Massachusetts Wildlife Human Dimensions Project Leader

Monday, November 6, 2017
The Massachusetts Department of Fish & Game works to preserve the state's natural resources and people's right to conservation of those resources, as protected by Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution. To carry out this mission, the Department exercises responsibility over the Commonwealth's marine and freshwater fisheries, wildlife species, plants, and natural communities, as well as the habitats that support them.

The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW) is responsible for the conservation - including restoration, protection and management - of fish and wildlife resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the public.

The Department of Fish and Game, Division of Fisheries and Wildlife is accepting resumes and applications from applicants for the position of MassWildlife Human Dimensions Project Leader. (Game Biologist IV).

 The MassWildlife Human Dimensions Project Leader focuses on how people's knowledge, values, and behaviors influence and are affected by fisheries and wildlife conservation activities.  The position also serves as the specialist for marketing research related to MassWildlife’s target audiences and assists in the development of strategic communication plans.  The Project Leader works in an inter-divisional capacity, serving four important general functions at MassWildlife: (1) coordination of human dimensions research (2) primary and secondary research in support of strategic communication objectives (3) building constituent research capacity (4) diffusion of market research best practices and data utilization.
Duties include:

1. Coordination of MassWildlife’s Human Dimensions and Marketing Research
  • Coordinate Human Dimensions and other related research efforts (ex. marketing research efforts) concentrating on the social attitudes, processes, and behaviors influencing fisheries and wildlife conservation decision making.
  • Compile and catalogue existing relevant research.
  • Coordinate and advise on research projects and data acquisition ensuring a fit with MassWildlife goals and objectives.
2. Primary and Secondary research
  • Collect and interpret primary and secondary research to inform data-driven decision made by MassWildlife staff.
  • Creatively adapt sociological theory and survey methods in support of MassWildlife outreach.
  • Plan and manage constituent research in support of strategic communication/marketing objectives.
  • Organize and direct qualitative and quantitative research projects.
  • Design, advise and oversee aspects of constituent surveys including survey development, sampling strategy, survey implementation, data housing and data analysis.Design, and edit survey questionnaires for use in phone, web and mail survey efforts of the general public and fee paying constituents.
  • Constituent/customer research may include, but is not limited to participation rates, recreation constraints, customer purchasing behaviors, recreation behaviors, satisfaction, preferences and attitudes, and knowledge, values, and behaviors that influence decisions about conservation of wildlife and management of natural resources.
  • Acquire and incorporate relevant external data (e.g. Census data) to develop richer customer profiles. 

3. Building customer research capacity

  • Build relationships and work with partners from multiple sectors (e.g. government, academia, nonprofit, industry) to support and enhance customer research and marketing activities.
  • Build and maintain databases used to describe and predict customer behavior.
  • Develop recommendations for long term strategic marketing goals.
  • Collaborate with staff to develop and edit processes and procedures based on marketing research strategies. 
4. Diffusion of market research best practices and data utilization
  • Provide specialized consultation and expert advice to MassWildlife staff on social science methods, results and management implications.
  • Routinely communicate and present analysis, insights and recommendations to MassWildlife staff.
  • Develop regular data reports as needed by MassWildlife senior staff.
  • Represent MassWildlife at various meetings and events, presenting to professional, stakeholder  and general audiences.


Qualifications required at hire (List of knowledge, skills, abilities):

  • Advanced degree (M.S. or Ph.D.) with a concentration in the human dimensions of wildlife conservation or a closely related field.
  • Experience in designing and implementing sociocultural research tied to Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation or outdoor recreation.
  • Experience in applying sociological theory in the development, implementation, and evaluation of communication and/or marketing campaigns related to wildlife conservation and/or wildlife associated outdoor recreation.
  • Strong applied social science methodology background and quantitative skills are expected.
  • Experience conducting scientific human dimensions surveys, analyzing social data and writing reports, conducting various public involvement strategies, and working on teams.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Collaboration skills with a strong desire to bring best practices to MassWildlife through shared knowledge and expertise.
  • Time management skills with the ability to work independently, prioritize multiple often competing projects, multi-task, and meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of the professional literature on social science and human dimensions issues in fisheries and wildlife management and related resource management.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Familiarity with the culture and practice of hunting, fishing, trapping, and related outdoor recreation activities.
  • Knowledge of Wildlife Conservation: biology, mammalogy, ornithology, ecology, and related sciences.
  • Knowledge of wildlife and fisheries management issues including ecological, sociological, and political considerations.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint required.
  • Experience with SQL preferred.
Other requirements:
This requisition will remain open until filled; however, first consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. 
Minimum Entrance Requirements:
Applicants must have at least (A) five years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional, paraprofessional or technical experience in wildlife biology,  wildlife management work or forestry and (B) of which at least three years must have been in a professional capacity, and (C) of which at least two years must have been in a supervisory capacity, or (D) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.
I. A Bachelor's degree with a major in wildlife management, wildlife biology or forestry may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the required (A) experience on the basis of two years of education for one year of experience.*
II.A Graduate degree with a major in wildlife management, wildlife biology or forestry may be substituted for one year of the required (A) experience on the basis of two years of education for one year of experience.*
*Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.
Possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Operator's License or equivalent license from the state in which you reside.
A resume and cover letter expressing your interest in this position are required.  These documents must be specifically attached to the requisition for which you are applying. 
An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Official Title: Game Biologist IV
Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Westborough-Rabbit Hill Road
Job: Science
Agency: Department of Fish And Game
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day
Job Posting: Oct 11, 2017, 7:31:40 PM
Number of Openings: 1
Salary: 63,535.42 - 92,375.40 Yearly
If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator: Johanna M. Zabriskie - 617-626-1599
Bargaining Unit: 09-MOSES - Engineers/Scientists