Fish Wildlife Biologist

State Of Montana Columbus , MT 59019

Posted 5 months ago


Please remember to attach the required resume, cover letter, and answers to the supplemental questions requested in this announcement. Label your documents.

The supplemental questions can be found towards the end of this posting after the "Minimum Qualification" section. 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 August 7, 2019. You must apply through the State of Montana Career site.

Special Information

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.

Job Information

This position requires the ability to backpack, mobile, bank, and boat electrofish in mountain streams and rivers, hike long distances to work sites, operate boats in reservoirs and on large rivers often in inclement weather. Must have experience working in back country environments.

Must be able to identify fish to species and accurately record survey and habitat data. This position is regularly expected to travel with occasional overnight trips.

Full time -40 hours per week with daily and seasonal variations in workload. The fisheries biologist is typically expected to work Monday-Friday during normal business hours with exceptions including weekends and long days as necessary. Compensatory time is earned after 40 hours in a week when activity is approved.

This position is based near the Absaroka-Beartooth and Crazy Mountains which includes hundreds of mountain lakes dozens of streams and larger rivers including the Boulder, Stillwater, Yellowstone, and Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone. Granite Peak, the highest peak in Montana, is in the Beartooth Mountains.

This area is home to some of the most diverse flora and fauna found in any mountains in North America. The area adjoins to Yellowstone National Park with the Beartooth Highway as one of the roads often traveled. There are a wide variety of recreational opportunities including hunting, fishing, hiking, biking, ATV riding, horseback riding, camping, bird watching, floating, skiing, and much more.

The location is within an hour of Billings the largest city in Montana which offers additional opportunities and entertainment as well as access to the airport and other amenities found in many large cities. This position has a working relationship with the Custer Gallatin National Forest, Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone River Conservation District Council, several Conservation Districts, US Natural Resources Conservation Service, Montana DEQ, DNRC, DOJ and others, local watershed and angling organizations, and a diverse public. The biologist manages diverse fisheries including Yellowstone cutthroat, brown, rainbow, golden, lake, and brook trout, grayling, whitefish, walleye, bass, native suckers, minnows, and other native and non-native species. Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks offers a quality work environment, as the Region 5 Columbus based fisheries biologist, you can be part of an incredible team working to provide stewardship of the fish, wildlife, parks, and recreational resources of Montana, while contributing to the quality of life for present and future generations.

Job Duties

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

  • protect and enhance aquatic habitat including elements of physical habitat features and water quality and water quantity, aquatic habitat

acquire and otherwise provide public fishing access

  • provide public opportunities for learning about the responsible use and management of fisheries, waters and other aquatic resources.

Primary geographic responsibility area for this position encompasses all of or portions of the following counties: Stillwater, Sweet Grass, Carbon, Yellowstone, Park with responsibility for the following river basins Boulder, Stillwater, Yellowstone including smaller streams and various reservoirs and ponds.

The incumbent is responsible for implementing actions in annual work plans as identified by the Federal Aid for Sport Fish Restoration and other funding sources. These plans are developed in concert with the regional fish manager and other fisheries biologists. The incumbent implements agreed upon actions with minimal supervision.

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 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.

Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience)

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:

  • Literature review and development of a problem statement and or hypothesis for a particular issue.

  • Development of a detailed study plan or sampling protocol for a field-oriented project based on the above-noted hypothesis.

  • Data collection and the effective management of data with an appropriate application.

  • Interpretation and analysis of data, including a quantitative assessment of that information.

  • Completion of a final report in a peer-reviewed publication or a publication comparable to a refereed journal.

  • If appropriate to the project, formulation of any recommended changes in management prescriptions or actions.

  • Oral presentation on results of investigation to agency staff and public audiences.

If you feel you meet the equivalent experience, please provide a supplemental response in your application that indicates your experience level relative to each point

Supplemental Questions

The information you provide on this application supplement will be used by the selection committee in combination with your education and experience to determine which applicants will move forward in the selection process. Your responses will be viewed apart from your application materials; therefore, it is important to be specific in regards to names of employers, dates, job duties, etc. if requested.

It is important that your answers are concise, thorough and relevant. The committee cannot make assumptions based solely on your other application materials when reviewing this supplement.

  • In one page or less, please describe your ability to analyze and interpret fisheries data, and provide examples of when you have presented complex data to one or more audiences including for audiences that are not professionally trained fisheries biologists.

  • In one page or less describe effects urbanization, transportation, agricultural practices, and natural events might have on streams and rivers and how you have or would approach stream modification as a result of those events through subdivision plans, permitting stream projects, and individual actions.

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Fish Wildlife Biologist

State Of Montana