Sample Job Descriptions

A wide range of jobs

Although we employ lots of agents, fisheries biologists, foresters and wildlife biologists to help us protect and conserve Missouri’s fish, forests and wildlife, we also need accountants, programmers, and IT specialists, among many others. Whether you’re pursuing a career as a biologist or an engineer, you’ll find our jobs challenging and satisfying. Some of our positions can also be very demanding, requiring you to work according to nature's schedule. Regardless of the type of work you do here at MDC, you’ll be helping conserve Missouri’s wild things and wild places for future generations.

Browse our sample job descriptions to see if our jobs are right for your combination of interests, education, skills and experience.

The Missouri Department of Conservation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Accounting Assistant

Duties and Responsibilities

Reviews purchasing and payable documents for all required information and compliance with state and federal laws and regulations and with Department policies and procedures. Assigns accounting codes and enters documents into statewide accounting system. Resolves errors at point of entry or return to appropriate Office Manager. Answers questions from Department employees, State Auditors, vendors and Office of Administration personnel regarding checks, invoices, purchasing cards, and policies and procedures through both telephone and personal contacts. Performs various administrative duties regarding purchasing cards including ordering new cards, address/name changes, issuing replacement cards upon expiration, researching past due accounts and assisting with cardholder lifts and restrictions, as needed. Scans and indexes source documents for archive purposes. Performs other duties as required.

Qualifications

Graduation from high school or G.E.D. equivalent with one year experience in general office support work, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Administrative Staff Assistant

Duties and Responsibilities

This is skilled, senior level office support work of a complex nature with considerable independence.

Prepares correspondence for signature that involves interpretation, formatting, proofreading, and application of established policies and procedures. Maintains complex office records, several filing systems and maintains the Unit filing system, including both printed and electronic records and indexes. Processes invoices, expense accounts and vouchers for payment. Exercises independent judgment in determining the procedure or process to be followed and the actions to be taken. Assists with travel and meeting arrangements for staff. Coordinates arrangements for internal and interagency meetings and training events. Schedules, prepare agendas, takes notes, and prepares minutes for a variety of meetings. Assists with budget preparation and tracking expenditures. Assists with Division contracts, agreements and leases to track expiration and reporting dates. Maintains project files for matters in progress and follows up to ensure actions are completed. Maintains calendars of staff and assists in scheduling appointments. Answers inquiries ranging from routine to complex subjects including Department policies and procedures. Provides customer service to anyone who requests assistance or information. Receives and resolves or refers citizen inquiries and complaints. Enters data on a personal computer. Sorts and routes incoming/outgoing mail. Orders office supplies and furniture and maintains inventory. Performs other duties as required.

Qualifications

Graduation from high school or G.E.D. equivalent with three years’ experience in general office support work; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Be proficient in other types of office equipment. Must be knowledgeable and proficient with Microsoft Office Suite. Other applications like Visio, Adobe Acrobat, RAPTOR and Arc Map are desirable but not required.

Assistant Hatchery Manager

Duties and Responsibilities

Assists with the operation of a large warm-water fish hatchery. In the absence of Hatchery Manager, is responsible for hatchery operations. Under supervision of the Hatchery Manager, carries out fish culture activities on several fish species, including fish collection and development of brood stock. Involved in fish spawning, hatching of eggs and fish nutrition programs. Determines feeding rates. Develops and monitors production groups, and maintains fish feeding and production reports. Monitors fish health, identifies fish diseases, calculates and administers therapeutic chemicals and drugs to control diseases. Manages plankton populations in rearing ponds including determining fertilization schedules, fertilization rates, and applying organic and inorganic fertilizers. Collects, analyzes and monitors water quality within ponds and raceways. Operates and monitors specialized equipment used in production of fish. Provides for control of vegetation in ponds. Harvests and distributes fish statewide, ensures hatchery records are maintained and updated frequently. Evaluates production methods and develops new fish rearing techniques. Trains new employees and monitors performance, supervises daily work routines and special work assignments of hatchery staff. Supervises three salaried employees, writes and conducts performance appraisals for staff supervised. Acts as field crew leader on special projects away from the hatchery. Assists in budgeting procedures, recommends equipment, material and personnel needs for successful unit operation, purchases supplies and equipment, and assists in establishment of effective programs, procedures and work schedules. Prepares correspondence. Disseminates information on Department programs to the public. Develops and presents programs, conducts tours of the hatchery facility for the visiting public. Performs other duties as required.

Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in the Biological Sciences, Fisheries or closely-related subjects and one year of experience in fisheries work; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Selected candidate must reside within 20 miles of the hatchery and be able to respond to hatchery emergencies at any hour. This position will be on-call 24 hours a day every sixth weekend to answer and monitor alarm system from their residence and with a pager.

Assistant Nature Center Manager

Duties and Responsibilities

Assists the Nature Center Manager on a number of administrative duties and in the development and coordination of interpretive programs and interpretive activities for the Nature Center. Assists with purchases and expenditures within budgeted amounts. Projects annual needs and expenditures. Proposes budget changes as needed. Compiles monthly reports on Nature Center visitor and program statistics. Assists the Nature Center Manager with the supervision of Naturalists including training and assigning work responsibilities and projects. Evaluates program presentations. Coordinates volunteer Naturalist program. Recruits, interviews, selects and trains new volunteers and supervises volunteer Naturalists. Arranges training sessions including scheduling guest speakers. Prepares training manual and updates as necessary. Assists with Department sponsored events such as "Friday Night Live", "Eagle Days" and "Prairie Days" and represents the Department at local conservation events. Answers questions from the public on matters relating to natural history, Department functions, wildlife code interpretation or conservation in general. Receives and responds to inquiries in person, as well as by phone and by mail. Patrols trails to interact with visitors, enforces rules and checks for safety hazards. Plans and assists with interpretive exhibits and bulletin boards. Writes for, edits and assists with the production of monthly newsletter. Promotes the Department and conservation through a variety of media including TV, radio and newspaper interviews. Performs other duties as required.

Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Interpretation, Biology, Fisheries, Wildlife or Forest Management, or closely related area and two years’ experience in interpretation, resource management, or nature center work; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Certification from the National Association for Interpretation is highly desirable. Supervisory experience is highly desirable.

Carpenter

Duties and Responsibilities

Responsible for carpentry project completion. Performs routine rough and finish carpentry along with basic work in all of the following trades; earthwork and grading, landscaping, concrete, masonry, metal, roofing, installation of hardware and equipment, painting, drywall, HVAC, plumbing, electrical wiring and other crafts as needed. Assists in building construction and performs building repair and renovation projects. Operates power tools and equipment and occasionally operates heavy equipment. Responsible for tools and equipment. Completes time records, expense accounts, construction records and vehicle reports. Acts as carpentry foreman in the absence of lead carpenter. Performs other duties as required.

Qualifications

Graduation from high school or G.E.D. equivalent and three years of experience in general carpentry and building construction work; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Finish carpentry skills desirable.

Conservation Agent Trainee

Duties and Responsibilities

RESOURCE LAW ENFORCEMENT—Field patrol; check hunting-fishing activity for Wildlife Code violations; special investigations; investigation of reported violations; enforce state laws within statutory jurisdiction; assists in prosecution of persons apprehended for violating laws and regulations; other pertinent enforcement responsibilities.

PUBLIC RELATIONS AND EDUCATION—Adult and youth meetings; hunter safety instruction; radio and TV programs; fairs and exhibits; newspaper articles; fishing reports for radio and newspaper releases; meeting with schools, sportsmen's clubs and other organizations.

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT—Wildlife censuses and surveys; investigation of wildlife damage complaints; landowner habitat improvement information; wildlife disease investigations and reports; other duties directly related to wildlife management.

FISHERIES MANAGEMENT—Pollution investigations; inspection of farm ponds for fish stocking; assistance in fish distribution; fish rescue; management of community lakes, public access points, etc.; lake and pond management information for owners; other duties directly related to fisheries management.

FOREST MANAGEMENT—Forestry development with private landowners; forestry arson investigation; other duties directly related to forest management.

OTHER DEPARTMENT ACTIVITIES—Assistance in land acquisition investigations; assistance with selection of permit distributing agents; equipment maintenance; in-service training programs; emergency public services including first aid, assistance at drownings, flood rescues, etc.; and other duties representing the Department.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry, Fisheries Management, Wildlife Management, Wildlife Conservation, Natural Resources Conservation Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice, Agriculture, or other related Biological Sciences, or closely related Natural Resource subjects.

