Human-Wildlife Conflict Scientist – CA Department of Fish and Wildlife

Inyo/Mountain Counties, California

The Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking a motivated individual to work as Human-Wildlife Conflict Specialist in Inyo/Mono Counties.

Conflict Mitigation: Provide core support to the Human-Wildlife Conflict (HWC) Program in the Region; Manage, respond, and track HWC calls, reports, and incident response in coordination with regional staff; Law Enforcement Division (LED); and the Wildlife Health Laboratory (WHL). Implement best practices to mitigate conflict that emphasize effective and humane solutions consistent with code, regulations, and policy. Provide technical assistance to reporting parties, stakeholders, and local communities based on best available science. Utilize the statewide online Wildlife Incident Reporting (WIR) System as an authorized investigator; manage complex datasets; input and maintain WIR documentation to ensure data integrity and quality control. Analyze and prepare technical documents and periodic reports to ensure accurate clear reporting of HWC reporting, incident response, and depredation take.

Field Response: Conduct site visits and/or field incident response to investigate reported conflicts, depredation, potential public safety, and investigations associated with wildfire, drought, disease, or contaminants. Coordinate incident response with regional staff, LED, WHL, and agency partners. Capture, handle, and transport wild animals in distress (e.g., orphaned, injured) using capture techniques such as chemical immobilization and live traps. Perform investigation of reported property damage (depredation), issue depredation permits consistent with code, regulations, and policy. Assist with risk assessment and field response whereby human-wildlife conflict may include potential public safety and/or require intervention (e.g., relocation, euthanasia) in coordination with other staff.

Outreach and Education: Conduct presentations about sensitive wildlife issues to the public, local communities, and stakeholders. Prepare and distribute educational materials at special events, public meetings, and upon request. Provide program updates to scientific staff, other agencies, and stakeholders through presentations, seminars, and publications. Represent the department by appearing before other governmental, public and private entities to communicate program activities, progress, and priorities.

In order to be eligible for this position, you must either be transfer eligible or take and pass the following exam:

Environmental Scientist

This position is 12 months Limited Term (LT) and may be extended up to 24 months or become permanent.

During this 12 month Limited Term assignment, you will receive full health, dental, and vision benefits! You will also earn State Service and accrue monthly leave credits.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

For more information and to apply, click here.

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