Applicants must meet selective 901 Wildlife Biology.
Work cooperatively with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS), state and provincial wildlife management agencies throughout North America, primarily through the Mississippi Flyway Council (MFC) and MFC Technical Section, to facilitate coordinated management of migratory game birds in central North America. Specific activities performed as the IA DNR’s representative on the MFC Technical Section include performing necessary tasks as a member or chair of Technical Section committees (including representing the IA DNR on the Technical Section’s Regulations Committee or representing the MFC on national committees and working groups), preparing reports and recommendations on behalf of the IA DNR for the MFC and Technical Section, reviewing federal regulations proposals pertaining to migratory birds and harvest and population management strategies (federal register, white papers) and preparing responses on behalf of the IA DNR, and coordinating IA DNR participation in cooperative research, survey, banding, and management projects.
In addition to MFC and Technical Section activities, assist the Prairie Pothole Joint Venture (PPJV) Technical Committee, Northern Prairie Science Center and the USFWS Habitat and Population Evaluation Team (HAPET) in developing and implementing monitoring programs to evaluate benefits of wetland restoration in the Prairie Pothole Region, work with other agencies on implementation and evaluation of joint venture projects, such as PPJV, Upper Mississippi River Joint Venture (UMRJV) and North American Wetland Conservation Act (NAWCA), and consult with the USFWS, Natural Resources Conservation Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on wetland management, restoration and mitigation issues.
Work with IA DNR staff to ensure coordinated and biologically sound management of migratory game birds in Iowa by summarizing and disseminating information on MFC and Technical Section meetings, actions, projects and reports, keeping IA DNR staff informed of changes in national and international migratory bird management regulations and advising on ramifications for IA DNR migratory bird management programs, assisting with preparation of IA DNR responses to federal migratory bird management proposals, summarizing and disseminating federal waterfowl harvest and hunter activity information, preparing hunting season recommendations and supporting information, preparing draft rules pertaining to waterfowl hunting and management (including nontoxic shot regulations, the federal Harvest Information Program, refuges, special September Canada goose zones, and Canada goose closed hunting zones ), assisting with updating regulations brochures for migratory bird rules, disseminating information on changes in migratory bird management and hunting regulations with appropriate background information, assisting IA DNR staff in developing management policies and plans for waterfowl in Iowa (giant Canada goose management plan, Canada goose depredation control policy, Canada and snow goose harvest and refuge management policies), assisting IA DNR wildlife managers in developing and assessing wetland, lake, and prairie restoration projects to enhance waterfowl production, assisting with preparation of grant proposals for wetland habitat acquisition and development projects (PPJV, UMRJV, NAWCA) in Iowa and providing information for updating PPJV and UMRJV implementation plans.
Monitor the status of migratory bird populations in Iowa by coordinating and supervising statewide migratory bird banding programs which result in nearly 10,000 birds being banded annually, coordinate IA DNR banding activities with the MFC, USFWS Migratory Bird Management Office (MBMO) and the US Geological Survey’s Biological Services’ Bird Banding Laboratory, coordinate and conduct statewide migratory bird surveys with IA DNR and USFWS staff (Fall Weekly Waterfowl Migration Survey, Coordinate Canvasback Survey, Mid-December Goose Survey, Midwinter Waterfowl Survey, Spring Canada Goose Population And Production Survey, PPJV Four Square Mile Waterfowl Population and Production Survey) and compiling results for MBMO and USFWS Region 3 Office, coordinate the collection of information on marked migratory birds (Tall Grass Prairie Population Canada geese, EPP Canada geese, trumpeter and tundra swans, sandhill cranes) examining waterfowl harvest rates and distribution within and outside Iowa using federal harvest survey data, band recovery data and other marked-bird data (e.g., neck-collar data), summarizing waterfowl survey, harvest, and hunter activity data for the Logbook and administrative review.
Prepares technical reports on completed projects and programs, popular articles for public use, or manuscripts suitable for publication in scientific outlets of national scope; reviews manuscripts for scientific publications and for biologists. Disseminates information to the public concerning IA DNR management programs and regulations, primarily waterfowl regulations, but also nuisance animal complaints, swan restoration, dock regulations, deer hunting regulations, deer depredations, and many other topics, through one-on-one contacts, presentations, public meetings, interviews, letters, articles and news releases. Prepares federal aid budgets and annual and final reports. Performs field population surveys as required (e.g., August roadside survey, deer spotlight survey). Utilizes a weapon in performance of duties in compliance with the State of Iowa’s Violence-Free Workplace Policy and related waivers, including taking all requisite training and conforming to written handling procedures for such weapons. Such duties shall include dispatching injured or wounded animals when a law enforcement officer is not readily available; collecting samples and conducting research on diseased animals and/or plants. Attends Departmental, Bureau, or professional meetings/symposiums/workshops. Performs general administrative duties such as preparing claim vouchers, RFP’s, contracts, time sheets, work activity reports, expense claims, car reports, equipment inventories, maintaining office and equipment, especially computers, maintaining office library and file systems, etc. Minimum Qualifications Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with a bachelor’s degree in the biological sciences, including at least twelve semester hours (or the academic equivalent) in fisheries biology, or nine semester hours in wildlife biology, and the equivalent of two years of full-time work experience in professional fisheries work or two years of full-time work experience in professional wildlife work .
For additional ways to qualify, please click on this link to view the job description and minimum qualifications. Additional Qualifications
ABILITIES AND SKILLS: Broad knowledge base of DNR programs, policies, operational abilities and regulatory requirements; ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing with DNR staff, management personnel and other state and federal agencies; ability to work independently with consistent results and minimal supervision; ability to analyze organizational and operational problems and develop timely and economical solutions; knowledge of the principles, techniques and trends of information technology, ability to establish programming objectives or performance goals and assess progress toward their achievement; ability to program using current technologies and processes; capacity to adjust to change, work pressures or difficult situations without undue stress; ability to use PC based software at an a advanced level; ability to travel as necessary; must demonstrate initiative, a customer service and team orientation and display high standards of ethical conduct; position is a full-time position and as such, requires regular attendance. Must be able to function within a small field work team to accomplish needed activities. Must be able to perform strenuous work and work under inclement conditions at times. Must be able to operate motor vehicle and possess or be able to obtain a CDL and a pesticide applicators certification. Must have knowledge of wildlife research and the ability to perform research used to conduct basic wildlife management projects. Must have the ability to work outside under any type of weather conditions and to withstand physically demanding work. Must have knowledge of basic state and federal laws, rules, and regulations as they relate to wildlife resources. Must display a high standard of ethical conduct.
COMPETENCIES: Integrity, self-management, communication skills, computer skills, team player, customer focus, high productivity, and technical skills (wildlife research).
Applicants must meet selective 901 Wildlife Biology. Post Close Date 11-Feb-2013
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