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Natural Resources Specialist I-II-III (Galveston Bay Ecosystem Biologist)

TPWD - Natural Resources Specialist I-II-III (Galveston Bay Ecosystem Biologist)  (00031632)
Primary Location: Texas-Dickinson
Work Locations: CF-Dickinson Marine Lab 1502 Pine Drive 1502 FM 517 East Dickinson 77539
Job: Management
Employee Status: Regular
Schedule: Full-time
Standard Hours Per Week: 40.00
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
State Job Code: 2682 2683, 2684
Salary Admin Plan: B
Grade: 15 17, 19
Salary (Pay Basis): 3,399.17 - 4,811.73 (Monthly)
Number of Openings: 1
Overtime Status: Exempt
Job Posting: Mar 24, 2023, 10:13:25 AM
Closing Date: Apr 14, 2023, 11:59:00 PM


To manage and conserve the natural and cultural resources of Texas and to provide hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

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Job Classification
Military Specialty
Natural Resources Specialist I-V
Natural Resources Specialist I-V
AG, 180X, 680X
Natural Resources Specialist I-V
Coast Guard
Natural Resources Specialist I-V
Marine Corps
6842, 6862, 6802, 8831
Natural Resources Specialist I-V
Air Force
1W0X1, 9S100, 15WX
*More information on military occupational specialty codes can be found below:

VETERAN’S PREFERENCE: If you choose to claim veteran’s employment preference including surviving spouse or orphan of a veteran as outlined by the State of Texas, you must attach a DD214 at the time your application is submitted. If you have questions regarding this requirement, please visit our Veteran’s Hiring Reference page at
Texas Parks and Wildlife offers a variety of benefits for employees such as Annual Leave, Sick Leave, Paid Holiday time, Group Insurance, Retirement, and Training and Staff Development Opportunities. Other benefits include longevity pay, merit salary increases, deferred compensation, flexible benefits plans, a 401K retirement plan, direct deposit for paychecks, telework, staggered work hours, Employee Assistance Program and a Return to Work Program. Click HERE to view our Benefits page. 

FOR NEW HIRES/REHIRES: Health insurance is available the 1st of the following month after a 60-day waiting period.

TO APPLY: Application must be completed at:

HIRING CONTACT: Christine Jensen, (281) 534-0110

PHYSICAL WORK ADDRESS: TPWD - Coastal Fisheries Division/Dickinson Marine Lab, 1502 FM 517 East, Dickinson, TX 77539
This position offers the opportunity to work both indoors and out as a fishery bioloigist with our long-term fishery monitoring program and assists with managing several Texas fisheries including oysters, blue crab, red drum, flounder, and spotted seatrout to name a few. We value teamwork and collaboration and provide many opportunities for training and growth to develop your fisheries career. 
Under the direction of the Ecosystem Leader, this position is responsible for (journey-level) to (senior-level) natural resources work including the coordination and field collection of biological, sociological and economic data pertaining to the fishery and ecosystem management in the Galveston Bay ecosystem and nearshore Gulf of Mexico. Provides leadership to staff and program coordination.  Assists with data analysis and report writing. Operates equipment safely and maintains fisheries-specific gear, equipment and facilities. Performs additional duties as assigned. Complies with all Agency, Division and Branch rules, regulations and procedures.


Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree OR higher in Fisheries Biology, Marine Biology or a closely related field.
NRS I: No experience required;
NRS II: Two years relevant experience;
NRS III: Six years relevant experience.
Must possess or be able to obtain, within thirty days of employment, a valid class "C" Texas driver's license. 
Note: Retention of position is dependent upon obtaining and maintaining license.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master’s degree in Fisheries Biology, Marine Biology, or closely related field may substitute for one year of required experience;
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Ph.D. in Fisheries Biology, Marine Biology, or closely related field may substitute for two years of required experience.
An advanced degree (M.S. or Ph.D.) from an accredited college or university in fisheries biology, marine biology, or closely related field.
Experience working with large databases, statistical data analysis software such as SAS, JMP, R (or similar), and GIS applications;
Experience in fisheries management or fisheries biology.
Knowledge of biology, ecology and geography of Texas marine ecosystems and their associated fauna and flora;
Knowledge of boats, outboard motors, trailers, and vehicle operation and basic maintenance;
Knowledge of basic of marine-fisheries management concepts, management techniques, and sampling methods;
NRS II, Knowledge of NRS I, PLUS:
Knowledge of Texas commercial and recreational fisheries and Texas marine ecosystems;
Knowledge of applicable laws, regulations and policies dealing with fisheries management and conservation;
NRS III, Knowledge of NRS I-II, PLUS:
Knowledge of advanced marine fisheries management concepts, management techniques, and sampling methods.;
Knowledge of complex ecosystem-based principles, statistics, data analysis, and management applications;
Skill in using MS Word, Excel and Outlook;
Skill in effective verbal and written communication;
Skill in establishing and maintaining effective work relationships with coworkers and work-related contacts;
Skill in technical writing and public speaking;
Skill in fishery-research techniques and data analysis;
Skill in using personal computers and various general software applications;
NRS II, Skill of NRS I, PLUS:
Skill in applying specific data handling software packages and data analysis;
Skill in conducting fisheries-related literature reviews and advancing current knowledge base;
Skill in publishing peer-reviewed manuscripts;
Skill in field work operations and logistics in coastal environments (boating, navigation, sea conditions, weather);
Skill in use of large data bases, including extraction, summary, interpretations and applications in management;
Skill in managing operations, facilities, and workgroups all within a budget;
Ability to fully participate in field-based sampling activities;
Ability to function in a team environment and be an effective team member or leader;
Ability to perform manual labor including, lifting supplies and materials up to 50 lbs.;
Ability to conduct work activities in accordance with TPWD safety program;
Ability to work under moderate supervision, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment;
NRS II, Ability of NRS I, PLUS:
Ability to work independently with initiative and accomplish several tasks concurrently;
Ability to schedule, organize, and coordinate outreach programs with public;
Ability to work under general supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment;
NRS III, Ability of NRS I-II, PLUS:
Ability to design scientific experiments, collect data and prepare scientific reports;
Ability to provide leadership to a diverse group of individuals;
Ability to work under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.
Required to work hours other than 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with days off other than Saturday, Sunday and holidays as needed; 
Required to adjust to changing schedules;
Required to work overtime as necessary;
Required to perform work in water-based field activities, including work aboard seagoing vessels in the inshore bays and nearshore Gulf of Mexico;
Required to perform work outdoors in extreme temperatures and occasionally adverse weather conditions;
Required to wade in water and deep mud, and walk over rough, uneven, and slippery surfaces or bay bottoms;
Required to perform manual labor including, lifting supplies and materials up to 50 lbs.;
Required to operate a State vehicle;
Required to travel 10% with possible overnight stays.
Must conform to TPWD dress and grooming standards, work rules and safety procedures;
Non-smoking work environment in State buildings and vehicles.