Occ. Code 1630110

FISH AND WILDLIFE TECHNICIAN 1, GRADE 8
FISH AND WILDLIFE TECHNICIAN 2, GRADE 13
FISH AND WILDLIFE TECHNICIAN 3, GRADE 15

New York State Department of Civil Service

Classification Standard

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF CLASS SERIES

Fish and Wildlife Technicians perform a variety of technical assignments to support the management of New York State fish, wildlife, marine and ecology resources. In addition, they provide information on the management and propagation programs for these resources to the general public. Fish and Wildlife Technicians are generally classified in regions of the Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

FISH AND WILDLIFE TECHNICIAN 1: entry level; captures and identifies fish and game specimens; collects, enters, and tabulates data; performs field compliance check of various projects and disseminates information to the public.

FISH AND WILDLIFE TECHNICIAN 2: journey level; independently coordinates and performs various field activities for several project areas or counties within their region, supervises Fish and Wildlife Technicians 1 and work crews.

FISH AND WILDLIFE TECHNICIAN 3: plans, implements, and reviews region-wide technical projects and programs; supervises lower level technicians and seasonal employees, work crews, and volunteers.

RELATED CLASSES

Forestry Technicians perform technical work in the development, protection, and improvement of forest lands.

Biologists perform a variety of professional activities, including designing, developing, and directing field research and habitat and species management projects. They make recommendations and decisions regarding fish, wildlife, and marine resource management issues, coordinate and assure public participation in resource management issues, and participate in new and complex fieldwork activities.

ILLUSTRATIVE DUTIES

FISH AND WILDLIFE TECHNICIAN 1: conducts fish, wildlife, and flora surveys using various types of equipment to obtain samples for identification, size, and quality; conducts user surveys and compiles, summarizes, prepares, and proofs resulting data; constructs and repairs habitat improvement structures and equipment utilized; conducts fish propagation activities, including securing eggs and milt, and fertilizing, incubating, rearing and distributing fish stocks; distributes supplies and materials; assists with the development of brochures; reviews tax maps and deeds to determine wetland boundaries; and conducts checks for compliance with conditions of minor agency permits.

FISH AND WILDLIFE TECHNICIAN 2: supervises the collection of fish, wildlife, and flora specimens for identification, abundance, size, and quality; coordinates and summarizes data collected from various sample collections/surveys; supervises the construction and repair of habitat structures; responds to nuisance wildlife complaints; coordinates and supervises deer and waterfowl check stations; assists in the preparation of media brochures; schedules, develops, and displays public presentations; conducts field investigations to determine compliance with conditions of environmental permits; and coordinates deed and tax map reviews related to wetlands.

FISH AND WILDLIFE TECHNICIAN 3: manages regional and division survey databases and monitors them for completeness and accuracy; plans, coordinates, and implements regional or multi-regional biological and specimen collection for division projects; coordinates Statewide initiatives at the regional level for such activities as fishing angler diary; youth activities; willow planting, stream bank stabilization, sea sampling programs, and fishing clinics; develops and prepares timely programs and evaluations for personnel; manages a game farm, staff and facilities and plans and directs annual work program to meet division objectives and long-term goals; assures that all staff obtain and maintain required vaccinations and safety training; tests and maintains field equipment to assure it meets OSHA and PESH standards; coordinates and schedules maintenance of regional wildlife management areas or water resources; manages creation of brochures and exhibits, and schedules public presentations; reviews and approves minor environmental permit applications; supervises the implementation of chemical usage for pond reclamation; and provides fact testimony at wetland enforcement hearings.

INDEPENDENCE OF OPERATION

Fish and Wildlife Technicians 1 perform a variety of technical assignments under direct supervision of a Technician 2, 3 or Biologist. They receive specific assignments and may work independently following general program procedures
and guidelines. Completed work is reviewed by supervisor for compliance with procedures and instructions.

Fish and Wildlife Technicians 2 work under general supervision of a Technician 3 or Biologist. They apply journey level knowledge of environmental programs to projects following established procedures, protocols or instructions. They independently schedule and perform work. Completed assignments are reviewed periodically.

