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Title:  Fish & Wildlife Scientist IV - Land Acquisition Coordinator

Application Deadline Date:  04/28/2021
Req ID:  13581
Department:  Fish & Wildlife

Montpelier, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $26.60


The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department (VFWD) is accepting applications from qualified candidates for a Fish and Wildlife Scientist IV position.  This position will oversee and coordinate all land conservation and real estate work for the Wildlife Division in the VFWD.  The work entails working with biologists and foresters in VFWD and the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) to identify and prioritize potential land conservation projects that should be considered for acquisition by the VFWD to help meet our mission to conserve all species of plants, animals and their habitats for the people of Vermont. 

The position will work with the VFWD's leadership staff (program managers and Director of Wildlife) to guide the development of land conservation projects.  The position will be responsible for securing federal and other grants to support this work as well as overseeing the management and administration of grants, often involving substantial amounts of money.  The position will be responsible for developing contracts for services to support this work including appraisals, surveys, and attorneys to conduct title reviews and represent VFWD at project closing, among others.  Other administrative responsibilities include developing Commissioner, Governor and Joint Fiscal Committee approval packages.  This position will work with the VFWD's State Land Team, and ANR's Land Acquisition Committee to guide land conservation projects as well as the administrative processes associated with that work.  There will be opportunities to engage in strategic planning related to state land conservation efforts.  This position involves substantial administrative responsibilities managing grants, contracts, and land records. 

Successful applicants must possess strong communication and organization skills and must work well both on teams as well as independently.  In addition, applicants should have some background or knowledge in ecological concepts, wildlife identification and biology, and land and habitat management techniques, concepts, and related issues.  This position has a great deal of responsibility and accountability within the VFWD and will work as part of a team with the Director of Wildlife, Land and Habitat Program Manager, Section Chiefs, General Counsel, and land managers.  This position requires strong inter-personal skills to work effectively with other partner organizations, including state and federal government agencies as well as non-government organizations. 

The Wildlife Division supports a wide range of wildlife and land conservation programs and expects all staff to support various programs as needed.  Other duties may include but are not limited to: operating biological check stations to collect biological data on various wildlife, help plan and implement habitat management projects on public land, respond to questions from the public regarding VFWD's mission and related programs, among others.

Who May Apply

This position, Fish & Wildlife Scientist IV - Land Acquisition Coordinator (Job Requisition #13581), is open to all State employees and external applicants.
If you would like more information about this position, please contact John.Austin@vermont.gov
Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.
Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.

Environmental Factors

Duties are performed in office and field settings. Field work may require traversing rough terrain and bodies of water in all weather conditions. Work outside of normal office hours may be required. Attendance at a variety of public meetings, hearings, and seminars is required, in which strong adversarial opinions may be encountered.

Minimum Qualifications

Master's degree or higher in a natural resources field AND three (3) years or more of experience in a natural resources field.


Bachelor's degree in biology or a natural resources field AND five (5) years or more of experience in a natural resources field.


Two (2) years or more of experience as a Fish and Wildlife Scientist III 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