Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist

Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever Middleburg, Pennsylvania
Deadline 07/26/2018
Job Type Paid permanent

Application Deadline: July 26, 2018

Anticipated Start Date: August 2018 (negotiable)

Overview & Job Duties:
This position will be an employee of, and supervised by Pheasants Forever, Inc., with daily instruction, quality assurance, and workload prioritization provided by NRCS. Work area will include Snyder, Mifflin, Juniata, and Union Counties, with the primary duty station located in the Middleburg USDA Service Center. Occasional travel to assist in counties outside the primary work area may be required to address annual workload variance. The biologist will work in a joint capacity with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC), and other partners to promote, accelerate enrollment, coordinate and implement the conservation provisions of the Federal Farm Bill and other related wildlife conservation programs. Primary workload will focus on Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) new enrollment, re-enrollment, mid-contract management, and status reviews. Specific activities will include conservation planning, conservation plan modification, site assessment, program promotion (e.g. workshops, one on one meetings, mailings), contract coordination, and reporting. The biologists will provide technical biological assistance for wildlife habitat enhancement techniques to private landowners and public organizations. They will meet with local chapters of Pheasants Forever (PF) and Quail Forever (QF) and other local partners to influence habitat management efforts and participate in regional and statewide habitat meetings. They will assist or coordinate activities and projects with other PF/QF, PGC and NRCS staff.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities:
• Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with landowners and partner agency staff.
• 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. Specific knowledge of grassland/farmland associated wildlife species’ habitat requirements is desirable.
• Knowledge of conservation and wildlife programs provided by federal (i.e. Farm Bill), state, & local entities.
• Knowledge of agricultural landscapes, common farming and land use practices, and basic agricultural economics is desirable.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Strong organizational skills, time management, and attention to detail.
• Proficiency with ArcGIS and/or USDA Toolkit.
• Valid driver’s license required; use of personal vehicle required with a 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 landowners and USDA Farm Bill programs (CRP, CREP, ACEP, EQIP and CSP) is preferred.

Starting Salary: $33,000 - $35,000 + Health Benefits and Retirement Package

HOW TO APPLY

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

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

For more info, contact: Kent Adams, East Region Director, kadams@pheasantsforever.org or (717) 319-5575

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

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