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  • Wildlife Biological Aide IV - Raptor, Grassland, and Forest Bird Program

    Jordan Brown
    • Employer: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control/ Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife
      Location: Smyrna, Delaware
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 01/06/2022
      Open Until Filled: No


    This position is with the Delaware's Species Conservation and Research Program to assist the State Raptor, Grassland, and Forest Bird Biologist. Primary responsibilities include avian surveys (including identifying birds by sight and sound), monitoring nest boxes as part of the Delaware Kestrel Partnership, installing and maintaining nest boxes, and trapping, capturing, and banding various raptor, grassland, and forest bird species. Daily work may require walking up to 5 miles in various terrain, operating and maintaining four-wheel drive vehicles, carrying equipment climbing high ladders, and using binoculars and a spotting scope to distinguish bird species and color bands at a distance. This field work may require long hours under strenuous or uncomfortable field conditions (e.g., heat and humidity, biting insects). Additional duties include assisting with equipment inventory, data entry, data management (including GIS, Excel and Access), and report writing. Volunteer communication, coordination and management may be expected. The Biological Aide will work independently and must be able to work in an efficient manner with good time management. Applicants must be available to work weekends, evenings, and holidays as scheduled and must be available to start this job by mid-February, but an earlier start date is preferred. Note - this is a year-round position.


    Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.

    • Provides technical support in studies, surveys, inspections and research projects.
    • Collects field samples and data.
    • Provides technical information and assistance to the public and the regulated community.
    • Interprets rules and regulations for assigned area.
    • Reviews permit applications and supplemental paperwork for approval or recommendation for disapproval.
    • Operates and maintains vehicles, boats and sampling equipment.
    • Maintains accurate records and prepares reports.
    • May assist in processing biological samples.


    JOB REQUIREMENTS for Environmental Control Technician III 
    Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas: 

    • Six months experience in conducting field work to collect environmental or ecological samples and survey data.
    • Six months experience in analyzing and evaluating data.
    • Six months experience in math such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, percentages, or decimals.
    • Six months experience in interpreting laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies, and procedures.
    • Six months experience in narrative report writing.
    • Six months experience in using an automated information system to enter, update, modify, delete, retrieve/inquire and report on data.
    • Possession of a valid Driver's License (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).


    As a condition of employment, all employees must certify that they are fully COVID-19 vaccinated; or be required to test for COVID-19 on a weekly basis; or request an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination(s) due to qualified ADA or sincerely held religious beliefs or practices. New Hires must complete the certification or request during their initial week of employment. This will be in effect until further notice. More information can be found here.

    This posting may be closed on or before (1/6/2022) upon filling the vacant position(s).


    Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.  DNREC does not provide sponsorship for holders of H-1 B Visas.

    Criminal background check:  A satisfactory criminal background check is required as a condition of hire.  The recruiting agency may require the applicant to pay for the criminal background check as part of the conditional offer of hire.

    Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States. The State of Delaware Executive Branch participates in the Federal E-Verify system where the State will provide the federal government with each new hires Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. For more information refer to our job seeker resources.


    Please visit: https://www.jobapscloud.com/DE/sup/bulpreview.asp?R1=120621&R2=MGCC03&R3=400300


    The application and supplemental questionnaire are evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position.  It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and the supplemental questionnaire to include dates of employment, job title and job duties.  For education and training, list name of educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content.   Narrative information supplied in response to the questions must be supported by the information supplied on the application including your employment, education and training history as it relates to the job requirements.

    Once you have submitted your application on-line, all future correspondence related to your application will be sent via email.  Please keep your contact information current.  You may also view all correspondence sent to you by the State of Delaware in the “My Applications” tab at Delaware State Jobs.


    Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process.  To request an auxiliary aid or service please call (302) 739-5458. TDD users should call the Delaware Relay Service Number 1-800-232-5460 for assistance.

    The State of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity employer and values a diverse workforce. We strongly encourage and seek out a workforce representative of Delaware including race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. 

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