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Description

NOTE: Applicant should submit a cover letter, resume, professional references, university transcripts, and if claiming veteran status, a DD214 in addition to their application.

 

Performs advanced (senior-level) natural resources work.  The Migratory Game Bird Specialist is responsible for assisting regional and Wildlife Division staff in design and implementation of migratory bird habitat development, enhancement, grant proposals, and research projects on public and private lands.  Assists Regional staff with development of wetland permit requests; reviews proposed wetland related projects, regulations, habitat plans and coordinates and prepares comments for the Region and Migratory Wildlife Program on these tasks.  Serves as a technical committee representative to the Gulf Coast Joint Venture.  Coordinates and reports TPWD accomplishments to the GCJV Coordinator.  Assists regional staff in development of site specific plans related to potential habitat acquisition projects; develops grant proposals for Migratory Wildlife and Wetland Program.  Provides lead role in waterfowl related issues to include waterfowl surveys, research, and disease monitoring.  Provides leadership in developing in-service habitat management training.  Acts as Wildlife Division point of contact for the Texas Prairie Wetlands Project, Wetland Reserve Program and other related programs as assigned.  Coordinates dove and waterfowl conservation projects, and conducts public hunts on TPWD wildlife management areas as assigned.  Other duties include technical assistance to private landowners; develops specific management bulletins, brochures and audiovisual materials on migratory game birds and wetlands for the Division.  Serves as the team wetland and waterfowl specialist.  Works under minimal supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.  Performs additional duties as assigned.  Complies with all Agency, Division and Branch rules, regulations, and procedures.



Requirements

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Education:

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Science, Wildlife Management, Wildlife Ecology or closely related field in Natural Resources Management.  Major course work from Bachelor’s or post-Bachelor’s degree programs must include 24 hours minimum in Wildlife/Habitat Conservation, Wildlife/Natural Resources Management and/or Research from accredited college or university.

 

Experience:

Five years of experience as a professional wildlife biologist, migratory game bird biologist, wetland ecologist or closely related natural resources scientist.

 

Licensure:   

If driving is required, applicant must possess a valid State driver’s license.

Must possess or be able to obtain, within one year of employment, the National Wildfire Coordinator Group’s (NWCG) Fire Fighter Type II certification.

NOTE:  Retention of position contingent upon obtaining and maintaining required license.

Physical Requirements:

Must be able to pass, within one year of employment, the FFT II moderate duty physical fitness standard (walk 2 miles with a 25 lb pack in 30 minutes or less) OR the arduous duty physical fitness standard (walk 3 miles with 45 lb pack in 45 minutes or less).

Required to conduct (without air sickness) low-level aerial fixed wing aircraft and helicopter surveys. TPWD employees are required to comply with departmental aircraft weight restrictions.  Weight limit restrictions prohibit flight with passengers that weigh in excess of 300 pounds.  Must meet weight restrictions to accomplish annual low-level aerial surveys.

NOTE: Retention of position contingent upon meeting and maintaining physical requirements

 

ACCEPTABLE SUBSTITUTIONS:

Education:

Current Associate Wildlife Biologist certification OR current Certified Wildlife Biologist certification issued by The Wildlife Society may substitute for the required minimum of 24 hours in Wildlife/Habitat Conservation, Wildlife/Natural Resources Management, Wildlife Biology, and/or Research Methods from bachelor’s or post bachelor’s degree program.

    

Experience:

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master’s degree in Wildlife Science, Wildlife Management, Wildlife Ecology, Range and Wildlife Management or closely related field in Natural Resource Management may substitute for one year of the required experience.

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a PhD in Wildlife Science, Wildlife Management, Wildlife Ecology, Range and Wildlife Management or closely related field in Natural Resource Management may substitute for two years of the required experience.

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Licensure:   

Current National Wildfire Coordinating Group’s (NWCG) Fire Fighter Type II certification.

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Knowledge of wetlands wildlife, habitat, and habitat management requirements and techniques;

Knowledge of plant and animal taxonomy with special emphasis on wetland species;

Knowledge of wetland habitat mitigation processes, wetland permitting and wetland delineation/determination;

Knowledge of issues relating to the management and conservation of coastal wetlands and other habitats important to migratory birds;

Skill in effective verbal and written communication;

Skill in technical writing;

Skill in using MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook;

Skill in using GIS/GPS software;

Skill in providing quality customer service in a courteous and professional manner;

Skill in effective interaction with staff at all levels of the department and other state agencies and organizations;

Skill in establishing and maintaining effective work relationships with co-workers and work-related contacts;

Skill in training others;

Skill in developing goals and objectives;

Skill in making independent, sound and timely decisions;

Skill in identifying, researching and compiling information;

Ability to conduct scientific studies, surveys, data analysis and complete scientific and popular publications;

Ability to communicate verbally and in writing on a range of waterfowl, wildlife, and wetland issues;

Ability to deal effectively with private landowners, land managers, advisory boards, universities, the media, consultants, governmental and non-governmental organizations as well as the general public

Ability to conduct low level aerial waterfowl surveys without sickness;

Ability to prioritize and accomplish multiple assigned tasks to meet deadlines;

Ability to work independently with little or no supervision;

Ability to work as a member of a team;

Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with co-workers, agency staff and management to achieve common goals;

Ability to perform manual labor including, lifting supplies and materials up to 50 lbs.;

Ability to conduct work activities in accordance with TPWD safety program.

 

WORKING CONDITIONS:

Required to work from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday;

Required to work on holidays, weekends and hours other than 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. as necessary;

Required to use appropriate safety procedures and equipment;

Required to perform work outdoors, occasionally in adverse weather conditions;

Required to work overtime as necessary;

Required to perform manual labor including, lifting supplies and materials up to 50 lbs.;

Required to travel 35% with possible overnight stays;

Required to operate State vehicle;

Non-smoking environment in State buildings and vehicles.

 

TPWD IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Job Information

  • Job ID: 60063101
  • Location:
    Texas, United States
  • Position Title: Natural Resources Specialist IV (Migratory Game Bird Specialist)
  • Company Name: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
  • Job Function: Wildlife Biologist
  • Salary: $66,649.20 - $66,649.20 (Yearly Salary)
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