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    • Employer: Wyoming Game and Fish Department
      Location: Lander, WY
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 08/26/2019
      Open Until Filled: No

    invites applications for the position of:

    ATAW99-11088-Grassland Bird Project Biologist-Lander


    SALARY:$21.40 Hourly 


    OPENING DATE:08/12/19

    CLOSING DATE:08/26/19 11:59 PM


    The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is seeking an experienced avian biologist to analyze and complete work outlined in a funded Grassland Bird Monitoring Grant, which targets 4 Species of Greatest Conservation Need.  These include Burrowing Owl, Mountain Plover, Upland Sandpiper, and Long-billed Curlew.  This position supports the final year of a pilot study to establish long-term population monitoring for these high conservation priority species.  The position will examine data collected from the pilot effort, perform rigorous statistics, and provide management recommendations for future monitoring.

    Apply Online: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/wyoming?keywords=ATAW99-11088

    Human Resource Contact: Laura Curtis 307-777-4507

    ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:  The listed functions are illustrative only and are not intended to describe every function which may be performed in the job level.

    • Work independently to manage and analyze data collected as part of a pilot effort and report findings in Annual Completion Reports
    • Record incidental observations of all other Species of Greatest Conservation Need, particularly bird species.
    • Work independently using remotely and field-collected data for site selection and survey planning
    • Manage data using relational databases
    • Conduct data analysis for power analyses, modeling detection probability-corrected estimates of occupancy and density, and evaluating the current sampling plan.
    • Communicate with internal stakeholders, landowners, and the general public regarding survey access and wildlife management goals and recommendations.
    • Collect, enter, and proof data.



    Preference will be given to candidate possessing a BS or MS in Wildlife Biology or a similar field.


    • Familiarity with Wyoming's grassland ecosystems and bird communities.
    • Must be able to identify the 4 target species by sight and sound. Preference given to those able to identify all birds of Wyoming by sight and sound.
    • Experience conducting point count surveys and using other avian survey methodology.
    • Must be reliable, have a strong work ethic, great communication skills, and be able to work independently and in remote locations and challenging conditions.
    • Must have a flexible schedule, and be able to work long and variable hours, particularly based on weather conditions.
    • Strong background in data management skills including expertise in relational databases.
    • Experience in ecological study design and site selection (particularly using stratified, randomize sampling approaches such as HIP or GRTS)
    • Experience conducting analyses to estimate detection probability-adjusted estimates for occupancy rates and density.
    • Must have a valid driver's license and be able to operate a 4WD vehicle.


    None - See "Preferences"




    Biologist will work independently to navigate to and conduct front-country roadside surveys using GPS, paper maps, tablets and paper datasheets.

    Overnight statewide travel is required, with hotel or camping stays for up to 10 days at a time.

    The schedule will vary; surveys require early morning and evening work.

    FLSA: Non-Exempt

    All new hires or rehires starting in a non-exempt position on or after January 1, 2018 are required to be paid hourly.

    Contact: For more information regarding a specific project or position, contact Zack Walker at zack.walker@wyo.gov or 307-332-2688.

    Position will last from approximately October 2019 through September 2020.



    040-Wyoming Game and Fish - Wildlife Division

    Click here to view the State of Wyoming Classification and Pay Structure.

    URL: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/wyoming/default.cfm

    The State of Wyoming is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively supports the ADA and reasonably accommodates qualified applicants with disabilities.

    Class Specifications are subject to change, please refer to the A & I HRD Website to ensure that you have the most recent version.

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