Duties and Responsibilities
The principle responsibility of this professional and scientific position is to coordinate the statewide fish contaminant monitoring program, coordinate fish and wildlife environmentally caused kills and pollution investigations, and conduct water quality studies to protect or enhance the aquatic resources of Missouri.
Under the supervision of the State Wildlife Veterinarian (Wildlife and Aquatic Health Unit) this Resource Scientist is responsible for:
MONITORING AND MANAGEMENT:
Initiates, designs, conducts and coordinates scientific research involving urban or rural water quality issues.
Collaborates with inter- and intra-agency research/management professionals and university faculty on cooperative research and management efforts.
Coordinates fish and wildlife kills and water pollution investigations (3 month/year) for the Department.
Notifies Department staff of incidences, coordinates/collects water samples to determine source and identify pollutants, collects and handles evidence for prosecution purposes, conducts toxicity tests, and assesses damages to aquatic life and wildlife.
Prepares and provides fish kill investigation reports to Department staff, Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and other appropriate parties.
Provides technical assistance on contaminant issues to Department staff including coordinating environmental assessments, disposal of hazardous waste, and other contaminant issues as they arise.
Represents the Department on the Natural Resources Damages Workgroup addressing superfund and other projects as needed.
Represents the Department and attends superfund related meetings as a member of the Biological Technical Assistance Group. Reviews and comments eco-risk assessments, environmental assessments, lab reports, and other documents as needed.
Represents the Department on the Mercury Task Force and State Water Plan Committee.
Reviews research project proposals and comments as needed.
Provides scientific technical support to managers, administrators and educators.
Maintains contaminant database, analyzes and summarizes data, writes annual reports, and ensures data is readily available to Department staff, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), the MDNR, and other agencies as requested.
Uses effective writing skills to prepare final reports, journal manuscripts, and popular articles summarizing projects for distribution to managers, administrators, policy makers, educators, other researchers, the media, and the public.
Uses effective speaking skills to communicate technical information to managers, administrators, policy makers, educators, other researches, the media and the public.
Participates in conducting agent training and fish kill refresher courses for regional staff.
Responds to public inquiries about issues involving contaminants, water quality, pollution events, or other aquatic resources.
Develops effective communication partnerships with natural resource non-governmental organizations.
Develops an annual work plan, tracks accomplishment of work objectives, and assesses annual work performance.
Recruits, trains, and supervises hourly employees assigned to research projects.
Pursues external grants to augment research project funding.
Attends Department sponsored, Leadership Academy classes to meet core competency requirements.
Performs other duties as required to enhance the effectiveness of the Resource Science Division.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master's Degree in Fisheries or Wildlife Science, Biological Sciences, Environmental Science, Zoology, Limnology, Ecotoxicology, Environmental Chemistry, or closely related subjects, and two (2) years of progressively responsible professional experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Special skills desired include familiarity with water quality, contaminant monitoring, and pollution investigation.
Special Ability Requirements
Ability to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing.
Ability to function well in a team setting.
Ability to be on call 24 hours/7 days per week for a period of three months for fish/wildlife kills pollution investigation period.
Engage in vigorous physical activity for extended periods of time outdoors in extreme hot and cold temperatures and rough terrain.
Operate a motor vehicle and have or obtain a Missouri Operator's License by the date of employment.
Travel and stay overnight infrequently.
Work evenings, Saturdays and Sundays when needed.
Use provided computer technology effectively to enhance the quality of work and programs.
Ability to accept all responsibilities of the job and assigned tasks.
Exemption Status/Special Notes
This position has been determined to be exempt according to the Fair Labor Standards Act. Employees must agree to accept compensatory time off in lieu of cash payments in accordance with the Department’s Compensatory Time Off and Overtime policy.
Prospective salaried employees need not be residents of Missouri at the time of interview; however, they must become residents on or after employment within a reasonable period.
Smoking is prohibited in all owned, rented or leased Department of Conservation offices, buildings, and similar facilities, in Department aircraft, and in vehicles.
The Department of Conservation will hire only United States citizens and aliens authorized to work in the United States. All new employees will be required to complete an "Employment Eligibility Verification" (Form I-9) and produce requested documentation after employment.
Candidates seeking initial employment or re-employment must submit to a drug screen following offer of employment.