Louisiana Department of State Civil Service - Louisiana

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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. 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.
This position is in Pointe-aux-Chenes, Lafourche Parish, Louisiana. Applicants must select this parish on their application to indicate that they are available to work in the parish of this vacancy.
This position is in a Career Progression Group (CPG) and is advertised as a 1, 2, and 3. Only one vacancy exists and the level at which the vacancy is filled will be determined by the qualifications of the candidate selected. The maximum salary for the highest level of this position, Biologist 3 is $35.03 per hour / $72,862 per year. 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 functions under the direct supervision of a Biologist Manager. The incumbent of this position will work directly with wildlife technicians and biologists throughout the coastal zone on the active management of several marsh management units and restoration projects. This position will be required to collect a variety of biological data such as salinity and water elevation and maintain it in usable formats. Routine reports to federal and state agencies will be required along with updating and ensuring compliance with existing management plans. The incumbent will be required to manipulate and maintain several water control structures throughout coastal Louisiana and be able to occasionally lift objects over 50 pounds. Night time work, overnight travel, and extended work hours throughout the coast will be routine for this position. Job activities also require the incumbent to be capable of riding in small helicopters, small fixed wing aircraft, boats, and airboats.
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 P.O. Box 98000 Baton Rouge, LA 70898 (225) 763-8540 – Phone (225) 763-3510 – Fax Wildlife & Fisheries is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Concepts:
FUNCTION OF WORK: To collect, compile, and analyze biological and environmental data. LEVEL OF WORK: Entry. SUPERVISION RECEIVED: General from a Biologist Manager or Biologist Supervisor. SUPERVISION EXERCISED: May exercise functional over lower-level staff and/or direct over nonprofessional personnel. LOCATION OF WORK: Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. JOB DISTINCTIONS: Differs from Biologist 2 by the degree of independence.

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. Conducts field research and investigations to obtain biological samples and data using a variety of professionally accepted techniques. Evaluates samples by laboratory analysis or organism identification and description; evaluates research data, organizes data, writes reports, plots findings, performs limited statistical analysis, and illustrates relationships of one set of data to another. Prepares management plans as a consultant to private landowners, breeders, or other groups. Investigates facilities and records of applicants for permits and special licenses; makes recommendations concerning issuance or denial of licenses. Presents wildlife management programs and demonstrations to various groups. Purchases, operates, and maintains data collection and analysis equipment. Participates as a team member in complex research projects or special investigations of environmental impact assessment and monitoring. Conducts small, independent, short-term research projects under the general supervision of supervisory personnel. Maintains frequent public contact regarding general departmental procedures and cooperates with private, state, and federal personnel in routine problem resolution. Provides technical support for the senior biologist on one or several projects such as design or procedural problems and recommendations for solutions. Communicates department’s biological programs to individuals and groups through outreach and promotion in educational settings.

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