Habitat Biologist/Forester - MA DFW

Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Habitat Biologist - (1600087Z)


The 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 (MassWildlife) is responsible for the conservation - including restoration, protection and management - of fish and wildlife resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the public.

Please submit / attach a cover letter expressing your interest in the position and your resume.  These documents must be specifically attached to the requisition for which you are applying. 


The Department of Fish and Game, Division of Fisheries and Wildlife seeks applicants for the position of Habitat Biologist (Game Biologist III).


The Habitat Biologist works across the state as a member of the Division’s Wildlife Section under the supervision of the Habitat Program Leader in the implementation of the agency’s Biological Diversity Initiative (BDI) to provide a range of grassland, shrubland, and forested habitats for species and communities of conservation concern. The Habitat Biologist will: develop, plan, bid, and administer a range of habitat management activities on state lands using both private sector vendors and MassWildlife staff in coordination with BDI team members, including Natural Heritage Restoration Ecologists, Wildlife Section Project Leaders and District staff throughout the Commonwealth; and provide technical assistance on habitat enhancement to private and public landowners and organizations.


Under the direction of the Habitat leader, specific duties include:

  1. Identify, evaluate, and prioritize candidate sites on MassWildlife lands for habitat management in coordination with other BDI staff to achieve MassWildlife landscape composition goals.
  2. Design, coordinate, contract, map, and administer habitat resource inventories and biological monitoring at candidate sites.
  3. Prepare detailed habitat management site plans and forest cutting plans for candidate sites.
  4. Design, contract, and administer invasive, exotic plant control activities at candidate sites.
  5. Plan, coordinate, contract, map and administer all aspects of commercial habitat management operations using both private sector vendors and MassWildlife staff, including but not limited to grassland, shrubland, and young forest habitat operations to achieve MassWildlife forest habitat composition goals, including public showings of candidate sites, facilitation of public, competitive bid processes, and direct supervision of contractors working on candidate sites.
  6. Identify, secure, and obtain all necessary federal, state, and local permits required for management of candidate sites, including but not limited to permits under the MA Chapter 131 Wetlands Protection Act, the MA Chapter 132 Forest Cutting Practices Act, the MA Endangered Species Act, MA Tribal permitting, MA Historical Commission permitting.
  7. Maintain a GIS geodatabase of  grassland, shrubland, and forest habitat management activities including but not limited to forest inventories, biological monitoring, habitat management site plans, forest cutting plans, candidate management sites, areas harvested, volumes removed, infrastructure established, and revenues received, and invasive control activities.
  8. Promote management of grassland, shrubland, and forested sites, including a diversity of forest successional habitats including both early- and late-successional forest types through creation and updating of educational materials, including the MassWildlife Habitat Program webpage, facilitation of partnerships with other agencies and conservation organizations, and presentations to and participation in public workshops.
  9. Provide technical assistance to other state and federal agencies, private, non-profit conservation organizations, town conservation commissions, and private landowners concerning management of grassland, shrubland, and forested wildlife habitats.
  10. Maintain current literature review and summary on aspects of biodiversity and wildlife habitats.
  11. Review, monitor, and evaluate proposed and ongoing activities, such as the exercise of reserved rights, on lands subject to a MassWildlife held conservation restriction, including analyzing forest management plans and cutting plans, overseeing consulting foresters, and monitoring forestry activity in the field.
  12. Assist MassWildlife staff with implementation of land stewardship responsibilities including development of baseline documentation and annual monitoring reports for Conservation Restrictions.
  13. Assist with planning and conducting of prescribed burns to restore and maintain fire-adapted habitats, and maintain fire training credentials required for burning.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications Required at Hire:

  1. Demonstrated ability to identify trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants commonly associated with forest and field habitats of southern New England, with a demonstrated understanding of rare plants, native plants, and invasive, exotic plants.
  2. Demonstrated ability to compose, bid, and administer competitively bid contracts with private sector vendors.
  3. Demonstrated ability to delineate wetland resource areas.
  4. Demonstrated ability to interpret and utilize topographic maps.
  5. Demonstrated experience with GPS receivers, GIS mapping, and database management to maintain accurate records.
  6. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in oral expression and to write clearly and concisely.
  7. Demonstrated ability to work independently, to supervise other workers, and to work effectively with a group.
  8. A Bachelor’s degree with a major in forestry, wildlife management, or a closely related field with a minimum of four years of professional experience preferred.
  9. A Massachusetts Forests License is preferred.  Candidates capable of obtaining a MA Forests License within 6-12 months of hire will be considered.


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) four 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 two years must have been in a professional capacity, and (C) of which at least one year 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 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.


Special Requirements: Possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Operator's License.


An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Official Title: Game Biologist III

Primary Location
: United States-Massachusetts-Westborough-Rabbit Hill Road

: Science

: Department of Fish And Game

: Full-time

: Day

Job Posting
: Jan 16, 2017, 1:37:38 PM

Number of Openings
: 1

: 57,148.00 - 81,068.26 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



MassWildlife recently posted a permanent position that will be primarily forestry oriented. The job title is Habitat Biologist, but the effective, working title would be Forester. The posting can be accessed through: https://massanf.taleo.net/careersection/ex/jobsearch.ftl. Enter 1600087Z into the Job Number box toward the top of the screen, then scroll down and click on Search for Job. You can also enter Habitat Biologist into the Key Words box.