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October 25, 2022

Notice of Vacancy: Biologist Trainee

Filling of this position is contingent upon further approval process.

Title: Biologist Trainee (pdf)

Posting Number: F&W-2022-5

Open to: General Public

Workweek: NE (35-hour) Workweek

Salary: (P95) $50,737.29 (Non-Negotiable)

Opening Date: October 24, 2022

Closing Date: November 17, 2022

Existing Vacancies: Two (2)

Department of Environmental Protection
Fish and Wildlife
Endangered and Nongame Species
Position 1: 501 East State Street, Trenton, NJ 08625 Position 2: Northern Region Office, Clinton, NJ 08809

Scope of Eligibility: Open to applicants who meet the requirements below.

Description: Under supervision of a Principal Biologist or other supervisory official in a State department or local government agency, as a trainee and productive worker, works in a specialized field requiring the application of biological principles; learns to perform the various research and testing activities of the assigned area; does other related duties.

Specific to the Position:
Position 1: Assists the Chief/Staff in planning, implementing and managing the mission- critical work efforts of the Endangered and Nongame Species Program (ENSP), and contributes to similar efforts at the Division level. Manages updates to, and implements, the State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP) as required by Congress in association with the Program’s federal funding. Manages ENSP compliance metrics and reporting. Plans and helps design the state’s application and use of additional nonprofit, State or Federal grant awards that are made available, including but not limited to the $15.5 million that could be awarded under the presently proposed Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA) and implements AFWA’s “Relevancy Roadmap” recommendations.

Position 2: Under general supervision, develops, plans and coordinates the implementation of biologically sound wildlife conservation strategies which address the needs of state and regional species of greatest conservation need (SGCN), with a focus on state-listed freshwater mussels, aquatic systems, and invertebrates. Performs highly technical and physically demanding field and survey work under a variety of field and weather conditions. Manages applicable grant applications, implementation and reporting. Coordinates with agency staff in the propagation and release of freshwater mussels. Participates in regional work groups addressing freshwater mussel and invertebrate species conservation. Assists with agency planning needs, including development of New Jersey’s “State Wildlife Action Plan”. Plans and coordinates the implementation of various agency initiatives.

Preferred Skill Set:
Position 1: Coursework in wildlife conservation and/or management; additional coursework and/or experience in conservation policy or planning; prior work experience or familiarity with understanding and managing issues of diversity, conservation planning and policy development, and project management are highly desired.

Position 2: Coursework in wildlife conservation and/or management. Additional coursework, an advanced degree and/or field experience involving freshwater mussels and/or aquatic systems a plus. Prior work experience or familiarity managing wildlife conservation issues, particularly with regard to freshwater mussels, mussel or fish propagation, or aquatic systems is highly desired.


Education: Graduation from an accredited college with a Bachelor’s degree including or supplemented by twenty- four (24) semester hour credits in the biological sciences.

NOTE: All U.S. degrees and transcripts must be from an accredited college or university. All foreign degrees and transcripts must be evaluated for accreditation by a recognized evaluation service by the closing date of this posting. Failure to provide documentation may result in ineligibility.

License: Appointee will be required to possess a driver’s license valid in New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than employee mobility, is necessary to perform the essential duties of the position.

Residency: All persons newly hired on or after September 1, 2011 have one year from the date of employment to establish, and then maintain principal residence in the State of New Jersey subject to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 52:14-7 (L.2011, Chapter 70), also known as the “New Jersey First Act”.

Authorization to Work: Selected candidates must be authorized to work in the United States per the Department of Homeland Security, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services regulations. Note: The State of New Jersey does not provide sponsorship for citizenship to the United States.

Veteran’s Preference: To qualify for New Jersey Veteran’s Preference/status, you must establish Veteran’s Preference through the Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs. Please submit proof of your Veteran’s Preference along with your resume as indicated below. For more information, please visit veterans/services/civil-service/preference/

Note: All State employees who are vaccinated for COVID-19 are required to submit proof of vaccination. Instructions will be provided if a firm offer of employment results from this NOV.

Submit Letter of Interest, Resume and e-mail address by 4:00 PM on

Submit Letter of Interest, Resume, Unofficial Transcripts (if college degree is required), and the
Personal Relationship Disclosure Statement by 4:00 p.m. on the closing date to:

Nancy Fury
Fish and Wildlife
E-mail Address:
Please include the title and posting # of this Notice of Vacancy in the subject line of your e-mail.
Please indicate how you heard about the position in the body of the email.

Posting Authorized By:
Phiroza Stoneback, Manager
Division of Human Resources

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to inclusive hiring and a diverse workforce. We strongly encourage people from all backgrounds to apply. Accommodations under ADA will be provided upon request.

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Created: October 25th, 2022