Biologist II - Aquatic Nuisance Species Coordinator (Bismark, ND)

Job Close Date: 
January 18, 2016 - 11:59pm

North Dakota Fish and Game seeks Biologist II : Aquatic Nuisance Species Coordinator

Location: Riverdale, Bismarck, Jamestown or Devils Lake District Office
Salary Range: $4,136-$5,515/month hiring range; $4,136-$6,894 full range

Summary of Work

This position administers, expedites and coordinates aquatic nuisance species program and policy activities and decisions within the Fisheries Division and externally with other state and federal government agencies, elected officials, businesses, individuals, cities and citizen groups. Applies biological concepts and basic principles in related natural science fields; collects basic field investigation data; prepares and operates equipment that collects samples and biologic data; and analyzes, compiles and computes biological data. Uses a variety of specialized tools, equipment, and materials to carry out procedures, methods and practices in support of one or more of the biological sciences. This position will chair the Aquatic Invasive Species Committee and oversee the implementation of North Dakota’s Aquatic Nuisance Species Management Plan. Train, provide guidance to, and/or oversee Department staff in addressing various aspects of the Aquatic Nuisance Species program. Manage grants and prepare reports. Assist with other fisheries-related projects.

Minimum Qualifications

Requires a minimum of a Bachelor of Science degree in fisheries biology or fisheries management, or closely related natural resource science degree and four years of professional work experience with a fisheries or natural resource management agency is required. A Master of Science degree in fisheries biology or fisheries management may be substituted for two years of actual work experience.
The position requires working knowledge of college level statistics, computers and relevant software, state and federal laws pertaining to fish and wildlife and aquatic invasive species, and general tenants of fisheries management. Ability to communicate effectively, establish and maintain sound working relationships with individuals, groups and agencies, and ability to organize, implement and evaluate many diverse activities within the program.
Knowledge of and skill in applying a wide range of concepts, principles, and techniques of one or more of the biological sciences, such as general biology, entomology, botany, taxonomy, limnology, and zoology. Knowledge of population and monitoring methodology including design, laboratory and field techniques, and computer based management for data collection.
Applicants need to possess strong interpersonal skills and a collaborative attitude. Ability to self-start and to work independently without close supervision
Must have or be able to obtain a Class D North Dakota driver’s license. Should be able to lift at least 50 pounds, and be willing to travel throughout the state and attend evening/weekend events.
Requires satisfactory completion of a criminal background check.

Preferred Qualifications

Preference will be given for:
Aquatic Invasive Species program management experience to include sampling methods
Experience in computer databases and data analysis and interpretation
Experience supervising staff
Active participation in fishing

Application Procedures

Applicants must complete the online application. Do not say “See Resume” to any questions.
Applicants must also upload a Letter of Interest describing how the applicant’s ability and experience relates to the Summary of Work.
Applicants must submit a current Resume.
Applicants must submit all documents above.
Current State employees with access to PeopleSoft can access the job posting through the PeopleSoft Portal.
External applicants can access the job posting by going to the ND State Jobs Openings.
Applications must be completed by 11:59pm on the posted closing date.

For information about the position or for persons needing accommodation or assistance in the application or interview process, contact Kim Kary, Chief of Administrative Services at 701-328-6605.
For troubles or questions about applying on the online system, contact Melissa Long at 701-328-6318.