Farm Bill Range & Wildlife Conservationist

Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever Andrews, Texas
Deadline 07/30/2018
Job Type Paid permanent

Application Deadline: July 30th, 2018
Domicile Location: Andrews, Texas

Anticipated Start Date: August 13th, 2018

Overview: This position is located within the USDA Service Center in Andrews County, Texas and will deliver conservation technical assistance to ranchers, producers and private landowners within the counties of Andrews, Gaines, Midland, Martin, Ector and Crane Counties in Texas. Additional Counties may be added depending upon interest and workload. This position will deliver range and wildlife planning assistance as well as conservation programs that will provide services and benefits for grassland wildlife species such as the Lesser Prairie Chicken and Quail.

The incumbent will serve as a Farm Bill Range & Wildlife Conservationist, providing range and grassland conservation technical assistance for the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS), Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD), Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA), Pheasants Forever Inc. and Quail Forever (PF/QF). The successful applicant will deliver conservation programs to farmers, ranchers and other landowners that are interested in conducting range management activities and other conservation practices that will benefit upland wildlife species such as the Lesser Prairie Chicken, Quail and other wildlife. The position will be an employee of and be supervised by Pheasants Forever, Inc. & Quail Forever with daily guidance and oversight provided by the local NRCS District Conservationist & PF LPCI Coordinator.

Duties:
• Provide conservation technical assistance (Emphasis on Range & Wildlife Management) and guidance to ranchers, landowners, government agencies, non-government organizations and others (training will be provided by the USDA, PF/QF, TPWD and other local and state agencies).
• Coordinate the implementation and application of range and wildlife management within the conservation programs in cooperation with NRCS District Conservationist, TPWD Staff, and others.
• Complete contracts, applications and other required documentation for conservation programs offered under the Working Lands for Wildlife Program (EQIP, CStP, CRP, CTA) (with guidance and oversight provided by the local NRCS District Conservationist) and WAFWA’s Range-wide Plan.
• Communicate program requirements, complete site visits to determine eligibility, and develop plans and contracts for applicants enrolling in USDA Conservation Programs or other state and local conservation programs.
• Participate in field work activities for lesser prairie-chicken habitat project implementation and work with agricultural producers and ranchers.
• Through close coordination with LPCI Coordinator, NRCS and TPWD, assist in annual Lek surveys and vegetation monitoring activities.
• Perform other related duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities:
• Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with landowners and partner agencies.
• Ability to work independently with little supervision and with diverse clientele.
• Knowledge of range management, wildlife ecology, wetland and grassland management including the ability to utilize various habitat management tools and techniques in the development of management plans.
• Knowledge of conservation and wildlife programs provided by the LPCI and WAFWA’s range wide plan. In addition, knowledge of how these programs are implemented in an agricultural and range landscape is desired.
• Knowledge of conservation and wildlife programs provided by Federal (i.e. Farm Bill, US Fish and Wildlife Service), State agencies and PF. In addition, knowledge of how these programs are implemented in an agricultural landscape is desired.
• Ability to apply and use GIS tools (i.e. GPS, ArcMap, etc.).
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Strong organizational skills.
• Valid driver’s license required; work vehicle provided; some use of personal vehicle required (mileage reimbursement provided).
• Able to obtain USDA Federal Security Clearance.

Training and Experience Guideline: Any combination of training and/or experience that will enable the applicant to possess the required knowledge, skills and abilities. A general qualification guideline for this position is a Bachelor of Science Degree in Wildlife Management, Range Management or closely related natural resources field and/or related field experience. Experience working with private land habitat planning is highly desirable.

Salary Range: $33,000-$38,000 + Health Benefits and Retirement Package.

Pheasants Forever Inc. and Quail Forever are EEO  Employers/Vet/Disabled.

HOW TO APPLY

Visit our website at www.pheasantsforever.org/jobs

ONLY ONLINE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Please combine your cover letter, resume and 3 references as a single Word document or PDF file before uploading to the Recruitment website.

For questions, please contact Chris McLeland, South Region Director: cmcleland@pheasantsforever.org

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