Only applicants who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements and meet all selective requirements will be placed on the eligible list.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a job vacancy for a Natural Resource Technician 2 position, within the Wildlife Bureau located at the Boon Wildlife Research Station in Boone, IA.
Job duties include:
Conduct, coordinate, tabulate and format data for wildlife research projects, surveys and inventories.
a) Specific tasks may include data collection in the field for any of Iowa's species, including assisting with non-game crayfish, mussel, fish, bird, mammal surveys or other species as requested.
b) Assisting with coordination and training of seasonal or volunteer data collectors, especially for collecting data on restored species (Osprey, Peregrine Falcons).
c) Manage data, tabulate statistics and generate reports for various surveys and species.
d) Utilize Program R, or related software, to format and analyze datasets as requested.
e) Utilize ArcGIS, or related software, to analyze spatial characteristics of wildlife data as requested.
f) Develop, test, and debug data collection tools using Survey123, ArcCollector, etc. as needed.
g) Assist with training, data collection and data management for stand-alone research projects as they develop.
Provide information to internal and external partners on habitat needs and best management practices for specific species or situations.
Support efforts to maintain, expand, and enhance wildlife recreation opportunities, especially in the Bird Conservation Areas.
a) Work with DNR staff, county conservation boards, and other partners to identify sites and develop opportunities for watchable wildlife events and opportunities.
b) Provide information for watchable wildlife events.
Assist with wildlife diversity program information and publicity.
a) Provide information/educational materials for internal and external partners.
b) Maintain and update wildlife diversity news emailing list.
c) Develop newsletter emails and other promotional and informative articles as needed.
d) Assist with the development of promotional posters, brochures, social media and other items.
e) Provide limited number of outreach presentations annually.
Conduct additional tasks as requested.
a) Participate in review of proposals submitted to the Wildlife Diversity Program's Small Grants Program.
b) Assist with providing information on the Chickadee Check-off at Tax Schools.
c) Complete required administrative reports.
d) Other tasks as assigned.
Must meet DAS Selectives: 901 (Wildlife Biology) AND either 450 (Natural Resources) or 172 (Ecology)
Compiles data from existing databases (Iowa's Volunteer Wildlife Monitoring Program, Multiple Species Inventory and Monitoring Program, etc.), coordinates data collection by others, or gathers data in the field.
Checks or verifies data entered by volunteers and other employees is correct.
Tabulates summary statistics and formats data sets for further analyses on non-game species of interest.
Surveys non-game species (e.g. number of osprey fledged per nest, number of mussels in given stretch of river).
Trains volunteers and seasonal employees on proper data collection methods and data entry.
Communicates with County Conservation Boards and other partners on the status and needs of non-game species.
Maintains equipment and supplies for surveys in proper working order.
Critical Job Competencies
Accountability, Integrity, High Productivity, Communication Skills, Team Player, Interpersonal Skills, Customer Focus, Computer Skills, Self-Management, Technical Skills (wildlife research/biology/ecology)
The DNR seeks to hire individuals who wish to support our mission, which is to conserve and enhance our natural resources in cooperation with individuals and organization, to improve the quality of life in Iowa and ensure a legacy for future generations.
The starting salary for new state (Executive Branch) employees will be at the base of the pay range. This position offers a competitive salary schedule and benefit package. The State of Iowa is an EEO/AA Employer.
901 Wildlife Biology
6 months' experience, 12 semester hours, or a combination of both.
450 Natural Resources 6 months' experience, 12 semester hours, or a combination of both in one or in a combination of more than one of the following: Ecology, Environmental planning, Soil conservation, Biological sciences, Waste water treatment, Forestry, Engineering related to natural resource areas (dams, sanitary engineers, etc.), Outdoor recreation planning, Physical sciences, River basin planning, Geography, Wildlife management
6 months' experience, 12 semester hours, or a combination of both in the study of the relationship between organisms and the environment.
Minimum Qualification Requirements
The equivalent of three years of full time experience involving facilities maintenance in plumbing, electrical, and/or heating and cooling, or technical work in a biological, horticultural, conservation, or natural resources program;
an equivalent combination of education and experience substituting 30 semester hours of college level course work in a biological or natural resources program for each year of the required experience;
employees with current continuous experience in the state executive branch that includes the equivalent of 12 months of full-time experience as a Natural Resources Technician 1 shall be considered as qualified.