Fish and Wildlife Technicians 3 work under supervision of a Biologist. They work with considerable independence in planning and supervising various elements of environmental programs. Their activities require knowledge of full range of bureau projects. Completed work is reviewed by professional staff for compliance with program goals.

COMPLEXITY

Fish and Wildlife Technicians 1 perform a variety of basic, routine tasks. They are expected to understand the goal of the assignment and perform various basic elements of environmental programs with general direction. They have working knowledge of tools and equipment used in order to complete the tasks.

Fish and Wildlife Technicians 2 perform a wide range of journey level duties and tasks to accomplish environmental programs. They decide the various methods to be used and provide training on work processes and procedures. They make recommendations for improvements in work procedures and techniques including automated data compilation.

Fish and Wildlife Technicians 3 perform a broad range of regional activities. Assignments vary in difficulty and include projects requiring diverse knowledge, identification of unique methods and coordinated efforts with multiple constituencies to accomplish program goals. Fish and Wildlife Technicians 3 determine the degree to which technical programs achieve goals and revise and implement new technical work procedures.

COMMUNICATION

Fish and Wildlife Technicians 1 have face-to-face communications with the public and a variety of agency staff to provide and secure information, respond to inquiries and provide basic instruction. They complete written forms by entering data collected in various field or office settings.

Fish and Wildlife Technicians 2 communicate orally and in writing with a large variety of groups, including division and agency personnel, the general public, special interest groups and private firms or contractors. They provide information on programs, policies and procedures and recommend preferred/required actions. They summarize data collected and assist in the preparation of reports and public information documents.

Fish and Wildlife Technicians 3 communicate orally and in writing with diverse groups. The purpose of their communication is to give or coordinate assignments, confirm and follow up on information and data collected; and provide technical expertise on bureau projects.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED

Fish and Wildlife Technicians 1 do not supervise on a regular basis. They may occasionally supervise seasonal staff or volunteers assigning basic tasks to be completed.

Fish and Wildlife Technicians 2 assign, train and evaluate lower level staff, work crews, and volunteers. Incumbents develop work schedules, training programs, and evaluate work performed. The number of subordinate staff varies, depending on the size and scope of the programs and usually ranges from two to seven.

Fish and Wildlife Technicians 3 assign, train and evaluate a variety of staff and volunteers. Incumbents coordinate training and evaluate subordinates. They usually directly supervise three to ten classified technical staff and larger numbers indirectly.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

FISH AND WILDLIFE TECHNICIAN 1

Open Competitive: 60 semester credit hours, including at least 24 semester credit hours in fisheries, marine resources or wildlife management; mariculture; marine biology; aquaculture; aquatic, marine or terrestrial ecology; zoology, marine technology; botany; limnology; hydrology; or oceanography OR 30 semester credit hours, including at least 12 semester credit hours in the above courses AND one year of experience in fisheries, wildlife or marine resources management, fish or wildlife propagation; a living marine resources program; or a fish, wildlife or marine research program; OR two years of experience in fisheries, wildlife or marine resources management; fish or wildlife propagation; a living marine resources program; or a fish, wildlife or marine research program.

FISH AND WILDLIFE TECHNICIAN 2

Open Competitive: 90 semester credit hours, including at least 30 semester credit hours in fisheries, marine resources or wildlife management; mariculture; marine biology; aquaculture; aquatic, marine or terrestrial ecology; zoology, marine technology; botany; limnology; hydrology; or oceanography; OR 60 semester credit hours, including at least 24 semester credit hours in the above courses AND one year of experience in fisheries, wildlife or marine resources management, fish or wildlife propagation; a living marine resources program; or a fish, wildlife or marine research program; OR 30 semester credit hours, including at least 12 semester credit hours in the above courses AND two years of the above described experience OR three years of the above described experience.

FISH AND WILDLIFE TECHNICIAN 3

Promotion: one year of permanent service as a Fish and Wildlife Technician 2, Grade 13.

 

Date: 3/99

 

 

 

NOTE: For current information on minimum qualifications, contact the Division of Staffing Services.