FWWB11-2021-01766-Quantitative Wildlife Biologist-Statewide
$5,288.77 – $6,815.43 Monthly
040-Game & Fish
10/18/2021 11:59 PM Mountain
Description and Functions
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department seek a Quantitative Biologist based at the Cheyenne Headquarters Office or one of the following Regional Offices: Laramie, Cody, Sheridan, Green River, Lander, Casper, or Pinedale. This position will provide advanced analytical expertise to the Science, Research, Analytical Support Unit, and Wildlife Division. This includes assessing study designs, evaluating and formulating recommendations for updating species-monitoring programs, improving rigor and application of relevant research, and enhancing data analysis skills within the Department. The quantitative biologist develops new analytical applications, as needed, to solve data collection and analysis problems. In addition to these duties, the position coordinates all aspects of the Department’s harvest surveys. The quantitative biologist provides analytical support to address pressing wildlife science and data analysis needs throughout the state.
Human Resource Contact: Corey Johnson – 307-777-4639
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The listed functions are illustrative only and are not intended to describe every function which may be performed at the job level.
- Study design and data analysis: Review study designs for wildlife research and monitoring projects to ensure rigor, defensibility, and suitability of results. Work with research-project proponents to make sure that designs yield defensible answers to management questions. Analyze existing and newly collected game and non-game data to support Division needs. Participate in field data collection activities to assist with Department research and monitoring projects. Develop visuals, publications, or other deliverables to disseminate results. Communicate complex statistical concepts and results to diverse audiences.
- Emerging technology and applications: Work with Unit Supervisor, Unit staff, program leads, and regions to evaluate and implement updated analytical and wildlife monitoring techniques. Help the Division and the Director’s Office remains current on emerging literature. Develop and review new analytical approaches and technologies to address pressing management needs.
- Harvest surveys: Coordinate all aspects of the Department’s harvest surveys. Serve as the Department representative with external harvest survey contractors. Provide draft and final harvest reports to Department staff. Complete internal harvest surveys for specific species and assist with human dimensions survey requests.
- Analytical capacity building: Develop, coordinate and deliver training opportunities to build internal analytical capacity within the Department. Skill enhancement will focus on common field needs, including GPS collar-data management, habitat use analyses, indices of population performance, and other emerging needs.
Preference will be given to applicants with a Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife Ecology, Biology, or Management; Master’s Degree preferred with at least 5 years of progressive work experience in wildlife management and quantitative applications.
**Must have a valid driver’s license.
- Advanced understanding of the principles, concepts, and practices of wildlife ecology and management.
- Advanced knowledge of traditional and emerging statistical applications relevant to wildlife ecology.
- Demonstrated expertise in spatial analysis, occupancy modeling, survival analyses, and Bayesian frameworks.
- Expertise in the design of wildlife monitoring and research projects.
- Experience developing new mathematical approaches or applications to solve wildlife problems.
- Ability to communicate effectively with technical and non-technical audiences.
- Advanced technical writing skills.
- Advanced familiarity with Program R, Microsoft, and Google platforms and learn new software packages.
- Excellent interpersonal communication skills.
- Ability to work with stakeholders, despite disagreements or differing perspectives.
- Capacity to solve problems both independently and as part of a team.
- Ability to analyze information and make appropriate decisions.
- Capacity to make and defend recommendations despite imperfect data.
- Knowledge of state personnel rules and Wyoming Game & Fish Commission policies regarding Department employees
Bachelor’s Degree (typically in Wildlife Management)
1-3 years progressive work experience (typically in Wildlife Management) with acquired knowledge at the level of a Senior Wildlife Biologist
Education & Experience Substitution:
4-7 years of progressive work experience (typically in Wildlife Management) with acquired knowledge at the level of a Senior Wildlife Biologist
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
Necessary Special Requirements
PHYSICAL WORKING CONDITIONS:
- The position requires the lifting of heavy objects and strenuous physical exertion at times.
- Must be able to work in various weather conditions and environments.
- Must be able to work all days of the week and varied work hours, including weekends and early mornings, evenings/late nights.
- Ability to safely operate motorized equipment, including 4×4 pickup trucks, ATVs, and snowmobiles.
- Ability to safely use horses and mules (where assigned) to perform surveys or transport equipment and other items.
- FLSA: Exempt
- Successful applicants for employment must pass a background check prior to appointment.
- Must complete wildlife immobilization training and certification.
- Travel will be required.
040-Wyoming Game & Fish Department
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