Habitat Specialist, Habitat Forever

Lemmon, SD

Position Title: Habitat Specialist 

Organization: Habitat Forever

Salary: $32,000-33,000 depending on experience and qualifications + Benefits

Start Date: September 2021


This position is part of a partnership between South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks (SDGFP) and Habitat Forever, LLC (HF). The incumbent will conduct habitat management work on public wildlife management areas. They are full-time, permanent employees of Habitat Forever and will receive daily leadership from SDGFP Field Managers. The position location will be based at Shadehill Recreation Area near Lemmon, South Dakota.

Responsibilities: The incumbent will assist with all aspects of managing the assigned wildlife management area. Major responsibilities include:

  • Directing, and implementing habitat management work on public wildlife areas.

  • Procuring supplies and equipment.

  • Participating in the construction, maintenance and repair of facilities, farm equipment & implements, parking areas, and roads.

  • Coordinating agricultural permits to insure positive benefits for wildlife. 

  • Habitat management work may include site preparation, planting, management of food plots, diverse native seedings and dense nesting cover, shrub or shelterbelt plantings. Tree removal and prescribed fire.

  • Participating in scientific field studies and surveys.

  • Participating in training and evaluation of seasonal employees.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • A basic understanding of environmental, agricultural and/or natural resource science. Education is not a substitute for experience. Field and equipment experience are important. Preference will be given to candidates that possess a bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in wildlife management;

  • Excellent background in the operation, maintenance, and transportation of farm equipment.

  • Prescribed fire experience and training is very important.

  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with colleagues and partner agencies.

  • Ability to work independently with little supervision.

  • Knowledge of wildlife ecology, wetland and grassland management including the ability to utilize various habitat management equipment and tools in the development of wildlife habitat.

  • Excellent verbal/written communication and organizational skills.

  • Successful applicants must also possess or be able to acquire a South Dakota CDL Operators License and an Herbicide Applicators License.

Training and Experience Guideline:

Any combination of training and/or experience that will enable the applicant to possess the required knowledge, skills and abilities. One year of work experience in a wildlife management related job. A general qualification guideline for this position is a Bachelor of Science Degree in Wildlife Management or closely related natural resources field and/or related field experience.

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 PDF file before uploading to the “Resume” section of your application on our Recruitment website at: http://www.pheasantsforever.org/jobs

If you have questions, contact: Matt O’Connor, Habitat Forever Coordinator 563-926-2357, moconnor@pheasantsforever.org .