Range and Wildlife Coordinating Biologist - Texas
PHEASANTS FOREVER AND QUAIL FOREVER
The Habitat Organization
JOB VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT
Range and Wildlife Coordinating Biologist
Domicile Location: USDA Service Center - Hereford, Texas
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Anticipated Start Date: December 2022 – January 2023
Overview & Job Duties:
The incumbent will work in a joint capacity with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), and other State and Federal partners to promote, accelerate enrollment, coordinate, and implement the conservation provisions of the Federal Farm Bill and other wildlife related conservation programs such as the Texas Playa Conservation Initiative. Activities will include program promotion (workshops and one-on-one meetings), contract coordination, conservation planning, conservation plan modification, site assessment, and reporting. In addition, the incumbent will provide conservation technical guidance, including wildlife habitat enhancement techniques, and conservation program delivery, to private landowners and public organizations within partner identified priority areas, as appropriate. Initiative to meet with landowners/managers and other stakeholders is critical.
Other duties will include: 1) Work with local chapters of Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever, Inc. (PF/QF) and other local partners to increase habitat management efforts and participate in regional and statewide habitat meetings; 2) Assist or coordinate activities and projects with PF/QF, NRCS, and TPWD; 3) Provide leadership and support for outreach activities including direct collaboration with project managers, and through landowner field events, inter-agency partnership training meetings, and other communication efforts.
This position will be an employee of, and supervised by Pheasants Forever, Inc. & Quail Forever, with daily instruction and leadership provided by PF/QF and NRCS. This position will be located within the USDA Service Center in Hereford, TX.
Desired Knowledge. Skills and Abilities:
· Ability to be part of multiple teams and, where appropriate, provide coordination and leadership working with a diverse set of partner organizations and individual landowners to achieve conservation objectives at multiple scales (individual land parcel to state-level) and through the work of others.
· Knowledge of wildlife ecology, prescribed fire, and grassland, wetland, and early succession habitat management.
· Ability to convey the use of various habitat management tools in the development of management plans.
· Knowledge of conservation and wildlife habitat programs provided by federal (i.e., Farm Bill, US Fish and Wildlife Service), state, and local entities. In addition, knowledge of how these programs are implemented in an agricultural landscape is desired.
· Practical experience with agricultural systems, farming and ranching.
· Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with landowners, partner agencies and colleagues.
· Ability to work independently with little supervision and with diverse clientele.
· Excellent verbal and written communication.
· Strong organizational skills.
· Demonstrated leadership abilities with a high degree of self-motivation.
· Proficiency with ArcPro or USDA Conservation Desktop and GPS.
· Conflict resolution skills.
· Valid driver’s license required; some use of personal vehicle may be required (mileage reimbursement provided).
· Must be able to obtain USDA Federal Security Clearance.
Education and Experience Preferred: A minimum requirement for this position is a Bachelor of Science Degree in Wildlife Management (or closely related natural resources field) and ideally at least three years of relevant experience. Wildlife Society Certification and graduate work will also be considered. Applied prescribed fire experience is encouraged. Proven experience working with USDA Farm Bill programs (i.e., EQIP, CSP, ACEP, CRP and CREP) is preferred.
Starting Salary: Commensurate with Experience + Benefits (see benefit summary on our website at www.quailforever.org/jobs )
Application Requirements: Please combine a cover letter that outlines your interest in the position and your qualifications, along with a detailed resume, and 3 references, into one MS Word document or Adobe Acrobat PDF file before uploading to the “Resume” area of your application on our Recruitment website at: www.quailforever.org/jobs .
If you have further questions, contact: Thomas Janke, Texas PF/QF – State Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, 830-220-9742.
Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever, Inc. are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with disability, or any other category that may be protected by law.