Natural Resources Specialist V (River Studies Team Leader)

Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife

San Marcos, TX, USA 🇺🇸


Primary Location: Texas-San Marcos

Work Locations: IF-Texas Rivers Center 505 Staples Rd, Bldg 1 San Marcos 78667

Job: Farming, Fishing, and Forestry

Employee Status: Regular

Schedule: Full-time

Standard Hours Per Week: 40.00

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

State Job Code: 2686

Salary Admin Plan: B

Grade: 23

Salary (Pay Basis): 6,146.74 – 6,146.74 (Monthly)

Number of Openings: 1

Overtime Status: Exempt

Job Posting: Aug 27, 2021, 12:30:55 AM

Closing Date: Sep 17, 2021, 7:59:00 AM


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.

PLEASE NOTE:  All applications must contain complete job histories, which includes job title, dates of employment (month/year) and hours worked per week, name of employer, supervisor’s name and phone number and a description of duties performed. If this information is not submitted, your application will be considered incomplete. Applications with “See attached” or “See resume” will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.  Omission of data can be the basis for disqualification; you may state ‘unknown’ for any incomplete fields. A scanned copy of a college transcript(s) issued from the registrar must be attached to the online application (if applicable).

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FOR NEW HIRES/REHIRES:  Health insurance is available the 1st of the following month after a 60-day waiting period.

TO APPLY:  Application must be completed at:

HIRING CONTACT:  Melissa Parker, (512) 754-6844

PHYSICAL WORK ADDRESS:  TPWD Fisheries Management and Conservation – Region 2, 505 Staples Road, Building 1, San Marcos, TX 78667

Performs highly advanced (senior-level) natural resources work.  Supervises the River Studies Team (RS), which conducts studies throughout the state to evaluate the condition and status of aquatic systems in streams and rivers.  Collaborates with other Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and Inland Fisheries biologists, as well as external partners to assess the condition of/make recommendations for conservation of aquatic ecosystems and the flora and fauna dependent on them.  Work involves conducting natural resources surveys, investigative research, studies, and reviews.  Responsible for analyzing and evaluating results regarding the impact on natural resources.  Assists with coordinating the monitoring and evaluating of aquatic natural resource status, trends, and needs in Texas.  Collaborates with other fisheries biologists to integrate recreational fishing and paddling objectives with native species conservation needs.  Represents the RS on Division task forces, work groups, and review panels as needed.  Represents the department in technical workgroups and committees.  Prepares technical reports and publications based on study findings.  Works under minimal supervision, with extensive 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 of Science degree in biology, ecology, natural resource conservation, or closely related field.

Three years experience as a natural resource biologist/ecologist conducting river studies;
One year experience in a position that required leadership skills in implementing program directives.
NOTE:  Experience may have occurred concurrently.

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, natural resource conservation, or closely related field may substitute for one year of the required work experience as a natural resource biologist/ecologist conducting river studies;
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Ph.D. in biology, ecology, natural resource conservation, or closely related field may substitute for two years of the required work experience as a natural resource biologist/ecologist conducting river studies.

Graduation from an accredited university with a Master’s degree or higher in biology, ecology, natural resource conservation, or closely related field.

Experience with initiating, designing, and implementing studies that characterize the habitat, health, and diversity of river and stream ecosystems;
Experience with initiating and managing grants for implementing aquatic studies;
Experience in working with universities, private landowners, other agency staff, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to implement broad scale river studies.

Knowledge of ecological, biological, and/or scientific principles and techniques;
Knowledge of experimental design and implementation;
Knowledge of Texas riverine flora and fauna, their distributions, and life history requirements;
Knowledge of riverine processes;
Knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, and policies dealing with conservation of fish
Skill in the use of MS Word, Excel, and Outlook;
Skill in interacting and communicating effectively orally and in writing on technical issues to diverse groups, including TPWD staff, the public, and governmental agencies;
Skill in reviewing, interpreting, summarizing, and commenting on technical documents;
Skill in working independently and as a member of a team;
Skill in training others and serving as a team leader;
Skill in supervising others and/or in serving as a technical expert;
Skill in planning and preparing budgets;
Advanced skill in designing, planning, and conducting investigations, surveys, investigative research, and studies (including high profile or complex projects);
Advanced skill in analyzing natural resources data, and preparing concise reports and technical publications.
Skill in the use of microcomputers and software;
Skill in the use and operation of gear and instruments for biological, hydrological, and water quality sampling as well as physical habitat surveying;
Skill in organizing and leading teams of biologists and technicians;
Skill in the operation and maintenance of laboratory and environmental equipment;
Ability to participate in teams of professional and technical staff;
Ability to design scientific experiments, collect and analyze data, and prepare scientific and administrative reports;
Ability to effectively communicate investigation and research findings to the scientific community, resource managers, peers, and members of the general public;
Ability to maintain working relationships with superiors, subordinates and peers;
Ability to place priorities on workloads and meet deadlines;
Ability to conduct inspections, surveys, investigative research, and studies;
Ability to analyze environmental samples;
Ability to provide expert testimony;
Ability to supervise the work of others;
Ability to conduct work activities in accordance with TPWD safety program.

Required to work from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday;
Required to work overtime, as necessary;
May be required to operate a State vehicle;
Must conform to TPWD dress and grooming standards, work rules, and safety procedures;
Required to travel 30% with possible overnight stays;
Non-smoking environment in State buildings and vehicles.