IA Wildlife Management Specialist - Two Positions

Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever

Wapello & Russell, Iowa

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $17.00 per hour

Work Locations:

1) Iowa DNR Odessa Wildlife Unit (Louisa County)

9726 Co Rd X61, Wapello, IA 52653

2) Iowa DNR Rathbun Wildlife Unit (Lucas County)

28248 415th Street, Russell, IA 50238

Application deadline: Open until position is filled.

Typical Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., 40 hours per week

Anticipated Start Date: 2-4 weeks post successful job offer with flexibility available

End Date: One year from start date

The positions may be extended for an additional year pending funding and job performance. If the positions are extended, the candidates may be reassigned to another wildlife unit in Iowa.

JOB DESCRIPTION:  These positions are part of a partnership between Pheasants Forever and Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Under the daily direction of Iowa DNR staff, the incumbent will conduct habitat management work on public wildlife areas. The PF Wildlife Management Specialist is expected to perform a variety of semi-skilled maintenance and technical tasks at a wildlife management unit. The employee is expected to display a high level of initiative and commitment towards completing assignments efficiently.  Employees in this position will work with other wildlife unit personnel and be under the general direction of the Wildlife Biologist.  The job duties of this position include general wildlife management activities on State owned wildlife areas within the assigned unit counties.  Overnight travel will occasionally be required on special projects outside of the assigned unit counties. Click here to view a video of what typical job duties may include.

Examples of typical job duties may include:

  • Perform general wildlife management activities including: Wetland management, prairie management, native prairie seeding, food plot development, edge feathering, tree/brush removal, spraying, disking, mowing, etc. using large farm machinery, chainsaws, and other hand tools.
  • Prescribed fire implementation for ecological purposes. This duty will require fire-line construction, fire-line holding, and mop-up activities.  Performance of these tasks will require the employee to periodically work under physically stressful and adverse conditions.  Proficiency in the use of basic wildland firefighting equipment will be needed.   
  • Wildlife Surveys & Monitoring including: Waterfowl banding, deer spotlight routes, August roadside surveys, spring bird point counts, fall quail covey counts, chronic wasting disease sampling, etc.  Collecting of biological data occasionally will require early or late in the day work scheduling.
  • General area maintenance involving mowing, sign posting, fence building, fence removal, tree/brush control, noxious weed control etc. These activities require the ability to use simple power equipment; drills, saws, hand tools, chain saws, trimmers, small mowers, etc.   
  • Special assignments may require some overnight travel as part of a crew to accomplish large scale habitat projects outside of the assigned unit counties.           


  • College graduate with a degree in wildlife biology, animal ecology, or another closely related natural resource field.
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • Able to travel on overnight duties.
  • Work with minimal supervision; demonstrate responsible behavior and attention to detail.
  • Must have a valid motor vehicle operator’s license.
  • Able to work alone or as part of a team, with the public, in all conditions, on weekends, holidays, nights, and evenings as required.
  • Exhibit honesty and integrity. Follow policy and cooperate with supervisors and co-workers.
  • Display a high level of initiative, effort and commitment towards completing assignments efficiently.


  • Work alongside permanent DNR staff to develop technical skills.
  • Work outdoors.
  • Great opportunity to expand your professional network and make lasting connections.
  • High rate of recruitment from PF Wildlife Specialist positions to permanent positions within DNR, PF and other conservation entities.
  • Get a preview of employment within two organizations simultaneously, with opportunities to attend annual staff meetings for both DNR and Pheasants Forever.
  • Pheasants Forever offers a competitive benefits package. Employee Benefit Package information can be found here: Employee Benefit Summary pdf

To Apply: Please combine your cover letter including which locations you are interested in, resume and 3 references into one Word document or PDF file before uploading to the “Resume” area of your application on our recruitment website at www.pheasantsforever.org/jobs.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:  Must possess or be able to acquire a pesticide applicator’s license and S130-190 basic firefighter training certification, special requirements shall be met within 90 days of hire if not currently possessed. Successful applicant will also be encouraged to obtain a commercial driver’s license, Iowa DNR chainsaw safety certification, and first aid & bloodborne pathogen training.

If you have additional questions, please contact Andy Robbins, IA DNR-Odessa andy.robbins@dnr.iowa.gov or 319-551-8459 OR Heath Van Waus, IA DNR-Rathbun heath.vanwaus@dnr.iowa.gov or 641-203-6179.

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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Category General / Stewardship, Wildlife