Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Environmental Protection Wildlife Biologist 1 (35 Hour)

Recruitment #221205-9345EE-001

Introduction


Are you an experienced leader with a passion for the state and its environment? 
If so, we invite you to discover this unique position! 

The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP), Wildlife Division is currently seeking an Environmental Protection Wildlife Biologist 1 to join our team in Burlington, CT. 

Position Highlights: 
This position will be assigned to the Wildlife Division's Outreach Program. 

The Outreach Program implements outreach and communication activities that support implementation of the efforts of the division for the conservation, use, and appreciation of our wildlife resources.

This position is full-time, 35 hours per week, normally working from Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm.

What's In It for You
  • We offer a competitive benefits plan that includes healthcare coverage, a retirement plan as well as paid time off, including 13 paid holidays per calendar year. 
  • We encourage a strong work/life balance for all state employees. 
  • We offer opportunities for professional and personal growth. 
  • We have limitless areas for you to perform relevant and significant work.

Discover the Opportunity to
  • Work together in a collaborative team environment; 
  • Work with a wide variety of professionals; and 
  • Provide administrative support to a dynamic team. 

Our Mission: 
CT DEEP is charged with conserving, protecting, and improving the natural resources and the environment as well as making clean, reliable, and affordable energy available for the people and the businesses of the state. The agency is also committed to playing a positive role in supporting economic development and job creation in CT as well as fostering a sustainable and prosperous economic future for the state. 

The Bureau of Natural Resources is charged with managing the state's natural resources (particularly fish, wildlife, and forests) through a program of regulation, management, research, and public education. 


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Selection Plan

This position is competitive. Open to the public.

The selected candidate must possess a valid driver’s license at time of appointment and maintain during employment.

Application Process:
In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.

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.

All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to DAS.SHRM@ct.gov.

Please ensure that your application is complete. You will be unable to make revisions once you officially submit your application to the state of Connecticut.

Selection Process:
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.

During the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation supporting their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc. at the discretion of the agency.

Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meets the requirements of the position. 

Due to the volume of applications anticipated, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be provided through your JobAps portal account. Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process. 

Contact Information:
Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Nick Naples at Nicholas.Naples@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 independently performing a full range of tasks in wildlife management, research, and conservation.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Plans and estimates the amount and kind of labor needed on wildlife outreach projects; selects  the number and style of outreach or educational materials required to assist implementation of wildlife conservation projects; keeps progress reports and records; prepares reports at completion of wildlife outreach and education projects; collects data on and estimating impact of wildlife outreach efforts; investigates the desirability of new approaches or initiatives for outreach programs; provides information to the public on wildlife habitat use and human/wildlife interactions; prepares graphic images to convey wildlife project results; prepares materials for conservation implementation efforts; provides information on development or enhancement of particular wildlife habitat; attends and may speak to interested groups; provides technical assistance to landowners and the general public; website content entry; prepares summary reports on health and productivity of wildlife populations; develops informational brochures on wildlife species for public distribution; aids in crafting legislation and regulations which will benefit programs and operations of the division. Attends conferences and seminars on wildlife outreach topics; may serve as program representative on advisory boards or committees as needed; and performs related duties as required.

Specific responsibilities of this position will include but not be limited to:
  • Create and manage content for the Wildlife Division website and social media platforms.
  • Coordinate production (including content, editing, review and layout) of electronic newsletters and volunteer updates.
  • Develop informational brochures, fact sheets, and popular articles.
  • Develop technical assistance materials addressing human-wildlife interactions.
  • Create and staff outreach displays or exhibits for a variety of events.
  • Assist in organizing, publicizing, and staffing outreach events or citizen science efforts.
  • Assist in the development and distribution of press releases and response to media inquiries. 
  • Collaborate on programs to expand wildlife viewing, hunter recruitment and retention efforts, and public engagement.
  • Develop and maintain a wildlife image library (photographic and video) including associated preparation and editing.
  • Develop new strategies to engage new audiences and broaden public involvement in wildlife conservation.
  • Develop and present public presentations, both technical and general.
  • Assist staff with field work to better understand associated educational and outreach opportunities.
  • Assist staff in translating complex or controversial wildlife conservation or research results into relevant, readily accessible outreach materials.
  • Cleaning, maintaining, and making minor repairs to exhibits, project supplies or equipment; care and husbandry of educational animals.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Knowledge of habits and ecology of wildlife species; knowledge of principles and practices of wildlife management including habitat management, development and manipulation of land resources; some knowledge of soil requirements of wildlife food crops; some knowledge of methods and procedures for identifying and controlling nuisance wildlife; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to conduct wildlife and vegetative surveys and to apply the statistical procedures necessary for sound conclusions; ability to identify plants and plant associations which serve as wildlife food or cover; ability to utilize computer software.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Six (6) 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 one (1) additional year of the General Experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience in providing oral, and written communication. 
  • Experience translating technical information into writing for both scientific and lay audiences. 
  • Experience creating and presenting wildlife outreach or education programs.
  • Experience with public speaking for audiences of all demographics; preparing media releases and performing or conducting interviews. 
  • Experience in content development for Outreach Education including content editing; organizing, prioritizing, and tracking multiple tasks; problem solving; and critical analysis. 
  • Experience with website management, social media, and online content development; 
  • Experience with publication design and layout and desktop publishing; 
  • Experience taking photos and video in the outdoors for online and print publication and using phone and desktop video-editing software; 
  • Experience in the identification of birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians.

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.
3. Incumbents in this class must be willing to accept assignment or transfer to any area of the State.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

1. Incumbents in this class must have adequate physical strength, stamina, physical agility and visual and auditory acuity, and must maintain such physical 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 or personal harm from environmental and working conditions and to some discomfort from 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.



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