Chief of Conservation Science

Commonwealth of Massachusetts - Westborough, MA3.9

Full-time$71,000 - $100,000 a year
EducationSkills
The Massachusetts Department of Fish & Game works to preserve the state's natural resources and people's right to conservation of those resources, as protected by Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution. To carry out this mission, the Department exercises responsibility over the Commonwealth's marine and freshwater fisheries, wildlife species, plants, and natural communities, as well as the habitats that support them.

The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW) is responsible for the conservation - including restoration, protection and management - of fish and wildlife resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the public.

The Department of Fish and Game seeks applicants for the position of the Chief of Conservation Science (Environmental Analyst V).

The Chief of Conservation Science (Environmental Analyst V) reports to the Assistant Director for the Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program (NHESP) and directly oversees the work of NHESP staff scientists and habitat managers. The Chief of Conservation Science aids the Assistant Director in administering and guiding policy for the overall program including the data management and regulatory review work groups. The Chief oversees species recovery, conservation planning and prioritization, inventory, research, habitat restoration and management projects to conserve the Commonwealth’s endangered, threatened and special concern species and other elements of biological diversity. The Chief works with NHESP and DFW staff and managers, other state agencies, and other conservation partners to develop and implement conservation initiatives, seek and obtain funding, and coordinate NHESP conservation efforts with others.

Oversee / Direct the Program’s field inventories, surveys, research, monitoring, and conservation planning of importance to the conservation and enhancement of the state’s endangered, threatened and special concern species and exemplary natural communities; oversee the compilation and analysis of biological data on rare species populations and habitats, and apply these data to conservation work; coordinate the internal staff review and external evaluation of the status of individual species for appropriateness of inclusion on or deletion from the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act (MESA) regulatory list.
Oversee / Direct the Program’s habitat and species management and recovery efforts, and other conservation initiatives.
Work cooperatively with other sections of the agency including Wildlife, Fisheries, and the Districts to implement field survey, research, species recovery, and habitat management efforts to benefit state-listed species, priority natural communities, and other conservation targets.
Coordinate participation by biological staff in regulatory reviews, informing DFW land protection, species habitat mapping and in Program-wide projects.
Aid the NHESP Assistant Director in administering the Program, setting Program-wide policy, identifying Program priorities, budgeting, and securing funding.
Develop and maintain professional relationships with habitat land managers, the environmental and scientific communities; develop and implement conservation partnerships to advance biodiversity conservation; interact professionally with biologists at the state, regional, and national level. Prepare and deliver presentations and develop informational material to increase awareness of the status and conservation needs of the biodiversity of the Commonwealth.
Supervise NHESP biological/habitat management staff and short-term employees and work with them to identify biodiversity conservation priorities. Supervise the development of methodologies and procedures for the accumulation of scientific data. Identify and correct deficiencies in NHESP scientific data.
Conduct research and inventory on select state-listed species, other species of conservation concern, and/or natural communities.
Confer with federal, state and municipal agencies to inform, direct and coordinate activities, NHESP projects or programs.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Assistant Director.

Preferred Requirements:
Extensive knowledge of the ecology and conservation needs of species of nongame and endangered wildlife.
Knowledge of the principles of conservation biology.
Experience implementing applied conservation research, habitat or population management, and/or other applied conservation work.
Experience supervising staff.
Excellent analytical ability and negotiating skills.
Ability to extract and interpret pertinent information quickly from often voluminous environmental impact documents.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Experience with GIS and statistics.
Knowledge of the Division of Fisheries & Wildlife’s programs, policies, operations and regulations.
Knowledge of environmental law and the regulatory process.
Ph.D. in zoology, botany, ornithology, herpetology, conservation biology, or related discipline and at least (A) four years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional experience in work involving the protection, preservation and/or management of endangered and protected species; (B) at least two years must have been in a supervisory capacity.
Ability to operate a motor vehicle.

A cover letter and resume must be submitted as part of the application process and attached “as relevant” to the requisition.

Qualifications

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have at least six years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, technical or professional experience in the field of environmental science, biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental health, meteorology, natural science, toxicology or public health, of which (B) at least four years must have been in a professional capacity, and of which (C) at least two years must have been in a supervisory, managerial or administrative capacity, or (D) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the following substitutions.

Substitutions:
I. An Associate's degree with a major in the field of environmental science, biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental health, meteorology, natural science, toxicology or public health may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required (A) experience.*

II. A Bachelor's degree with a major in the field of environmental science, biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental health, meteorology, natural science, toxicology or public health may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the required (A) experience.*

III. A Graduate degree with a major in environmental science, biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental health, meteorology, natural science, toxicology or public health may be substituted for a maximum of three years of the required (A) experience and one year of the required (B) experience.*

  • Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually competed.
NOTE: Educational substitutions will only be permitted for a maximum of one year of the required (B) experience. No substitutions will be permitted for the required (C) experience.