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Wildlife Management Biologist - Nongame Species Program

State of Montana
Treasure County, MT
Closing date
Feb 14, 2024

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Please remember to attach the required documents listed in this announcement:

  • Cover Letter
  • Completed State Application
Applications missing the requested documents will be considered incomplete and may not progress further in the process. Documents not requested will not be considered in the recruitment process. A resume is not a substitute for the State Application. This position closes at 11:59 PM Mountain Time on March 7, 2024. You must apply through the State of Montana Career site.

Special Information:
Identity of applicants who become finalists may be released to the public if the Department deems it necessary. Employees who exceed 1,040 hours in a calendar year are also provided health, dental and life insurance. Other benefits include retirement, paid vacation, sick and holidays. This position may be covered by a VEBA (Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association).

A successful applicant will be subject to a background investigation.

Women and minorities are under-represented in this job category and are encouraged to apply.

Wildlife surveys and inventories often require use of light aircraft flying at low altitudes and having confined seating room. Field work is often carried out alone in isolated and/or rugged terrain and/or during unpredictable and inclement weather conditions. Position is based in Region 7 HQ but at times is subject to remote supervision which thus emphasizes the need for excellent and consistent communication. Hours of work can be long and irregular and can include travel to out-of-town meetings, attending evening meetings and occasional weekend work.

Job Duties:

This position is approxmately 75% native species management and 25% game management. The position is responsible for wildlife management activities associated with the protection, perpetuation, enhancement and regulation of native and nongame species and their habitats in Region 7. The position is responsible for integrating the Montana State Wildlife Action Plan into Region 7 wildlife and habitat management programs by advancing awareness and knowledge of the natural history, habitat requirements, status and needs of native wildlife species. More specifically, the position is responsible for designing, and conducting field investigations on wildlife populations and habitats, preparing wildlife management recommendations, communicating department programs and policies, informing and educating the general public in wildlife matters, maintaining and developing wildlife habitat on private and public lands as these relate to the above species, and maintaining proficiency as a professional wildlife scientist. The position is responsible for interaction with, and providing assistance to, the wildlife manager, area wildlife biologists, and nongame program coordinator on an as needed and directed basis for all species. Geographic area of responsibility is all of Region 7, however the incumbent will participate in statewide working groups and committees related to species occurring in Region 7.

They will represent FWP in public outreach & education, to include:
  • Continuously conduct proactive outreach efforts to educate landowners, homeowners, and municipalities how to minimize potential nongame wildlife conflicts i.e. living with wildlife programs.
  • Assist with multi-agency efforts to coordinate public education and response
  • Instruct the public on techniques that will prevent or alleviate potential wildlife/human safety problems.
This position may also:
  • Identify and make recommendations for native species management
  • Collect and assemble population information on other species and make recommendations for management of those species to area biologists, regional managers and Division staff.

Minimum Qualifications:

The knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the duties of this position are usually acquired through a Master's Degree in Fish and Wildlife Biology, Range Management, Zoology, or Fish and Wildlife Management, Biology or a closely related biological field including completion of a field research project presented in a successfully defended thesis.

Equivalent experience is defined as five (5) years of progressively responsible experience as a wildlife biologist or senior wildlife technician, in addition to successful completion of a research effort that includes:
1. Literature review and development of a problem statement and or hypothesis for a particular issue.
2. Development of a detailed study plan or sampling protocol for a field-oriented project based on the above-noted hypothesis.
3. Data collection and the effective management of data with an appropriate application.
4. Interpretation and analysis of data, including a quantitative assessment of that information.
5. Completion of a final report in a peer-reviewed publication or a publication comparable to a refereed journal.
6. If appropriate to the project, formulation of any recommended changes in management prescriptions or actions.
7. Oral presentation on results of investigation to agency staff and public audiences.

If you feel you meet the equivalent experience, please provide a supplemental document in your application that indicates your experience level relative to each point.

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