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Title:  Fish and Wildlife Scientist III - Limited Service

Application Deadline Date:  02/07/2023
Req ID:  45644
Department:  Fish & Wildlife

St Johnsbury, VT, US

Position Type:  Limited Service
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $26.42


The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department (VFWD) is recruiting for the State Bird Biologist - Fish & Wildlife Scientist III.  This position offers a unique opportunity to make important contributions to the conservation and management of Vermont birds and other wildlife that will benefit natural communities, habitat, other wildlife, and the overall health of Vermont's environment. This position will work within the Department's Wildlife Diversity Program, in the Wildlife Division.  


•    The VFWD Bird Biologist leads nongame bird conservation planning and implementation across the state in collaboration with key partners, and represents VFWD in regional and national efforts. 
•    They address conservation needs of threatened and endangered bird species, and they promote stable and resilient populations of other Species of Greatest Conservation Need by identifying and overseeing activities to reduce or mitigate threats. 
•    Working in close partnership with other experts, agencies, and organizations, the Bird Biologist plans and implements research and monitoring to determine bird species' distribution, population status, threats, and conservation needs, and implements strategies that address identified threats. 
•    They often use existing research, survey programs, and tools to inform conservation priorities and measures. 
•    The Bird Biologist reviews development project permits under Act 250 and Section 248 for VFWD and the Agency of Natural Resources to determine potential impacts on threatened and endangered bird species, reviews takings permits, works with applicants to minimize or mitigate impacts, and provides feedback on permit conditions. 
•    Another major responsibility of the Bird Biologist is to conduct planning, administration and habitat management and conservation measures and activities on select state Wildlife Management Areas. 
•    This includes serving on a district stewardship team, contributing to the development of long-range management plans, and implementing habitat management. 
•    The Bird Biologist promotes VFWD activities, lends their expertise to the Vermont Bird Scientific Advisory Group for the Endangered Species Committee, and assists researchers, agencies, land managers, conservation organizations, and the general public regarding the biology, status, and management needs of birds in Vermont.

Who May Apply

This position, Fish and Wildlife Scientist III - Limited Service (Job Requisition #45644), is open to all State employees and external applicants. It is a Limited Service position, which is non-tenured and authorized for a specific period of time. Limited Service positions are established for specially funded projects or programs. 
If you would like more information about the duration of this position or other details, please contact Rosalind Renfrew at
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 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
Want the specifics? Explore the Benefits of State Employment on our website.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of Vermont celebrates diversity, and is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect and meaningful inclusion that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The State does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, membership in an employee organization, family medical history or genetic information, or family or parental status. The State’s employment decisions are merit-based. Retaliatory adverse employment actions by the State are forbidden.

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