Wildlife Manager Trainee 2019

State of Colorado Job Opportunities - Denver, CO3.5

Full-time$3,400 - $4,900 a month
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THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS DETAILED AND COMPREHENSIVE. PLEASE READ IT IN ITS ENTIRETY AND PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO ALL "REQUIREMENTS" AND "HOW TO APPLY" SECTIONS.

TESTING WILL BEGIN JULY 16, 2019

OPEN TO STATE OF COLORADO RESIDENTS ONLY

If your goal is to invest in a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Our professionals are committed to supporting state government and the citizens of Colorado.

Our mission is to develop, preserve, and enhance the state's natural resources for the benefit and enjoyment of current and future citizens and visitors. In an effort to build diversity and inclusion we welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.

Customer service is a key component for every position across state government. We are focused on improving Efficiency (use of resources), Effectiveness (impact of our work), and Elegance (graceful service interactions).

COLORADO PARKS AND WILDLIFE (CPW)
Our Mission is to perpetuate the wildlife resources of the state, to provide a quality state parks system, and to provide enjoyable and sustainable outdoor recreation opportunities that educate and inspire current and future generations to serve as active stewards of Colorado's natural resources. Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

CPW provides oversight and manages Colorado's more than 300 state wildlife areas (SWA's), natural habitats, and wildlife, and offers visitors an enjoyable interaction with the natural world, creating rich traditions with family and friends that promote stewardship of our natural resources. Wildlife employees and their partners work together to provide ongoing and outstanding customer service through recreational programs, amenities and services.
Description of Job
TESTING WILL BEGIN JULY 16, 2019

Applicants who successfully pass all training must be willing to be assigned to a geographical area within the State and remain for a minimum of two years.

This position functions at a training classification level for entry into the Wildlife Manager series, working title for the first year "District Wildlife Manager Trainee" (Classification -Wildlife Manager I) and year two as "District Wildlife Manager" (Classification -Wildlife Manager II).

As a District Wildlife Manager Trainee, this position attends a Colorado POST certified law enforcement academy and at the successful completion of this training is certified as a Colorado Peace Officer in accordance to the official duties and authority of a Colorado Parks and Wildlife. After certification, additional training continues with regard to classroom education and field exercises to provide knowledge and 'real-world' experience in order to be successful as a District Wildlife Manager and provide future opportunity as a Wildlife Manager. At this time positions are assigned to the CPW's Law Enforcement and Public Safety Unit and trained in CPW wildlife operations, application of the State's laws, rules, regulations, statutes, beginning supervision, and wildlife management techniques.

YEAR ONE (Examples of learning objectives):
POST training to achieve law enforcement certification and ultimately commission at the discretion of the Director of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife; and apply the knowledge and techniques in a field setting.
Disseminate and communicate information concerning wildlife conservation, wildlife management, data, regulations, public outreach and conduct educational activities to include hunter education and safety and Project WILD to internal and external stakeholders (schools, civic groups, sporting clubs, etc.).
Apply wildlife management and techniques in a field setting.
Analyze and study characteristics of wildlife to include identity, origin, interrelationships, classification, life histories, diseases, development, genetics, natural habitats and the effects of environment and industry on wildlife.
Communications skills in order to represent the Colorado Parks and Wildlife in a professional manner.
Responsible customer service of a Colorado Parks and Wildlife employee and field representative for the division.
Apply wildlife management plans, improvement projects, habitat assessments and inventories, to protect and preserve native wildlife, plants, and ecosystems.
Under the leadership of a commissioned officer, enforce wildlife laws and regulations and investigates alleged wildlife law violations, seizes equipment and arranges for disposition of fish or game illegally taken or possessed.
Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in, biology, environmental science, fisheries/wildlife biology, conservation biology, natural resource management, wildlife management, zoology, ecology, ichthyology, agricultural science or a closely related field.

THE FOLLOWING DEGREES ARE NOT CONSIDERED CLOSELY RELATED AND WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED:
PARKS AND OUTDOOR RECREATION DEGREE
CRIMINAL JUSTICE DEGREE
SOCIAL SCIENCE DEGREE

Substitutions:
A combination of appropriate* work experience in natural resource management, wildlife management, or wildlife administration may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required bachelor's degree.