Physical Requirements

All individuals accepted into the training class must demonstrate ability and proficiency in essential physical endeavors such as the following:

Must be able to: Run sprints, Run for sustained periods of time (over two minutes), Run up and down stairs, Dodge obstacles, Crawl under obstacles, Jump and vault over obstacles, Climb fences, Lift and carry light (under 25 lbs.) to heavy (over 100 lbs.) for specified distances, Lift and carry victims, Extract victims from automobiles and buildings, Drag victims or suspects, Push vehicles off roadway, Use of force by pushing and pulling in self-defense situations for a designated period of time, Bend to enter and exit vehicles and watercraft, Bend and twist in use of force situations.

Conservation Education Consultant

Duties and Responsibilities

Promotes the use of Discover Nature Schools instructional units in Missouri schools through teacher workshops, meetings with school officials, exhibits and presentations at school-related conferences and public events. Educates teachers (both in-service and pre-service) on the use of the outdoors for inquiry-based learning about the conservation of our forest, fish and wildlife resources through the Discover Nature Schools units. Educates leaders of youth organizations on conservation educational resources and activities. Consults with schools on grant applications for Discover Nature Schools program. Advises school personnel regarding the establishment and use of outdoor classroom learning areas. Maintains inventory and loan of discovery trunks for teachers. Works with Department and related agency personnel on cooperative projects and other programs (such as Discover Nature Families, MoNASP, Missouri Master Naturalist, Discover Nature Women, etc.). Answers correspondence and maintains equipment, inventory and records. Utilizes various media to inform Missouri citizens of contemporary conservation programs and issues. Performs other duties as required.

Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree and course work in one or a combination of the following areas: Conservation Education, Environmental Education, Natural Resource Management, Biological or Agricultural Sciences, Curriculum Development with science background or closely related subjects and two years of professional teaching experience in one or more of the above-mentioned education areas; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Equipment Shop Technician

Duties And Responsibilities

Performs mechanical repairs through major overhauls on Department equipment, including automobiles, trucks, and tractors, heavy construction equipment, power units, large diesel powered pumps, lawn mowers, generators and other mechanical equipment. Fabricates special brackets, hangers and fixtures. Repairs boats using arc, acetylene and heliarc welding. Schedules equipment for maintenance. Diagnoses mechanical malfunctions of vehicles and equipment both diesel and gasoline powered. Purchases supplies and materials for the operation of the shop and maintains shop inventory. Performs annual safety and condition inspections for Department vehicles. Performs computerized engine diagnosis. Maintains shop. Submits monthly reports. Performs other duties as required.

Qualifications

Graduation from high school or G.E.D. equivalent and three years of experience as a mechanic; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Mechanic trade school diploma is highly desirable. Prefers experience with heavy equipment repair, including bulldozers, scrapers, and large tractors.

Facility Maintenance Technician

Duties and Responsibilities

Performs grounds maintenance for the Central Office Complex and the Runge Conservation Nature Center site areas; performs assigned duties with direction and oversight from the grounds maintenance supervisor to include, lawn care, landscaping, snow removal, maintenance of hiking trails and maintenance of planting beds; assists with implementation of ongoing grounds restoration projects; maintains tools and equipment as needed; oversees Department of Correction work release inmates; and performs other duties as required.

Qualifications

Graduation from high school or G.E.D. equivalent and one year of experience in grounds maintenance; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Experience with agricultural tractors, skid steers, mini hoe, or backhoe will be beneficial. Class A CDL would be beneficial, but not required. Experience with native plants of Missouri will be beneficial.

Fisheries Management Biologist

Duties and Responsibilities

Plans and implements watershed based projects in selected Conservation Opportunity Areas. Leads or assists with projects involving the recovery of species of conservation concern. Private land responsibilities include working with Department Private Land Services Division personnel in providing technical advice and assistance to private landowners on matters related to small impoundment and stream corridor management. Prescribes, implements and evaluates biotechnical streambank stabilization practices. Works closely with other natural resource agencies, non-government organizations and citizens to implement projects in selected watersheds, Conservation Opportunity Areas or within other landscapes. Plans, conducts, and supervises public stream and impoundment surveys and habitat enhancement projects. Collects, compiles, summarizes, analyzes and interprets fish population, habitat and angler survey data and provides recommendations to maintain or enhance fishery resource quality, including annual regulation proposals and fish stocking requests. Works with other Department staff to manage sport fish populations in streams, large reservoirs and small impoundments. Under the direction of the Fisheries Regional Supervisor, prepares management plans, fishery status reports, operational project plans, special project reports for public streams, annual fishing prospects, news releases, responses to public information requests and other written communications as required. Assists in budget preparation and is responsible for implementation of an annual operational work plan. Gives oral presentations at educational workshops and various public meetings and events. Performs other duties as required.

Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master's Degree in Fisheries Management, Biological Sciences or closely related subjects and two years of related professional experience or a Bachelor’s Degree and three years of related professional experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Heavy Equipment Operator

Duties and Responsibilities

Operates all types of heavy equipment and farm equipment; such as tractors, motor-graders, bulldozers, scrapers, compactors, backhoes, trackhoes, uni-loaders, dump trucks, over the road haul trucks, boom trucks, hoists, lifts, pavers, electric and pneumatic powered hand tools, etc. in the construction and maintenance of Department facilities. Performs manual labor and assists with supervision of laborers. Assists and performs work with other construction trades as required and assists with the bidding, procurement and delivery of materials and supplies required to complete projects. Assists in the layout of construction projects including the use of measuring equipment, levels and transits. Collects, maintains and submits thorough and accurate documentation such as invoices, time and expense records, work logs, etc. as required for tracking time and expenses on assigned work. Performs other duties as required.

Qualifications

Graduation from high school or G.E.D. equivalent (required) and three years of experience as a heavy equipment operator; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Naturalist

Duties and Responsibilities

Conducts interpretive presentations and guided hikes both on-site and off-site on a wide range of natural history and conservation topics and issues. Develops programs for school-aged groups in accordance with the standards outlined by the Missouri Department of Education. Presents programs to a wide variety of audiences ranging from school and Scout groups to civic groups, from preschoolers to senior citizens. Along with other interpretive staff, plans specific program offerings for the general public and assists in the planning, organization and implementation of special events. Coordinates these special events as requested. Assists with the training of volunteer naturalists. Evaluates volunteer programs and provides feedback to the presenters. Educates the public on important conservation messages and other natural history related topics via mail, telephone, Internet or personal visitation to the nature center. Interprets natural resources through newspapers, radio, television, and other media format. Assists with the planning, writing and editing of a monthly newsletter and writes articles for the Conservationist magazine when requested. Assists with the development of an interpretive budget and orders approved items as requested. Assists with the maintenance of the nature center including the building, displays, equipment, and live animals. Plans and/or assists with interpretive displays and temporary exhibits. Prepares and edits interpretive signage, assists with trail layouts, trail site markers and trail improvements and helps in the development of interpretive trail brochures. Assists with habitat restoration and other land management activities. Performs other duties as required.

Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Interpretation, Biological Sciences, Physical Science, Botany, Forestry, Wildlife or Fisheries Management or closely related subjects with one year interpretation and/or teaching experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

National Association for Interpretation certification preferred.

Outdoor Skills Specialist

Duties and Responsibilities

Promotes and administers a variety of outdoor skills programs in the Northeast Region, including fishing, hunting, archery, map and compass, primitive skills, outdoor cooking, camping, trapping, shooting (rifle, shotgun, air gun), MoNASP (Archery in the schools program), and Discover Nature Schools and Discover Hunting Programs. Works with schoolteachers, school administrators, youth group leaders, and scout organizations to develop and foster outdoor skills programs in schools and communities. Administers the Missouri Hunter Education program in the Northeast Region including: distributing materials, teaching Hunter Education courses, recruiting, training and certifying new instructors, coordinating hunter education classes in the Northeast Region, and conducting advanced training sessions for hunter education instructors. Maintains equipment and materials, including PCs, data projector, slide projector, mechanical and manual trap machines and a variety of firearms. Administers the Missouri Bow Hunter Education program within the Region. Conducts range inspections of firearms and archery ranges. Conducts and assists with special hunts and clinics for special seasons such as the youth duck hunting clinic, youth dove hunts, trapping clinics, youth deer and turkey hunts, youth upland game hunts and clinics. Assists with statewide programs and conferences and promotes Missouri Department of Conservation programs and services at sports shows and regional fairs. Performs other duties as required.

Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree and course work in one or a combination of the following areas: Conservation Education, Physical Education, Biological Sciences, Agricultural Science, Curriculum Development with science background or closely related subjects and three or more years of professional teaching experience in one or more of the above-mentioned education areas; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Private Land Conservationist

Duties and Responsibilities

Within an assigned district, works with other resource professionals to lead, develop and deliver private land initiatives, programs, and services that address important natural resource issues. Provides one-on-one natural resource technical advice to landowners. Actively works to strengthen the relationships with other resource partners to deliver private land services. Communicates and works effectively with other team members and resource partners for technical support to ensure landowner satisfaction. Provides natural resource technical support to USDA (NRCS, FSA, FS), SWCD and University of Missouri Outreach and Extension. Promotes interest for natural resource management and builds trust with landowners by becoming actively involved with community activities. Maintains awareness and knowledge of agriculture and private land issues and corresponding state and federal natural resource conservation programs. Identifies programs, practices, and opportunities for integrating fish, forest, wildlife and natural communities with current land uses. Promotes natural resource conservation through education organizations. Coordinates landowner information and educational needs, and works with local Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) staff, University of Missouri Outreach and Extension, NRCS, and other natural resource partners to deliver natural resource management information through workshops, training programs, and special events. Promotes private land programs and assistance through oral presentations, newsletters, news interviews, publications, and other contacts that promote long-term benefits to soil, water, fish, forest, wildlife, and natural communities. Assists with training of regional and district staff related to landowner services and private land programs. Works with other team members to develop district private land services budget and annual work plan. Assists in the administration of the MDC cost-share and other incentive programs. Monitors, compiles and reports district private land accomplishments. Provides district perspectives on landowner services delivery and private land program effectiveness, and makes recommendations to assigned district team, Regional Private Land Supervisor, and Regional Coordination Team. Establishes and maintains contact with community leaders, including agri-business and other organizations that affect natural resource issues. Performs other duties as required.

Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fisheries, Forestry or Wildlife Management, Biological Sciences, Agriculture or applicable field of study and at least three years of progressively responsible professional experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Resource Assistant—Fisheries

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Hatchery Management staff and/or team work leader, assists in preparing rearing units for fish and fills and stocks rearing units with fish. Cleans rearing units and applies herbicides and other chemicals. Seines, harvests, weighs, counts, and measures fish. Completes forms used for monitoring fish and tracking production. Transports fish statewide. Performs various water quality monitoring. Performs area and grounds maintenance. Assists with fish culture activities on several fish species, including collection and development of brood stock, spawning and care of eggs and fry. Maintains equipment including nets, seines, feeders, scales, tubs, buckets, screens, fish graders, transport tanks, aerators and wiring. Assists with vehicle maintenance. Assists with the implementation of wildlife management plans, plants food plots and assists with prescribed burns. Occasionally gives hatchery tours and presentations to groups and attends workshops, Division meetings, and Departmental training sessions. Performs other duties as required.

Qualifications

High school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent and one year of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Resource Assistant— Forestry

Duties and Responsibilities

Conducts resource management and area maintenance on Department lands and facilities. Detects and suppresses natural cover fires. Assists in fire training, prevention and suppression activities. Assists forestry and wildlife staff with private land management, public land resource management, forest industry and natural resource surveys, fairs, and FFA forestry contests. Personally interacts with the general public, forest industry, private landowners and rural fire departments. Performs other duties as required.

Qualifications

High school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent and one year of related experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience in farming or large equipment preferred.

Resource Assistant—Outreach and Education

Duties and Responsibilities

Assists with range operations. Ensures safe operation of range by enforcing safety rules. Responsible for signing in shooters, collecting fees, providing instructions, monitoring the firing line for safety, and answering questions from the public. Provides assistance to shooters. Works with Range Officer in maintaining the physical property, including mowing and fertilizing lawn, snow removal, checking/clearing fences and administrative functions. Maintains and repairs equipment needed to operate the range, including tractors, and PA system. Assists and conducts special events and programs such as Hunting and Fishing Day, hunting seminars, Hunter Education classes, and other programs as assigned. Promotes range programs and provides information for range newsletter and website. Performs other duties as required.

Qualifications

High school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent and one year of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience and knowledge of various firearms and outdoor skills is required.

