Aberdeen, Huron, and Sisseton South Dakota
Job Title: Coordinating Wildlife Biologist
Organization: Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever
Type of opportunity: Work in a joint capacity with Pheasants Forever, Inc. (PF) and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) staff within South Dakota to assist with development of restoration plans, monitor existing easements, develop new easement contracts, and provide outreach on various topics related to the Agriculture Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). Provide technical assistance for wildlife habitat enhancement techniques to private landowners and public organizations. Meet with local chapters of Pheasants Forever and other local partners to influence habitat management efforts and participate in statewide habitat meetings. Attend appropriate USDA and Pheasants Forever training and assist in coordinating technical assistance efforts throughout South Dakota.
- Provide technical assistance (biology focus) and guidance to private landowners, government agencies, non-government organizations and other groups for the USDA NRCS Agriculture Conservation Easement Program. The positions will also receive training on other USDA NRCS Conservation Programs, Pheasants Forever, SDGFP and other local and state programs.
- Coordinate the implementation and application of biological sciences within ACEP contracts in cooperation with the local NRCS, District Conservationist, SDGFP private lands biologist, PF Biologists, and others.
- Complete contracts, applications and other required documentation for ACEP requiring biological expertise in cooperation with the listed partners and NRCS, District Conservationist.
- Communicates program requirements, completes site visits to determine eligibility, and develops contracts/plans for applicants/participants for the USDA, NRCS Conservation Programs and other local and state programs.
- Develop restoration plans for existing USDA easement holders to improve easement acres for wildlife habitat and landowner goals and objectives
- Coordinate and implement monitoring activities for existing USDA easements in position area for all PF staff.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
- Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with landowners and partner agencies.
- Ability to work independently with little supervision and with diverse clientele.
- Knowledge of wildlife ecology, wetland and grassland management including the ability to utilize various habitat management tools in the development of management plans.
- Knowledge of conservation and wildlife programs provided by federal (i.e. Farm Bill, US Fish and Wildlife Service), state, & local entities. In addition, knowledge of how these programs are implemented in an agricultural landscape is desired.
- Excellent verbal and written communication.
- Strong organizational skills.
- Valid driver’s license required; some use of personal vehicle required (mileage reimbursement provided).
- Able to obtain USDA Federal Security Clearance.
Start and end dates: November 2018
Salary/pay: $40,000 + Health Benefits and Retirement Package
How to apply: Visit our website at http://www.pheasantsforever.org/jobs
Application deadline: October 11, 2018