Feral Hog Elimination Team Leader – Missouri

Agency
Missouri Department of Conservation
Location
Officed within 30 miles of the Ozark Region
Job Category
Full time Positions
Salary
$40,548-$71,532
Start Date
06/09/2017
Last Date to Apply
06/21/2017
Website
https://mdc6.mdc.mo.gov/applications/recruitment/JobDetail.aspx?intPstID=2137
Description
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Jointly with USDA-APHIS- Wildlife Services, provide leadership and coordination for a statewide comprehensive feral hog elimination program: Manage all operational aspects of the statewide elimination program. Cooperate with the Wildlife Management Coordinator and USDA to lead the Missouri Feral Hog Partnership, including planning and coordination of meetings, dissemination of notes, planning of joint operations, and soliciting partner support. Serve as main point-of-contact for the Department’s statewide efforts and as liaison for USDA, other partners, and the Wildlife Management Coordinator regarding feral hog operations. Provide daily strategic and operational leadership and guidance to the Department’s Regional Feral Hog Coordinators and strike teams. Lead staff to identify and prioritize populations of feral hogs in the state and work to eliminate them in a strategic manner. Help supply staff with resources needed (i.e., budget, equipment, support, supplies, etc.) to eliminate feral hogs in target locations. Evaluate budget needs for the feral hog program; determine what resources are needed at statewide level and guide regional coordinators in developing budgets at regional level. Work directly and cooperatively with Resource Science Division and other research scientists to monitor populations and determine distribution to guide elimination efforts and develop a method to measure success of elimination efforts. Work closely with the Wildlife Management Coordinator to provide frequent updates on all aspects of the program. Provide continuity and promote communication and sharing of information among regions and agencies.

Coordinate outreach activities for feral hog elimination program. Develop, maintain and implement a strategic communication plan for the feral hog program that includes target audiences and key messages. Work with MDC staff to facilitate outreach to inform the public and legislators about feral hogs and the threat they pose to fish, forest, and wildlife resources and Missouri’s agricultural industry. Provide training to Department, USDA and other partner staff on feral hog trapping techniques and ensure all trappers stay up-to-date on latest technology and methods to ensure maximum efficiency. Serve as a source for technical expertise on feral hogs and techniques for trapping hogs by maintaining a network of professional contacts at regional and national levels. Coordinate with agricultural groups such as Missouri Farm Bureau, MFA, Cattleman’s Association, Pork Producers, etc. and environmental groups such as Quail Forever, Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation, National Wild Turkey Federation, Quality Deer Management Association, etc. to develop partnerships and support for the feral hog program.

QUALIFICATIONS:
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Management, Wildlife Ecology, Biology, Zoology, Botany, or related field and 3-5 years of experience in wildlife management work or closely related natural resource field.

CORE COMPETENCIES AND SPECIAL ABILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Ability to:
Accept all responsibilities of the job and assigned tasks. Use provided computer technology to enhance the quality of work and programs.
Keep focused on understanding, anticipating and responding to the needs of customers.
Administer financial resources in a manner which instills public trust and accomplishes the Department’s mission.
Accept change and new information and cope with job pressure and stress.
Persuade others to “buy into” a course of action.
Coach and challenge others to achieve their potential.
Identify internal and external politics that impact the work of the Department.
Define a problem, analyze relevant information, and develop solutions to solve the problem.
Develop and sustain cooperative working relationships. Demonstrate technical proficiency in areas of responsibility. Develop new insights into situations and apply innovative solutions that make improvements.
Make timely and effective decisions with available information or knowledge within own span of authority.
Establish comprehensive and realistic plans of action to accomplish activities and evaluate progress.
Demonstrate regular and predictable attendance.
Operate a motor vehicle and have or obtain a valid driver license.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

This position has been determined to be exempt according to the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Employees must agree to accept compensatory time off in lieu of cash payments in accordance with the Department’s Compensatory Time Off and Overtime policy.

Smoking is prohibited in all owned, rented or leased Department of Conservation offices, buildings, and similar facilities, in Department aircraft, and in vehicles.

The Department of Conservation will hire only United States citizens and aliens authorized to work in the United States. All new employees will be required to complete an "Employment Eligibility Verification" (Form I-9) and produce requested documentation after employment.

Candidates seeking initial employment or re-employment must submit to a drug screen following offer of employment.

All persons employed with the state of Missouri shall file all state income tax forms and pay all state income taxes owed.
Qualifications
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Management, Wildlife Ecology, Biology, Zoology, Botany, or related field and 3-5 years of experience in wildlife management work or closely related natural resource field.
Contact Person
Alan Leary
Contact Phone
5735224115 x3693
Contact eMail
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