This position manages, directs, and establishes program strategies, plans and goals to ensure that the aquatic wildlife program meets the mission of the CPW Strategic Plan. This position is the second level manager and directly supervises 6 positions, of which 5 are first-level supervisors. Responsible for developing and managing section budget, deploying section resources, establishing standards and practices, and developing policy.
Administer the Aquatic Wildlife Section within CPW, including direct but remote supervision of of first line supervisors and develop annual work/performance plans, evaluate performance, coach and provide feedback, motivate employees, and direct operations to ensure that the CPW and aquatic wildlife program mission and goals are accomplished
Develop and manage multi-million dollar budget and ensure program functions and products are aligned with Strategic Plan and section objectives.
Establish overall Aquatic Section programmatic goals (long-range and short-term) and aquatic wildlife development and program area potentials.
Establish program's objectives toward fishing recreation, aquatic habitat protection and enhancement, native species conservation, and aquatic nuisance species prevention/abatement.
Solicit public/angler input to assess satisfaction, desired fishery opportunities, access needs, and participation in order to meet broad fishing recreation purposes.
Evaluate resource and angler demand for stocking, determine appropriate requests for hatchery products to meet objectives and maximize hatchery efficiencies, and monitor the success of stocking to meet program goals.
Develop and implement regulations approved by the Parks & Wildlife Commission regarding fish health and aquatic nuisance species to protect the state's aquatic wildlife and their habitats and ensure compliance.
Ensures collaboration with internal and externals stakeholders to develop regulation language, and consistently and appropriately apply regulatory mechanisms to gain support and approval.
Develop and present policy and regulatory recommendations to Leadership and Commission, to support protection, control, and utilization of Colorado's aquatic wildlife resources.
Establish scientific (biological and social) data needs, collect and analyze to determine regulations necessary for effective management and conservation of sport fish and sensitive/protected native aquatic wildlife species for stakeholders and the public.
Develop, coordinate and maintain collaborative relationships with state and federal wildlife agencies, professional organizations, and statewide stakeholders to protect, conserve and utilize Colorado's aquatic wildlife resources, while sustaining CPW Strategic Plan goals.
Represents CPW at the Parks and Wildlife Commission and with constituents, angler organizations, federal and state agencies, advocates and other stakeholders.
Other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights:
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in fisheries biology, wildlife biology or conservation biology or in a natural resources field directly related to the work assignment and six (6) years of progressively responsible professional experience* in a senior management or operational management role which included at least three (3) years of experience supervising professional level staff, AND two (2) years of professional natural resources administration experience which included establishing goals and objectives and developing and managing a budget to achieve program goals and objectives.
*Professional experience involves exercising discretion, analytical skills, judgment, and personal accountability and responsibility for creating, developing, integrating, applying, and sharing an organized body of knowledge that characteristically is: uniquely acquired through an intense education or training regimen at a recognized college or university; equivalent to the curriculum requirements for a bachelor's degree or higher degree with major study in or pertinent to the specialized field; and continuously studied to explore, extend, and use additional discoveries, interpretations, and application and to improve data, materials, equipment, applications and methods.
A combination of professional work experience in a senior management or operational management role, which provided the same kind, amount of and level of knowledge acquired in the education, may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the bachelor's degree, but not for the specific required experience as outlined above.
A master's or doctorate degree from an accredited college or university in a field of study directly related to the assignment may be substituted for the bachelor's degree and one year of the general experience respectively.
Advanced degree in fisheries/biology/management
Demonstrated experience managing various programs and employees in excess of 6 years.
Ability to establish goals, objectives, policies, and performance expectations
Ability to communicate with internal and external parties
Ability to analyze policies, statutes, rules, and processes
Ability to identify priorities
Proven experience in creating, measuring, and evaluating performance data
Proven experience in accomplishing goals and objectives
Proven experience in developing effective solutions
Proven experience in managing, motivating, and providing leadership to a diverse staff
Ability to coordinate needs of stakeholders despite competing requirements, priorities and deadlines
Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with other decision makers
Ability work in a politically complex environment
Excellent negotiation and consensus building skills
Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication and public speaking skills
Excellent leadership skills with proven record of leading complex and diverse teams
The successful candidate will demonstrate the following characteristics and attributes:
Proactive, takes initiative, self-motivated
Great work ethic, disciplined, conscientious, thorough and diligent
Organized and professional
Strong interpersonal skills
Customer-service mindset, respectful, helpful
Adaptable and open to change
Possesses good problem solving ability and uses good judgment
Honest, trustworthy, dependable
Conditions of Employment:
Former employees of the State of Colorado MUST have concluded employment in good standing to be eligible for rehire.
Must be willing and able to travel frequently, particularly overnight travel, both within and occasionally out of state.
Must possess and maintain a current and valid Colorado driver's license.
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