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  • Wildlife Biologist II

    • Employer: Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Subsistence
      Location: Anchorage, AK
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 03/05/2020
      Open Until Filled: No

    We are hiring a wildlife professional to participate in the statewide Bird Subsistence Research Program of the Division of Subsistence, which includes the Harvest Assessment Program of the Alaska Migratory Bird Co-Management Council (AMBCC) (http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=subsistence.AMBCC). This interdisciplinary program blends biological and social sciences to address priority research and management needs, to support sustainable harvest opportunities, and subsistence cultures. This position provides expert support for developing and implementing scientific research, analyses, and statistical evaluations of bird subsistence harvest and related biological, ecological, socioeconomic, and sociocultural information. This position interacts with bird research, management, and conservation entities within state, federal, Alaska Native, and other organizations, as well as subsistence hunters, sport hunters, and the general public to exchange information and coordinate work efforts.

    This is a non-permanent, seasonal position. This non-permanent position extends into June 2023; support for this position may be further extended based on funding availability and work needs. Work for this seasonal position involves about 11 months per year.

    The application period is open until 5 March at: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/alaska/jobs/2691692/wildlife-biologist-ii-pcn-11-n20042?keywords=wildlife%20biologist&page=1&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

    (or https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/Alaska: PCN 11-N20042, job # 25033)


    The key responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

    • Assists in planning and conducting projects to collect and evaluate information for bird harvest management, including bird harvest surveys, interviews with subsistence hunters and users, gathering and incorporating local and traditional knowledge, as well as bird ecology and population assessments. Travels to remote Alaska communities to conduct research related to bird harvest assessment, local and traditional knowledge, and harvest research and management outreach.

    • Analyzes bird harvest data and related biological, socioeconomic, and cultural data to assess bird population health, harvest sustainability, and harvest management tools. Must comply with policies and procedures for confidentiality based on state statutes, and on professional guidelines for social scientists. Assists the Research Analyst IV in data management and analysis for research projects and for the annual AMBCC subsistence bird harvest survey. Data analysis and management relies on routine use of software such as SPSS, SQL Server, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, and ArcGIS.

    • Attends meetings of the Alaska Migratory Bird Co-Management Council (AMBCC), its committees, workgroups, and regional councils; shares data and information about the Harvest Assessment Program; and addresses questions. • Assists with the implementation of annual subsistence bird harvest surveys, including coordinating with partners, preparing survey materials, training partners on standard harvest survey methods and procedures, monitoring survey completion, and coordinating data entry and archiving.

    • Works with direct supervisor and AMBCC partners to identify priority information and management needs to support sustainable bird harvest opportunities, bird conservation, and subsistence economies.

    • Develops and recommends research projects and operational plans that include justifications; objectives; scientifically robust sampling methods, data, and statistical analysis; logistics; timelines, budget; field and personnel scheduling; and reporting. When proposing research designs for consideration by supervisors, the incumbent consults with direct-report supervisor and receives approval to proceed with specific questions and methods.

    • Prepares technical reports and documents, white papers, peer-reviewed articles, and audience-specific outreach materials summarizing project results, according to established formats and processes. Prepares and delivers oral presentations. Communicates results to peers, advisory committees, and members of the public. Reports and other technical products are reviewed by senior professional staff prior to dissemination.

    • Drafts proposals and applications to obtain funding for research projects; develops and tracks budgets for projects; prepares reports as required by granting agencies and in consultation with administrative staff.


    Minimum Qualifications

    A bachelor's degree from an accredited college in biology, a branch of biology, limnology, biometrics, oceanography, forestry, or natural resource management.

    AND One year of professional level biologist experience. The required professional biologist experience is met by service as a Wildlife Biologist I, Fishery Biologist I, or Habitat Biologist I with the State of Alaska or the equivalent with another employer.

    Substitutions: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college that includes or is supplemented by the following credit hours will substitute for the degree in a specific field:

    • at least 24 semester hours (36 quarter hours) in biology, a branch of biology, limnology, biometrics, oceanography, forestry, or natural resource management (excluding courses that focus on agricultural husbandry techniques, human population dynamics, or the design and manipulation of landscapes), of which 16 semester hours (24 quarter hours) are upper division courses; and

    • at least 12 semester hours (16 quarter hours) in any combination of two or more of the following: chemistry, physics, mathematics, statistics, geology, hydrology, or GIS. A master's degree from an accredited college in biology, a branch of biology, limnology, biometrics, oceanography, forestry or natural resource management, will substitute for the required year of professional level biologist experience.


    The ideal candidate will possess some or all the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

    1. Avian research, conservation, and management. Includes fields such as avian biology, ecology, and population monitoring and dynamics. Identify work experience with non-hunted species, hunted or game species, and species of conservation concern. Identify work in remote locations, and especially in Alaska.

    2. Data analysis and management. Includes use of spreadsheets, relational databases, large datasets, integrating diverse datasets, quantitative and qualitative analytical methods, statistical methods, spatial analysis, metadata and archiving, and related software (e.g., Microsoft Office suite, Outlook, EndNote, Adobe Acrobat, ArcGIS, Statistical Package for Social Scientists and similar software).

    3. Social sciences and human dimensions of wildlife management. Includes harvest research and structured surveys; design of surveys and interview protocols; effective interviewing, participant observation, and mapping; and documentation of local and traditional knowledge and its integration in management and conservation. Uses of methods, tools, and resources from conservation social sciences to integrate human dimensions for effective resource management and conservation (understanding socio-economic and ecological process in complex systems; stakeholder perceptions, behaviors, and involvement; conflict management; collaborative conservation). Identify work in cross-cultural settings, remote locations, and especially in Alaska.

    4. Resource management and conservation principles and issues. Includes topics such as gathering, evaluating, and using scientific information to inform policy and management actions; participation in management and advisory boards, committees, and working groups; familiarity with harvest management tools; harvest management processes and regulations especially those related to bird harvest.

    5. Written communication. Experience with technical and professional writing that demonstrates developed ability to correctly, clearly, and concisely articulate information and concepts to diverse audiences including products such as issues papers, technical reports, peer-reviewed articles, and outreach materials.

    6. Cross-cultural, interdisciplinary, and interpersonal communication. Ability to effectively and respectfully interact with audiences (stakeholders, user groups, managers, organizations) with diverse backgrounds (cultural, social, organizational, perspectives, abilities). Ability to develop and maintain trust and collaboration among partners despite divergent perspectives and controversial issues. Advanced verbal communication skills to interact with stakeholders, resource user groups, share scientific and management presentations, and provide briefings for managers. Understand and respect diverse ways of life, values, and communication styles. Foster interdisciplinary collaborations to better understand socio-economic and ecological process in complex systems.

    7. Alaska's subsistence cultures. Includes geography, history, Native cultures, related socio-economic contexts, and subsistence uses of wildlife resources in Alaska.

    8. Project development and management. Includes research, conservation, outreach, and resource management efforts; identification of priorities; conceptualization; writing grants or other funding proposals; workflow and budget management; and reporting. Collaboration with and coordination of inter-agency.

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