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Environmental Protection Fisheries Biologist 1 (Inland) - Application Due 6/10/2022
Company: Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection
Location: Litchfield, CT
Employment Type: Full Time
Date Posted: 05/27/2022
Expire Date: 06/27/2022
Job Categories: Environmental
Job Description
Environmental Protection Fisheries Biologist 1 (Inland) - Application Due 6/10/2022
Location: Litchfield, CT
Date Opened: 5/27/2022 2:15:00 PM
Salary: $61,779 - $89,215/year
Job Type: Open to the Public
Close Date: 6/10/2022 11:59:00 PM

Looking to play a role in protecting Connecticut's environment? If so, we encourage you to check out this opportunity!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), Bureau of Natural Resources is seeking to hire an EP Fisheries Biologist 1 to work in the Habitat Conservation and Enhancement (HCE) Program within the Fisheries Division.

POSITION DETAILS:
The Department is seeking expertise to support habitat protection and restoration initiatives for the waters of Connecticut.

Duties of this position include, but are not limited to:
-Reviewing construction permit applications statewide (primary responsibility for projects affecting inland waters in western CT), including office review of submitted permit application materials, on-site field visits, inspections, and meetings, and communications between the applicant, agency permit analysts, and other HCE staff;
-Developing written comments, making recommendations for fish and aquatic habitat protection, enhancement, restoration and possible mitigation as conditions may warrant;
-On-site verification of proper installation of required features (e.g. boulder clusters, rock vanes, root wads) based on permit conditions;
-Working both independently and as a member of a team, with more independence anticipated as knowledge and experience is gained;
Supporting triploid grass carp permitting in geographically defined areas, may review permits for aquatic herbicides and algaecides proposed for use in the state’s public waters, and may review plans submitted to conduct winter drawdowns of lakes;
-Sampling waterbodies for fish populations either as part of HCE activities or to assist Division colleagues in other projects;
-Reviewing a variety of other management plans that have the potential to impact fish and fish habitat (e.g. Forest Management Plans);
-Leading fish kill investigations in the inland waters of western CT as needed;
-Attending and representing the Department at meetings of various state and regional committees that have fisheries management responsibilities;
-Writing technical reports;
-Giving presentations to both professional groups and the general public.

This position is 35 hours per week, typically first shift, but hours may vary according to out of office or out of state meeting needs, or due to weather related emergency conditions. The person selected for this position may participate in monthly meetings with the Connecticut Department of Transportation and may be assigned to other standing or ad hoc working groups.

The selected person will be assigned to the Western Area Office (currently in Harwinton) or the Fisheries Field Office in Litchfield and may have some statewide responsibilities requiring the need to spend some time in field offices in Marlborough and Old Lyme and the Central Office in Hartford.

We offer a competitive benefits plan that includes healthcare coverage, a retirement plan as well as paid time off, including 12 paid holidays per calendar year!

ABOUT US:
The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is charged with conserving, improving and protecting the natural resources and the environment of the state of Connecticut as well as making cheaper, cleaner and more reliable energy available for the people and businesses of the state. The agency is also committed to playing a positive role in rebuilding Connecticut’s economy and creating jobs – and to fostering a sustainable and prosperous economic future for the state.

The Fisheries Division engages in the following basic approach in support of habitat protection and restoration initiatives for the waters of Connecticut:

Staff advise both state and federal regulators on the need for protective measures for fish populations and habitat for projects requiring state or Federal permits. Projects include the replacement of bridges and culverts, the diversion of surface water and groundwater, dredging, filling or modification of waterways, streambank and riparian alteration, discharge of effluent into waterways, utility crossings of streams and other water bodies, winter drawdowns of lakes, use of aquatic herbicides and algaecides, and review of hydropower license applications issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to ensure sufficient flow regimes, avoid and minimize risk to fish associated with impingement and entrainment, and ensure effective upstream and downstream fish passage conditions for migratory fishes. Regulatory programs that administer permits send HCE staff permit applications and plans for HCE review and comment. When negative impacts are unavoidable, staff often work with permit analysts to propose either on-site or off-site mitigation measures. Staff also review timber management plans, watershed plans, streamflow management regulations and other management plans proposed by other divisions of the Department that can affect fish and fish habitat. Staff provide technical assistance to municipalities, non-governmental organizations, and private property owners on the protection and management of fish habitat. Staff also work with partners on habitat restoration projects, such as installing fish structures in streams and lakes, restoring and stabilizing eroded streambanks, removing dams and restoring natural stream channels. HCE staff also conduct field sampling and investigations to support the many listed activities. The program also administers a triploid (i.e., sterile) grass carp permitting program wherein these fish are allowed for use by others on a restrictive case by case basis as a means to control nuisance aquatic vegetation.
Qualifications & Requirements
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Six (6) years of experience in inland fisheries management.

(Fisheries management is defined as work requiring a knowledge of scientific fields such as biology, ichthyology, fisheries science, fish population dynamics, aquatic ecology, limnology, fish taxonomy, fishery statistics, aquatic entomology, aquatic phycology and oceanography.)

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
1. College training in fisheries management as defined may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. A Master's degree in fisheries management as defined may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
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The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is charged with conserving, improving and protecting the natural resources and the environment of the state of Connecticut as well as making cheaper, cleaner and more reliable energy available for the people and businesses of the state. The agency is also committed to playing a positive role in rebuilding Connecticut’s economy and creating jobs – and to fostering a sustainable and prosperous economic future for the state.
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