Bryan, OH or Defiance, OH
Position Title: Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist I or II
Organization: Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever
Anticipated Start Date: September 2021
Salary: Starting range of $35,265 to $38,792 (commensurate with experience and qualifications), plus benefits
This position will be an employee of and supervised by Pheasants Forever, Inc. and Quail Forever (PF & QF), with daily instruction, quality assurance, training, and workload prioritization provided by USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Ohio Division of Wildlife (DOW), and the PF & QF State Coordinator and Senior Farm Bill Biologist. The work area includes Williams, Defiance, Fulton, and Henry Counties, with the primary duty station located in the Bryan or Defiance USDA Service Center. Occasional service to counties outside the primary work area may be required to address annual workload variance and assist teammates and partners. The biologist will work in joint capacity with NRCS, DOW, and other partners to promote, accelerate enrollment, coordinate and implement the conservation provisions of the Federal Farm Bill and other related wildlife conservation programs. Primary workload will focus on the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), including the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) and State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE), plus other relevant Farm Bill programs such as Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP), Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), and Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP).
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with landowners and partner agency staff.
- Ability to work independently with little supervision and with diverse clientele.
- Knowledge of wildlife ecology, grassland, wetland and early succession habitat management including the ability to utilize various habitat management tools in the development of management plans. Specific knowledge of grassland/farmland associated wildlife species’ habitat requirements is desirable.
- Knowledge of conservation and wildlife programs provided through the Farm Bill, as well as other federal, state, & local entities.
- Knowledge of agricultural landscapes, common farming and land use practices, and basic agricultural economics is desirable.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Strong organizational skills, time management, and attention to detail.
- Proficiency with ArcGIS is required.
- Valid driver’s license required; use of personal vehicle required with a mileage reimbursement provided.
- Must be able to obtain USDA Federal Security Clearance.
Education and Experience Preferred:
Any combination of training and/or experience that will enable the applicant to possess the required knowledge, skills and abilities. A Bachelor of Science Degree in Wildlife Management or closely related natural resources field is required. At least 2 years of professional experience are required for a Farm Bill Biologist II. Proven experience working with USDA Farm Bill programs is preferred. The ideal candidate will exhibit a balance of technical knowledge and interpersonal skills required to implement voluntary conservation programs on private lands. Practical and/or professional experience in farming and agricultural disciplines is highly beneficial. The successful applicant must enjoy working with private landowners and producers to achieve their conservation objectives.
How to Apply:
Application deadline is August 13, 2021 (11:59 PM EST).
Please combine your cover letter, resume and 3 references into a SINGLE Word document or Adobe Acrobat PDF file before uploading to the “Resume” section of your application on our Recruitment website. If you have questions about this position, please contact Cody Grasser, Ohio State Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-551-3875.
Internal applicants: please log in to ADP and click on MYSELF > Talent > Career Center.
External applicants: please apply online at www.pheasantsforever.org/jobs .