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Title:  Fish and Wildlife Specialist I - Interim

Application Deadline Date:  02/10/2020
Req ID:  4527
Department:  Fish & Wildlife

Roxbury, VT, US

Position Type:  Interim
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $20.04

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is currently recruiting a specialist to work with fisheries professionals to manage, protect, and restore Vermont's fish and their habitats. The successful candidate will spend 50% of their time working under the direction of the Aquatic Habitat Biologist to protect and improve aquatic habitat, water quality, flood resilience and climate change resilience to benefit aquatic organisms throughout Vermont. The remaining 50% of time will focus on regional fisheries management including assisting with field surveys, stocking fish, maintaining field equipment, and participating in outreach efforts. Strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills as well as general knowledge of standard fish population and aquatic habitat sampling methods are desired. This position provides an excellent opportunity to become involved in a variety of fisheries projects and to make a difference in a small state! This position is located in Roxbury Vermont.

This position involves advanced technical level work including assistance with a range of fisheries research and management activities. Duties include organizing and conducting fish population and habitat surveys, participating in the stocking of cultured fish, performing angler surveys, data entry and database management, review of regulatory permits, public outreach involvement, processing and analyzing field collected samples, and operating and maintaining field gear and equipment. The successful applicant will independently and as part of a team assess, plan and implement riparian and instream restoration projects and aquatic organism passage projects at dams and road stream crossings, and assist with land acquisition and stewardship.

Who May Apply

This position, Fish and Wildlife Specialist I (Job Requisition #4527), is open to all State employees and external applicants.

This is an Interim position expected to last until June 30, 2021 and may be extended. Interim positions are eligible for benefits.

If you would like more information about this position, please contact Bret Ladago - Bret.Ladago@vermont.gov or 802-485-7566
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 office and field settings. Frequent fieldwork requires traversing rough terrain and bodies of water and exposure to all types of weather conditions often alone. Evening, weekend, holiday and long, irregular hours will be required. Significant physical labor is involved. Exposure to physical harm or injury is possible. A valid motor vehicle operator's license is required. Encounters with disgruntled individuals holding critical opinions of Department programs may occur.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in wildlife or fisheries management, wildlife or fisheries biology, ecology, natural resources or biology. 

Preferred Qualifications

2+ years of experience in aquatic restoration and working with state, federal or non-profit partners and private landowners preferred.

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: Vermont