Resource Assistant—Wildlife

Duties and Responsibilities

Assists in carrying out wildlife management activities on conservation areas. Oversees and implements the manipulation of cropland, grassland, old field, forest, woodland, glade, savanna, and wetland habitats. Conducts prescribed burns under the supervision of a qualified burn boss. Participates in exotic plant control, herbicide application, soil sampling, and chainsaw work. Operates gasoline and/or diesel tractors, UTVs, and ATVs. Hauls, transports, and operates equipment necessary to conduct area management and maintenance including, tractors, skid steers, and farm implements such as discs, mowers, planters, drills (native grass, grain), cultivators, sprayers, and fertilizer spreaders. Supervises hourly employees in the performance of the above activities. Checks permittee fields for compliance with crop plans and harvest instructions. Checks area users for compliance of special use activities. Works closely with other district, region, and Division personnel to implement priority conservation work within the assigned districts. Ensures needed building and infrastructure repairs are brought to the attention of the immediate supervisor. Maintains area public use facilities, trails, field roads, and area and boundary signing. Carries out routine vehicle and farm equipment maintenance and repairs. Monitors heavy equipment and/or other contract work for area development, management, and maintenance. Maintains a daily log of work activities, and prepares monthly narratives, timesheets, expense accounts, fuel use reports, and inventory records. Purchases materials and supplies, processes bills, and reconciles purchasing card logs. Conducts wildlife surveys, other monitoring and evaluation projects, and documents habitat management acres and accomplishments. Monitors public use and wildlife use on the areas, and assists the general public, especially during hunting seasons, managed hunts, and special events. Occasionally gives presentations to groups and attends workshops, Division and District meetings, and Departmental training sessions. Performs other duties as required.

Qualifications

High school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent and one year of related experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience in farming or large equipment preferred.

Resource Forester

Duties and Responsibilities

Works under the supervision of the Forestry Regional Supervisor or Forestry District Supervisor. Directs and/or provides assistance with the multiple use management of state-owned land. This work includes: detailed forest inventory, timber sale marking, timber sale administration, timber stand improvement, reforestation, recreation, area maintenance, prescribed fire, and wildfire suppression. Works with other Department personnel including other Divisions and partners in the multiple-use planning and management of state-owned lands. Responsible for supervising and directing a work team. Writes contracts, prepares annual work team budget, and issues special use permits. Provides training and assistance to rural fire departments. Works closely with forest industry groups. Conducts public relations activities. Provides professional forestry assistance to private forest owners by conducting forest resource inventories, providing ArcGIS maps, and preparing forest management plans and resource management recommendations. Designs, inspects and certifies performance of private forestry practices for cost share by county Natural Resource Conservation Service and Farm Service Agency committees. Diagnoses insect and disease outbreaks on forest and ornamental trees and recommends control. Develops forest management demonstrations and promotes forest benefits and projects in the local community. Prepares and presents public programs related to forestry to communities, organizations and schools. Represents the Department and Forestry Division at local fairs and other special events. Prepares media releases on forestry related topics. Provides community forestry recommendations and assistance related to urban forestry for individuals, local communities, and green industry professionals. Performs other duties as required.

Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Forestry or Forestry Management and three years of progressively responsible professional experience in forestry work; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A closely related Natural Resources degree may be considered with significant forestry coursework and professional experience in forestry related duties.

Resource Scientist

Duties and Responsibilities

Provides coordination of statewide research and management evaluation projects that affect wildlife within selected Missouri agricultural systems including grasslands, croplands, wetlands and woodlands. Responsible for defining and developing objectives in a cooperative setting with managers. Designs methods to achieve reliable results and presenting those results with a view toward management application. Coordinates and collaborates with university faculty, graduate students, other state and federal scientists and Department managers. Addresses questions at multiple scales (field / drainage, farm / stream, agricultural landscape / watershed). Researches plant and animal populations or associated habitat and communities. Measures social or economic values. Addresses management questions as they relate to best management practices and cost share programs. Coordinates statistical analysis with all Resource Science staff. Prepares annual and field station progress reports on management evaluations, research studies and plant and animal population status. Ensures compliance with metadata and database standards. Hires, supervises and trains salaried and hourly employees and volunteers. Supervises data collection and entry. Develops housing contracts and administer field locations associated with assigned projects. Authors peer reviewed and popular articles, newsletters, etc. Conducts presentations and workshops. Stays current with agricultural systems and wildlife ecological literature, including new or improved methods for monitoring these systems, and conducts literature searches as required. Designs and prepares research proposals, cooperative agreements or grant proposals. Prepares and monitors budgets and inventory of equipment and supplies. Performs other duties as required.

Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master’s Degree in Botany, Wildlife, Ecology, Zoology, Agriculture, or closely related field and a minimum of two years of research and management experience in botany, wildlife, ecology, zoology, agriculture or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Experience conducting large scale ecological and community aquatic or terrestrial faunal or plant surveys or surveys of species of concern. Designs and conducts life history, habitat, and other ecological studies. Designs quantitative monitoring projects of plant and animal populations. Develops spatial databases, and using GIS to capture and present information is highly desired. Prefer at least one year of supervisory experience.

Resource Staff Scientist

Duties and Responsibilities

Serves as the Long Term Resource Monitoring Program (LTRMP) water quality component field crew leader and specialist. Provide leadership and coordination while overseeing the LTRMP water quality component. Coordinates and/or collects water quality and aquatic community data from the Mississippi River using protocols established by the LTRMP and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Leads field crews to collect water quality, fish, invertebrates, and other aquatic animals in a fixed and/or stratified-random sampling design. Coordinates and supervises personnel and procures equipment for LTRMP 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 LTRMP 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 two to five 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 (for example, 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.

Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master's Degree in Fisheries Management, Aquaculture or closely related subjects and at least two 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.

Resource Technician—Fisheries

Duties and Responsibilities

Assists Fisheries Management Biologists with public lake fish population surveys, fish stockings, private impoundment surveys, aquatic vegetation herbicide treatments, stream fish-population surveys, and stream bank stabilization projects. Assists with lake and stream habitat improvement projects, fish kills, collection of fish for special aquarium displays and events, and 404 permit investigations. Assists with fish tissue collections for contaminant analysis, as well as water quality analysis. Conducts fishing clinics, performs stream table demonstrations, conservation education programs and participates in special events. Maintains and modifies all area equipment, including motor vehicles, boats, outboard motors, trailers, fish hauling tanks, electric generators, chainsaws, water pumps, nets, rods and reels, and aquaria. Maintains shop and storage areas. Designs and fabricates specialized equipment, displays, storage components, and fish holding compartments using a wide variety of power and hand tools. Assists in planning annual budgets and work plans. Completes annual equipment inventory, and solicits bids to purchase equipment. Files monthly time, expense and vehicle records. Answers public inquiries on conservation issues and Missouri Department of Conservation policies. Coordinates fish stockings and equipment for kid’s fishing clinics and other special events and programs. Supervises one or more part-time hourly employee(s). Performs other duties as required.

Qualifications

Graduation from high school or G.E.D. equivalent and three years experience in fisheries, wildlife or a related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Resource Technician—Forestry

Duties and Responsibilities

Supervises salaried and hourly employees in implementing wildlife management plans on public areas, including prescribed burning, planting trees, shrubs and grasses, mowing, disking, manipulating water levels, building and installing wildlife nesting structures, applying fertilizer and ag lime and using chain saws. Supervises and maintains public areas, installing informational and boundary signs, maintaining buildings, controlling noxious and/or non-native plants, repairing, painting, supervising heavy equipment work, monitoring performance of maintenance contractors, picking up litter, building and repairing fences, maintaining parking lot(s) and maintaining shooting ranges. Maintains and repairs vehicles and equipment which includes pickups through 2-ton trucks, farm tractors, equipment trailers, mowers, planters, discs, plows, sprayers, chain saws, ATVs, lawn mowers, weed eaters and shop tools. Develops work schedules and assigns work activities. Contracts for materials and services as directed by supervisory staff. Bids and expends state funds according to policy. Provides safety training and reviews accident reports. Conducts annual wildlife surveys. Makes general presentations to the public. Performs other duties as required.

Qualifications

Graduation from high school or G.E.D. equivalent and three years or more experience in wildlife or farming; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Farming and supervisory experience is highly desirable.

