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State of Massachusetts Habitat Biologist 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 (MassWildlife) is responsible for the conservation - including restoration, protection, and management - of fish and wildlife resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the public. The Department of Fish and Game, Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, is accepting resumes and applications for the position of Habitat Biologist (Game Biologist III) assigned to the Field Headquarters, Westborough, MA. A cover letter and resume must be submitted as part of the application process and attached “as relevant” to the requisition. * TheHabitat Biologist (Game Biologist III) works throughout the state under the supervision of the Habitat Program Manager, to restore, manage, and monitor habitat types for species and natural communities of conservation need. The Habitat Biologist develops, plans, and implements a range of practices on state lands and private lands in coordination with Habitat Program members, including other Habitat Biologists and Restoration Ecologists, and other pertinent MassWildlife staff throughout the Commonwealth; assists with land acquisition; and provides outreach and technical assistance on habitat enhancement to private and public landowners and organizations. *DETAILED STATEMENT OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 1. Works as a member of the Habitat Program, a cross-functional program of the Division of Fisheries & Wildlife (MassWildlife),to identify, plan, evaluate, prioritize, and implement ecological restoration and habitat management projects and provides technical assistance for ecological restoration/management activities on state-owned or other conservation land; conducts ecological assessments natural communities and wildlife habitats statewide; assists in identification of planning priorities on Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) and partner lands. 2. Based on a broad, holistic understanding of ecology and habitat needs, designs and implements ecological restoration and habitat management directly throughaccess improvements, erosion control, invasive plant control, mowing, mulching, seeding, soil modification, vegetation control, wood products sales and other tree cutting, water level management, and wetland, pond, and stream restoration; conducts field assessments; prepares and updates site-specific habitat plans, including comprehensive site management plans, forest cutting plans, and similar planning documents; prepares scopes of work and oversees habitat management contracts; prepares regulatory filings and secures necessary permits and clearances for habitat practices; prepares summary reports on the results of ecological restoration and habitat management projects; maintains MassWildlife and partner databases; and completes annual reports summarizing accomplishments. 3. Designs and implements habitat resource inventory, climate assessments, and biological monitoring to assess the long-term efficacy of habitat management practices. 4. Assists with prescribed fire operations and invasive plant control and completes training consistent with the MassWildlife Prescribed Fire Management Handbook and applicator training under the MA Pesticide Control Act. 5. Evaluates parcels for land acquisition and oversees forest harvesting practices, if any, on parcels being acquired. 6. Develops and maintains partnerships with conservation partners to promote habitat management for species of conservation need; conducts pertinent literature reviews and reports on habitats and natural communities, makes appropriate database entries, and shares information with staff and partners; represents MassWildlife at habitat management and restoration meetings, trainings, and conferences; travels to and attends national, regional, and state trainings to advance skills; andcontributes to the creation and updating of educational materials, including the MassWildlife website and social media accounts; 7. Provides technical assistance to other state and federal agencies, conservation organizations, town conservation commissions, and private landowners concerning management of wildlife habitats. 8. Performs other duties as assigned. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED AT HIRE (List knowledge’s, skills, abilities) 1. Demonstrated ability to identify trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants commonly associated with forest and field habitats of southern New England, with a demonstrated understanding of rare plants, native plants, and invasive, exotic plants. 2. Demonstrated ability to compose, bid, and administer competitively bid contracts. 3. Demonstrated ability to delineate wetland resource areas. 4. Demonstrated ability to interpret and utilize topographic maps. 5. Demonstrated experience with GPS receivers, GIS mapping, and database management. 6. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in oral expression and to write clearly and concisely. 7. Demonstrated ability to maintain accurate records. 8. Demonstrated ability to work independently, to supervise other workers, and to work effectively with a group. This requisition will remain open until filled; however, first consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. * * Minimum Entrance Requirements: Applicants must have at least (A) four years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional, paraprofessional or technical experience in wildlife biology, wildlife management work or forestry and (B) of which at least two years must have been in a professional capacity, and (C) of which at least one year must have been in a supervisory capacity, or (D) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below. Substitutions: I. A Bachelor's degree with a major in wildlife management, wildlife biology or forestry 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 wildlife management, wildlife biology or forestry may be substituted 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: Possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Operator's License. An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Job: Science *Organization: Department of Fish And Game *Title: *Habitat Biologist Location: Massachusetts-Westborough-Rabbit Hill Road Requisition ID: 220007RE