Sagebrush Ecosystem Alliance Coordinator: Utah

Utah State UniversityExtension
Tremonton, UT
Job Category
Full time Positions
up to $60k
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
The Sagebrush Ecosystem Alliance (SEA) is a geographically-focused effort that will emphasize enhancing conservation of sagebrush ecosystems across 1.1 million acres of Sage-grouse Priority Habitat Management Area in Northwestern Utah, and potentially portions of Southern Idaho/Northern Nevada Sagebrush Focal Areas.

The Sagebrush Ecosystem Alliance Coordinator will be a fully benefited employee of Utah State University. The SEA Coordinator will coordinate job responsibilities with a SEA Advisory Board composed of federal and state agencies. The SEA Coordinator responsibilities will include identification, implementation, and evaluation of projects that are related to conservation priorities in the SEA Focus Area. The successful candidate must be able to communicate and engage local landowners in identifying potential project opportunities and then work closely with the coordinating agencies to plan, implement and evaluate the conservation impacts of the projects proposed and completed.
The SEA coordinator may also assist BLM in preparation NEPA documents as part of proposed projects. Most work will be directed toward conservation priorities including conifer removal; restoration of wet meadows; grazing management; invasive species; and developing multi-allotment grazing plans. The SEA Coordinator will work with the stakeholders to develop thresholds and responses for sagebrush-obligate habitats to support the BLM grazing permit renewal process, in addition to assisting in developing grazing permit terms and conditions for actions needed to meet or make progress toward meeting habitat objectives for sage-grouse and other sagebrush-obligate species.
Required Skills and Experience:
• MS Degree (or commensurate experience) in Rangeland Science or related field (i.e. Wildlife, Agriculture, or Watershed Sciences)
• Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team member
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Four or more years of demonstrated experience and success in planning and implementation of range improvement projects.
• Ability to act as a liaison between landowners, federal, and state agencies.
• Working knowledge and experience with livestock grazing management
• Understanding of sage-grouse and other sagebrush obligates ecology
• Demonstrated proficiency in data collection, database management, and data analysis
• Demonstrated proficiency in rangeland and habitat monitoring techniques
• Familiarity with dealing with cost-share type agreements (i.e. NRCS)

Preferred Skills and Experience:
• Three years or more of demonstrated experience conflict resolution or facilitation experience.
• Skills and experience with grant writing
• Experience developing extension and outreach materials
• Skills and experience with implementing applied research
• Strong plant identification skills
• Strong GIS skills
• Familiarity with Utah Watershed Restoration Initiative
• Familiarity with NRCS Sage-grouse Initiative process
• Familiarity with Utah Department of Agricultural and Food Grazing Improvement Program
• Experience in operating and care for 4x4 trucks and ATV’s

The Sea Coordinator will be required to travel extensively throughout the SEA Focus area to meet with stakeholders, attend meetings, conferences, site visits, and field tours. This travel can involve overnight stays. The candidate should also expect to work in remote locations alone for extended periods of time often in variable and extreme weather conditions. Utah State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This is a USU exempt, fully benefitted term position. The position is a three-year term position, with continuation subject to funding availability.

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Submit the following:
- Resume / CV
- 3 references
- Samples of writing.

Eric Thacker
Assistant Professor (Rangeland Extension Specialist)
Wildland Resources Dept.
Ph#: 435.797.7874
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Eric T. Thacker
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