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The Biologist Specialist is responsible for overseeing a wildlife management or other science based program. This position is governed by state and federal laws

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Supervises a professional staff by interviewing, recommending hire or termination, assigning and reviewing work, evaluating employee performance, and training employees. Plans and directs studies and surveys of game and fish species, collects and analyzes data on game and fish species, and analyzes and develops recommendations on district game seasons, wildlife management areas, fish re-stocking, and game re-establishment. Conducts field inventories and observations, collects data from literature and individuals on species and natural communities of conservation concerns, and prepares activity and program reports. Prepares and submits wildlife management or fisheries plans, develops and monitors expenditures, and reviews and approves purchase requests for supplies, equipment, food plots, and stocking and relocation of wildlife. Coordinates district and division programs with various state, federal, and private industry officials, makes presentations to civic groups, schools, and clubs, and conducts public meetings to explain new and/or proposed rules and regulations and/or to hear complaints about wildlife management. Processes scientific data, develops and assists in the development/management of databases, and develops/manages Geographic Information Systems (GIS) layers related to species and natural communities of conservation concern. Cultivates partnerships with government agencies, non-government organizations, academia, and other entities to identify new sources of information in existing databases to add to the Arkansas Heritage Program biodiversity database. Translates, interprets, and presents scientific information in a variety of formats for diverse audiences, and represents the agency at meetings, conferences, and in written correspondence related to the identification, evaluation, and status of species and natural communities of conservation concern. Manages grant funding for work activities, and develops progress reports and supporting documents for submission. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of supervisory practices and procedures. Knowledge of the principles of biology, ecology, and related environmental sciences. Knowledge of laboratory and field survey equipment, techniques, and procedures. Ability to plan work unit objectives and operational activities and to assign and direct the work of subordinates. Ability to make public presentations. Ability to plan and direct scientific game and fish surveys and studies. Ability to develop, implement, and monitor wildlife management plans and programs.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in biology, zoology, botany, or a related field; plus three years of relevant experience, including one year in a leadership capacity. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.

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