Aquatic/Riparian Habitat Specialist (DGF #34558)
May 6, 2019
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New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Santa Fe, NM
$32,427 - $56,413 Annually ($15.59 - $27.12 Hourly); Pay Band 65
The Aquatic Habitat Specialist provides technical guidance concerning the management, enhancement, research and conservation of aquatic/riparian resources throughout the state, including hydrology, wetlands, riparian and other wildlife habitats, wilderness, recreation, water quality, and environmental protection.
• Consults with Department staff and prepares official agency responses that provide recommendations on federal, state, and local laws regulations, and policies, and develops guidance pertaining to habitat, ground and surface water, wildlife, contaminants, and other topics as appropriate.
• Provides input related to aquatic/riparian resources for inter-divisional projects, inter-agency programs, and task forces, and formulates recommendations to prevent, minimize or mitigate habitat destruction or degradation, with particular emphasis on improving aquatic/riparian habitats and wildlife.
• Reviews, plans, supports and leads the technical development of monitoring and survey techniques to evaluate the hydrological and biological impacts associated with aquatic/riparian projects.
• Manages grants and contractors for projects to inform statewide efforts for aquatic and riparian habitat mitigation, restoration and improvement.
• Routinely communicates and consults with federal and state agencies, local governments, communities, private organizations, and other stakeholders regarding aquatic and riparian habitat resources.
Bachelor's degree in biology, fisheries science/management, wildlife science/management, animal science, forestry, ecology or similar related natural resource degree and two (2) years of experience in the specified fields.
• Advanced degree (M.S. or Ph.D.) in biology, zoology, wildlife, fisheries, ecology, aquatic ecology, conservation biology, environmental science, geographic information systems, or a related environmental or natural resources field.
• 3 or more years of experience related to biological research or analysis involving data collection, data analysis, and scientific or report writing.
• At least 2 years of experience in aquatic ecology, fluvial geomorphology, or other areas of research in natural resources with an emphasis on management of riparian/aquatic wildlife species or habitats.
• 3 years of scientific/technical writing experience.
• 2 years of experience using ARC GIS products, including experience conducting or managing projects to identify, delineate, or assess wildlife habitat from landscape-level imagery.
Assistant Chief, Ecological and Environmental Planning Division