Fish & Wildlife Biologist - 2 Remote Positions


Fish & Wildlife Biologists

Native American Fish & Wildlife Society

TWO REMOTE  POSITIONS

Position Announcement

The Native American Fish and Wildlife Society (NAFWS) is seeking TWO dynamic individuals to join the NAFWS staff as Fish & Wildlife Biologists.  The biologists will serve under the guidance and supervision of the Director of Programs.  The candidates will focus on several major issues in collaboration with Tribes and the US Fish & Wildlife Service; to bring people with diverse perspectives and expertise together, working cooperatively on goals and objectives related to fish and wildlife management with an emphasis on:

  • Climate Change Strategic planning
  • Biodiversity

Both positions are full time salaried positions, not to exceed 3 years with an extension dependent upon funding.

NAFWS’ purposes are charitable, education, scientific and cultural.  NAFWS is a growing national Native American 501(c) 3 based in the Denver, CO area with the mission to assist Native American and Alaska Native Tribes with the conservation, protection and enhancement of their fish and wildlife resources.  We seek team players that are willing to work collaboratively with our current Fish & Wildlife Biologist staff, our member tribes and in close collaboration with the Federal agencies professionals to address the needs of our tribal communities.  These are non-supervisory positions that work directly under the Director of Programs.

A Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife, biological sciences, Environmental, or Natural Sciences or related field is required or the education and/or experience equivalent. Specialized knowledge of Climate Change and species biodiversity preferred.

Salary is commensurate with experience, education, and work history. Benefit package including Health, Life, Vision and Dental insurance along with employer matched 401k. Incumbent is subject to a pre-employment background screen. Will be required to serve a 90-day probationary period. Telework is available with approval of the Executive Director.

NAFWS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment opportunities at NAFWS are based upon one's qualifications and capabilities to perform the essential functions of a particular job. As provided in federal law, the NAFWS does provide employment preferences for Native Americans and veterans of U.S. Armed Services. All employment opportunities are provided without regard to race, religion, sex (including sexual orientation and transgender status), pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Closing Date: June 10, 2022

To apply, submit a resume, cover letter, 3 professional references, BIA Form 4432 (if claiming Indian Preference) and transcripts to: Laurel James  at  LJames@nafws.org

 

Position Description

INTRODUCTION

The Fish and Wildlife Biologist (Biologist) of the Native American Fish and Wildlife Society (NAFWS) serves as the fish and wildlife technical assistance under the guidance and direction of the Director of Programs.  The Biologist is responsible for providing technical service to the NAFWS members and member Tribes with an emphasis on climate change strategic planning, biodiversity and wildlife corridors and connectivity.  This is a full-time term position, not to exceed 3 years.

The Biologist will be responsible for conducting business in a manner that coincides with the Articles of Incorporation, Strategic Plan, Code of Ethics and other regulations, policies and procedures.

The Biologist will frequently be involved in situations that are very complex and highly sensitive and is expected to always conduct themselves in a professional manner, and to seek guidance and direction on issues from the Director of Programs.

DUTIES

Primary duties include:

  • Identify & develop partnerships with experts on applied science subjects in relation to traditional ecological knowledge (TEK)
  • Develop cooperative research standards for working with tribal nations that can assist tribes in grant writing and securing funding.
  • Provide technical assistance to member tribes in regard to: climate adaptability, biodiversity, and wildlife corridors/connectivity.
  • Provide technical assistance, in cooperation with the NAFWS Wildlife Disease Coordinator on wildlife diseases and zoonotic disease
  • Communicate with tribes on fish and wildlife issues, including, management, planning, staffing, climate change, biodiversity and wildlife corridors and connectivity.
  • Assist with any proposals as needed.
  • Provide technical assistance to members and member Tribes on fish and wildlife issues.
  • Assist with NAFWS’ Education program.
  • Assist with the NAFWS National and Regional Conferences as requested and directed by the Executive Director, i.e., help with conference announcements, send requested conference materials, help with registration, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned.

