DWFP-Consv Res Biologist
State of Mississippi - Mississippi

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This is professional and scientific biological research, management and administrative work in the fields of wildlife, fisheries, ecology and natural resources conservation in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. Characteristic duties include responsibility for management and research work at an advanced level; and, coordinating multiple conservation development, management and restoration projects or directing a major research/program area. The work includes planning, coordinating and supervising research and management projects within a specialized field or geographic region within a district. Incumbents may work independently on research projects or conservation management programs of considerable scope and difficulty which require application of advanced assessment and analytical methodologies and technical skills. Work is performed under minimal supervision of an administrative or technical supervisors; work is planned and reviewed and progress evaluated in planning sessions and conferences with supervisors. Supervision may be exercised over subordinates.

Examples of Work:
Examples of work performed in this classification include, but are not limited to, the following:

Plans, coordinates, executes and supervises aquatic/biological research and management projects/programs designed to conserve, manage, restore and protect wildlife, fisheries and natural resources; assists federal and state agencies and municipalities in cooperative project activities.

Conducts complex and advanced level scientific studies and research projects; formulates recommendations related to resource management.

Conducts investigations of and analyzes mortality factors, diseases or fish kills to determine cause; reports extent, contributory factors; makes recommendation for appropriate eradication procedures, methods for intervention and prevention.

Conducts environmental assessments; reviews environmental impact of construction, dredging, channel maintenance, stream bank stabilization, soil and water conservation projects, gravel mining and related operations on wildlife, fisheries and natural resources management.

Coordinates and conducts wildlife species or fish inventories, stream surveys, creel surveys, browse and mast surveys, population censuses, distribution and migration studies, prey and forage studies, age and growth studies.

Coordinates and supervises banding, tagging, counting, trapping, netting, shocking and sampling activities; managed hunts; re-locates or stocks (re-stocks) various species. Coordinates the collection of specimens, biological and harvest data or aquatic and fish samples for analysis; supervises the collection of data on depth, temperatures and flow of water in streams or other bodies of water; compiles and analyzes collection data.

Makes recommendations on seasons; bag or slot limits; specific state parks/lakes or management areas rules and regulations; hunting and fishing regulations; state and federal conservation laws and regulations; proposes draft policies and operating procedures.

Reviews research and technological advancements; evaluates new designs and applications of specialized equipment.

Maintains property inventory of field and facility equipment assigned to projects/program.

Operates and maintains a variety of equipment, including but not limited to: motorized vehicles, all-terrain vehicles, winches, boats, motors, firearms, audio-visual equipment, two-way radio and communications equipment, nets, traps, sampling gear, laboratory and field testing equipment.

Determines project work priorities and assignments in accordance with established goals and objectives; coordinates and approves work, holiday, and leave schedules; participates in strategic planning to develop long-range objectives and priorities.

May review and evaluate subordinates� job performance; recommends performance improvement plans and supplemental training to ensure performance standards are met.

Makes personnel-related recommendations through the chain-of-command, to include staff development, employment, promotion, termination and disciplinary action.

May compile and prepare annual work plans, annual and year-end reports and projects/program budget requests; authorizes purchases of equipment, commodities and services; monitors expenditures of funds allocated to projects/program by project and budget category.

Compiles and completes various reports related to time, attendance and activities; vehicle usage, expenses and repairs; federal aid reimbursement projects.

Reviews requests for technical assistance from sportsmen�s groups, clubs, conservation and community organizations, landowners and the general public; plans and provides technical assistance in resource management, habitat improvement, pond management and determination of harvest quotas; monitors resource and user group plans.

Conducts literature reviews and summarizes information for use in project/program proposals, technical and non-technical reports, articles and evaluation of current management practices.

Prepares statistical analyses, technical and non-technical reports and papers from research projects, surveys and field data; compiles annual harvest information; hunting, fishing and recreational participation; projected trends in resource usage, resource pressures, etc.; utilizes computer-based programs to enter research, survey and field data.

Makes recommendations on seasons; bag or slot limits; specific state parks/lakes or management areas rules and regulations; hunting and fishing regulations; state and federal conservation laws and regulations; proposes draft policies and operating procedures.

Plans, develops and presents informational and educational programs, in-service training or demonstrations on wildlife, fisheries, ecology and natural resources conservation, ecological and environmental issues and concerns; participates in public hearings, forums and technical meetings related to conservation and resource management topics.

Responds to requests for information either verbally or in writing related to program policies, activities and regulations.

Coordinates multiple projects for development, management and restoration of state-owned or leased lands; waterfowl areas; state parks/lakes; ponds; reservoirs and public waters; and, cooperative projects with federal, state or local agencies, universities and conservation organizations.

Directs project/program development and operations, i.e., proposal, planning, implementation, coordination, evaluation and reporting.

Plans and coordinates habitat evaluations, river basin studies, ecological surveys and land/water access reviews; compiles, analyzes and interprets findings; performs complex evaluations, surveys and special studies.

Develops and coordinates conservation management programs; recommends resource preservation and enhancement practices and conservation management methods and techniques; determines methods of controlling undesirable plant, wildlife and fish species.

Performs related or similar duties as required or assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
These minimum qualifications have been agreed upon by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in this job class and are based upon a job analysis and the essential functions. However, if a candidate believes he/she is qualified for the job although he/she does not have the minimum qualifications set forth below, he/she may request special consideration through substitution of related education and experience, demonstrating the ability to perform the essential functions of the position. Any request to substitute related education or experience for minimum qualifications must be addressed to the State Personnel Board in writing, identifying the related education and experience which demonstrates the candidate�s ability to perform all essential functions of the position.

A Master's Degree from an accredited four-year college or university in Wildlife/Fisheries Ecology/Biology or in Wildlife/Fisheries Conservation/Management;


One (1) year of work experience directly related to the described duties.

Substitution Statement:
Directly related education above the Master's Degree and directly related experience may be substituted on an equal basis.

Required Document(s):
Applicant must provide employing agency evidence of completion of education requirements and a valid copy of his/her transcript to verify course work, when applicable.

Applicant must possess and maintain a valid Mississippi Driver's License.

Essential Functions:
Additional essential functions may be identified and included by the hiring agency. The essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Collects various data to aid in the management of species using sampling machines, equipment, and instruments.

2. Analyzes and summarizes data.

3. Provides sportsman and general public with information on various topics.

4. Conducts and supervises development, management, restoration, and research activities in a geographic region within a district or in a major research/program area.

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