Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism
Woodson Wildlife Area
$9.00 - $13.00 per Hour/ based on experience
Last Date to Apply
Anticipated Start Date: ASAP. This is a full time temporary position. The position ends after 999 hours, but can be renewed every calendar year.
Duties and Responsibilities: This position will work closely with the Public Lands Manager to complete a wide variety of habitat improvement projects, such as prescribed fire, woody vegetation control, livestock watering exclusions, Post Oak Savanah Restoration, native grass and forb planting, construction of rock fishing piers and chemical control of invasive plants. Applicant will also be involved in fish sampling, and helping with the channel catfish rearing facility located at the Wildlife Area. Applicant will conduct a variety of work including but not limited to: small and large equipment operation, equipment transport, site preparation, seed mixing & planting, mechanical & chemical weed control, tillage and mowing practices, water manipulation, fencing, posting and signing, livestock management practices, controlled burning and other agricultural practices. The ability and willingness to work long hours during crucial periods of the growing season, and coordinating work activities with the Manager is required.
To Apply: Please submit the following to:
Woodson Wildlife Area
738 Fegan Rd.
Toronto, KS 66777
Applicants will need to complete a KDWPT employment application located at http://www.ksoutdoors.com/news/KDWPTInfo/
Jobs/Employment-Application-Additional-Info application or at any KDWPT office. Complete applications should be mailed to:
Woodson Wildlife Area- Attn: John Johnson, 738 Fegan Rd. Toronto KS, 66777
Supplemental information (resume, cover letter, reference, etc.) preferred, but not required.
Closing Date: Interested applicants should apply immediately, open until filled.
We reserve the right to conduct a background check on all qualified applicants.
Kansas Tax Clearance Certificate: Each applicant applying for a State of Kansas job vacancy must obtain a State Tax Clearance Certificate by accessing the Kansas Department of Revenue’s website at
http://www.ksrevenue.org/taxclearance.html. A Tax Clearance is a comprehensive tax account review to determine and ensure that an individual’s account is compliant with all primary Kansas Tax Laws. Applicants are responsible for submitting their certificate with all other application materials to the hiring agency. This is in accordance with Executive Order 2004-03.
The Americans with Disabilities Act ensures your right to reasonable accommodations during the employment process–individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact the agency recruiter if reasonable accommodations are needed for any part of the application or hiring process. Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
Contact: John Johnson, Public Lands Manager, 620-637-2748 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Description of Area:
All of the work will take place in East Central Kansas. Housing is not provided, but staff will help applicant find.
Work will be conducted at any of the following locations:
Woodson Wildlife Area-
In 1933 320 acres of property was donated to the Forestry Fish and Game Commission by R.B. Fegan on which to build a state lake. In 1974 the purchase of an adjoining 2,245 additional acres was completed from Robert Blair. Another parcel was purchased in 1976, which was the last parcel added to the area. This brings the total acreage of the Woodson Area to 2,885 acres.
The oak covered Chautauqua Hills which lie along the east and south side of the lake, along with the native grass covered rolling terrain to the west and north, provide a beautiful setting for Woodson State Fishing Lake. The lake itself is 180 surface acres and is located on a tributary of Big Sandy Creek, which eventually dumps into the Verdigris River. About 75% of public use on the area centers around the lake. Primary use is by anglers, however, the beautiful setting of the lake draws many campers and day users.
Wilson State Fishing Lake-
Wilson State Fishing Lake is the culmination of a joint venture between the Kansas Department of Transportation and the Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks. In 1955 an agreement was made between the two agencies to undertake this cooperative effort. The Department of Transportation’s responsibilities laid with the construction of a dam on Woodruff Creek, the construction of the lake spillway, and the construction of the roadway over the dam (U.S. 75). Wildlife & Parks secured all right of ways for the construction of the dam, lake, and park area. The area was purchased by the Kansas Fish and Game Commission from twelve individual landowners on January 21, 1955, at a total purchase price of $20,406.79. It is located in four different sections, section 8, 9, 16, and 17 of township 27, range 16 of Wilson County, Kansas. Since dam completion in 1956, the 119 acre impoundment has been managed as a state fishing lake for the recreational angler. The remaining 171.9 acres have been managed as a small but viable wildlife area.
Numerous species of native plants and wildlife use the upland prairies surrounding Wilson State Fishing Lake. The area is a good example of semi arid habitat due to the very thin soils which cover alternating layer of limestone and shale. This makes the area a favorite site for those interested in the geology of Kansas. Deer, quail, rabbits, numerous song birds and a variety of other terrestrial wildlife find the areas habitat suitable.
Otter Creek Wildlife Area-
The 1637 acre John Redmond Wildlife Area lies on both sides of Otter Creek which flows into John Redmond Reservoir along its southwest shoreline. There are approximately 200 acres of riparian area and 465 acres of cropland. Approximately 970 acres that are native grass or have at sometime been planted to native grasses. Up to 75 percent of the wildlife area is very heavily flood prone and it is difficult to sustain a good permanent cover such as native grass on the area. The management objective for John Redmond Wildlife Area is to provide the public with a quality outdoor experience, managing the wildlife and wildlife habitat with an ecological based approach, while providing quality hunting, fishing and other outdoor opportunities. Species managed for include deer, turkey, quail, doves, and waterfowl.
Minimum Qualifications: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife Management, Biological Sciences or Agriculture. OR Currently attending an accredited college or university pursuing a degree in Wildlife Management, Biological Sciences or Agriculture. Practical experience in the operation of equipment including: tractors, tillage equipment, grass drills, mowers, ATV’s, trucks, bumper and gooseneck trailers is important. Knowledge, experience, and training in prescribed burning are helpful. Applicants must be an innovative and resourceful self-starter with excellent communication skills and be able to work with minimal supervision. The right individual will gain incredible experience working with resource agency personnel from Public Lands, Wildlife and Fisheries, Law Enforcement and Parks Divisions while building, enhancing and maintaining conservation projects and wildlife habitat.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Must be physically fit and able to perform demanding tasks in a variety of outdoor setting and weather conditions. The capability to operate chain saws, tractors, sprayers, skid loaders, agricultural equipment, zero turn mowers, and various vehicles and equipment is required. Required to be at least 18 years of age with a valid driver's license. Completion or enrollment in wildlife, fisheries, or other natural resource-related courses of study preferred, but not required. Interest and knowledge of farming, construction, forestry, range management, bobwhite management or wetland management will be considered in candidate selection. Farm or construction experience is very helpful.