BIOLOGIST SUPERVISOR
Louisiana Department of State Civil Service - Lafayette, LA

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MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A baccalaureate degree in a biological science, marine science, environmental science, wildlife or fisheries management, animal science, or forestry followed by four years of professional experience in wildlife or fisheries research, management, education or conservation. SUBSTITUTIONS: Graduate training in qualifying fields may be substituted for up to one year of the required experience on the basis of thirty semester hours for one year of experience. A non-thesis master's degree in qualifying fields will substitute for one year of the required experience. A master's degree with completed thesis in qualifying fields will substitute for two years of the required experience. A Ph.D. in qualifying fields will substitute for two years of the required experience. 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 Association of Colleges and Schools; the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools; the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Vacancy Information: This position will be filled as a Job Appointment however t here is a possibility that it may be converted to a Probational Appointment should funding become available. . A criminal background check will be required of all selected applicants. If you are selected for an interview, you must submit to a criminal background check as a condition of employment. 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 must submit a copy of their transcripts when their qualifications are based on the minimum qualifications or substitutions listed above. The transcripts can be added as an attachment to your online application or may be sent via email, fax, mail or hand delivery using the contact information below. The selected candidate will be required to submit original documentation upon hire.
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. Please contact the HR representative listed below to ensure that your application is accepted as eligible. Applicants are encouraged to click on the "Apply" link above and complete an electronic application. Responsibilities and/or Preferences: This position falls under the direct supervision of a biologist manager. The incumbent will assist with work associated with Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA). The incumbent is primarily responsible for supervising lower level biologists and/or wildlife technicians that are assisting NRDA field teams in monitoring wildlife impacts in coastal Louisiana. He/she may also participate in daily NRDA technical working group planning conference calls and developing restoration plans in response to oil spill efforts. In addition, incumbent will participate in the development and implementation of programmatic research initiatives designed to evaluate wildlife (i.e., Diamondback Terrapin and Colonial Waterbirds) and habitat communities throughout coastal Louisiana. Physical demands of this position require the incumbent to exert brief periods of heavy muscular or strenuous physical exertion. Examples include occasionally lifting objects over 50 pounds, such as alligators, duck crates, boats and propane cannons. Overnight travel throughout Louisiana, including early departure, long hours, and some weekends, as well as night work in boats and airboats may also be required. Exam Required: No Civil Service test score is required in order to be considered for this vacancy. Contact Information: Department of Wildlife & Fisheries Human Resources/Tara Dupre P.O. Box 98000 Baton Rouge, LA 70898 (225) 763-8540 – Phone (225) 763-3510 – Fax tdupre@wlf.la.gov Wildlife & Fisheries is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Concepts:
FUNCTION OF WORK: To supervise an organizational unit responsible for biological or environmental research. LEVEL OF WORK: Supervisor. SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Broad from a Biologist Manager or higher-level administrator. SUPERVISION EXERCISED: Direct supervision over professional and non-professional staff. LOCATION OF WORK: Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. JOB DISTINCTIONS: Differs from Biologist 3 by the presence of full supervisory responsibilities. Differs from Biologist Manager by the absence of responsibility for the supervision of Biologist Supervisors or equivalent staff.

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. Directs several monitoring programs within an organizational unit designed to gather data on population abundance and distribution, basic biological parameters, habitat quality, etc. Investigates fish kills, exotic plant and animal introductions, oil and chemical spills, etc. Monitors recreational and commercial activities within a geographic area. Designs, implements, and conducts research projects related to resource management, population dynamics, species biology, habitat changes, etc. Prepares technical reports of research findings. Formulates highly technical management recommendations for public lands and water bodies in complex and involved situations that effect wildlife and fisheries populations as well as the environment. Prepares annual and long-range management plans. Makes technical recommendations and presentations to the public regarding wildlife, fisheries, and habitat management. Investigates complaints concerning fish, wildlife, and habitat problems. Participates on local committees or task forces that have been established to study, manage, and enhance wildlife and fisheries resources and habitats within a geographic region of the state.

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