Scope of work:
Under general supervision of National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) District Conservationist and West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) District 1 Regional Diversity Biologist, conduct professional-level work related to Farm Bill implementation and outreach, management, research and conservation related to monarch butterfly and pollinator conservation and habitat enhancement. Two year part-time (1733 hours per calendar year) position with possibility of extension.
The employee will be responsible for assisting the NRCS and WVDNR in outreach to state and federal agencies, private landowners, NGOs, and citizen groups to provide information and technical assistance on monarch butterfly and pollinator conservation using both WVDNR resources and USDA Farm Bill Conservation programs. Develop long-term comprehensive wildlife management plans on private and public land to improve monarch butterfly and other pollinator’s habitat, wildlife populations, and other related conservation needs. Assist with public information activities. Assist in the development of a monarch/pollinator conservation plan for West Virginia. As part of the WVDNR Wildlife Diversity Program, locate and document rare butterfly, moth, and pollinator species in several areas of the state. Receive training on WVDNR and NRCS programs and protocols. Perform other duties as required.
Bachelor’s degree in biology or closely related field, preferably with an emphasis on insects.
Knowledge and/or experience with Appalachian pollinators and regional flora.
Knowledge of horticultural requirements and techniques involved in establishing butterfly and pollinator habitat.
Experience with invertebrate field survey methods, navigation, use of GPS and digital photography.
Skill and experience with MS Office, ArcGIS and other software tools.
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