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State of Massachusetts Conservation Data Specialist in Westborough, Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Department of Fish & Game works to preserve the state's natural resources and people's right to conservation of those resources, as protected by Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution. To carry out this mission, the Department exercises responsibility over the Commonwealth's marine and freshwater fisheries, wildlife species, plants, and natural communities, as well as the habitats that support them. The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW) is responsible for the conservation - including restoration, protection, and management - of fish and wildlife resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the public. The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife is accepting resumes and applications for the position of Conservation Data Specialist (Conservation Biologist II) assigned to the Field Headquarters / 1 Rabbit Hill Road / Westborough, MA. A cover letter and resume must be submitted as part of the application process and attached “as relevant” to the requisition. * GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Execute the flow of rare species data into the Program’s central database including entering tabular and spatial data and performing quality control of said records. Work with biologists to create and maintain spatial representations of species-specific data. DETAILED STATEMENT OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 1. Execute the flow of rare species and other ecological data into the Program’s central database. 2. Help set and maintain data standards for the Program across and between taxonomic groups and other ecological elements of biodiversity. Re-evaluate data standards as technologies and understandings of ecological systems change. 3. Follow NatureServe methodology to translate raw field data into consistent population-level biological and community data across taxonomic groups for consistency across state and national boundaries. 4. Map locations of rare species occurrences and associated habitats and other biodiversity records, including representation of spatial locational uncertainty, in an ArcGIS environment using both online and in-house data interfaces. 5. Review and follow mapping guidelines for rare plant and animal species, working closely with biologists, to create spatial representations of species-specific habitats for use in regulation and conservation planning. 6. Perform quality control on rare species and other biodiversity records and follow up on inconsistencies and discrepancies in adherence to data standards. 7. Respond to public inquiries into the state of data submittals, release of rare species and other ecological data, and requests for public records; correspond with data providers regarding incomplete records and accepted or rejected data. 8. Produce data outputs from spatial and tabular systems for use by Program and individual staff members. 9. Other duties as assigned. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED AT HIRE (List knowledge’s, skills, abilities): 1. Good listening skills and ability to carry out specific instructions required. 2. Accuracy and attention to detail required. 3. Experience with computers, including GIS and relational databases, and the ability to interpret topographic maps and aerial photographs strongly preferred. 4. Experience using ArcGIS to create and edit polygons, attribute tables, etc. 5. Experience or interest in biological conservation desired. 6. Understanding of and experience with field data, population dynamics, and database use. Preferred qualifications: 1. Bachelor’s degree with a major in Biology or related field. First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. * * MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have at least (A) three years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional, paraprofessional or technical experience in work involving the protection, preservation and/or management of endangered and protected species, of which (B) at least one year must have been in a professional capacity, or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below. Substitutions: I. A Bachelor's degree with a major in zoology, botany, ornithology or herpetology, may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the required (A) experience on the basis of two years of education for one year of experience. II. A Graduate degree with a major in zoology, botany, ornithology, or herpetology, may be substituted for one year of the required (A) experience on the basis of two years of education for one year of experience.* Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Operator's license may be required. _Comprehensive Benefits_ When you embark on a career with the Commonwealth, you are offered an outstanding suite of employee benefits that add to the overall value of your compensation package. We take pride in providing a work experience that supports you, your loved ones, and your future. Want the specifics? Explore our Employee Benefits and Rewards! *Executive Order #595:As a condition of employment, successful applicants will be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption as of their start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided to applicants selected for employment. Applicants who receive an offer of employment who can provide documentation that the vaccine is medically contraindicated or who object to vaccination due to a sincerely held religious belief may make a request for exemption. An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. The Commonwealth is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. Research suggests that qualified women, Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC) may self-select out of opportunities if they don't meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage individuals who believe they have the skills necessary to thrive to apply for this role. Job: Science* *Organization: Department of Fish And Game *Title: *Conservation Data Specialist Location: Massachusetts-Westborough-Rabbit Hill Road Requisition ID: 2200093A