  • Appropriate work experience includes the following: applying the principles, practices and techniques of natural resource management to resolve problems and effect improvements in habitat and/or environmental impact statements; supervising, planning, organizing and/or directing a program for the development of wildlife population management and enhancement.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Candidates must possess and maintain a current and valid State of Colorado driver's license at the time of hire (first day of employment).
Must be willing and able to submit to a drug screening and suitability interview, fingerprinted and successfully pass a background investigation, including a polygraph exam.
Former employees of the State of Colorado MUST have concluded employment in good standing to be eligible for rehire.
Must be willing and able to complete and pass a medical physical examination, psychological examination and drug screen if a conditional job offer is extended.
IMPORTANT: If you have used marijuana within the last year or any illegal drugs in the past three years, been convicted of a felony, been convicted of any domestic violence charge, or been convicted of any misdemeanors which preclude POST certification as a Colorado Peace Officer (see link below), you will be disqualified from the process and will not advance to the next phase.

FEDERAL LAW maintains the prohibition of the use of illegal drugs.
http://www.coloradopost.gov/certification/decertifying-misdemeanors

APPEAL RIGHTS:
It is recommended that you contact the Human Resources Specialist listed below to resolve issues related to your possession of minimum qualifications. However, if you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.

Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at www.colorado.gov/spb.

A standard appeal form is available at: www.colorado.gov/spb. If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.
Supplemental Information

The Colorado Constitution requires all appointments and promotions in the state personnel system be made according to merit and fitness. Your detailed on-line application will be reviewed by a Human Resource Specialist and/or Subject Matter Expert to determine if you meet the minimum requirements for the position.

A RESUME, COVER LETTER AND TRANSCRIPTS (OFFICIAL OR UNOFFICIAL) WHICH DEMONSTRATES DEGREE AND DATE CONFERRED MUST BE ATTACHED TO YOUR NEOGOV COMPLETED AND DETAILED ON-LINE APPLICATION NO LATER THAN JUNE 28, 2019 5:00 PM. Please note that if you do not submit transcripts at the time of application, you will not be considered further.

Applications not completed and/or indicate "See Resume' or "See Attached" will NOT substitute for the completed on-line application and will not be considered

NOTE - IF YOU EXPECT TO GRADUATE IN DECEMBER 2019, PLEASE ANSWER THE RELATED QUESTION IN THE SUPPLEMENTAL SECTION.

UPON MEETING THE MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
PHASE I: Physical Fitness Exam / Written Exam
DATE: July 16-17, 2019
All candidates must successfully pass and complete each exam during each specified time period without exceeding the time limit in order to continue in the selection process. Candidates will only be given one opportunity per selection year.

IMPORTANT: You are encouraged to start your preparation for the physical fitness exam NOW! Train to be sure you can complete each of the fitness standards below in succession. Do not assume that you will be able to meet these requirements because you are "in shape" - MAKE SURE YOU CAN.

The Physical Fitness standards are as follows and applies to all candidates:
Run 300 meters in 72 seconds
21 push-ups in one minute = rest in "up" position only; no knees, arm flex to 90 degrees, stay flat. (This applies to all candidates regardless of gender)
28 sit-ups in one minute = back completely off ground when sitting up. (This applies to all candidates regardless of gender).
Walk/run 1.5 miles in 17:00 minutes.
If you do not pass the physical fitness exam you do not advance to the written exam.

WRITTEN EXAM: This multiple-choice exam,will assess your general knowledge of and the nature of a Wildlife Manager in Colorado.

Notification of Written Exam Results
Candidates will receive an email notification of exam results and passing candidates will be invited to Phase II (Oral Panel Assessment) scheduled by the Human Resources office.

PHASE II: Oral Panel Assessment/ Written Scenario Q&A
DATE: Week of August 12, 2019
Oral Panel Assessment will include a question and answer session in front of a panel of subject matter experts regarding broad CPW Wildlife issues as well as problem solving exercises.
There is no guarantee of the same format each year.
You must be available for one complete day to participate in the assessments during the scheduled Oral Panel Assessment date.
The optimum approach to prepare for the Oral assessments is to research and be informed on:
The CPW's current issues of concern; hot topics.
Visit CPW's website to learn more about who we are and what we do.
Review press releases, newspaper articles and other documents available to the public.
Be prepared to answer questions from panel members thoroughly, thoughtfully and in a logical format.
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WRITTEN SCENARIO:
You will be given a specific amount of time to prepare responses to a scenario. A panel of subject matter experts will rate your responses using an objective measure and will assess your knowledge of the issue and the ability to write in a concise manner (e.g., grammar, spelling).

