IBA Job Board

PARK RANGER (VISITOR SERVICES SPECIALIST) - ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is seeking an entry level to mid-career professional to join its Visitor Services Team. Interested applicants will enjoy community-based conservation; and will represent the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wildlife Refuge System and Arctic Refuge to federal, state, and local officials and the general public. Applicants must demonstrate high capacity in:

  • conducting outreach via cross-cultural communication;
  • delivering informal and formal environmental education to varied audiences and age-groups;
  • youth mentorship;
  • Alaska Native studies and/or living/working in rural indigenous communities; and
  • Finding common priorities across groups for collaborative problem-solving.

The primary purpose of the position is to work with a wide array of people to help insure safe, sustainable polar bear viewing practices in and near the community of Kaktovik, Alaska during the annual fall open-water period when polar bears congregate in large numbers near the village. Strong candidates will thrive while:
• applying advanced communication skills in varied, complex, environments;
• supervising and motivating young adults; and
• optimizing stewardship practices among diverse audiences.

This term position (terms approximately July-December, 2015; May-December 2016) will be announced on the USAJobs.gov website May 8-18, 2015. Please direct interested applicants to the USA Jobs website (https://www.usajobs.gov/) to search using the following keywords or job announcement numbers:

Title: Park Ranger (Visitor Services Specialist)
Series: GS-0025-07/09
Agency: Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Job announcement number R7-15-1361464-ES for Merit Promotion Status Candidates
Job announcement number R7-15-1361461-ES for U.S. Citizen Candidates
Location: Fairbanks, AK

The term appointee will live and work seasonally during the months of May-December, primarily in Fairbanks, Alaska, through winter, 2016. Neither housing nor relocation reimbursements to Fairbanks will be provided. The assignment will require regular visits of varied duration to the community of Kaktovik, where the appointee will be housed at the Arctic Refuge Bunkhouse. Annually, the assignment will require an extended stay at this bunkhouse between August and October. The position has potential for extension to a maximum total of four years based on performance and funding availability, and is subject to an expected five month annual furlough between the months of December and May.

If you have questions about the duties of this position Email the supervisor Jennifer Reed, or call (907) 455-1835.


BEAR BIOLOGIST POSITION – FLORIDA

Applicants must be U.S. citizens

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is seeking to hire an Area Bear Biologist to provide conflict resolution, education, and stakeholder engagement in the Florida Panhandle. The position will work as part of a team with staff from other Sections and Divisions to respond to public requests for assistance with human-bear conflicts, which will include site visits to provide technical assistance and assess causes of conflicts, trapping, immobilizing and either relocating or euthanizing bears, and retrieving information from and disposing of carcasses of dead bears. The position will coordinate the activities of multiple Bear Response Contractors, manage a bear deterrent loaner equipment program for the public, manage bear traps and other equipment for agency use, and enter field data on bears collected in their area of responsibility. The position will actively seek out and provide education and outreach opportunities to partner agencies, local governments, businesses, and residents at public events, meetings, schools, and other venues. The position will participate as the lead agency representative on the West Panhandle Bear Stakeholder Group and maintain communications and relationships with local stakeholders. The position will assist in the implementation of many strategies outlined in the 2012 Florida Black Bear Management Plan.

Position Classification: The position is classified as OPS (Other Personnel Services) which means that employees are paid for the number of hours they work. OPS employees do not receive any form of paid leave, paid holidays, or participation in the Florida Retirement System. OPS employees do have the option to receive health insurance benefits.

Work Address: Walton County IFAS Extension Office, 70 Logan Lane, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 

Hours/Salary:  The position is full-time (40 hours per week), typically Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm, however, employee must be flexible to accommodate unforeseen circumstances.  The pay rate is $18.20/hour.

Level of Education & Experience: Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred, in environmental science, biology, or other natural resources field. Experience working with wildlife, preferably human-wildlife conflicts - 1 year required, 2+ years preferred. Experience with trapping and handling wildlife, preferably bears. Related professional experience may substitute for a graduate degree or a graduate degree may substitute for some related professional experience. Proficiency in MS software applications- Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power point required, Access and SharePoint preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge, skill and ability to design, coordinate, implement and evaluate a variety of effective wildlife conflict mitigation strategies and techniques.
  • Ability to work well as part of a team to accomplish tasks.
  • Ability to provide clear, timely, and effective updates to supervisor.
  • Ability to communicate and manage high stress situations in a calm, organized, and professional manner.
  • Ability to engage with stakeholders for effective conservation and management efforts.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both in writing and orally to large and small groups with various educational backgrounds.
  • Ability to work independently to plan, coordinate, and prioritize work assignments.
  • Ability to represent agency viewpoint without personal conflicts.
  • Ability to safely operate a motor vehicle, pull a trailer, and operate a mechanical winch.
  • Ability to be trained to use chemical immobilization methods and handle all aspects required to maintain a U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency license.
  • Ability to accurately collect and log field data.
  • Ability to work in harsh outdoor conditions in high heat and humidity carrying heavy loads and exposed to biting insects and venomous snakes.
  • Ability to work in a highly adaptive environment.
  • Ability to work well with a variety of personalities and with persons of varied levels of wildlife conservation understanding.
  • Skilled in the use of computers for word processing, information management, communications, and data management.
  • Ability to travel overnight and/or multiple days to complete job tasks.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, with potential night, weekend, and/or holiday work hours.

Deadline:  Applications must be received by May 8, 2015

How to Apply: Applications must be submitted through the State of Florida’s official employment site (https://peoplefirst.myflorida.com/). Position # is 77905014

Questions: Contact Dave Telesco and type Area Bear Biologist in the subject line.