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Senior Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist - Arkansas

Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever

Little Rock ,  Arkansas

PHEASANTS FOREVER & QUAIL FOREVER
The Habitat Organization
JOB VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist - Senior
Location: Little Rock, Arkansas

Application Deadline: June 26th

Anticipated Start Date: July 10th

Overview & Job Duties:
This position will be located within the USDA Service Center, and will provide conservation technical assistance and conservation program delivery to private landowners within Pulaski, Faulkner, White, Conway and Van Buren Counties, and support additional conservation delivery and leadership statewide, as appropriate. The incumbent will work in a joint capacity with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC), and other partners to promote, accelerate enrollment, coordinate and implement the conservation provisions of the Federal Farm Bill and other related wildlife conservation programs. Activities will include program promotion (workshops and one on one meetings), contract coordination, conservation planning, conservation plan modification, site assessment and reporting. Provide technical biological assistance for wildlife habitat enhancement techniques to private landowners and public organizations. Meet with local chapters of Quail Forever (QF) and other local partners to encourage and increase habitat management efforts and participate in regional and statewide habitat meetings. Assist or coordinate activities and projects with other QF, AGFC and NRCS staff. This position will serve as the QF program lead for the State of Arkansas and will provide oversight and leadership to the Farm Bill Biologist Team within the State of Arkansas. This position will be an employee of, and supervised by Pheasants Forever, Inc. & Quail Forever, with daily instruction and leadership provided by NRCS and AGFC.

Desired Knowledge. Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to demonstrate effective leadership and collaboration.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with landowners and partner agencies. 
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision and with diverse clientele.
  • Knowledge of wildlife ecology, grassland, wetland and early succession habitat management including the ability to utilize various habitat management tools in the development of management plans. 
  • Knowledge of conservation and wildlife habitat programs provided by federal (i.e. Farm Bill, US Fish and Wildlife Service), state, & local entities. In addition, knowledge of how these programs are implemented in an agricultural landscape is desired. 
  • Knowledge of Farm Bill program policy development and implementation.
  • Knowledge of or practical experience with agricultural systems and farming.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Proficiency with ArcGIS and/or USDA Toolkit.
  • Valid driver’s license required; some use of personal vehicle may be required (mileage reimbursement provided).
  • Must be able to obtain USDA Federal Security Clearance.

Education and Experience Preferred: A minimum requirement for this position is a Bachelor of Science Degree in Wildlife Management or closely related natural resources field. Proven experience working with USDA Farm Bill programs (CRP, CREP, ACEP, EQIP and CSP) is preferred.

Starting Salary: Commensurate with Experience + Health Benefits and Retirement Package

To Apply: Visit our website at: www.pheasantsforever.org/jobs

ONLY ON-LINE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Please include your cover letter, resume and 3 references as a single Microsoft Word document or PDF file on the Recruitment website.
For questions, contact: Chris McLeland, South Region Director, cmcleland@pheasantsforever.org or (573) 355-6530

Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever are an EEO Employer/Vet/Disabled



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