Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Environmental Protection Supervising Wildlife Biologist (35 Hour)

Recruitment #210804-3431EE-001

Introduction



Are you an experienced professional with a passion for wildlife management? 
If so, we encourage you to discover this opportunity! 

About Us: 

At the State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), 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. 

Position Highlights: 

DEEP is seeking to hire a Supervising Wildlife Biologist within the Wildlife Habitat Program. The Bureau of Natural Resources is made up of three divisions (Fisheries, Forestry, and Wildlife) as well as a central office. The Wildlife Division oversees the Wildlife Habitat Program.

The Wildlife Habitat Program is responsible for fulfilling the state's public trust responsibilities for wildlife resources on state and private lands, including state forests, state parks, natural area preserves, coastal reserves, and wildlife management areas. 

This position will be based at our Eastern District Office in Marlborough, CT, but has statewide responsibilities. The standard work week is 35 hours, generally from 8:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., Monday through Friday, but is adjusted to meet program needs or species life history requirements. 

The incumbent in this position will supervise the Wildlife Habitat Program and work collaboratively with other programs, divisions, and with state, federal, academic, and non-governmental partners for the conservation and management of wildlife habitat. 

What we can offer you: 

State of Connecticut employees participate in a competitive benefits plan that includes: 
  • Excellent health and dental coverage; 
  • A generous retirement plan; 
  • Paid time off; 
  • A healthy work - life balance! 
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Selection Plan

Applicants must include a resume within the "Resume Tab" of their application.

In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the minimum qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date, unless otherwise specified. 

The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.

This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. The email notification will include an expiration date by which you must submit (Finish) your responses. Please regularly check your email for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders, as emails could end up there in error. 

Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Tyler Cashman at Tyler.Cashman@ct.gov

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

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 wildlife habitats; surveys and assessments on the effectiveness of management activities; development and implementation of habitat management and conservation programs.

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; work with other programs on habitat management for conservation and recreation on public lands; 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 pursuant to management of wildlife areas.

Duties may also include: other tasks as necessary to meet the statutory responsibilities of the Department related to habitat management, wildlife-based recreation,  habitat needs of state and federally listed species and species of greatest conservation need identified in Connecticut’s Wildlife Action Plan.

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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.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

The preferred candidate will possess:
  • Experience with recruiting and supervising a diverse team; 
  • Experience with preparing and executing contracts and project agreements, grant writing, and related tracking and reporting requirements; 
  • Experience with planning and implementing wildlife habitat projects critical to fulfilling the state's public trust responsibilities for wildlife resources on state and private lands, including state forests, state parks, natural area preserves, coastal reserves, and wildlife management areas; 
  • Experience with the development of habitat management agreements and consultations; 
  • Experience with multi-use recreational and conservation planning; 
  • Experience planning and directing wetland restoration projects; 
  • Experience prioritizing and tracking multiple tasks while staying organized; 
  • Experience analyzing a situation critically to solve a complex problem; 
  • Experience developing and maintaining conservation collaborations with other state and federal agencies and non-governmental conservation partners; 
  • Experience in the development and implementation of facility maintenance plans; 
  • Experience developing budgets and related fiscal accounting; 
  • Experience utilizing computer software for data collection, management, and interpretation, project planning and implementation, geospatial representation, and public outreach. 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

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.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

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.

WORKING CONDITIONS

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.

Conclusion

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.







The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.