Resource Staff Scientist

Job Title
2012-080, Resource Staff Scientist (Term) at Big Rivers and Wetland Field
Station, Jackson

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Salary Range
Salary Range: $35724 – $62952

Beginning Salary: $35724 – $39372 depending upon qualification.

Duties and Responsibilities
LENGTH OF POSITION: Length of the term is dependent on funding from USGS. Position is currently funded through September 30, 2017. Additional funding may extend the term.

Serves as the Long Term Resource Monitoring (LTRM) fisheries component field crew leader and specialist. Provide leadership and coordination while overseeing the LTRM fisheries component. Coordinates and/or collects fisheries and water quality data from the Mississippi River using protocols established by the LTRM and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Leads field crews to collect fish, water quality, invertebrates, and other aquatic animals in a fixed and/or stratified-random sampling design. Coordinates and supervises personnel and procures equipment for LTRM and Department research projects. Enters or supervises the entry, verification, and transfer of data. Creates tables, graphs, and images for data analyses, reports, and peer-reviewed publications. Provides input for project development, design, and data analyses utilizing LTRM and field station data. Leads or assists in the preparation of grant proposals to answer research and management questions that explain long-term trends in Mississippi River data. Collaborates with Resource Science Division
biometricians, field station staff, and/or USGS staff as necessary. Attends and presents information at intra- and interstate meetings, workshops, and conferences pertinent to large river ecology. Condenses and disseminates scientific information to the public and other governmental and non-governmental organizations. Stays current with large river ecological literature including new or improved methods for monitoring these systems. Supervises and trains hourly employees in large river sampling techniques, boat safety, and maintenance, fish identification, and gear maintenance. Procures, verifies, and reports, information to field station partners (e.g. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USGS, Minnesota DNR, Iowa DNR, Illinois DNR, Illinois Natural History Survey, Wisconsin DNR, and various universities). Performs other duties as required.

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master’s Degree in Fisheries Management, Aquaculture or closely related subjects and at least two (2) years of progressively responsible professional experience in fisheries research or management or closely related natural resource field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Core Competencies and Special Ability Requirements
Ability to:
– Accept all responsibilities of the job and assigned tasks.
– Use provided computer technology to enhance the quality of work and programs.
– Keep focused on understanding, anticipating and responding to the needs of
– Administer financial resources in a manner which instills public trust and
accomplishes the Department’s mission.
– Accept change and new information and cope with job pressure and stress.
– Identify internal and external politics that impact the work of the Department.
– Define a problem, analyze relevant information, develop solutions and solve problems.
– Maintain focus and intensity, and remain optimistic and persistent even under adversity.
– Develop and sustain cooperative working relationships.
– Demonstrate technical proficiency in areas of responsibility.
– Create and sustain an atmosphere in which timely, quality information flows between self and others and to express facts and ideas in a convincing manner whether one-on-one or within or before groups.
– Take a long-term view of the Department’s or Unit’s direction and articulate a vision which integrates key program goals, priorities, values and other factors.
– Demonstrate regular and predictable attendance.
– Coordinate management activities to achieve Division and Department goals.
– Make independent decisions and act quickly and decisively on the determined course of action.
– Establish and maintain effective working relationships with members of all
types of groups, Department staff and the general public.
– Exercise judgment and initiative in interpreting Department and Division
policies and procedures.
– Perform as an effective team member.
– Resolve conflicts and work effectively with others.
– Effectively communicate both orally and in writing with Department personnel and the general public.
– Develop and present programs to individuals and groups.
– Travel frequently and stay overnight occasionally.
– Work evenings, weekends, and on holidays as needed or assigned.
– Work outdoors in extreme hot and cold conditions.
– Operate power boats and equipment.
– Collect, analyze and interpret data.

Jackson, Missouri
Missouri Department of Conservation
Human Resources