Biologist 1 - 3

State of Louisiana - Lake Charles, LA

Full-time | Commission
Supplemental Information

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is responsible for managing and protecting the state's renewable natural resources, including all wildlife and aquatic life.

LDWF supports a strong work ethic in its employees and incorporates the use of good science, accurate information and technology. The Office of Fisheries exists to ensure that aquatic resources are sustainable for present and future generations of Louisiana citizens by providing access and scientific management.

This position is responsible for collection of fishery data as assigned. Conducts field sampling and/or maintains data collected from field projects as assigned. Collects biological and environmental data using appropriate equipment including but not limited to: seines; meter squares; gill and hoop nets; electro-fishing; rotenone; and scientific gear. Collects fishery-dependent survey data using standard protocols, conducts aquatic vegetation research to improve management methods, and assists in the development of aquatic habitat restoration projects.

IDEAL CANDIDATE:
Knowledge of research and statistical methods
Knowledge of aquatic organisms, specifically freshwater fish
Knowledge of aquatic vegetation types and methods of control
Good observational and analytical skills
Good interpersonal skills
Ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively, in a team environment
Ability to communicate orally and in writing

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Collects biological and environmental data
Enters and reviews data collected from field projects
Compiles and analyzes data, and prepares reports of results
Assists in the development of aquatic habitat restoration projects
Identifies, measures and records species at various life stages caught in sampling activities
Operates boats and motor vehicles
Maintains and calibrates equipment
Responds to telephone inquiries from the public and news media
Sends and receives email correspondence
Represents the department to a variety of job-related contacts and agencies
Presents resource management information to commercial, recreational, professional, and conservation groups, schools, and local officials
Identifies equipment and supply needs
The Biologist position participates in a Career Progression Group (CPG) and is advertised to be filled as a Biologist 1, 2 or 3. The level at which the vacancy is filled will be determined by the qualifications of the candidate selected. Please click on the below links to learn more about this position.

Biologist 1
Biologist 2
Biologist 3

HOW TO APPLY:
No Civil Service test score is required in order to be considered for this vacancy.

To apply for this vacancy, click on the "Apply" link above and complete an electronic application, which can be used for this vacancy as well as future job opportunities. Applicants are responsible for checking the status of their application to determine where they are in the recruitment process. Further status message information is located under the Information section of the Current Job Opportunities page.

Contact Information:
Department of Wildlife & Fisheries
Human Resources
P.O. Box 98000
Baton Rouge, LA 70898
Nicholas Williams
nwilliams@wlf.la.gov

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is a State As a Model Employer (SAME) agency that supports the recruitment, hiring and retention of individuals with disabilities. For more information on employment resources for individuals with disabilities, see the Louisiana Employment Resources Guide at http://www.laworks.net/Downloads/LRS/EmploymentResourceGuide_2018.pdf (Download PDF reader) (Download PDF reader)

Wildlife & Fisheries is an Equal Opportunity Employer

VACANCY INFORMATION:
This position may be filled as a:
Probational Appointment
Promotion (open to all statewide classified and agency wide permanent status employees)

Current permanent status classified state employees may be required to accept a Probational appointment if selected.

This position is located in Lake Charles, LA.

A criminal background check will be required of all selected applicants.

Applications will be rejected if the applicant fails to meet the minimum qualifications, submits an incomplete application or fails to apply by the closing date of the announcement.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application listing complete work experience and education.

Applicants qualifying based on college training or receipt of a baccalaureate degree will be required to submit an official college transcript to verify credentials claimed prior to appointment. Please make every effort to attach a copy of your transcript to your application if possible.
If you are applying for a position which requires a baccalaureate and/or master's degree you may apply 90 days prior to receipt of your degree, however, the effective date of the appointment cannot be prior to your graduation date.

Qualifications

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
A baccalaureate degree in a biological science, marine science, environmental science, wildlife or fisheries management, animal science, forestry, natural resources, or conservation.

NOTE:
Examples of non-qualifying degrees are science education (of any discipline), geology, geography, nuclear science, and agribusiness.

NOTE:
Any college hours or degree must be from a school accredited by one of the following regional accrediting bodies: the Middle States Commission on Higher Education; the New England Commission of Higher Education; the Higher Learning Commission; the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Job Concepts

FUNCTION OF WORK:
To collect, compile, and analyze biological and environmental data.

LEVEL OF WORK:
Entry.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED:
General from a Biologist Manager or Biologist Supervisor.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED:
May exercise functional over lower-level staff and/or direct over nonprofessional personnel.

LOCATION OF WORK:
Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

JOB DISTINCTIONS:
Differs from Biologist 2 by the degree of independence.

Examples of Work

EXAMPLES LISTED BELOW INCLUDE BRIEF SAMPLES OF COMMON DUTIES ASSOCIATED WITH THIS JOB TITLE. PLEASE NOTE THAT NOT ALL TASKS ARE INCLUDED.

Conducts field research and investigations to obtain biological samples and data using a variety of professionally accepted techniques.

Evaluates samples by laboratory analysis or organism identification and description; evaluates research data, organizes data, writes reports, plots findings, performs limited statistical analysis, and illustrates relationships of one set of data to another.

Prepares management plans as a consultant to private landowners, breeders, or other groups.

Investigates facilities and records of applicants for permits and special licenses; makes recommendations concerning issuance or denial of licenses.

Presents wildlife management programs and demonstrations to various groups.

Purchases, operates, and maintains data collection and analysis equipment.

Participates as a team member in complex research projects or special investigations of environmental impact assessment and monitoring.

Conducts small, independent, short-term research projects under the general supervision of supervisory personnel.

Maintains frequent public contact regarding general departmental procedures and cooperates with private, state, and federal personnel in routine problem resolution.

Provides technical support for the senior biologist on one or several projects such as design or procedural problems and recommendations for solutions.

Communicates department's biological programs to individuals and groups through outreach and promotion in educational settings.