Wildlife Biologist III

Workplace Alaska - Anchorage, AK

NOTE: This position has been extended to allow for a larger applicant pool. If you have already applied there is no need to reapply.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG), Division of Wildlife Conservation is recruiting for a Wildlife Biologist III stationed in Anchorage. The position is in the Supervisory Union at a Range 18. This recruitment is open to All Applicants.

This is a full-time permanent Wildlife Biologist III position. Under the supervision of the regional research coordinator, this position is the species specialist and lead wildlife research biologist investigating complex habitat and predator-prey relationships in coastal ungulate species, including Sitka Black-tailed Deer, Mountain Goats, and Roosevelt Elk, in multiple study sites in Region 2 including Prince William Sound, Kodiak Island, the Kenai Peninsula, and mainland Southcentral Alaska.

These investigations will focus largely on factors limiting ungulate populations and will include development of habitat, predator-prey, genetic capture-mark-recapture (CMR), and sightability models. The incumbent in this position will create, develop and test hypotheses constructed around limiting factors to coastal ungulate populations. The position will also have supervisory responsibility for a Fish and Wildlife Technician IV (FWT IV), PCN 11-2150.

The key responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:
Assess deer, mountain goat, and elk management data needs, and design and carry out research on these species;
Develop research plans including literature review, research protocols, sampling design, statistical analysis, and personnel, budget, and logistical needs, to address data needs;
Initiate research projects as principal investigator or Co-PI by coordinating and collaborating closely with ADFG management biologists and other cooperators including researchers from other ADFG regions, other agencies, and universities to enhance project funding and/or scope;
Manage multiple large projects on multiple species; manage data collection, budgets, progress, and logistics;
Directly supervise PCN 11-2150, a permanent seasonal FWT IV, and supervise and coordinate field, office, and laboratory activities of supporting biologists, technicians, graduate students, and/or volunteers who contribute to research projects;
Arrange for aircraft and/or vessel support, crew training and equipping, and logistical support to accomplish research needs;
Develop and test new and unique survey methods needed to assess the population status, density, relative abundance, or distribution of ungulates in various coastal and mountainous habitats;
Conduct animal capture and survey activities via aerial, boat based, and/or ground based methods to accomplish data collection; and
Analyze, synthesize, and compile results of research projects and report those results to various audiences, including scientific peers, interested public, and the Alaska Board of Game.

The ideal candidate will possess some or all of the following desired strengths (All of these traits must be documented in your cover letter and applicant profile. If you do not have experience with one or more of the traits listed below, simply say so):
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
Excellent scientific and critical thinking skills;
Thorough knowledge of principles and procedures of wildlife biological research, and data collection, analysis, and evaluation;
Thorough knowledge of wildlife species, their natural history, and characteristics;
Demonstrated ability to design, plan, and implement programs to collect biological information to apply to management of wildlife species, specifically including the knowledge of field and laboratory procedures, hypothesis testing, experimental design, and scientific documentation procedures;
Demonstrated experience leading a team;
Experience preparing and presenting summaries of research projects, methods, results, and conclusions to multiple audiences, including scientific peers, interested public stakeholders, and the Alaska Board of Game or similar regulatory groups;
Experience with managing budgets and staying within budget on large, complex research projects;
Experience with electronic databases;
Experience monitoring and evaluating large mammal populations, including field work and population modeling;
Experience capturing, sedating with wildlife immobilization chemicals and/or physical restraint, radio collaring, and performing physical examinations of various large mammal species;
Experience collecting data via aerial and ground surveys;
Experience with standard scientific data analysis techniques and programs, including program R, ARCGis, and/or similar software packages;
Experience with the scientific peer review and publication process;
Experience handling firearms;
Experience with low-level flight in both helicopters and fixed wing aircraft;
Experience working in steep or mountainous terrain;
Experience operating boats in coastal and open water/oceanic conditions, and working from boats; and
Certification as a wildlife biologist by The Wildlife Society or similar professional society.