FACTORS

Knowledge/Skills required by the position:

  • Education and/or experience equivalent to a Bachelors Degree in Fish and Wildlife, biological sciences, Environmental or Natural Sciences.  Incumbent will understand the concepts and practices involved in the management of fish and wildlife resources.
    • Examples of education and experience requirements are listed below:
  • Degree: major in biological science that included:
    • At least 6 semester hours in aquatic subjects such as limnology, ichthyology, fishery biology, aquatic botany, aquatic fauna, oceanography, fish culture, or related courses in the field of fishery biology; and
    • At least 12 semester hours in the animal sciences in such subjects as general zoology, vertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, physiology, entomology, parasitology, ecology, cellular biology, genetics, or research in these fields. (Excess course work in aquatic subjects may be used to meet this requirement when appropriate.)

OR

  • Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in biological science (i.e., at least 30 semester hours), of which a minimum of 6 semester hours were in aquatic subjects and 12 semester hours were in the animal sciences, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

OR

  • Degree:  biological science that included:
    • At least 9 semester hours in such wildlife subjects as mammalogy, ornithology, animal ecology, wildlife management, or research courses in the field of wildlife biology; and
    • At least 12 semester hours in zoology in such subjects as general zoology, invertebrate zoology, vertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, physiology, genetics, ecology, cellular biology, parasitology, entomology, or research courses in such subjects (Excess courses in wildlife biology may be used to meet the zoology requirements where appropriate.); and
    • At least 9 semester hours in botany or the related plant sciences.
      • OR
  • Combination of education and experience: equivalent to a major in biological science (i.e., at least 30 semester hours), with at least 9 semester hours in wildlife subjects, 12 semester hours in zoology, and 9 semester hours in botany or related plant science, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
  • Specialized knowledge:  knowledge of climate change, biodiversity and wildlife corridors/connectivity
  • Effective communication skills.  The applicant must demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.  Ability to deal effectively with personnel from all levels of Tribal, Federal, and State governments, academia, special interest groups and the general public.
  • Working knowledge of Tribal and federal governments, Tribal treaties, agreements, laws, policies, and sensitive issues associated with the management of fish and wildlife resources.
  • Knowledge of federal contract procedures and policies
  • Indian/Native Alaskan employment preference.  As provided in the NAFWS’ Employee Handbook and as authorized by federal law, the NAFWS will provide an employment preference to applicants who are enrolled members of a federally recognized Indian tribe or an Alaskan village. 
  • Veteran employment preference.  As provided in the NAFWS Employee Handbook and as authorized by federal law, the Society will provide an employment preference to applicants who are veterans of the U.S. Armed Services. 
  • Pre-requisite to receiving employment preference.  An applicant shall only receive the employment preference(s) if they demonstrate they possess the education and experience qualifications set forth herein.

SUPERVISION

  • The applicant is under the direct supervision of the Director of Programs

COMPLEXITY

  • Applicant’s tasks involve working with and through many different groups with a wide diversity of interests to achieve the overall mission and goals of the NAFWS.
  • Applicant must be able to work effectively with the NAFWS membership and assist them with issues or concern
  • All duties and actions of the applicant must be carried out in a manner that maintains harmonious working relations with the various interest groups.

PERSONAL CONTACTS

  • Internal contact with NAFWS membership, staff and Board of Directors occurs on a regular basis.  Other contacts with various Tribal, federal and state agencies will be on a frequent basis. 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

  • This position requires a significant amount of travel which can be very demanding.  The majority of work time will be spent in an office environment and includes standard demands associated with this setting.  Minimal lifting of office equipment supplies, and other work office environment items may be required.  A minimum of 20 pounds may be required to be lifted.  The incumbent must demonstrate flexibility and self-motivation.  The incumbent must be able to perform physical activities associated with fisheries and wildlife activities.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

  • The majority of work is performed in an office setting.  Will work in the field and need to walk and hike.  Field work usually consists of travel (up to 25%) to various regions or metropolitan areas for meetings and presentations. 

EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS

The Native American Fish and Wildlife Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in any personnel practice.  As provided in federal law, the NAFWS does provide employment preferences for Native Americans and veterans of U.S. Armed Services.

Incumbent will be subject to a pre-employment background check and reference checks.  Must possess a valid Driver’s license. 

Will be required to serve a 90 day probation period.

 

For more information and to see a detailed job description, go to Jobs - Native American Fish and Wildlife Society (nafws.org)

Denver, CO

11 day(s) ago

Tribal Affiliation(s)
Any Affiliation

Closing Date 2022-06-10