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Wildlife management technician: Florida
Private Hunting Ranch
Full time Positions
By Negotiation but usual benefits apply plus accommodation
Last Date to Apply
Due to expansion a wildlife technician is required to join the current team and assist in the development of a private bird hunting ranch. Amistad Ranch is one of very few ranches in the USA to utilize the European style of driven shooting. It is a privately owned, 4,000 acre non commercial ranch that specializes in providing true British style hunting for Pheasants and Partridge. We are looking for what would be termed in the UK a "Gamekeeper" to help continue to develop this truly unique experience in driven game. The successful applicant would be given guidance in these techniques by our experienced British ranch manager who has over 35 years working in the European hunting industry. The successful candidate will also be responsible for wild Bob White quail habitat management and assisting on hunt days and ranch habitat improvement projects
The ideal candidate will have prior experience working with game birds and in particular Bobwhite Quail. A bachelor's degree (or the practical equivalent) in wildlife biology, wildlife management, range management, biology, ecology, zoology or a closely related field. The candidate would also be required to learn European style driven game bird management techniques from current staff and be capable of implementing these techniques.
Must have general experience and knowledge in the safe operation of farm tractors and standard farm machinery and implement, chainsaws, and other equipment. Must be capable of heavy physical work at times. General computer knowledge and skills required. Must have good work habits, including being effective, reliable and able to follow instructions, capable of being a self-starter. Be able to complete an investigative background check, and have no criminal record.
Candidates should have strong background in habitat management and predator control. Must be experience utilizing firearms and traps. Strong communication skills, leadership qualities, attention to detail and writing skills are highly preferred.
Knowledge and experience with the application of prescribed fire and roller chopping
Knowledge and experience with chemical or mechanical control of invasive exotic vegetation
Ability to operate, maintain, tractors, farm implements, ATVs, etc
Ability to work independently and in a variety of weather conditions
Ability to plan and prioritize work assignments, multi-task
Ability to deal effectively with guests
Applicant will work on a family owned property (Non Commercial). Duties will include but not limited to the planning and implementation of wildlife management on a large private ranch in central Florida. The applicant may be required to supervise other employees from time to time and will be responsible for the care of equipment, farm machinery, and vehicles. The position is responsible for insuring the annual planting of wildlife food plots and other habitat improvement projects, including roller chopping, prescribed burning, predator control, maintenance of hunting blinds, Tree stands and guiding hunters on occasion.
The applicant is expected to be capable of ordering of supplies, and to maintain receipts and records as directed. The position will also work closely with other personnel including other wildlife and ranch staff, cattlemen, Dog handlers, office staff, and the family members or their guests as needed. The applicant should have a pleasant personality and ability to get along with all manner of people with different personality traits. The applicant must be willing to work late and early hours, and on weekends and holidays as needed. Benefits will be available after a 90 day probationary period from start date. Please send brief cover letter along with current resume