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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 11/27/23

Applications Due12/13/23

Vacancy ID144807

AgencyEnvironmental Conservation, Department of

TitleBiologist 1 (Wildlife) / Trainee 1 and 2

Occupational CategoryI.T. Engineering, Sciences

Salary GradeNS

Bargaining UnitPS&T - Professional, Scientific, and Technical (PEF)

Salary RangeFrom $47925 to $80248 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Competitive Class

Travel Percentage 10%

Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 37.5


From 8 AM

To 4 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? Yes

County Albany

Street Address 625 Broadway

City Albany


Zip Code12233

Minimum Qualifications Reassignment - Currently in the title and an employee of DEC
Reinstatement Eligible - Previously held the title on a permanent competitive basis or held a title as indicated under the transfer eligible section on a permanent competitive basis.
Transfer Eligible - One year of permanent competitive service at Salary Grade 11 or higher and either:
Eligible for transfer under Section 70.4: Must meet the open competitive minimum qualifications - listed below;
Eligible for transfer under Section 70.1: Permanent competitive service as a Fish and Wildlife Technician 2, Fish and Wildlife Technician 3. Biologist 1 Aquatic, Biologist 1 Ecology, Biologist 1 Marine or Biologist 1 Wildlife.
55-b/55-c Candidates must meet the open competitive minimum qualifications below and include with their resume or application, a copy of the letter from Civil Service which indicates approval for the 55-b/55-c program.
Open competitive minimum qualifications (provided for 55b/c candidates and 70.4 transfer eligibles):
A bachelor's or higher degree including or supplemented by 18 semester credit hours in advanced big game management, advanced wildlife management, agriculture and wildlife, animal behavior, animal physiology, animal population modeling, behavioral and physiological ecology of wildlife, behavioral ecology, biology and management of waterfowl, biology of birds and mammals, biology of the vertebrates, bird biology and conservation, conservation biology (wildlife), concepts in habitat selection and foraging behavior, dynamics of animal populations, ecology of animal populations, ecology of freshwater mussels, ecology of freshwater wetlands, endangered species, entomology (insects), environmental and natural resources policies, environmental conflict and citizens participation, environmental law and policy, ethology, field biology, field natural history, field ornithology, forest entomology, forest ecology or silvics, forest wildlife ecology, forest wildlife management, freshwater mussels biology, freshwater mussel identification, freshwater wetland ecosystems, game birds and mammals, habitat analysis, habitat ecology, habitat inventory and evaluation, herpetology (amphibians, reptiles), introduction to quantitative and population genetics, introduction to wildlife biology, invertebrate zoology, management of wildlife habitats and populations, management of wildlife populations, mammalogy, mammalian ecology, natural resources management, natural resources policy, planning and administration, ornithology, plant and herbivore interactions, population dynamics and introductory modeling for biologists, population ecology, population genetics, population evolution, predator ecology and management, principles of conservation, principles of fish and wildlife management, principles of wildlife management, radio telemetry in fisheries and wildlife research, research in wildlife science, terrestrial community ecology, upland wildlife ecology, urban fish and wildlife management, urban wildlife, vertebrate ecology, vertebrate zoology, waterfowl and wetlands seminar, waterfowl biology and management, wetland ecology, wetland resources, wildlife, wildlife biology, wildlife conservation, wildlife ecology, wildlife ecology and management, wildlife habitat analysis, wildlife habitats and populations, wildlife habitat management, wildlife management, wildlife management internship, wildlife management laboratory, wildlife philosophy, policy and public relations, wildlife policy, wildlife population, wildlife health, wildlife population dynamics, wildlife problems, wildlife techniques, world wildlife, wilderness wildlife management.
Examples of Non-Qualifying Courses: animal histology; comparative anatomy and physiology; principles of evolution; zoology; introductory or survey courses such as general biology; general zoology; courses that focus on farm, non-native captive or zoo animals; population demographics or dynamics of people; or horticultural/landscape architecture.

Duties Description This position will coordinate survey, inventory, management, and research efforts for at-risk invertebrates with an emphasis on freshwater mussels, which are the most imperiled taxa nationally and throughout the northeast with known losses in New York State. This position will assist with the coordination of survey, inventory, and management efforts for other invertebrate species of greatest conservation need, including Karner blue butterfly, frosted elfin, bogbean buckmoth, and Chittenango ovate amber snail, and others. Duties include: develop and implement a statewide strategic plan for freshwater mussel conservation including input from state, Federal, and non-government partners. Review, reconcile, and standardize existing freshwater mussel data sets and use these data to understand the current status and distribution of tracked species and identify data gaps. Update and maintain New York’s Freshwater Mussel Survey Guidelines. Coordinate DEC staff and partner participation (e.g., universities, research institutions, NGOs, Federal agencies, New York State Museum) in field surveys to ensure compliance with DEC data standards. Coordinate field surveys for freshwater mussels by developing and overseeing contracts for targeted survey efforts, as needed. Provide technical assistance to DEC staff and partners on potential impacts to at-risk invertebrates as part of the project review process (e.g., Article 15 permits). Assist with the update of New York’s State Wildlife Action Plan for invertebrate species of greatest conservation need by contributing to species status assessments and development of high priority actions to benefit these species. Apply for and provide administrative oversight on the scope and delivery of Federal grants associated with monitoring and management of invertebrate species of greatest conservation need. Review Licenses to Collect and Possess for freshwater mussels and other at-risk invertebrates to ensure that these resources are protected and planned work contributes to relevant questions related to status, protection, or management. Supervise seasonal or permanent technicians to assist in database management and other tasks associated with program delivery.

Additional Comments Must have a valid driver’s license or demonstrate the ability to meet the transportation needs of the position. Must be able to negotiate difficult terrain Must be able to work in remote areas. Travel may be required. Overtime may be required. Overnight travel may be required. Must be able to lift and move objects up to 50 pounds. Telecommuting may be available, will be discussed at interview.

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Name Karen Price

Telephone 518-402-9273

Fax 518-402-9038

Email Address


Street 625 Broadway

Personnel, 10th Floor

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12233


Notes on ApplyingPlease email/mail your resume to the above. Be sure to include Posting #23-144807 on your letter/resume and also in the subject line of the email or it may not be accepted. Provide a copy of your college transcript with your reply. Unofficial copy is acceptable.

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