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This Career Service position works with the lead area biologist to manage wildlife populations and their habitats on Joe Budd Wildlife Management Area, Talquin Wildlife Management Area and Ochlockonee River Wildlife Management Area. Assists area biologist in conducting wildlife surveys for listed and locally important wildlife species using scientifically accepted protocols. Conducts habitat management activities which include the use of specialized mechanical equipment for clearing and chopping dense vegetation, controlled burning, groundcover restoration, preparation and planting wildlife forage plants, and chemical or mechanical control of invasive pest plants. Monitors vegetation response to habitat manipulations. Incumbent operates and maintains heavy equipment used to complete management projects on the area. Assists with the development and maintenance of area improvements and infrastructure including facilities, public access and recreational amenities. Assists with management of public hunts, including check station operation, monitoring public use through traffic counters, and collecting biological data from hunter harvested animals including deer Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) specimens. Performs routine administrative responsibilities such as submitting biweekly timesheets, vehicular operation cost records, monthly progress reports, preparing purchase order requests and coding invoices to proper accounts. Assists other wildlife management areas as directed and provides technical assistance to individuals, organizations, and other government agencies regarding wildlife and habitat management including nuisance bear abatement. Participates in regional and divisional coordination meetings or training programs. Completes other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
▪ Knowledge and experience in conducting wildlife surveys, analyzing data, and 
  summarizing results
▪ Knowledge and experience with various wildlife habitat management practices that
  benefit wildlife populations and restore natural communities
▪ Knowledge and experience with the application of prescribed fire
▪ Knowledge and experience with chemical or mechanical control of invasive
  exotic vegetation
▪ Knowledge of GPS (Global Positioning Systems)
▪ Knowledge and experience in electrical, carpentry, plumbing, welding, and painting
▪ Ability to operate and maintain 4WD vehicles, tractors, farm implements, ATVs, and
  outboard motors
▪ Ability to work independently and in a variety of weather conditions
▪ Ability to plan and prioritize work assignments, multi-task
▪ Ability to deal effectively with customers
▪ Ability to communicate effectively with external and internal customers