Riparian and Fisheries Habitat Technician to assist with the Arctic Grayling Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances program (CCAA Program), in the Upper Big Hole, MT. The incumbent will assist with annual conservation monitoring within the Artic Grayling CCAA program. An essential skillset for this position requires working in a team effort across several disciplines to address each of the monitoring requirements within the Big Hole CCAA program. The incumbent will be working on private lands throughout the Big Hole Valley. The continued fostering of Arctic Grayling conservation through partnerships with private landowners is an essential trait for this position. Additional desirable skillsets for this position include familiarity with general hydrologic monitoring, plant identification to species level, general livestock and grazing management, and ArcGIS data entry and mapping. Familiarity with backpack electrofishing and writing reports are also preferred.
The incumbent will assist with the following responsibilities: 1. Hydrologic and irrigation compliance monitoring under the supervision of the CCAA Hydrologist. 2. Riparian assessments, wetland delineations, and grazing management inventory and analysis under the supervision of the CCAA Riparian Ecologist. 3.) GIS mapping, data entry, and geospatial summarization for riparian and CCAA conservation projects. 4. Arctic Grayling electrofishing, ditch entrainment monitoring, and gamete sampling under the supervision of the CCAA Native Species Biologist. 5. Arctic Grayling conservation project development and monitoring under the supervision of the CCAA Riparian Ecologist. 6. Drafting and summarizing data for portions of the annual Big Hole CCAA Report.
- Describe your experience and background with private landowner partnerships and the importance of those partnerships for fish and wildlife conservation.
- Describe your experience with data entry, management, analysis, interpretation, report writing, presentation of results, and synthesis of available literature. Please provide specific reference to all relevant computer programs (e.g., Word, ArcGIS, statistical software, databases, etc.)
- Describe your ability and experience with habitat inventories and analysis, riparian assessments, and hydrologic monitoring. Please provide specific reference to familiarity of techniques used in riparian assessment protocols and hydrologic monitoring.
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 and minorities are under-represented in this job category and are encouraged to apply.
This position will be expected to work outside in remote and challenging terrain often in inclement weather throughout the Big Hole Valley, MT. Daily travel is required on poor road conditions and four-wheel-drive only roads. Work schedule is variable involving overnight stays in remote field locations, sometimes for periods up to 10 days. Experience with ATVs, four-wheel-drive, problem solving, and survival skills in remote back country are preferred. Good organizational and preparation skillsets are also desirable for completing all monitoring requirements in the Big Hole. Irrigation and riparian monitoring often requires hiking 10 or miles daily in or around water in steep, dense willow terrain. Incumbent will be expected to carry a 25+ pound backpack for all irrigation and riparian monitoring. Requires lifting heavy objects and carrying 75 lbs. on uneven terrain or in water, which may expose the employee to slick walking surfaces. In addition, work in and around watercraft is expected. Field and lab work is usually accomplished in coordination with the CCAA Riparian Ecologist or senior specialist. This position’s monthly work plan objectives, tasks, and schedule are established by the CCAA Riparian Ecologist.
Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience):
The knowledge, skills, and abilities of this position are normally attained through combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree in fish biology, fish and wildlife management, ecology, biology, and one year of job-related experience. Other combinations of education and experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.