The successful candidate will serve as Tennessee’s representative on the Mississippi Flyway Technical Section and Dove EMU and will oversee/coordinate all duck, goose and dove banding and migratory game bird hunting season tasks. Tennessee has a very competitive pay package with step increases and the program has great support from the Agency and Commission. The Agency desires to fill this position with a well-qualified applicant and is conducting a national search to identify the best candidate. Applicants should have a MS in Wildlife and two years of professional wildlife experience or a BS in Wildlife and four years of professional wildlife experience.
Education and Experience: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a master's degree in wildlife or fish management or closely related field and experience equivalent to two years of full-time professional wildlife resources work. OR Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in wildlife or fish management or closely related field and experience equivalent to four years of full-time professional wildlife, fisheries or related experience.
Summary: Under general supervision, is responsible for professional wildlife or fish management work of considerable difficulty; and performs related work as required.
Distinguishing Features: An employee in this class is responsible for planning, participation in, and coordination of a statewide program or project for fish and wildlife management or research. Work involves planning, conducting, and interpreting biological studies; developing and coordinating statewide program activities; and giving consultation to regional personnel on specific programs. This class differs from that of Wildlife Biologist 2 in that an incumbent of the latter is responsible for a regional or other non-statewide program.
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others:
- Facilitate groups with competing interests to work together to achieve a common management goal.
- Establish committees or partnerships to work towards goals within given time constraints.
Scheduling Work and Activities:
- Coordinate statewide fish and wildlife research and management programs.
- Coordinate use of agency staff with program managers and supervisors for events, programs and activities on a statewide basis.
- Develop long-term biological data bases and review data to ensure proper quality control measures are followed.
- Complete required quarterly and annual reports for projects and strategic activities.
Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:
- Disseminate information by writing reports and scientific papers or journal articles, and by making professional presentations.
- Make public presentations regarding wildlife and conservation issues.
- Represent the agency’s interest in cooperative partnerships, regional and national committees regarding conservation issues.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems:
- Develop resource plans using accepted management practices designed to achieve strategic goals.
- Coordinates wildlife and fisheries programs and management actions based on established best practices and current information.
- Compiles and analyzes data and prepares reports using statistical methods; uses data to make recommendations on seasons, limits, and hunting and fishing rules and regulations.
Monitoring Process, Materials, or Surroundings:
- Identify issues and propose solutions to problems affecting fish and wildlife populations and habitat conditions.
- Assess and review agency annual hunting and fishing publications before release to the public.
- Maintain an awareness of public opinion regarding specific wildlife issues.
Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others:
- Present biological or other justifications for rules, regulations and agency policies to the public, agency staff and the TF&W commission.
- Inform and respond to the public regarding wildlife and conservation issues, such as plant/animal identification, hunting/fishing regulations, and nuisance wildlife.
Provide Consultation and Advice to Others:
- Provide consultation and advice to the TFWC, agency staff, other entities and the public regarding wildlife and fisheries areas of expertise.
- Coordinate, attend, and/or participate in appropriate meetings, seminars and conferences to maintain knowledge of current information, methods, and trends.
- Coordinates or conducts surveys to measure activities and attitudes of outdoor recreational users.
- Read/review current peer-reviewed material related to management of natural resources to maintain knowledge of current information, methods and trends.
- Conducts ecological surveys; investigates and assists in determining feasibility of stocking/controlling fish and wildlife in appropriate habitat.
- Conducts biological and environmental data collection using accepted scientific techniques.
Organizing, Planning and Prioritizing Work:
- Set statewide meetings to identify program needs, set goals, and coordinate agency efforts.
- Identify, prioritize and adapt daily work activities to meet program needs.
Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards:
- Ensure Wildlife and Fisheries programs are developed in compliance with Federal guidelines, TCA, proclamation, rule and other applicable regulations.
Interacting with Computers:
- Use standard desktop PC, laptop, smart devices and required software while performing general administrative duties.
- Use GIS (geographic Information system), database management, statistical analysis software and GPS (global positioning system) mapping software for management planning.
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:
- Establish and maintain important personal contacts through telephone, correspondence and personal appearances with agency and other governmental officials, media representatives, business representatives and the public to interpret, explain and promote agency programs and services.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, and Subordinates:
- Utilize appropriate means of communications to keep supervisor and agency staff informed of relevant agency topics.
Performing Administrative Activities:
- Submit all required reports to the appropriate supervisor.
- Prepare the project budget(s) for assigned programs; monitor expenditures and maintain an inventory of equipment, materials and supplies.
- Follow protocol for protecting sensitive information.