Range Conservationist, Pheasants Forever

Elko, Nebraska

Job Title: Range Conservationist

Organization: Pheasants Forever

Type of opportunity: This position is part of a collaborative effort among the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW), and Pheasants Forever to further the delivery of NRCS Working Lands For Wildlife (WLFW) Efforts such as the Sage Grouse Initiative.   This position provides range /wildlife technical assistance for the Sage Grouse Initiative and associated Farm Bill conservation programs to agriculture producers and landowners.  This position will be an employee of Pheasants Forever Inc. with daily instruction and leadership provided by the NV-NRCS SGI Range Management Specialist and District Conservationist.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with landowners and partner agencies.
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision and with diverse clientele.
  • Knowledge of range science and wildlife ecology including the ability to develop prescribed grazing plans that include wildlife habitat management objectives.
  • Able to obtain USDA Security Clearance and NRCS Conservation Planning certification.
  • Excellent verbal/written communication and organizational skills.
  • Valid driver’s license and skillset to drive at high elevation, and often remote locations, on a regular basis and occasionally during inclement weather.
  • 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 the management systems.
  • Knowledge of computer skills is required, and applicant should be familiar with Word and Excel.
  • Ability to use ArcMap and Costumer Service 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.
  • Strong range background along with a wildlife management degree is preferred

Duties:

  • Provide technical assistance (wildlife biology and range conservation focus) and guidance to landowners, government agencies, non-government organizations (NGO’s) and others. Training will be provided by NRCS, NDOW, USFWS, Pheasants Forever and other local and state agencies.
  • Complete conservation plans and maps, contracts, applications, and other required documentation for Farm Bill conservation programs (i.e. EQIP, ACEP, CRP, and SAFE) requiring biological and rangeland 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 conservation programs for the protection, restoration, and enhancement of sage grouse habitat.
  • Coordinate and participate in field work activities for sage grouse habitat project implementation and work with agricultural producers.
  • Coordinate integration and application of biological sciences within the conservation programs in cooperation with the local NRCS District Conservationist and other partners that are consistent with the Field Office Technical Guide.
  • Participate in, and often lead the local “Team Approach” to identifying habitat improvement potentials with project funding partners. This includes NRCS, NDOW, USFWS-PFW, PF, BLM, and others.
  • Participate in and/or facilitate partner meetings to increase understanding of all the conservation programs available to landowners
  • Utilize available partnerships and funds from USFWS, NDOW, and others, on all projects, as allowed by individual landowners, directing landowners to the conservation program that best fits the resource need.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned; including marketing and public outreach regarding SGI and WLFW across the region, help partners with biological surveys, such as annual lek counts, and explore other Farm Bill funded conservation projects that benefit wildlife species identified in the Nevada State Wildlife Action Plan as workload allows.

Start date: October 2020

Salary/pay: $38,000+, health benefits and retirement package

How to apply: Click here

Application deadline: September 23, 2020