The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries seeks to fill one vacancy for a full time, permanent Nongame Ornithologist ($24.68 - $43.25 hourly). This position within the Wildlife Diversity Program in Baton Rouge, LA, is responsible for conducting, guiding, and facilitating research and monitoring projects on nongame avian species. In addition, this position is responsible for collecting, compiling, and analyzing data on bird species and their natural communities to inform conservation and resource management.
A position at this level serves as a staff advisor and expert to agency staff and the public regarding biological activities and the possible consequences of those activities from various entities. He/she will also serve as a high level advisor for the state on a specific area of biological policy or other areas of technical or regulatory expertise.
Examples of work performed at this position level include:
Confers frequently with international, federal, state, and local officials and natural resource professionals to review user-group, landowner, or habitat problems and develop a consensus on procedures for solution.
Conducts sensitive, complex negotiations on biological and departmental issues with private industry, landowners, and governmental agencies.
Represents the department at meetings with citizen groups, news media, educational forums, and the regulated community regarding complex biological issues.
Acts as a high level scientific and technical advisor to the Biologist Administrator regarding commercial or recreational trends, market conditions, habitat conditions, and animal population levels.
Supervises special projects and directs field activities providing and improving access for hunters, fishermen, trappers, and all public user groups to allow for better utilization of the state's natural resources.
Designs and directs research, management, and biological monitoring projects for such purposes as determining habitat requirements, range surveys, specimen collection, telemetry, life history, and baseline studies.
Writes research proposals; designs, develops, and implements highly complex scientific research projects concerned with biological resource management recommendations.
Writes and proofreads technical and non technical articles, papers, news releases, and correspondence; testifies at federal and state courts and legislative hearings as to biological resources and management practices.
Directs the formulation of species management plans and provides direction and technical advice in the development of recommended changes in catch limits, harvest, or habitat management plans resulting from biological research projects.
Evaluates changes to biological populations that have resulted in a change of management practices on federal, state, and private lands and waters.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (see also SUPPLEMENTAL QUALIFICATIONS below):
A baccalaureate degree in a biological science, marine science, environmental science, wildlife or fisheries management, animal science, or forestry followed by four years of professional experience in wildlife or fisheries research, management or conservation; forestry; or in environmental science.
Graduate training in qualifying fields may be substituted for up to one year of the required experience on the basis of thirty semester hours for one year of experience.
A non-thesis master's degree in qualifying fields will substitute for one year of the required experience.
A master's degree with completed thesis in qualifying fields will substitute for two years of the required experience.
A Ph.D. in qualifying fields will substitute for two years of the required experience.
Examples of non-qualifying degrees are science education (of any discipline), geology, geography, nuclear science and agribusiness.
Four years of professional level experience, working with any of the following: nongame avian wildlife research, monitoring, and/or inventory; restoration of avian habitat, particularly coastal marshes, barrier islands, and beaches; and management of avian research and monitoring projects.
Any college hours or degree must be from a school accredited by one of the following regional accrediting bodies: the Middle States Commission on Higher Education; the New England Commission of Higher Education; the Higher Learning Commission; the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
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 qualifying based on college training or receipt of a baccalaureate degree will be required to submit an official college transcript to verify credentials claimed prior to appointment. Please make every effort to attach a copy of your transcript to your application if possible. The transcripts can be added as an attachment to your on-line 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.