Habitat Biologist Technician, Wyoming Game and Fish Department

Saratoga, Wyoming 

Organization: Wyoming Game and Fish Department

Type of opportunity: Seasonal, full-time

Contact: Department of Administration & Information, Human Resource Division, (307) 777-7188

Duties:

  • Conduct fine scale vegetation monitoring on select sites to evaluate long-term vegetation and habitat objectives associated with grazing management or previous vegetation treatments such as fire, mechanical or chemical applications.  Data analysis and written reports for Department and public use will be completed.
  • Utilize existing digital land cover resources, GIS data, and habitat enhancement data from various sources to develop and assess specific vegetation enhancement projects and migration mitigation risk assessments.  Project specifics could include developing grazing management and vegetation objectives for new treatments.
  • Field evaluation of sites will be required to determine the appropriate treatment to produce the desired habitat objectives.  Newly proposed habitat treatment sites will require delineation of treatment boundaries, acreage calculations, treatment cost calculations, etc.
  • Function independently in the field and also as a team member with private landowners and various interagency personnel working collectively on habitat related projects.
  • Complete a written report on projects developed and data collected including but not limited to a GIS based map including potential project polygons, associated data sets and photos, and a narrative addressing additional NEPA requirements, project partner contracts, time tables and funding required to implement projects.
  • Communicating with a variety of individuals from various agencies as well as private landowners will be required for project planning and development.

Desired qualifications:

  • Understanding of ecosystem function and identification of plants to the species level in sagebrush, saltbush, mixed mountain shrub, riparian and aspen communities.
  • Knowledge and an understanding of vegetation response to a variety of manipulation techniques such as mechanical, prescribed fire and herbicide application as well as vegetation responses to browsing and grazing.
  • Knowledge and experience with mule deer nutritional and seasonal use requirements.
  • Some knowledge and experience with livestock grazing management strategies.
  • The ability and willingness to work with minimal supervision in remote locations with difficult terrain.
  • Preference may be given to those with a bachelor’s degree in wildlife management, range management, biology, zoology, ichthyology or closely related field, PLUS one to two years of professional work experience in wildlife or fish resource management, research or habitat development.
  • The candidate will be required to work alone in a backcountry setting as well as with a team charged with a similar task.
  • The candidate will be required to navigate independently with a map in remote locations. Use of GPS units and a basic working knowledge of ArcMap 10.1 software will be required.
  • Ability and willingness to hike extensive distances (3-10 miles/day) during diverse weather conditions and be able to safely operate 4-wheel drive pickup and ATV.
  • Some overnight travel may be required, including camping from a vehicle.

Start and end dates: June 1 – August 31, 2016

Salary/pay: $14.82/hour

Link to more information: Read the job announcement and apply online.

Application deadline: Position open until filled.

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