Sage Grouse Initiative – Range Conservationist

Glasgow, Montana

Organization: Sage Grouse Initiative

Type of opportunity: Full time, Temporary


  • Provide technical assistance (range conservation and biology focus) and guidance to landowners, government agencies, non-government organizations (NGOs) and others. Training will be provided by NRCS, IWJV, SWCDM, and the local Conservation District.
  • Coordinate the implementation and application of range biological sciences within the conservation programs in cooperation with the local NRCS District Conservationist, BLM, and others.
  • Complete contracts, applications and other required documentation for Farm Bill conservation programs related to sage grouse conservation (e.g. EQIP, ACEP, etc.) requiring rangeland and biological science expertise in cooperation with the partners.
  • Communicate program requirements, complete site visits to determine eligibility, and develop contracts/plans for applicants enrolling in USDA conservation programs or other state and local rangeland conservation programs for the protection, restoration and enhancement of sage-grouse habitat.
  • Coordinate and participate in fieldwork activities for sage-grouse habitat project implementation and work with agricultural producers.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned, including public education and outreach regarding SGI.

Desired qualifications:

  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with landowners and partner agencies.
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision and with diverse clientele.
  • Experience with range inventory procedures.
  • Knowledge of range science and wildlife ecology, including the ability to develop prescribed grazing plans that include range management objectives.
  • Able to obtain USDA Security Clearance and NRCS Conservation Planning certification.
  • Excellent verbal/written communication and organizational skills.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • A general qualification guideline for this position is a Bachelor of Science Degree in Rangeland Science or Wildlife Biology/Management from an accredited university with an emphasis on developing prescribed grazing systems and course work and/or experience on integrating wildlife management principles into range management systems.
  • Knowledge of computer skills is required and applicant should be familiar with Word and Excel.
  • Ability to use ArcMap and Toolkit would be beneficial.
  • Physical ability to: stand and walk for extended periods of time over rough terrain; lift and move material weighing up to 50 pounds; work in all types of weather conditions.

Start and end dates: March 2016-Sept. 2018, with additional years dependent upon funding.

Salary/pay: $37,000 – $42,000 per year based on experience + Health and Retirement Benefits.

Link to more information: Job Announcement

How to apply:

Send a resume, three references with contact information, and responses to the following:

  1. Describe your experience working with landowners.
  2. What is your philosophy on sage-grouse conservation?
  3. How do you self-motivate your work activities when working alone?
  4. What do you see as the biggest issues facing natural resources, and particularly rangelands, in Montana? What role do you see this position having with these issues?
  5. Please describe other skill sets you have that you think would be valuable to this position and the Sage Grouse Initiative partnership.

Email: Send application materials to

Application deadline: January 27th