Resource Technician—Wildlife

Duties and Responsibilities

Supervises salaried and hourly employees in implementing wildlife management plans on public areas, including prescribed burning, planting trees, shrubs and grasses, mowing, disking, manipulating water levels, building and installing wildlife nesting structures, applying fertilizer and ag lime and using chain saws. Supervises and maintains public areas, installing informational and boundary signs, maintaining buildings, controlling noxious and/or non-native plants, repairing, painting, supervising heavy equipment work, monitoring performance of maintenance contractors, picking up litter, building and repairing fences, maintaining parking lot(s) and maintaining shooting ranges. Maintains and repairs vehicles and equipment which includes pickups through 2-ton trucks, farm tractors, equipment trailers, mowers, planters, discs, plows, sprayers, chain saws, ATVs, lawn mowers, weed eaters and shop tools. Develops work schedules and assigns work activities. Contracts for materials and services as directed by supervisory staff. Bids and expends state funds according to policy. Provides safety training and reviews accident reports. Conducts annual wildlife surveys. Makes general presentations to the public. Performs other duties as required.

Qualifications

Graduation from high school or G.E.D. equivalent and three years or more experience in wildlife or farming; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Farming and supervisory experience is highly desirable.

Wildlife Biologist

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direction of a Wildlife Management Biologist, plans, implements and supervises wildlife management programs on state-owned conservation areas, including glade, woodland, forest and wetland management areas in assigned counties. Plans and supervises a food plot program of legumes, cereal grains, and native plants. Manages plants, animals, and natural communities of conservation concern. Manages and reports on natural areas. Annually identifies priority areas for invasive exotic species treatment. Helps implement endangered species recovery plans. Advocates for wildlife diversity and outdoor recreation issues and proposals. Supervises salaried personnel and hourly employees. Plans and participates in a large prescribed burn program in a leadership capacity. Assists in providing technical advice and training to landowners, municipalities, agencies, and organizations on wildlife, native plants, and natural community practices through tours, workshops, and farm visits. Works with conservation landowners such as The Nature Conservancy, National Park Service, and U.S. Forest Service. Prepares annual and long-term management plans. Monitors plants, animals, and natural communities and management activities. Plans and assists with managed hunts, bird counts, vegetation surveys, and public-use management. Assists with district reports. Prepares and coordinates budget and purchasing needs. Represents the Department and Wildlife Division at fairs, exhibits and local public meetings. Plans and participates in Department promotional events. Helps implement the Comprehensive Wildlife Strategy, Missouri Department of Conservation Strategic Plan and other interdivisional plans. Prepares articles for the Conservationist magazine, local newspaper and other publications. Conducts radio or TV programs upon request. Attends Department-sponsored seminars, workshops and safety meetings. Performs other duties as required.

Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Wildlife Management or closely related subjects and one year of professional experience in wildlife work. A Master’s Degree in the above area will substitute for the one year of experience. Approval as Certified Wildlife Biologist by The Wildlife Society is desired.

Wildlife Management Biologist

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Regional Supervisor, serves as the wildlife resources specialist on an assigned District Conservation Team. Designs and coordinates management, maintenance and operation of conservation areas. Writes wildlife management plans and habitat proposals. Provides general guidelines for work team staff regarding permittee cropping systems and general area operation and maintenance. Prepares annual budget and oversees accounting of expenditures. Conducts wildlife inventories and management/evaluation projects. Makes recommendations to improve conditions of wildlife populations and habitats by using various tools including GIS applications and various habitat inventory and assessment processes. Plans and drafts capital improvement requests, and prepares and administers grant requests. Coordinates Farm Service Agency (FSA) programs with permittee farmers. Recommends regulations pertaining to public use. Coordinates management of wildlife areas and supervises staff to accomplish annual plans. Meets with landowners to improve private lands and waters for wildlife and works with Private Land Services Division personnel to assist in District private land activities such as workshops and demonstration areas. Provides technical assistance to private landowners in habitat planning for resource management. Works with personnel of the Corps of Engineers, Natural Resources Conservation Service, University of Missouri Extension Service, FSA, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and other agencies and non-government groups related to natural resource management for the development of wildlife habitat and wildlife diversity projects. Acts as liaison with public use groups and addresses natural resource questions from the public. Performs other duties as required.

Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Wildlife, Forestry, Agriculture or closely related subjects and at least three years of progressively responsible professional experience in wildlife management or closely related natural resource field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Approval as Certified Wildlife Biologist by The Wildlife Society is desired. Experience with GIS preferred. Experience with private and public lands desirable.

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Missourians care about conserving forests, fish and wildlife.

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