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Biologist 2 Aquatic

Applications accepted from current State employees and former permanent competitive class employees eligible for reinstatement. You must meet the minimum qualification.

Biologist 2 Aquatic
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Posting Specific Information
Control Number 17-016
Application Due By 01/27/2017
Title Biologist 2 Aquatic
Location: City DEC Region Division/Bureau Cape Vincent
Region 6
Fish & Wildlife/Fisheries

$69,057 - $87,351 Effective 04/15

Work Hours Days
Work Days Mon. - Fri.
Employment Type Permanent Budgeted Item
Appointment Type Permanent
Jurisdictional Class Competitive
Bargaining Unit/MC PS&T 05 (PEF)

The Lake Ontario Unit (LOU) delivers a comprehensive, complex fisheries and ecosystem assessment/research program that is conducted in accordance with the governance structure of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission's (GLFC) Strategic Plan for the Management of Great Lakes Fisheries. The successful execution of the Unit's programs is highly dependent upon research and management planning, assessment/research design and execution, data analysis and reporting conducted collaboratively with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (OMNRF), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), academia and NGOs. The LOU's program also relies heavily on the contributions of biologist/technical staff time by NYSDEC Regions 6, 7, 8 and 9. Research and assessment programs managed by the LOU are often lake-wide in nature, sometimes including Canadian waters. The specific responsibilities/qualifications of the Lake Ontario Unit Leader are as follows:

1. Administration of the Lake Ontario Unit, including oversight and management of personnel, safety and purchasing functions, maintenance of Unit facilities, vehicles, research vessels, AutoFish marking trailer, and other equipment. The Cape Vincent Fisheries Station is unique among the Division of Fish and Wildlife's facilities. It not only serves as a research station and research vessel base, but also operates and maintains a public aquarium, park with public toilet/shower facilities, and small marina affording transient boaters free overnight dockage.

2. The successful candidate must have strong interpersonal skills in order to foster and maintain strong working relationships with both partner agencies/academics and stakeholder groups, and must also have the ability to effectively communicate complex scientific issues with lay persons. The LOU Leader also contributes to Lake Ontario sportfishing promotion efforts.

3. Development and implementation of the Lake Ontario fisheries/ecosystem program in cooperation with NYSDEC Regions 6-9, USGS, OMNRF, and USFWS including preparation of required work plans, annual budgets and periodic budget reports, Federal Aid in Sportfish Restoration narratives/progress reports, the Lake Ontario / St. Lawrence River Annual Report to the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, GLFC State of Lake Ontario reports, species management plans, and the annual report of the Bureau of Fisheries. The LOU Leader must have very strong technical writing/editing skills, and also ensures that LOU data are maintained in a secure and usable manner.

4. Supervise staff in titles including Biologist 1 (Aquatic), Research Vessel Captain, Maintenance Assistant, Fish and Wildlife Technician (permanent and seasonals), Office Assistant 1, and Green Thumb staff.

5. Develop and manage contracts/MOUs deemed necessary to the Lake Ontario fisheries research and management program, which currently include Lake Ontario offshore stocking by landing craft, the R/V Seth Green haul-out/maintenance contract, and the Great Lakes Section SAS contract.

6. Participate in assigned Great Lakes Section activities and function as part of the Section and Bureau of Fisheries management teams. Evaluate proposed management actions, including regulations, stocking policy and assessment activities; make recommendations to Great Lakes Section Head.

7. Represent NYSDEC as co-Chair of the GLFC's Lake Ontario Technical Committee.

8. Position requires frequent travel, often including overnight stays. The successful candidate must also be willing and able to travel both out of state and into Canada. Occasional field work, including that which takes place on the R/V Seth Green, may be required.

Minimum Qualifications

Strictly adhered to based on
Civil Service requirements

Reassignment - Currently in the title and an employee of DEC

Reinstatement Eligible - Previously held the title on a permanent competitive basis or held a title as indicated under the transfer eligible section on a permanent competitive basis.

Transfer Eligible under Section 70.1 - One year of permanent competitive service as a Biologist 2 (Aquatic), (Ecology), (Marine) or (Wildlife), SG 23.

If you are on an examination eligible list for the position title, you do not need to respond to this posting UNLESS you are also eligible for appointment by transfer, reinstatement or reassignment as defined above; or the appointment type is provisional or temporary. The eligible list(s) will be canvassed as appropriate. Always respond to an eligible list canvass.

Additional Comments Must have valid driver's license or demonstrate the ability to meet the transportation needs of the position. Must be able to negotiate difficult terrain and adverse weather conditions. Travel, overtime, and overnight travel may be required. Weekends and holidays may be required. Must be available to respond to after- hour's emergencies. Must be able to lift and move objects up to 40 pounds.
To Apply Qualified candidates should forward a resume and/or Employment Application which clearly indicates how the minimum qualifications are met and includes the Control Number. If you are applying for more than one posting, you must submit a separate resume or Employment Application for each control number. Send to:

Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway
Albany, New York 12233-5060

Fax: (518) 402-9038


Additional Notes:

If you are a permanent NYS employee not employed by the Department of Environmental Conservation or applying for reinstatement, please provide your social security number so that appointment eligibility may be verified.

State Employees: If you wish to receive an acknowledgement that your application for this posting was received by the Bureau of Personnel and then receive information on the disposition of the position, please attach two self-addressed stamped envelopes (preferably inter-office or inter-agency) to the application. If you are applying for more than one position, you must include two envelopes for each position.

Some vacancies may be anticipated and may not result in an appointment. Application for any position listed may not result in an interview.