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Wildlife Biologist III

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
Job Field:
Job Type:
Full Time
South Carolina
Location Detail:
Richland County
Job Description:

Maintains responsibility for the coordination and preparation of detailed review of all FERC hydroelectric power related documents including, but not limited to, draft license applications, comprehensive relicensing settlement agreements, implementation plans, adaptive management plans, and monitoring plans to provide agency comments to FERC, consultants and utility companies in a timely manner and meeting deadlines. Serves as the main point of contact for all FERC hydroelectric projects for the agency, coordinating with fisheries and wildlife biologists, the legal office, hydrologists and others to communicate a single agency position on hydroelectric project related issues such as in-stream flow management issues, facility maintenance, and variances from the approved licensing agreements.  Provides oversight and serves as the main contact for funds related to FERC hydroelectric projects such as the Santee Accord, Mitigation Trust Funds, Habitat Enhancement Funds and others.  Provides input and serves as a liaison for the review of FERC-related environmental permits, working with the Office of the Environmental Program staff.  Stays abreast of all federal, state and local environmental programs, regulations, policies and procedures, and maintains technical competency relevant to the agency's environmental review process.


A master's degree in biology, chemistry or wildlife management and two (2) years of experience in fish, wildlife or marine management or research programs; or a bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry, wildlife management or related technical area and four (4) years of experience in fish, wildlife or marine management or research programs.

Ability to work with limited supervision and be self-motivated.  Ability to coordinate with agency staff independently, as well as work independently with regard to time management, establishing priorities and meeting deadlines.  Understanding of regulatory processes and environmental laws and regulations in South Carolina, especially those involving FERC.  Ability to work with a variety of partners.  Negotiation and problem solving skills and experience preferred.  Understanding of the FERC hydrolicensing process, in-stream flow management, hydrology and hydraulics modeling, wetlands and fluvial processes as well as biological and chemical needs of aquatic resources preferred.  A degree in fisheries biology or management preferred.  Knowledge of South Carolina fishery resources.  Master's degree preferred.

State Salary Range: $39,960.00 - $73,935.00 annually
Agency Hiring Range: Min: $42,172.00 Max:$56,947.00

Benefits for State Employees

State Employees may be eligible for a variety of benefits associated with their employment. From a comprehensive health and dental insurance program, to generous annual and sick leave policies, to a solid and secure retirement system, the State of South Carolina offers a competitive benefits program for state employees. To learn more about the benefits of state employment, please explore the links below:

Healthcare Benefits
The State offers its employees comprehensive health insurance, along with a variety of supplemental insurance programs including dental, vision, life, long-term disability, and health savings accounts. South Carolina has long been committed to providing its employees the best insurance benefits at the greatest possible value. We've maintained that commitment, too, even in the face of healthcare costs that continue to soar.

Retirement Benefits
State employees are also offered a generous retirement program with options that can be tailored to meet employees' needs. South Carolina offers a traditional pension program, as well as deferred compensation options that give employees more control over their retirement investments. These programs are designed to help provide state employees secure retirement alternatives that will best meet their needs.

Workplace Benefits
In addition, state employees may be eligible for other benefits, such as tuition assistance; holidays, annual leave, and sick leave; and discounts on purchases, travel and
more. Check out the link above to see a summary of the other benefits that are available to state employees.

Note: The above benefits are available to most state employees, with the exception of those in temporary positions. Employees in temporary grant and time-limited positions may be eligible for all, some, or none of these benefits based on the benefits associated with each position. For these positions, please contact the hiring agency to determine what benefits may be available for the particular position.