The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Wildlife Conservation is recruiting for a Wildlife Biologist 3 located in Anchorage!
** The recruitment period for this vacancy has been extended to allow for a larger applicant pool. If you have already applied there is no need to reapply. **
What you will be doing:
This position serves as the Anchorage Area Wildlife Management Biologist overseeing wildlife populations in Game Management Unit 14C. It offers a challenging professional opportunity to manage world-class wildlife resources and participate in a diversity of wildlife projects in a dynamic environment, including human dimensions in the most densely populated area of the state. Responsible for independently managing all wildlife in Game Management Unit 14C (an area as large as some states) using best professional standards and supervising 1-2 Wildlife Biologist 2 positions. Incumbent independently performs difficult and complex professional duties to determine status, trends, and other population
characteristics of birds and mammals to manage their populations according to the principle of sustained yield. Incumbent independently develops, negotiates, and implements cooperative programs, memorandums of understanding, and other agreements with federal, state, and local government agencies; universities; and special interest groups to conserve and manage wildlife and their habitats. Incumbent primarily responsible for addressing wildlife-related concerns in an area with over 40% of the state`s human population. This position independently writes management reports and peer-reviewed scientific publications and gives presentations at management-related and professional meetings.
Our organization, mission, and culture:
Alaska’s programs are built on the principles of conservative management, sound science, and habitat protection. This position fulfills the Division of Wildlife Conservation’s mission in the Southcentral Region 2 to conserve and enhance Alaska's wildlife and habitats and provide for a wide range of public uses and benefits. The incumbent maintains and enhances opportunities to hunt, trap and view wildlife while providing opportunities for Alaskans to gain knowledge of and appreciation for Alaska's wildlife, its management, and ways to interact with wildlife safely and ethically.
The Alaska Department of Fish & Game strives for a diverse and inclusive workforce where safety and well-being are paramount and employees at all levels promote a culture where everyone is valued, treated equitably, and treated respectfully.
Benefits of joining our team:
The employees at Fish & Game make all the difference in the management and continued sustainability of Alaska’s fish and wildlife resources. ADF&G work impacts lives daily and the work we do is renowned and respected around the world.
The working conditions you can expect:
This position, based in Anchorage at the main ADF&G office, administers wildlife management programs primarily for bear, goats, moose, and sheep in Game Management Unit 14C in southcentral Alaska. It is the primary contact for hunting & trapping information, licenses, permits, and collecting harvest information from the public's hunting and trapping activities. Daily work environment spans from report writing, data analysis, interacting with stakeholders, and responding to nuisance wildlife issues to conducting wildlife surveys, investigations, and handling wildlife. This position directly oversees one Wildlife Biologist 2 (assistant area biologist) and one Wildlife biologist 2 (regional biologist). We enjoy a friendly, collaborative work environment.
Who we are looking for:
We are looking for an energetic and committed professional who has experience:
Designing, planning, and implementing a sound and practical wildlife management program for large mammal populations — particularly moose, brown bear, sheep, and goats;
Monitoring and evaluating large mammal populations, including field work, population modeling, and developing sustainable harvest goals;
Collecting data via aerial and ground investigations (i.e., surveys, wildlife captures, etc.), working with databases, preparing data analyses and summaries, and writing technical reports and presentations;
Responding to public reports of nuisance animals and answering complex public inquires on wildlife issues or regulatory requirements using good oral and written communication skills (i.e., explaining trapping/hunting regulations, processes for obtaining a hunting permit, regulatory process, public access, etc.); and
Flying in small aircraft in mountainous terrain and handling firearms.
The incumbent will be responsible for:
monitoring and evaluating wildlife populations including moose, brown and black bear, sheep, goat, and furbearers;
making recommendations regarding hunting and trapping regulations;
coordinating with other state and government agencies;
working to resolve public safety concerns and nuisance issues related to wildlife, particularly brown and black bears and moose;
writing technical reports and operational plans;
providing support and technical expertise on animal habitat, populations, and their management in the region; and
collaborating with other wildlife biologists and managers across the state on wildlife management challenges.
To view the general description and example of duties for a Wildlife Biologist 3 please go to the following link: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/Alaska/classspecs
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 2, Wildlife Biologist 2, Habitat Biologist 2, or Fisheries Geneticist 1 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.
“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.
Please provide at time of application submission:
Copies of all college transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable), if being used to meet the minimum qualification
Please provide at time of interview, if selected:
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)
A cover letter is required to be considered for this position. In your cover letter, you must highlight your knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience as they pertain to the desired strengths listed in the job description above. In addition, your application package will be reviewed to determine if you possess the experience and strengths we are seeking in an employee.
*A cover letter addressing all Five Position-specific Competencies and the Additional Required Information are required at the time of application. If you do not have experience with a specific competency, please state so. This cover letter will be used as a writing sample. *
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.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR FOREIGN EDUCATION
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.
For your application to be evaluated you must answer the Supplemental Questions. Be specific in your answers and tell us how you acquired the relevant experience. Please use complete sentences and proof-read your submissions when answering the supplemental questions. Your responses will be considered a writing sample and will be used to determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment process.
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.
NOTE: Attaching a resume or curriculum vitae is not an alternative to filling out the application in its entirety. Noting "see resume or CV" or any similar response on any portion of your application may lead to a determination your application is incomplete and removal from consideration for this job posting.
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.
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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.
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