Private Lands Wildlife Biologist, Bird Conservancy of the Rockies

Location Varies in Colorado and Nebraska

Job Title: Private Lands Wildlife Biologist

Organization: Bird Conservancy of the Rockies

Type of opportunity: Currently hiring 5 Private Lands Wildlife Biologists (PLWBs) across Colorado and Nebraska; 1 each in Woodland Park, Cañon City, Rocky Ford and Springfield (or similar geography), Colorado and 1 in Chadron, Nebraska. Each PLWB will work in partnership with the NRCS, Bird Conservancy of the Rockies and state wildlife agencies to deliver wildlife conservation programs on private lands within their respective regions. The PLWB will provide technical resources to landowners and other land managers to more fully incorporate wildlife conservation on their private lands using voluntary, incentive-based funding opportunities (e.g. Farm Bill, state wildlife agency program funds, etc.).

Duties:

  • Provide technical and programmatic support, including recommending management prescriptions for wildlife conservation efforts, to USDA-NRCS and their clients (landowners) on USDA Farm Bill Conservation Programs (EQIP, WLFW, CSP, etc.) and other relevant state wildlife or habitat programs
  • Enroll privately owned lands into the USDA Farm Bill Conservation Programs by utilizing partnership efforts with state wildlife agencies, USFWS Partners Program and others
  • Develop and sustain cooperative working relationships with landowners, conservation groups, local and regional conservation agencies, and other resource professionals (e.g., local Conservation Districts, local working groups/collaboratives, etc.)
  • Identify, develop and provide formal trainings and products to landowners and other stakeholders, including industry professionals, for information and outreach
  • Collaborate across Bird Conservancy of the Rockies programmatic teams

Desired qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree (M.S. preferred) in a conservation related field or equivalent experience (e.g. rangeland ecology, wildlife biology, ecology, forest ecology, human dimensions of natural resources, etc.).
  • Working knowledge of Farm Bill Conservation Programs (preference given to these candidates)
  • Ability and desire to work with a diversity of people including state, federal, and non-governmental resource professionals, agricultural producers and other community representatives
  • Motivated self-starter who is comfortable working independently under remote supervision and highly organized with the ability to manage multiple deadlines
  • Practical understanding of habitat restoration, ecology and land management
  • Knowledge of local flora and fauna
  • Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office; experience with GIS software is desirable

Start date: Mid to late August

Salary/pay: $42,000 with promotion potential

Link to more information: Click here to learn more and to apply.