This position will focus on duties related to pond and small-lake management, including private waters consultation and technical assistance as well as urban/community pond fisheries management. Consistent and effective communication with stakeholders (public and private) will be a major element of the work required. This position will be tasked with utilizing knowledge and available resources to provide advice and recommendations for a great variety of questions/issues regarding pond/lake management, including but not limited to pond/lake construction, general fish management, vegetation management, water quality improvement, fish stocking, aquatic habitat enhancement, fish kills, watershed management, conservation and recreation cost-share programs, fishing regulations and angler access development. Although much of the work will be accomplished independently, overlap and collaboration is crucial within the Fisheries Division and other agency Divisions (i.e. Wildlife) and external partners (i.e. NDEE, UNL Extension, cities/towns/villages, private consultants, NRDs, etc.). Due to the many private landowner interactions and relationships fostered, this position will also assist with public access program offerings (e.g., Open Fields & Waters) and help identify potential stream enhancement projects.
Technical duties will include collecting, processing, summarizing and interpreting fish, water quality, habitat and angler use data using accepted scientific and statistical procedures; developing management recommendations and written plans based on data collected and/or provided information; reviewing and authorizing private waterbody management actions (private stocking requests, fish sampling, selected fish harvest, chemical renovations); assisting with fish stocking; conducting fish renovations and herbicide treatments; designing and conducting research to better understand and manage urban/community waters (stocking evaluations, water quality monitoring, human dimensions); assisting with design and implementation of habitat and access enhancement projects; preparing technical reports; maintaining records; and performing related work as required.
REQUIREMENTS: Post high school coursework/training with major coursework in fish or wildlife management or a closely related field of biological science plus four years experience in fish or wildlife resource management or master's degree plus two years experience; or Ph.D. plus one year of experience.
OTHER: Valid river’s license required. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of: fisheries management principles, aquatic vegetation management, water quality improvement, aquatic habitat enhancement and human dimensions. Ability to: work independently; communicate efficiently and maintain effective working relationships with a broad range of stakeholders; plan, set goals and prioritize work; perform heavy physical labor and work outdoors for long periods of time; operate and maintain boats, motors, nets and electrofishing gear. Skills in: problem solving and critical thinking; organization and multi-tasking; record keeping and database management; pertinent computer programs, statistical packages and fisheries software.
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