Feral Swine Control Technician

Recruitment #210331-UNCR-13

Introduction

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

Interested and qualified persons should submit a resume and cover letter with a daytime phone number and email.  Documentation of certifications and trainings may also be included.

Submit application materials to:

Oklahoma Conservation Commission
Attn:  Lisa Knauf Owen – Assistant Director
2800 N Lincoln Blvd. Suite 200
Oklahoma City, OK  73105
405-521-6797 Phone
Lisa.Knauf@conservation.ok.gov

Applications must be received no later than close of business

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Feral Swine Control Technician

LOCATION
There are two open positions.  One located in Southwest Oklahoma (Tillman, Cotton, Jackson, Harmon County) and one located in Northern Oklahoma (Kay, Osage, Pawnee County).  When applying please indicate the preferred location.

BASIC PURPOSE:
The Feral Swine Control Technician will be the local lead Oklahoma Conservation Commission (OCC) agency representative in the designated area for the feral swine control pilot project. This position works through conservation districts and in partnership with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and APHIS staff to assist landowners and land managers with the reduction of feral swine populations. Much of the work occurs at a self-directed pace. The job requires leadership skills, environmental knowledge, written and oral communication skills, attention to detail and ability to keep accurate records. 

TYPICAL FUNCTIONS INCLUDE:  Coordinate the activities of the project with the local Conservation Districts and other partners, to include:
• Make on-site inspections to identify if feral swine are responsible for damage by sight, tracks, type of damage or other appropriate evidence; evaluates damage, economic loss, environmental impact, extent of involvement and other factors.
• Completes landowner damage assessment forms.
• Serves as liaison with USDA – APHIS wildlife damage control specialists to coordinate trap deployment, pre-baiting, baiting of traps and landowner relations.
• Repairs traps as necessary.
• Assist districts with development of public outreach meetings, conduct seminars and field days related to the project.
• Attend monthly district board meetings to communicate with boards members on a regular basis, keeping them informed on such items as: assessments completed; number of swine trapped and eliminated; and outreach activities. This will be accomplished in cooperation with all sponsors, to include: Conservation Districts, USDA, Noble Foundation and other agencies/organizations.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS and ABILITIES:
knowledge of wildlife biology including the habitats and behavior of feral swine; familiarity with tools used in the control of wildlife species; and of state and federal laws governing wildlife conservation and management threatened or endangered species and environmental control.  Ability to identify various types of wildlife; to evaluate damage from wildlife activities; to communicate effectively; and to prepare technical reports clearly and concisely.

As well as:
• A strong interest in the agency’s functions, mission and programs is required.
• Ability to plan, organize, prioritize, and complete work assignments as needed.
• Must possess the ability to interact with the public and coworkers in a positive and engaging manner.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

SPECIAL SKILLS:
• Advanced knowledge of Oklahoma agricultural production;
• Advanced knowledge of the conservation practices that protect natural resources;
• Knowledge of education and outreach principles, methods, and techniques;
• Must understand strengths, weaknesses, programs and needs of conservation districts and be able to communicate with the diverse interests represented by districts;
• Must be a legal resident of the United States and possess a valid Oklahoma driver’s license;
• May require irregular work weeks involving long workdays and potential weekend work;
• Requires some heavy lifting and ability to work outside during all types of weather conditions; and
• Ability to read and create technical documents such as maps, surveys or conservation
• plans.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Preferred Minimum Qualifications:
requirements at this level consist of two years of experience in wildlife damage management, wildlife management, wildlife conservation or agriculture or an equivalent combination of education and experience, substituting thirty semester hours of college, including six semester hours in any combination of the above areas, for each year of the required experience.

EXHIBITED BEHAVIORS
• Customer Service
Helpful to and fulfills requests of customers. Builds positive cooperative relationships with customers.  Creates a positive image for the agency and State of Oklahoma.  Attitude, behavior and performance is professional, courteous, respectful and consistent with Values & Behaviors identified in OCC Strategic Plan.

• Teamwork
Always willing to assist others to accomplish tasks and be successful.  Fosters positive relationships within division and agency as well as other customer groups. Keeps supervisor informed of schedule, challenges and accomplishments. Advises supervisor of activities in which he should participate.  Participates in division and agency staff meetings.  Exemplifies 'team player' attitude and behavior with all customer groups.

• Problem-Solving
Prioritizes tasks and activities on an ongoing basis. Identifies and pursues necessary resources for solving problems.  Seeks innovative and creative solutions. Takes initiative to address needs.  Suggests operational modifications to improve efficiency and effectiveness.

• Leadership
Sets goals and objectives for projects to promote agency vision and advance agency mission. Work in a manner to positively promote the agency and State of Oklahoma.  Exerts positive influence on customers, clients, co-workers and associates.  Recommends changes in work methods to improve performance in the agency or division.  Models leadership development, professional development and organizational development.  Leads by example.

Conclusion

Veteran’s preference points apply only for initial appointment in the classified service.