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State of Massachusetts Conservation Biologist II – Wildlife Biologist in West Boylston, Massachusetts

About the Department of Conservation and Recreation: The Department of Conservation and Recreation manages one of the largest and most diverse state parks systems in the nation and protects and enhances natural resources and outdoor recreational opportunities throughout Massachusetts. The DCR system includes over 450,000 acres of parks, forests, water supply protection lands, beaches, lakes, ponds, playgrounds, swimming pools, skating rinks, trails, golf courses and parkways. This position has been created as part of the strategic readiness initiative. A cover letter and resume must be submitted as part of the application process and attached “as relevant” to the requisition. The Department of Conservation and Recreation seeks applicant(s) for: Conservation Biologist II – Wildlife Biologist GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES The basic purpose of this position is to provide professional scientific services regarding the biological monitoring and the protection and management of Massachusetts wildlife including rare, endangered and threatened species and their habitats. Incumbents must have good knowledge of the characteristics and behaviors of such species. Species of special interest to the agency include all species of native Massachusetts bats, native and migratory birds, and all species listed under the federal and state endangered species acts. Incumbents of positions in this series collect, analyze, and review biological data through field and office work on wildlife including rare, endangered and threatened species and other features of biological diversity; provide technical assistance and information to DCR staff and the public; help the agency in achieving compliance with laws and regulations and maintaining liaisons with other government agencies. The incumbent will be assigned and provide coverage statewide and utilization of personal vehicle may be required in exchange for mileage reimbursement at the approved rate of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Qualifications required at hire are mandatory (see below). SUPERVISION RECEIVED Eric Seaborn, Director of Natural Resources DETAILED STATEMENT OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 1. Analyzes data from a variety of sources on wildlife including rare, endangered and threatened species to assess population trends or to make management recommendations regarding the protection of rare species and conservation of their habitats. 2. Collects and reviews biological data through field work to obtain information relative to population trends and environmental impacts in order to make appropriate management recommendations. 3. Provides biological technical assistance and information on such matters as endangered and threatened species conservation, management and research for distribution to local, state and federal agencies and the scientific community. 4. Supports the agency in maintaining liaisons with local, state and federal agencies for data reporting or to resolve issues related to the biological protection of the state's wildlife including rare, endangered and threatened species and their habitats. 5. Preparing extensive technical reports for public review and managing data and other scientific records for public distribution. 6. Ability to plan, design and implement scientific research and biological recovery projects relative to endangered and threatened species, including the selection of sampling design, frequency, and scientific equipment to be used to accomplish research objectives. 7. Ability to write proposals for securing funding through available grants for implementation of the conservation program objectives. Incumbents of positions at the Conservation Biologist II level or higher also: 1. Design and implement field research studies relative to wetland habitats and other wildlife conservation, including the selection of sampling design, frequency of sampling, and scientific equipment to be used, among others to accomplish research objectives. 2. Review field studies and research projects for compliance with procedures and scientific standards. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED ATHIRE 1. Knowledge of Federal and Massachusetts wildlife laws and regulations 2. Knowledge of the principles of ecology and population biology. 3. Knowledge of chiropterology, ornithology or other wildlife conservation science related to assigned responsibilities. 4. Knowledge of research methods and techniques followed in conservation biology. 5. Knowledge of the characteristics and behaviors of some set of endangered and threatened species. 6. Knowledge of the principles and techniques of endangered and threatened species habitat management. 7. Knowledge of the types and uses of equipment used in conservation biology research and management. 8. Knowledge of the methods used in the preparation of charts, graphs and tables. 9. Ability to read, interpret, apply and explain the policies, procedures, guidelines, laws, rules and regulations governing agency operations and assigned unit activities. 10. Ability to gather information by examining records and documents. 11. Ability to assemble items of information according to established procedures. 12. Ability to determine the proper format and procedure for assembling items of information. 13. Ability to analyze and determine the applicability of conservation biology data, to draw conclusions and make appropriate recommendations. 14. Ability to follow oral and written instructions. 15. Ability to perform arithmetic and statistical computations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division; and calculate mean, mode, median and standard deviation). 16. Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written expression. 17. Ability to prioritize work assignments. 18. Ability to prepare extensive general and technical reports. 19. Ability to prepare and use charts, graphs and tables. 20. Ability to maintain accurate records. 21. Ability to deal tactfully with others. 22. Ability to establish and maintain professional and harmonious working relationships with others. 23. Ability to exercise sound judgment. 24. Ability to work independently. 25. Ability to operate a motor vehicle. Additional qualifications required at hire for Conservation Biologist II and higher positions: 1. Ability to plan and assign work for others according to the nature of the job to be accomplished, the capabilities of team members and available resources; controlling work through periodic reviews and evaluations; determining team members‘ training needs and providing or arranging for such training; motivating team members to work effectively. 2. Ability to plan, design and implement scientific research and biological recovery projects. Based on assignment, the following additional qualifications may be regard at hire for Conservation Biologist II and higher positions: 1. Ability to supervise, including planning and assigning work according to the nature of the job to be accomplished, the capabilities of team members and available resources; controlling work through periodic reviews and/or evaluations; determining team members’ training needs and providing or arranging for such training; motivating team members to work effectively. . QUALIFICATIONS ACQUIRED ON JOB 1. Knowledge of the laws, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures governing assigned activities. 2. Knowledge of the types and uses of state or agency forms. 3. Knowledge of electronic software and processing techniques used in data management and reporting. 4. Knowledge of the methods and techniques followed in the inspection of environmental, monitoring equipment and projects. Additional qualifications acquired on job in Conservation Biologist II positions: 1. Ability to accomplish work objectives when few precedents or guidelines are available. 2. Ability to coordinate the efforts of others in accomplishing assigned work activities. Based on assignment, the following additional qualification may be acquired on job in Conservation Biologist II positions: 1. Knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of supervision. Additional qualifications acquired on job in Conservation Biologist II and higher positions: 1. Ability to accomplish work objectives when few precedents or guidelines are available. First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have at least (A) three years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional, paraprofessional or technical experience in work involving the protection, preservation and/or management of endangered and protected species, of which (B) at least one year must have been in a professional capacity, or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below. Substitutions: I. A Bachelor's degree with a major in zoology, botany, ornithology or herpetology, may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the required (A) experience on the basis of two years of education for one year of experience.* II. A Graduate degree with a major in zoology, botany, ornithology, or herpetology, may be substituted for one year of the required (A) experience on the basis of two years of education for one year of experience.* Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Operator's license may be required. _Comprehensive Benefits_ When you embark on a career with the Commonwealth, you are offered an outstanding suite of employee benefits that add to the overall value of your compensation package. We take pride in providing a work experience that supports you, your loved ones, and your future. Want the specifics? Explore our Employee Benefits and Rewards! *Executive Order #595:As a condition of employment, successful applicants will be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption as of their start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided to applicants selected for employment. Applicants who receive an offer of employment who can provide documentation that the vaccine is medically contraindicated or who object to vaccination due to a sincerely held religious belief may make a request for exemption. An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. The Commonwealth is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. Research suggests that qualified women, Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC) may self-select out of opportunities if they don't meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage individuals who believe they have the skills necessary to thrive to apply for this role. *Job: Science *Organization: Department of Conservation & Recreation *Title: *Conservation Biologist II – Wildlife Biologist * Location: *Massachusetts-West Boylston-180 Beaman St Requisition ID: 22000CHZ

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