Habitat Specialist - Kansas

Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever

Climax, Kansas

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $33,000 DOE + Benefits

Overview: This position is part of a partnership between Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) and Pheasants Forever. The incumbents will conduct habitat management work on public wildlife management areas.  They are full-time, permanent employees of Habitat Forever and will receive daily leadership from KDWP Field Managers. This Habitat Specialist position will be based out of the Fall River WA office in Climax, KS, and will also conduct work on the Toronto and Frank and Frances Moss Wildlife Areas.

Duties: The incumbent will assist with all aspects of managing the assigned wildlife management area. Major responsibilities include:

  • Directing, supervising, and implementing habitat management work on public wildlife areas;
  • Procuring supplies and equipment;
  • Supervising and participating in the construction, maintenance and repair of area buildings, equipment, and roads;
  • Coordinating agricultural permits to insure positive benefits for wildlife;
  • Providing public information;
  • Participating in scientific field studies and surveys;
  • Participating in training and evaluation of seasonal employees.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • A basic understanding of environmental, agricultural and/or natural resource science.  Education may be substituted for experience as determined relevant by the partners.  Preference will be given to candidates that possess a bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in wildlife management;
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with colleagues and partner agencies;
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision;
  • Knowledge of wildlife ecology, wetland and grassland management including the ability to utilize various habitat management equipment and tools in the development of wildlife habitat;
  • Excellent verbal/written communication and organizational skills;
  • Valid driver’s license required.

Training and Experience Guideline: Any combination of training and/or experience that will enable the applicant to possess the required knowledge, skills and abilities.  One year of work experience in a wildlife management related job. A general qualification guideline for this position is a Bachelor of Science Degree in Wildlife Management or closely related natural resources field and/or related field experience.

Description of Area:

Fall River: The Fall River Wildlife Area is located in the physiographic area known as the Osage Cuestas, in rolling prairie country, with a wide fertile flood plain valley surrounded by steep rolling uplands. The area has very distinct habitats including 6 miles of Otter Creek and 14 miles of Fall River with 2300 acres of riparian timber, 2500 acres of native grass, 2988 acres of cropland and 960 acres of the Fall River Reservoir.

Toronto: The Toronto Wildlife Area is located in the physiographic region known as the Cross Timbers and is the far eastern extent of deciduous forest before the rolling prairies.  The area consists mostly of riparian corridors with cropland between and narrow strips of native grass on the high ground. The timber on the south end of the wildlife area is post oak and blackjack oak dominated. There are also several small wetlands located throughout the area.

Frank and Frances Moss: The Frank and Frances Moss Wildlife area is located in the physiographic area known as the Osage Cuestas, in rolling prairie country in Greenwood County and consists of several properties. The properties total 1,429 acres collectively.  Each property utilizes grazing as a management tool and future management will be directed toward grassland birds.

HOW TO APPLY

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

ONLY ONLINE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Please combine your cover letter explaining why this position is a good fit for you, resume, and 3 references into a single Word document or PDF file before uploading to the “Resume” section of your application on the Recruitment website at www.pheasantsforever.org/jobs

Pheasants Forever is considered a federal contactor, therefore, we must ensure all employees, regardless of work location or job duties, are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Upon employment you will be required to provide proof that you are fully vaccinated, proof of a valid medical exemption or legitimate religious objection.

If you have additional questions, please contact: Marina Osier, Kansas State Coordinator, 515-201-1873 or  mosier@pheasantsforever.org

Pheasants Forever, Inc is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with disability, or any other category that may be protected by law.

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