At the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, we are dedicated to conserving, improving and protecting our natural resources and the environment- and increasing the availability of cheaper, cleaner and more reliable energy. The mission of the Bureau of Natural Resources is to conserve and enhance Connecticut’s fish, wildlife and forest resources and to enhance opportunities for public use and appreciation.
The Bureau of Natural Resources is made up of three Divisions (Fisheries, Forestry and Wildlife) and a central office. The Wildlife Division, is seeking to hire a Supervising Wildlife Biologist within the Wildlife Diversity Program. The Wildlife Diversity Program is responsible for the research, management, and conservation of state and federally listed species, species of greatest conservation need, and related citizen science, wildlife viewing, and urban wildlife initiatives.
This position will be based at our Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area office in Burlington, CT. The standard work week is 35-hours, generally from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday, but is adjusted to meet program needs or species life history requirements. The incumbent in this position will supervise the Wildlife Diversity Program and work collaboratively with other programs, Divisions, and with state, federal, academic, and non-governmental partners for the conservation of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates.
Applicants must include a resume within the "Resume Tab" of their application.
Questions about this position should be directed to the hiring agency's Human Resources office: DEEP.HumanResources@ct.gov or (860) 424-3006.
This position is competitive. Open to the public.
This posting MAY require completion of additional referral questions (RQs) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. Please regularly check your email for notifications. Please also check your SPAM/Junk folders. You must reply by the deadline indicated on the notification or you will be automatically disqualified from consideration.
PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Division of Wildlife this class is accountable for supervising staff engaged in wildlife management, research and conservation.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Schedules, assigns, oversees and reviews work of staff, provides staff training and assistance; conducts performance evaluations; determines priorities and plans unit work; establishes and maintains procedures; develops or makes recommendations on development of policies and standards; acts as liaison with other operating units, divisions, agencies and outside regarding policies and procedures; prepares reports and correspondence; prepares plans for wildlife management projects; reviews and/or coordinates establishment of wildlife management areas; conducts biological research for management and/or conservation of wildlife species; conducts studies to evaluate results of wildlife management projects; inspects land management projects to determine effects on wildlife; makes recommendations for improvement of wildlife conditions addresses interested groups on wildlife matters; may act as Supervisor of Wildlife Management; may plan wildlife reintroduction activities; performs related duties as required.
Duties specific to this position will include:
General program supervision: prepare grant requests and related performance reporting; manage full-time and seasonal staffing needs and job duties; oversee all aspects of program operation including both field and office activities; manage program budgets, requisitions, and equipment; prepare contracts and project agreements.
Supervisory duties: collection of data on state and federally listed wildlife species; surveys and assessments on the status of species of greatest conservation need; development and implementation of research and conservation programs for birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates.
Partnering and outreach: Act as the Department’s liaison with regional and national work groups and committees; facilitate conservation actions with conservation organizations and municipal, federal, and other state agencies; write grants and requests for federal funding. Provide technical assistance to the public and the regulated community on wildlife species, their key habitats, and management activities; represent the Department at public hearings, meetings, and in court proceedings. Participate in development of public outreach materials, press releases, media interviews, and citizen science materials for program activities.
Policy and legislation: draft legislative and regulatory proposals for assigned species.
Duties may also include other tasks as necessary to meet the statutory responsibilities of the Department related to state and federally listed species and species of greatest conservation need identified in Connecticut’s Wildlife Action Plan.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of relevant agency policies and procedures; considerable knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; considerable knowledge of habits and ecology of wildlife; considerable knowledge of principles and practices of wildlife management including habitat management and population; knowledge of methods and procedures involved in conducting biological research studies; considerable oral and written communication skills; interpersonal skills; ability in identification of plants which serve as wildlife food and cover; ability to utilize computer software; supervisory ability.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Eight (8) years of experience in wildlife management.
Wildlife management is defined as work requiring a knowledge of scientific fields such as wildlife, biology, zoology, wildlife population dynamics, wildlife ecology, plant ecology, vertebrate zoology, ornithology, mammalogy, animal and plant taxonomy.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
1. College training in wildlife management as defined may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. A Master's degree in wildlife management as defined may be substituted for an additional one (1) year of the General Experience.
- Strong written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills;
- Knowledge of and experience with recruiting and supervising a diverse work force;
- Knowledge of and experience with preparing and executing contracts and project agreements, grant writing, and related tracking and reporting requirements;
- Knowledge of and experience with state and federally listed species management; implementation of recovery plans; development of Section 6 agreements and Section 7 consultations; Species Status Assessments; and development and implementation of related conservation and mitigation plans;
- Strong organizational skills; demonstrated ability to prioritize and track multiple tasks; good problem solving and critical analysis skills;
- Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain conservation collaborations with other state and federal agencies and non-governmental conservation partners;
- Knowledge of and experience with experience with creation and implementation of State Wildlife Action Plans;
- Knowledge of and experience with wildlife viewing, nature photography, and related public outreach and communication efforts; preparation of media releases, articles, and guidance for volunteers and other conservation partners;
- Ability to utilize computer software for data collection, management, and interpretation, project planning and implementation, geospatial representation, and public outreach including social media.
1. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.
1. Incumbents in this class must have adequate physical strength, stamina, physical agility and visual and auditory acuity, and must maintain such fitness as to be able to perform the duties.
2 A physical examination will be required.
Incumbents in this class may be subject to some danger of injury of personal harm from environmental and working conditions and to a moderate degree of discomfort from exposure to year round weather conditions.
AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.