TPWD - Natural Resources Specialist I-II-III-IV (Fisheries Management Biologist), Tyler, Texas

Created 12/04/2022
Reference 583535
Job type Full Time
Country United States
State Texas
City Tyler

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 history and volunteer experience should be listed in the work history section of the application to receive credit towards meeting the minimum requirements. Part-time experience credit is prorated based on the duration and hours worked per week. Please indicate hours worked for part-time/temporary/seasonal experience. If this information is not submitted, your application will be considered incomplete.

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Texas Parks and Wildlife offers a variety of benefits for employees such as generous paid time off, group insurance, retirement and pension, and frequent training and staff development opportunities. Other benefits include longevity pay, merit pay, deferred compensation, flexible benefit plans, 401K/457 retirement plans, direct deposit, telework, staggered work hours, Employee Assistance Program and a Return to Work Program. For new employees or rehires, health insurance is available the 1st of the following month after a 60-day waiting period. Click HERE to view our Benefits page.

HIRING CONTACT: Jake Norman, (903) 566-1615, Ext. 213

PHYSICAL WORK ADDRESS: TPWD Inland Fisheries, 11942 FM 848, Tyler, TX 75707


The Natural Resources Specialist performs routine (journey-level) natural resources work including conducting surveys on freshwater impoundments and rivers, analyzing and interpreting survey data; implementing applied fisheries management activities; planning and conducting management related research; writing technical reports and scientific publications on significant results and findings; organizing and conducting public outreach programs; and working directly with controlling authorities and municipalities. Assists in directing a team of permanent technicians and seasonal workers, interns and volunteers. Assists Project Leader in various administrative duties including purchasing, activity reporting and budget planning. Works under

moderate supervision, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. 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 in Biology, Ecology, Fisheries, Aquatic Ecology, Wildlife Biology, Earth Sciences, or related field.


Natural Resources Specialist (NRS) I: No experience required.

NRS II: Two years relevant experience.

NRS III: Six years relevant experience.

NRS IV: Ten years relevant experience.


Must possess or be able to obtain, within 30 days of employment, a valid class "C" Texas driver's license.

NOTE: Retention of position contingent upon obtaining and maintaining required license.



Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master's degree in Biology, Ecology, Wildlife, Fisheries Science, Natural Science or closely related field may substitute for one year of the required experience.

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a PhD in Biology, Ecology, Wildlife, Fisheries Science, Natural Science or closely related field may substitute for two years of the required experience.



Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master's degree in Fisheries Science or Biological Science.



Knowledge of the flora and fauna of Texas and their ecosystems;

NRS II: Knowledge of NRS I, PLUS:

Knowledge of riparian ecology and natural resource management;

NRS III: Knowledge of NRS II, PLUS:

Knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, and policies dealing with conservation of fish and wildlife resources and their habitat;

Knowledge of threats to ecological integrity and appropriate management and policy approaches to address them;

NRS IV: Knowledge of NRS III, PLUS:

Knowledge of current scientific trends and practices in relevant disciplines;


Skill in the using standard office equipment;

Skill in effective verbal and written communication;

NRS II: Skills of a NRS I, PLUS:

Skill in managing several projects simultaneously;

Skill in identifying, researching and compiling information;

NRS III: Skills of a NRS II, PLUS:

Skill in interpreting, analyzing and explaining technical documents;

Skill in planning and preparing project budgets;

Skill in developing goals and objectives;

NRS IV: Skills of a NRS III, PLUS:

Skill in effective interaction with staff at all levels of the department and other State agencies and organizations;

Skill in managing grants, contracts and writing requests for proposals;


Ability to work as a member of a team;

Ability to maintain flexibility and work with frequent interruptions and multiple changing priorities;

NRS II: Ability of a NRS I, PLUS:

Ability to plan and perform fieldwork, including habitat assessments and measuring ecological outcomes;

NRS III: Ability of a NRS II, PLUS:

Ability to work independently with little or no supervision;

NRS IV: Ability of a NRS III, PLUS:

Ability to initiate, build and develop public support and involvement for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department conservation programs;


Required to work hours other than 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with days off other than Saturdays, Sundays and holidays;

Required to work overtime as necessary;

Required to perform work outdoors, occasionally in adverse weather conditions;

Required to operate a State vehicle;

Required to travel 35% with possible overnight stays;

Must conform to TPWD dress and grooming standards, work rules, and safety procedures;

Required to operate a State vehicle;

Non-smoking environment in State buildings and vehicles.


Closing Date: Jan 31, 2023, 11:59:00 PM

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