The Department of Fish and Wildlife is recruiting to fill one part time, career seasonal, Fish & Wildlife Biologist 1 position located in the Wildlife Program, Diversity Division, Region 6. The duty station for this position is the Natural Resources Building, Olympia, Thurston County, with travel throughout the county.
This position serves as a career seasonal (February 1 to November 30) project biologist providing seasonal field and office assistance to support recovery of state and federally-listed species in south Puget Sound. This position is responsible for data collection and management, and conducts data summary, analyses and reporting under the direct supervision of permanent agency biologists during periods of peak work volume to insure timely delivery of project findings to WDFW, USFWS, and Department of Defense (DOD) managers, and other conservation partners. Findings are used to support and direct management decisions and restoration activities with on-the-ground implications for land use activities on DOD, WDFW and other public/private lands.
Duties: Conducts distance sampling surveys for Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly to quantify abundance and distribution following reintroduction efforts. Locates and monitors butterfly position, abundance, behavior and substrate during multiple life stages based on established protocols. Conducts detailed vegetation assessments using ocular estimates of cover for numerous plant species and habitat components. Records data using voice recorders, GPS data loggers, and electronic and/or paper forms in a precise, accurate and consistent fashion. Assists with capture, handling and release of adult and/or larval butterflies. Assists with layout of sampling grids and release areas at field sites using GPS technology. Transcribes data from voice recorders and field forms into standardized data bases; reviews data for accuracy, identifies and corrects errors and inconsistencies, and formats data for statistical analyses. Collects, imports and manages field data using GPS technology. Designs and manages spatial databases using GIS technology to produce maps, data summaries and integrated assessments. Conducts prescribed burns in grassland environments in coordination with a large team of other firefighters and under the supervision of a fire crew boss. Conducts grassland habitat restoration, which may include minor fence repairs, herbicide applications, brush-cutting and shrub removal. This position may also assist with other duties as assigned, such as trapping and/or surveys for Mazama pocket gopher. These activities will be of secondary importance and may occur as time and funds are made available.
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