VA Seeks Upland Game Bird Biologist

Upland Game Bird Biologist

Role Title: Scientist II – 59132
Job Open Date:  03/25/2021
Job Close Date:  04/16/2021

Open Until Filled

Hiring Range: Starting at $53,000
Agency Dept of Wildlife Resources (403)
Agency Website:

Location: Charlottesville

Position Number: 00385
Job Posting Number: 1077659

Type of Recruitment: General Public – G
Does this position have telework options? No
Bilingual/Multilingual Skill Requirement/Preference:  No
Job Type: Full-Time (Salaried)
Job Type Detail  Full-Time Salaried – Non-Faculty- FTS-1
Pay Band: 05

Job Description

Employee serves as the leader and expert who, in conjunction with the Deer-Bear-Turkey Biologist, plans, oversees and implements the Wild Turkey and Ruffed Grouse Projects and provides technical expertise to the Board, The Department of Wildlife Resources employees, state/federal agencies, and citizens of Virginia.

Primary areas of responsibility for this position include oversight of statewide turkey and grouse conservation, research and management programs, monitoring population trends, formulating regulations, analyzing data, planning and conducting research, preparing reports, and interacting with diverse stakeholders.

Employee also contributes to conservation, research, monitoring, and management of other upland game birds and small game species, as needed.

Management programs are established based on the Wild Turkey Management Plan and grouse program goals/objectives, implemented with administrative approval and conducted in concert with agency management biologists, federal and private organizations, and private individuals.

This position, while largely autonomous in daily and annual programmatic duties, receives oversight regarding administrative and personnel matters from the immediate supervisor, the Forest Wildlife Program Manager, who also may provide programmatic support in the form of suggested guidance and other assistance.

Please note this position will work from an assigned location and may require some statewide travel, to include overnight travel.

Agency management expectations are for the incumbent to travel extensively within a 100 mile radius in any direction of the Charlottesville Virginia area.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Comprehensive knowledge of wildlife management principles and practices including population dynamics, techniques to manipulate wildlife populations and habitats, and associated ecological concepts.
  • Extensive knowledge of the life history, habitats, behaviors, and requirements of wildlife, especially upland game birds.
  • Considerable knowledge of research design, statistical analysis, technical and popular writing, and database management; Demonstrated ability to work effectively within a team or independently using a project management approach to implement management programs and research projects.
  • Considerable knowledge and experience in Microsoft Office and statistical analysis software.
  • Knowledge of public input processes and policy/regulation development.
  • Ability to interact and engage with diverse agency personnel and publics.
  • Ability to resolve conflict and achieve effective solutions.
  • Exhibit a customer service oriented approach when working with constituents and partners.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, including demonstrated ability to relate technical knowledge to technical and non-technical publics and to deal effectively with those groups.
  • Ability to think critically in stressful situations.
  • High school diploma or GED along with considerable experience in wildlife conservation or management required.
  • Possession of, or eligibility for, a valid VA driver’s license required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife management or closely related field. Professional experience in wildlife management or research related to terrestrial wildlife species that demonstrates attainment of knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Master of Science degree in wildlife management or a closely related field is preferred.
  • Professional field experience related to research or management of upland game birds is desirable.
  • Professional certification or ability to meet requirements for certification by The Wildlife Society is desirable.

Special Requirements   

Cover Letters will not be accepted.

Applicants who submit an incomplete application or an application without an attached resume will not be considered eligible for an interview.

For consideration, a completed application or an application with an attached resume must be received online by 11:59PM on the “Job Close Date”.

Faxed, Emailed, and Mailed applications will not be accepted for consideration.

If you have been affected by Policy 1.30 Layoff as a state employee and possess a valid Interagency Placement Screening Form (Yellow Form) or a Preferential Hiring Card (Blue Card), you must submit this document through the “Virginia Jobs” (RMS) employment site when you apply.

The Commonwealth of Virginia offers a competitive benefit package to include various health plan options, paid life insurance, Virginia Retirement System retirement plan, paid holidays, and a comprehensive leave plan.

The Department of Wildlife Resources is an equal opportunity employer who values diversity in the workforce. All qualified applicants are afforded equal opportunities without regard for race, sex, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics or disability. Reasonable accommodations are available to applicants with disabilities, if requested, during the application and/or interview process. If accommodations are needed with the application and/or interview process, please contact the Human Resources Office at 804-367-0243.

The Department of Wildlife Resources is a proud member of Virginia Values Veterans program.


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