A bachelor's degree from an accredited college in biology, a branch of biology, limnology, biometrics, oceanography, forestry, or natural resource management;
One year of full performance professional level biologist experience. The required professional biologist work experience is met by service as a Fishery Biologist II, Wildlife Biologist II, Habitat Biologist II, or Fisheries Geneticist I with the State of Alaska or the equivalent with another employer.

A bachelor's degree from an accredited college that includes or is supplemented by the following credit hours will substitute for the degree in a specific field:
  • at least 24 semester hours (36 quarter hours) in biology, a branch of biology, limnology, biometrics, oceanography, forestry, or natural resource management (excluding courses that focus on agricultural husbandry techniques, human population dynamics, or the design and manipulation of landscapes), of which 16 semester hours (24 quarter hours) are upper division courses; and
  • at least 12 semester hours (16 quarter hours) in any combination of two or more of the following: chemistry, physics, mathematics, statistics, geology, hydrology, or GIS.
Special Note:
"Upper division courses" means courses that are specialized, in-depth and advanced. Such courses emphasize problem-solving, analytical thinking skills, and theoretical applications, with depth and rigor in a discipline's theories and methods; specialization in a particular field or profession; refinement of general education; and/or development of specific intellectual and professional skills. Upper division courses are commonly identified in college catalogs as 300 level and higher.

Some positions may require training in specialized areas such as hydroacoustics, microscopic analysis, underwater research, or fish habitat restoration or enhancement.

A cover letter is required for this position and will be used as a writing sample. The cover letter should highlight your knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience as they pertain to the key responsibilities and desired strengths listed in the job description. Please attach the cover letter to your application before submitting it online or, if unable to attach to your application, fax it to the contact number provided in the job posting. Your cover letter will be used to help determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process.

Please note:
If not already attached at the time of application, the following must be submitted to the hiring manager listed in the contact information below within 48 hours of the close of this recruitment, if you are using education to meet Minimum Qualifications:
Copies of all college transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable).

At the time of interview applicants must submit the following items:
A list of three (3) professional references with current contact information;
A copy of your two (2) most recent performance evaluations, (if unavailable, two (2) letters of reference); and
A scientific writing sample, such as a peer reviewed publication or other scientific manuscript.

Upon hiring, the incumbent must be able to obtain/maintain:
An Alaska Driver's License (2AAC 90.210);
Department wildlife enforcement certification;
Wildlife chemical immobilization certification (Controlled Substance Act; US Code Title 21; CFR 1300); and
Wildlife capture and handling certification (Animal Welfare Act; Title 7, chapter 54, section 2131-2157; CFR Title 9, chapter 1).

This recruitment may be used for more than one (1) vacancy. The applicant pool acquired during this recruitment may be used for future vacancies for up to ninety (90) days after this recruitment closes. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply to each recruitment notice to ensure consideration for all vacancies.

If post-secondary education is required to meet the minimum qualifications, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of units completed. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials if used to meet the minimum qualifications for a position. Transcripts can be attached at the time of application or within 48 hours of the close of this recruitment to the contact person listed below.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements, if applicable. If utilizing this education you must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. state university reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the state university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

If using work experience not already documented in your application, also provide the employer name, your job title, dates of employment, and whether full-or part-time. Applications will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and minimum qualifications are clearly met. If they are not, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment.

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This position requires the use or possession of a firearm or ammunition. In accordance with the federal Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997 (PL 104-208), if you have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, you may not hold this position.

A "misdemeanor crime of domestic violence" is an offense that is (1) a misdemeanor under Federal or state law; and (2) has, as an element, the use or attempted use of physical force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon, committed by a current or former spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabiting with or has cohabited with the victim as a spouse, parent, or guardian, or by a person similarly situated to a spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim.

If you have ever been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, do not apply for this position. If you have ever been convicted of a felony, you may not hold this position.

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For specific information in reference to the position please contact the hiring manager:

Name: Tom Lohuis
Phone #: (907) 267-2412
Fax #: (907) 267-2253
Email: thomas.lohuis@alaska.gov