Hunting Access Technician

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Please remember to attach the required supplemental responses 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, like a resume. This position closes at 11:59 PM Mountain Time on August 25, 2019. You must apply through the State of Montana Career site.

Supplemental Questions:
1. Describe your understanding of Montana’s Block Management Program. What are your experiences with the program?

2. Recognizing that you are not a law enforcement officer, describe the steps you would take if you encountered a hunter violating Block Management Area rules while working alone in the field. How would you keep yourself safe, what information would you collect, and who would you communicate with?
Special Information:
Physical and Environmental Demands:

This is a field position that involves extensive amounts of driving in extreme weather conditions. Must be able to work both independently and as part of a team in a remote location. Requires frequent travel and working conditions in a field setting, typically in remote mountainous terrain. Overnight travel is also required and may entail using FWP, DNRC or USFS facilities in remote locations. Working conditions may include use of motorized vehicles, horses, all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles, hiking, transporting of equipment by foot or motorized vehicle over rugged terrain, working outdoors in all seasons and in unpredictable and inclement weather. The incumbent should be in good overall physical condition and possess sufficient outdoor skills to withstand the rigors and demands of outdoor work and to carry out duties effectively and safely. Mental stress may result from prolonged or irregular work hours, physical discomfort while conducting field work, frequent travel, competing priorities, challenging interpersonal relationships and hunting access challenges in general. The incumbent may handle dead animals with potential risks from disease, parasites, and infections as well as injury during handling, which may expose incumbent to blood, internal organs, saliva, and tissue samples. Public assistance duties may include use of department cell phones, printed materials, maps, visual media, GPS use and, navigational assistance.

Job Duration & Work Schedule:

This is a seasonal position. Approximate employment dates for Hunting Access Technician field positions in Region 2 vary and typically begin in early October and can run through mid-February. Weekend and holiday work will be required. Work schedule for this position is typically Friday through Monday with 10-hour days. Housing may be provided in specific locations.

Field locations are in Montana throughout Region 2. Region 2 is located in Western Montana and consists of small communities, rural landscapes and densely populated urban areas. Terrain, elevation and wildlife habitat vary greatly across the region.

From the duty station in Missoula, the incumbent will be assigned to one of the following areas of FWP Region 2: Deer Lodge, Granite, Lewis & Clark, Mineral, Missoula, Powell and Ravalli Counties. Over 62% of the region is public land, offering a variety of recreational opportunities to area residents and visitors. Additionally, Region 2 is comprised of large areas of private lands with ranching economies, corporate timber lands, Montana Nature Conservancy lands and metropolitan areas. Deer, elk, moose, sheep, black bears, and goats inhabit the region, providing a diversity of hunting opportunities. A large, growing urban center for Montana, Region 2 has over 18% of the state's population and only 7% of Montana's land and water area. The region's largest community, Missoula, sits on the banks of the Clark Fork River and is home to the University of Montana.
Identity of applicants who become finalists may be released to the public if the Department deems it necessary. Employees who exceed 1,040 hours in a calendar year are also provided health, dental and life insurance. Other benefits include retirement, paid vacation, sick and holidays. This position may be covered by a VEBA (Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association).

A successful applicant will be subject to a background investigation.

Women and minorities are under-represented in this job category and are encouraged to apply.
Job Duties:

Assist with the implementation of regional hunting access programs. This includes coordination with area landowners and department personnel to address recreational use compliance and information dissemination for public hunting opportunities.
Implement department hunting access programs and assist landowners to provide public hunting opportunities. With regional guidance, assist to develop and implement necessary processes and changes to adapt area use rules and hunter activities during hunting seasons. Work with landowners, partners and department personnel to post on site area rules and regulations to ensure hunter awareness and compliance. Assist with setting up and maintaining public hunting access sites. This may include locating and marking boundaries and access points, establishing parking areas, maintaining information or permission stations.

Collect and maintain access use data and information. Document daily and seasonal use of hunting areas. Act as a resource for landowners and the public by responding to inquiries, providing information and direction. Assist in the resolution of conflicts which involve hunters and landowners. Provide assistance with the development and dissemination of programmatic materials. Communicate program information to hunters, landowners, and department personnel. Some positions locations may be requested to manage specialized permission systems, issue permission and provide information pertaining to specialized permission systems. Provide general information to hunters regarding department rules and regulations, access opportunities, and state and local land management agency rules.
Qualifications: Applicants should have the ability to follow verbal and written assignments, prioritize and manage a range of tasks, and take detailed field notes. Must be able to work both independently and as part of a team in a remote location with little to no daily supervision. Requires strong communication skills and the ability to work closely with the public. Applicant must be able to effectively communicate verbally with diverse groups of people and personalities; including ranchers, farmers, and hunters. Must be capable of building necessary skills to maintain field level partnerships between FWP hunting access programs, wildlife habitat conservation and agricultural values. Applicants must also demonstrate aptitude for building and maintaining interpersonal relationships with game wardens, biologists, private landowners, the public, and partner agencies.

This is a field position that involves extensive amounts of driving in extreme weather conditions. Applicants must be capable of navigating an extensive landscape with diverse administrative boundaries by using a GPS and maps depicting private and public landownership. Must be able to interpret administrative travel routes, public recreation rules, and hunting regulations. Applicants must be capable explaining basic department principles and concepts in a simple, clear and effective way to members of the public. Applicants should have basic knowledge and understanding of Montana’s hunting heritage, hunting principles, rules and regulations. Knowledge of Western Montana and understanding of agricultural practices and culture is advantageous.

Applicants are required to have a driver's license and must be able to operate a 4x4 truck in all types of weather and road conditions. Additional equipment duties involve use of: fencing tools, basic construction tools, computer and GPS.
Applicants must also be willing to learn basic situational awareness; perception of personal safety and safety of others is expected. A positive outlook and demeanor is preferred.

Education and Experience:
The knowledge, skills, and abilities of this position are normally attained through combination of education and experience equivalent to a High School Diploma or equivalency. Other 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: Not Applicable
Job: Environmental Sciences Salary: $ 13.28 - 13.28 Hourly Benefits Package Eligibility: Paid Leave & Holidays, Retirement Plan
Number of Openings: 1 Employee Status: Seasonal (less than 6 mos) Schedule: Full-Time Shift: Variable Travel: Yes, 100 % of the Time
Primary Location: Missoula
Agency: Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks Union: 000 - None Bargaining Unit: 000 - None
Posting Date: Aug 12, 2019, 2:04:12 PM Closing Date (based on your computer's timezone): Aug 26, 2019, 12:59:00 AM Required Application Materials: Supplemental Questions (Refer to Job Posting)
Contact Name: Erin Focher | Contact Email: | Contact Phone: 406-542-5521
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