Notification of Oral Assessment and Written Scenario Results
Candidates will receive an email notification of exam results and passing candidates will be invited to Phase III (Final Interview).

PLEASE NOTE that prior to Phase III: Final Interview (below): candidates are required to participate (and pass) a thorough background investigation including a polygraph and have NO felony offenses, serious misdemeanors, recent DUIs or loss of driving privileges, domestic violence or restraining orders, or crimes of moral turpitude on their record.

PHASE III: Final Interview
DATE: November Week of November 4, 2019
Following the final interview, successful candidates will advance to Phase IV (Conditional Job Offers).

IMPORTANT RECOMMENDATION: During the interview process, be honest with your answers. Lying or providing false information will disqualify you from the process.

PHASE IV: Conditional Job Offers
DATE: November/December, 2019
Following the final interview, as stated previously under the "Conditions of Employment successful candidates who receive conditional job offers must have completed and passed a thorough background investigation. If a candidate has used marijuana within the last year or illegal drugs within the past three years, been convicted of a felony, been convicted of any domestic violence charge, or been convicted of any misdemeanors which preclude POST certification as a Colorado Peace Officer, you will be disqualified from the process and the conditional job offer will be revoked.

In addition, following the final interview, as stated under "Conditions of Employment", successful candidates who receive conditional job offers must pass a psychological test, a drug test, and a medical physical exam. The psychological test evaluates mental health and required by Colorado POST. At the same time, any other psychological exams taken up to this point are scored and considered. The polygraph exam confirms statements made and information gathered throughout the hiring process. The medical physical exam identifies ailments that would prohibit a person from performing the functions of the job and is different from the physical fitness test.

Last, following the final interview, as stated under "Conditions of Employment", successful candidates who receive conditional job offers must pass the POST Academy and CPW'S Field Training Program.

At this time, the number of vacancies is not determined and no guarantee that hiring will occur as projected.

PROJECTED HIRE/START DATE: January 2, 2020
As stated under "Conditions of Employment", successful candidates must relocate to the Denver metro area (or to a location where the candidate is willing to commute to the Denver metro area and the Denver Head Quarters at their own expense and time on a daily basis prior to the projected hire/start date. Candidates are not be reimbursed for relocation expenses.

WHAT TO EXPECT!

FIRST YEAR:
Peace Officer's Standards and Training (POST): January 2020 to May 2020 [19 weeks] mandatory training will be in the Denver metro area. Training includes Colorado Criminal Code: laws of arrest; search and seizure; officer survival; use of force; civil liability; suspect/witness interview and interrogation. CPW pays 100% of the tuition and provides training materials and equipment. Training includes physically demanding exercises to develop proficiency in firearms, arrest control, and overall law enforcement activities.

Wildlife Manager Skills and Field Training Program: May 2020 to December 2020 [8 months] includes classroom and field training (outside) with regard to wildlife-related public relations, customer service and overall law enforcement. Field training requires extended travel away from Denver and CPW provides per diem and vehicles.

It is anticipated that District Wildlife Managers will be placed at their permanent location no later than January 2021 however; specific locations/vacancies have not been determined at this time.

Upon Successful Completion of Training:
District Wildlife Managers must accept any geographical location assigned to them.
District Wildlife Managers must remain in initial assigned location for a minimum of 2 years from date of placement.
District Wildlife Managers who fail to relocate will be terminated for not meeting the "conditions of employment" and required to reimburse the CPW for all training expenses.
ADAAA Accommodations: Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Mary Vigil by email at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.

E-Verify Employer: The Department of Natural Resources participates in E-Verify in accordance with the program's Right to Work for all newly-hired employees. Employees are queried through the electronic system established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to verify identity and employment eligibility. You may complete section 1 of the I-9 form upon your acceptance of a job offer letter, but no later than your first day of employment and in addition, on your first day, but no later than the third day, you are required to submit original documents to verify your eligibility to work in the U.S. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.

Toll–Free Applicant Support - Technical Help

If you experience technical difficulty with the NEOGOV system (e.g. uploading or attaching documents to your online application) call NEOGOV at 855-524-5627 Mon-Fri between 6 am and 6 pm (Pacific Time). Helpful hints: if you are having difficulty uploading or attaching documents to your application first, ensure your documents are PDF or Microsoft Word files and second, close the document before you attempt upload (attach) it.

The Human Resources Office will be unable to assist with these types of technical issues.