Fisheries Biologist

Please remember to attach the required resume, cover letter, and supplemental response listed in this announcement. Applications missing the requested documents will be considered incomplete and may not progress further in the process. Documents not requested will not be considered in the recruitment process. The State Application Education/Experience portion is not required for this recruitment, only the required documents will be reviewed. However you must still apply through the State of Montana Career site. This position closes at 11:59 PM Mountain Time on October 21, 2018.
Supplemental Question:
1. Northwest Montana presents some unique opportunities and challenges for fisheries management and habitat protection. Please name some. What experience and which of your skills will serve you well while tackling each of these issues?
Special Information:
In your resume, please include pertinent job experience with supervisor's name and contact information. Also include higher education, job-related training and certifications, a list of publications, and three additional professional references. There is no page limit, however a concise resume with appropriate organization, presentation, and description should be approximately 4 pages.
Finalists will be required to give a PowerPoint presentation on a fisheries topic of their choice.
This position requires physically demanding work in weather that can be inclement during day or night. However, most of the work is during the day in a field or office setting. The office location is currently at the Libby Area Office near Libby, MT, a small town of about 2,700 people within city boundaries. Libby is a tight knit community with some social and outdoor activities. The Libby Area Office is part of the northwest Montana Regional Headquarters (Region One) located in Kalispell, MT which is approximately 2 hours from Libby.
Must be able to work outdoors for prolonged periods of time in adverse conditions such as rain or cold, steep, rugged terrain, wet, cold, ice, slippery rocks, high velocity streamflows, deep water and turbulent water. Must be able to hike and backpack for long distances in very remote country. Must be able to walk in streams in hip boots for sustained periods of time in the above conditions. Electrofishing is frequently used as a tool and is potentially life threatening. Aerial flights by fixed-wing and helicopter are occasionally used for survey techniques. Exposure to dangerous chemicals and substances and operating conditions will occur. Must be able to carry heavy loads up to 100 pounds for 100 feet. Must be able to operate 4WD vehicles on low standard roads under adverse weather conditions. Must be able to load boats on trailers.
The specific district for which this employee is responsible includes the mainstem Kootenai River and all tributaries, including Lake Koocanusa and the Thompson Chain of Lakes between Libby and Kalispell, MT. Some adjustment to the area of responsibility may be done based on skills and abilities of the successful applicant and current staff. The position supervises 0.65 percent of one permanent technician and manages a budget. The Kootenai River basin is multi-jurisdictional and the incumbent will work with Idaho and British Columbia counterparts to resolve fisheries management and natural resource issues.
Identity of applicants who become finalists may be released to the public if the Department deems it necessary. Employees who exceed 1,040 hours in a calendar year are also provided health, dental and life insurance. Other benefits include retirement, paid vacation, sick and holidays. This position may be covered by a VEBA (Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association).
A successful applicant will be subject to a background investigation.
Women and minorities are under-represented in this job category and are encouraged to apply.
Job Duties:
The incumbent is responsible for planning, directing and carrying out fisheries management, research and other activities to: protect and enhance native and/or non-native fish species/populations/communities for the benefit and enjoyment of the public. Fisheries are mostly cold-water trout fisheries. Native fish include Columbia Basin redband trout, westslope cutthroat trout and
trout (ESA listed threatened), white sturgeon (ESA listed endangered) and burbot. There also are cool and warm water yellow perch, northern pike and bass fisheries. Many of the warm/cool water species are considered to be invasive and the result of unauthorized introductions. The incumbent is also responsible to protect, maintain, and enhance aquatic habitat including elements of physical habitat features and water quality and water quantity to optimize the fishery/aquatic resource and opportunity for the angling public. This includes working with the Lincoln Conservation District and the Natural Streambed and Land Preservation Act (310) and city, county, state and federal agencies through the Stream Protection Act (124) as well as other jurisdictions and permitting entities. The incumbent will assist other FWP staff in providing public fishing access via formal Fishing Access Sites and by various other means on public and private ground; provide public opportunities for learning about the responsible use and management of fisheries, waters and other aquatic resources; communicate with the public and with other tribal, state and federal agencies to convey results of biological investigations, management programs, and information on department programs to inform anglers on resource issues and allow their input into management activities; conduct field investigations to determine the characteristics and dynamics of fish populations and angler use to maintain or improve existing fisheries.
Other major duties involve various administrative actions within the Kootenai River drainage work area, Thompson Chain of Lakes and elsewhere in region or state as assigned: implements regional, divisional or departmental programs.
The incumbent is responsible for implementing actions identified in annual work plans as identified by the Federal Aid for Sport Fish Restoration, the Montana Statewide Fisheries Management Plan, and individual water management plans and other funding sources developed in concert with the regional fish manager and other fisheries management and mitigation biologists and staff. The incumbent implements agreed upon actions with minimal supervision.
Primary geographic area of this responsibility is the Kootenai River drainage (and other waters as assigned). The area is generally bound by Idaho to the west, British Columbia to the north and various mountain ranges to the east and south. The responsibility area is a subset of FWP Region One and includes the mainstem Kootenai River, Tobacco River, Fisher River Libby Creek, Quartz Creek, Lake Creek, Callahan Creek, O'Brien Creek, Yaak River) and all tributary streams.
Thorough working knowledge of fisheries management principles & techniques of fish sampling methods and equipment, electrofishing and water safety, aquatic research methods & equipment, stream mechanics & habitat management are all important job qualifications. Other important considerations include thorough working knowledge of computer use for data processing and statistical analysis, skills in writing, speaking and working effectively with a broad spectrum of individuals, groups & agencies. The ability to operate a wide variety of vehicles, boats, motors, instruments and sampling equipment are needed, as well as the physical ability to do strenuous outdoor work in all weather conditions & locations ranging from valley bottom river and reservoirs to high altitude lakes and streams. A combination of excellent work habits, technical ability, applied knowledge and leadership/people skills is necessary for effectiveness in this position.
Education and Experience:
The knowledge, skills, and abilities of this position are normally attained through combination of education and experience equivalent to a Master's Degree in Fish and Wildlife Management, Wildlife Biology, Range Management, Zoology or Biology, including completion of a field research project presented in a successfully defended thesis. Other combinations of education and experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Equivalent experience is defined as five (5) years of progressively responsible experience as a wildlife biologist or senior wildlife technician, in addition to successful completion of a research effort that includes:
1. Literature review and development of a problem statement and or hypothesis for a particular issue.
2. Development of a detailed study plan or sampling protocol for a field-oriented project based on the above-noted hypothesis.
3. Data collection and the effective management of data with an appropriate application.
4. Interpretation and analysis of data, including a quantitative assessment of that information.
5. Completion of a final report in a peer-reviewed publication or a publication comparable to a refereed journal.
6. If appropriate to the project, formulation of any recommended changes in management prescriptions or actions.
7. Oral presentation on results of investigation to agency staff and public audiences.
If you feel you meet the equivalent experience, please provide a supplemental response in your application that indicates your experience level relative to each point.

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