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Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists
Summary Job Description Tasks
Study the origins, behavior, diseases, genetics, and life processes of animals and wildlife. May specialize in wildlife research and management. May collect and analyze biological data to determine the environmental effects of present and potential use of land and water habitats. Study animals in their natural habitats, assessing effects of environment and industry on animals, interpreting findings and recommending alternative operating conditions for industry.
Inventory or estimate plant and wildlife populations.
Analyze characteristics of animals to identify and classify them.
Make recommendations on management systems and planning for wildlife populations and habitat, consulting with stakeholders and the public at large to explore options.
Disseminate information by writing reports and scientific papers or journal articles, and by making presentations and giving talks for schools, clubs, interest groups and park interpretive programs.
Study characteristics of animals such as origin, interrelationships, classification, life histories and diseases, development, genetics, and distribution.
Perform administrative duties such as fundraising, public relations, budgeting, and supervision of zoo staff.
Organize and conduct experimental studies with live animals in controlled or natural surroundings.
Oversee the care and distribution of zoo animals, working with curators and zoo directors to determine the best way to contain animals, maintain their habitats and manage facilities.
Coordinate preventive programs to control the outbreak of wildlife diseases.
Prepare collections of preserved specimens or microscopic slides for species identification and study of development or disease.
Raise specimens for study and observation or for use in experiments.
Collect and dissect animal specimens and examine specimens under microscope.
Inform and respond to public regarding wildlife and conservation issues, such as plant identification, hunting ordinances, and nuisance wildlife.
Check for, and ensure compliance with, environmental laws and notify law enforcement when violations are identified.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Geography Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
Communications and Media Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Computer modeling software Analytical or scientific software
Corel WordPerfect software Word processing software
Data entry software Data base user interface and query software
Database management software Data base user interface and query software
ESRI ArcView Map creation software
Email software Electronic mail software
Geographic information system GIS software Map creation software
HATPRO Analytical or scientific software
IBM Lotus 1-2-3 Spreadsheet software
Mapping software Map creation software
Microsoft Access Data base user interface and query software
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
Microsoft Outlook Electronic mail software
Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation software
Microsoft Project Project management software
Microsoft Word Word processing software
Relational database software Data base user interface and query software
SAS software Analytical or scientific software
Spreadsheet software Spreadsheet software
Statistical software Analytical or scientific software
Web browser software Internet browser software
Word processing software Word processing software
35 millimeter cameras Still cameras
Adjustable widemouth pliers Adjustable widemouth pliers
Aerial nets Entomological catching equipment
Air compressors Air compressors
All terrain vehicles ATV All terrain vehicles tracked or wheeled
Animal transmitters Radio frequency transmitters or receivers
Animal traps Sporting traps
Archery bows Archery bows
Axes Axes
Benchtop centrifuges Benchtop centrifuges
Benthic samplers Water samplers
Binoculars Binoculars
Boat trailers Boat Trailer
Bongo nets Commercial fishing nets
Calorimeters Calorimeters
Canoes Canoes or kayaks
Carbon dioxide CO2 monitors Single gas monitors
Climbing belts Safety harnesses or belts
Clinometers Clinometers
Compasses Compasses
Compound binocular light microscopes Binocular light compound microscopes
Compound microscopes Binocular light compound microscopes
Conductivity meters Conductivity meters
Counting chambers Counters
Culvert traps Sporting traps
D-ring nets Commercial fishing nets
Dart guns Air rifles or air handguns
Dataloggers Portable data input terminals
Desktop computers Desktop computers
Digital cameras Digital cameras
