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Title:  Fish & Wildlife Scientist III - Streamflow Protection Biologist

Application Deadline Date:  10/27/2019
Req ID:  2917
Department:  Fish & Wildlife

Montpelier, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $24.76

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department (VFWD) is recruiting for a Fish and Wildlife Scientist III position to serve as a Streamflow Protection Biologist. This is an excellent opportunity to make a difference in a small state. This position serves as VFWD's lead representative in flow-related regulatory proceedings. The position's primary focus is on making flow determinations for federally (FERC) regulated hydropower facilities, with many licenses expiring in the coming decade; however, it also routinely engages in the regulation and assessment of state-regulated hydropower projects, non-powered dams, and other water uses (e.g., snowmaking-related withdrawals). Through this work, the position is uniquely positioned to have a long-lasting influence on instream flows and dam operations affecting fish and wildlife across the state. Join VFWD in its mission to conserve fish and wildlife, and their habitats for the people of Vermont!

Core duties: 
•    Serve as the Department's lead representative and technical expert in flow-related regulatory proceedings affecting Vermont waterways;  
•    Collaborate and coordinate with multiple stakeholders during flow negotiations, including VFWD staff, staff from other state (e.g., Vermont DEC) and federal agencies (e.g., USFWS), non-governmental organizations, applicants/permittees/project owners, etc.;
•    Conduct field and modeling studies to inform the Department's position on water-use projects;
•    Participate as a VFWD representative on the Vermont Dam Task Force and the US-Canada Instream Flow Council;
•    Support the development of policies, procedures, and guidance documents relating to environmental flows and alteration of fluvial habitats;
•    Engage in other regulatory proceedings affecting stream habitat (e.g., land use or stream alteration permits) as necessary;
•    Participate in Department- and Agency-level technical teams as a subject matter expert 

Desired skills/knowledge/competencies:
•    Working knowledge of environmental flows, fish-habitat relationships, river science, hydrology, and associated analytical tools/methods (e.g., hydraulic-habitat modeling);
•    Knowledge of principles of fish biology and fisheries science;
•    Knowledge of how dams, and associated operations, influence riverine and reservoir habitats and biota;
•    Familiarity with hydropower and other uses of surface water (e.g., snowmaking); knowledge/familiarity with FERC hydropower relicensing a plus;
•    Strong writing and oral communication skills;
•    Ability to work independently, plan and track long-term projects and tasks

Who May Apply

This position, Fish & Wildlife Scientist III - Streamflow Protection Biologist (Job Requisition #2917), is open to all State employees and external applicants.
If you would like more information about this position, please contact
Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail.  You must apply online to be considered.
Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting

Environmental Factors

Duties are performed in both an office and a field setting. Field work may require traversing rough terrain and bodies of water in all weather conditions. Duties may require work outside of normal office hours. Attendance is required at a variety of public meetings, hearings, and seminars, where strong adversarial opinions and some hostility may be encountered. Private means of transportation must be available for necessary travel.

Minimum Qualifications

Master's degree or higher in a natural resources field AND two (2) years or more of experience in a natural resources field.
Bachelor's degree or higher in natural resources field or biology AND four (4) years or more of experience in a natural resources field.
Two (2) years or more as a Fish & Wildlife Scientist II with the State of Vermont.

Total Compensation
As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:
  • 80% State paid medical premium
  • Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Work/Life balance: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan; many jobs also allow for a flexible schedule
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
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Equal Opportunity Employer
The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

Nearest Major Market: Barre
Nearest Secondary Market: Montpelier