Natural Resources Specialist V (Fisheries Research Biologist)

  • Texas Parks & Wildlife
  • Mountain Home, ID, United States
  • Oct 03, 2016
Full time Biotech Fish Farm Fish Processing Maritime

Job Description

This position works within a team environment to identify statewide research needs and then plans and conducts original and collaborative applied research to improve efficiency and success of statewide programs in fishery management, hatchery operation, production, aquatic habitat conservation and enhancement. The primary focus of this senior-level research position will be to conduct research that supports statewide Urban Fisheries. Topics of research can include, but are not limited to improving management of fisheries within urban rivers and impoundments, promoting effective and efficient use of hatchery-produced fish, relating multiscale habitat conservation and enhancement to improving angler experiences, identifying constituent needs and desires, or modeling consumer (i.e., angler) behavior. Assists in directing a team of technicians. Works under minimal supervision, with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Performs additional duties as assigned. Complies with all Agency, Division and Branch rules, regulations and procedures.

POSTING NUMBER: 16-00788

Qualification Guidelines:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Education:

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Fisheries Science, Biological Science, Aquaculture or a closely related field. Experience:

  • Three years of progressive experience as a Research Fisheries Biologist, or Research Aquatic Biologist. Licensure:

  • If driving is required, applicant must possess a valid class "C" Texas driver's license;ACCEPTABLE SUBSTITUTIONS: Experience:

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master's degree in Fisheries Science, Biological Science, Aquaculture or a closely related field, may substitute for one year of the required experience;

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a PhD in Fisheries Science, Biological Science, Aquaculture or a closely related field may substitute for two years of the required experience. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Education:

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master's or PhD in Fisheries Science, Biological Science, Aquaculture or a closely related field. Experience:

  • A proven record of planning, conducting, and publishing original and collaborative applied research;

  • Application of research results to urban environments.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, and policies on conservation of fish and wildlife resources and their habitat;
  • Knowledge of fish, fish biology and population dynamics;
  • Knowledge of experimental design and statistical data analysis;
  • Knowledge of principles of sampling fish and aquatic habitats;
  • Skill in conducting fisheries, aquaculture, or aquatic research;
  • Skill in effective verbal and written communication;
  • Skill in interacting and communicating effectively on technical issues to diverse groups including TPWD staff, the public, and governmental agencies;
  • Skill in reviewing, interpreting, summarizing, and commenting on technical documents;
  • Skill in using MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook;
  • Skill in using graphic, database, statistical, analytical, geographical information system (GIS) programs and software;
  • Skill in working independently and as a member of a team;
  • Skill in training others;
  • Skill in directing others or in serving as a technical expert;
  • Skill in planning and preparing research proposals;
  • Skill in advanced designing, planning, and conducting of inspections, surveys, investigative research, and studies, including high profile or complex projects;
  • Skill in advanced analysis of natural resources data, and preparing concise reports and technical publication;
  • Ability to work independently with little or no supervision;
  • Ability to work as a member of a cohesive research team;
  • Ability to maintain flexibility and work with frequent interruptions and multiple changing priorities;
  • Ability to perform manual labor including, lifting supplies and materials up to 50 lbs.;
  • Ability to conduct work activities in accordance with TPWD safety program.
  • Ability to conduct research on fisheries, aquaculture, or aquatic habitats with applications to resource management needs.
  • Ability to write reports of research results suitable for publication in peer-reviewed, scientific journals.

Additional Information:

WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • Required to work from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday;
  • Required to work overtime and occasional weekends as necessary;
  • Required to perform work outdoors, occasionally in adverse weather conditions;
  • Required to perform manual labor including, lifting supplies and materials up to 50 lbs.;
  • Required to travel 25% with possible overnight stays;
  • Required to operate a State vehicle;
  • Non-smoking environment in State buildings and vehicles.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

In order to be considered for this position, the following information is required:

  • Submittal of a completed online application;
  • Work history experience MUST be completed in the online application;
  • A scanned copy of official college transcript(s) issued from the registrar must be attached to the online application (if applicable);
  • Applicants must attach a DD214 or other supporting documentation to the online application to claim Veterans Preference.

NOTE: Resume and professional references may be attached to the online application, but not in place of the completed application. A skills test may be conducted at time of interview.