Dip net samplers Commercial fishing nets
Dissecting microscopes Stereo or dissecting light microscopes
Dissecting tools Dissection kits or supplies
Dissolved oxygen meters Dissolved oxygen meters
Dropping pipettes Dropping pipettes
Drying ovens Drying cabinets or ovens
Dust masks Masks or accessories
Egg candlers Egg inspection or collecting equipment
Ekman dredges Water samplers
Extension ladders Ladders
Field thermometers Surface thermometers
Fish traps Pisciculture supplies
Flow meters Flow sensors
Folsom plankton splitters Sample changers
Foot snares Sporting traps
Four wheel drive 4WD vehicles All terrain vehicles tracked or wheeled
Fume hoods Fume hoods or cupboards
Geodetic ground global positioning system GPS receivers Global positioning system receivers
Gill nets Commercial fishing nets
Graduated glass laboratory cylinders Laboratory graduated cylinders
Hand lenses Magnifiers
Hard hats Hard hats
Jellyfish scoops Commercial fishing nets
Jet skis Personal motorized watercraft
Laboratory balances Laboratory balances
Laboratory beakers Laboratory beakers
Laboratory forceps Laboratory forceps
Laboratory freezers Ultra cold or ultralow upright cabinets or freezers
Laboratory funnels Laboratory funnels
Laboratory mechanical convection incubators Forced air or mechanical convection general purpose incubators
Laser hypsometers Rangefinders
Laser printers Laser printers
Leather gloves Protective gloves
Light traps Flying insect control traps
Mesh sieves Test sieves
Metric measuring tapes Tape measures
Micrometers Micrometers
Mist nets Sporting traps
Monopan balances Laboratory balances
Multiplate samplers Water samplers
Nitrile gloves Protective gloves
Notebook computers Notebook computers
Odonata nets Entomological catching equipment
Personal computers Personal computers
Petri dishes Petri plates or dishes
Photomicroscopes Photo attachments for microscopes
Plankton nets Commercial fishing nets
Portable refractometers Handheld refractometers or polarimeters
Radio telemetry equipment Radio frequency transmitters or receivers
Rubber rafts Rafts
Rulers Rulers
Safety glasses Safety glasses
Salinity meters Salinity meter
Scintillation vials Specimen collectors
Secchi disks Water samplers
Seines Commercial fishing nets
Self-contained underwater breathing apparatus SCUBA equipment Diving instruments or accessories
Sieve buckets Test sieves
Sledgehammers Hammers
Small power boats Recreational motorboats
Snorkels Masks or fins or snorkels
Snowmobiles Snowmobiles or snow scooter
Specimen collection containers Specimen collectors
Spectrometers Spectrometers
Spotting scopes Telescopes
Spring scales Pull spring balances
Stainless steel scalpel blades Surgical scalpels or knives or blades or trephines or accessories
Steam autoclaves Steam autoclaves or sterilizers
Sterilizing ovens Dry heat or hot air sterilizers
Sweeping nets Entomological catching equipment
Tree corers Forestry increment borers
Tree top peeper and video probe systems Digital camcorders or video cameras
Two way radios Two way radios
Vernier calipers Calipers
Volumeters Volumeters
Water pumps Water pumps
Water sample collection containers Specimen collectors
Water samplers Water samplers
Water thermometers Handheld thermometer
pH meters pH meters
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
On-the-Job Training Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
Required Level of Education Master's Degree
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
On-Site or In-Plant Training Up to and including 1 month
Related Work Experience Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
Related Work Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists
Alternate Job Title(s)
Animal Behaviorist
Animal Biologist
Aquatic Biologist
Assistant Research Scientist
Black Bear Project Leader
Conservation Resources Management Biologist
Dolphin Researcher
Environmental Consultant
Environmental Specialist
Field Naturalist
Fish Conservationist
Fish Culturist
Fish Technologist
Fish and Wildlife Biologist
Fisheries Biologist
Fisheries Management Biologist
Fishery Biologist
Forest Service Wildlife Program Leader
Game Management Assistant Chief
Hatchery Superintendant
Marine Biologist
Marine Scientist
Migratory Game Bird Biologist
Shark Biologist
Terrestrial Ecologist
Threatened and Endangered Species Coordinator
Wildlife Biologist
Wildlife Conservationist
Wildlife Diversity Program Manager
Wildlife Division Manager
Wildlife Ecologist
Wildlife Health Specialist
Wildlife Manager
Wildlife Program Manager
Wildlife Technician
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists
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