Montana

Grizzly Bear Technician

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THE OUTSIDE IS IN US ALL.

Please remember to attach the required supplemental responses and cover letter as listed in this announcement. Applications missing the requested documents will be considered incomplete and may not progress further in the process. Documents not requested will not be considered in the recruitment process, such as a resume. This position closes at 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Monday, September 2, 2019. You must apply through the State of Montana Career site.

Supplemental Questions:
1. Provide some additional insights into your communication skill set, how those skills have evolved, what you perceive your strengths and shortcomings to be, and what role those skills will play in meeting the responsibilities of this position.

2. Please describe your familiarity with management of grizzly bears or other large carnivores, and what you feel is the most important component necessary for their conservation.
3. Please describe your experience capturing and handling large carnivores and what your personal philosophy is for doing so safely and effectively.
Special Information:
**In your cover letter, please describe why you are interested in this position and experience that makes you qualified for this position.
This is a permanent, full time position based in Deer Lodge. The person in this position will work out of their home and will be reimbursed for home-office expenses @ $200/month. For the first two years, they will work during the bear season with Region 2 and Region 3 bear specialists assisting with bear conflict response and training under them – primarily in Region 2, headquartered out of Missoula. During the rest of the year the position will focus on bear outreach in the connectivity zone. The position will eventually morph into working full time in the connectivity zone.
Physical and Environmental Demands:
Working conditions are routinely hazardous. Incumbent will work with/around wildlife that may be dangerous and work with/be exposed to potentially lethal capture drugs. Exposure to potentially harmful pathogens, chemical agents and offensive sights and sounds are routine. Extreme caution and rigorous protocol must be followed to prevent exposure to serious health hazards indoors and outdoors. Occasional exposure to outdoor hazards such as severe weather and extreme terrain is expected. In addition, work in and around aircraft is expected. Work will involve field activities that occasionally require a change and re-organization of work schedules, occasional travel, and lifting heavy objects.



Job Duties:
This position will work on grizzly bear conflict issues in the “connectivity zone” between the Greater Yellowstone and Northern Continental Divide Ecosystems. The primary duties of this position will be to work with local communities, landowners, land management agencies, and land users/recreationists on bear aware outreach to proactively address bear conflict causes and issues before they become chronic by helping them to understand sources of conflict and methods to minimize conflict. The person in this job will mentor with and train under regional bear specialists on trapping and handling bears and over time will respond to bear conflicts to help remediate the cause(s) of the conflict. Proactive measures will include working to educate the public about how to live with grizzly bears in outdoor recreation situations, with homeowners in the urban wildlife interface zone, and with landowners in agricultural settings. Bears currently occur in the connectivity zone only intermittently, so much of the work of this position will be to prepare the way for when bears are more permanent occupants. Much of the outreach work will require close coordination with biologists, regional communication experts, and wardens.

Eventually the position will involve resolving conflicts between grizzly bears and humans, as well as assisting USDA Wildlife Services in livestock depredation situations. This will likely involve trapping and removal of bears in some cases, which entails an elevated level of risk. Conflict resolution involving other wildlife species will be done on an as needed basis.
Qualifications: Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and communicate verbally and in writing with landowners, various public and private factions, local government officials, FWP employees, other agencies, corporations and agriculture and conservation organizations.

Ability to collaborate with others (researchers, managers, specialists) internal and external to the department.

Ability to prioritize and manage a range of tasks. Ability to work independently with little to no daily supervision in potentially hazardous conditions.

Ability to lead groups with diverse and disparate interests to address complex natural resource issues and achieve publicly acceptable outcomes, and to effectively communicate those outcomes.

Ability to qualify to administer controlled substances for sedation of large carnivores.
Basic knowledge and understanding of biology, animal ecology, anatomy and population dynamics will be required as well as knowledge of the safe collection of blood, tissue, or other samples from animals is preferred. Knowledge of animal handling is preferred.

Good organizational and time management skills.

Introductory knowledge of computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and database management applications are required.

Communication skills, both written and verbal, are required. Introductory map reading skills and familiarity with map coordinate systems are required.

Experience with ESRI GIS software is preferred. Experience with use of telemetry equipment and GPS units are required. Applicants must be able to operate a four-wheel drive vehicle.



Education and Experience:

The knowledge, skills, and abilities of this position are normally attained through combination of education and experience equivalent to a minimum of two years of college work towards a Bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology, fish and wildlife management, animal ecology, biology, or a closely related field and some related work experience. Combinations of education and experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicant Pool Statement: If another department vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may be used for the selection. Training Assignment: This agency may use a training assignment. Employees in training assignments may be paid below the base pay established by the agency pay rules. Conditions of the training assignment will be stated in writing at the time of hire.
Job: Environmental Sciences Salary: $ 17.78 - 17.78 Hourly Benefits Package Eligibility: Health Insurance, Paid Leave & Holidays, Retirement Plan
Number of Openings: 1 Employee Status: Regular Schedule: Full-Time Shift: Variable Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time
Primary Location: Deer Lodge
Agency: Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks Union: 000 - None Bargaining Unit: 000 - None
Posting Date: Aug 12, 2019, 12:38:30 PM Closing Date (based on your computer's timezone): Sep 3, 2019, 12:59:00 AM Required Application Materials: Cover Letter, Supplemental Questions (Refer to Job Posting)
Contact Name: Erin Focher | Contact Email: fwpemp@mt.gov | Contact Phone: 406-542-5521
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