To provide biological and technical support, training, habitat program development, and habitat program support to restore and manage fish and wildlife habitat, including threatened and endangered species and habitats, on private land.
Essential Job Duties
• Works as a member of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) area office staff to provide biological technical support and training to NRCS, Farm Services Agency (FSA), Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and non-governmental organization (NGO) staff in 30 counties. Represents the biological perspective in NRCS meetings and otherwise functions as an NRCS staff member in federal policy/guidelines interpretation/implementation settings. Assists NRCS staff with development of program policies for the Environmental Quality Incentive Program, Conservation Stewardship Program, Conservation Reserve Program, and other USDA conservation programs. Assists NRCS to design resource inventory systems to ensure that biological considerations are addressed during resource planning. Serves as a liaison between MDC field staff and NRCS leadership.
• Reviews and provides input on wildlife and forestry techniques and practices and recommends improvements to the Area Conservationist, Area Resource Conservationist, and/or State Wildlife Biologist. Provides guidance and interpretation on how to implement practices and serves as a source of information for multiple federal agencies and MDC employees for federal programs and practices. Assists the NRCS State Biologist in conducting biological assessments of initiatives and programs.
• Serves as the lead resource for NRCS staff for information on both state and federally listed threatened and endangered (T&E) species. Assists planners to help ensure agency activities on private land are in compliance with the Endangered Species Act. Provides input on practices that will benefit and help restore populations of T&E species. Provides input at the state level on policy for addressing habitat needs of T&E species. Works to ensure all offered programs provide an avenue to help restore T&E species or their habitats.
• Trains federal, state and NGO partners on Farm Bill program policies and implementation through workshops, seminars, field exercises, and one-on-one training events. Provides training on tools that can be used to plan practices and implement them on the landscape. Provides training on general wildlife management techniques and concepts. Advises and participates with NRCS, FSA, SWCD, MDC and NGO staff in identifying and implementing information and education programs (exhibits, tours, workshops, media contacts, demonstrations, etc.) to enhance private landowner understanding of how wildlife and agricultural consideration can be integrated.
• Participates in special local and state-wide MDC projects which impact fish, forest and wildlife resources. Organizes and helps implement special projects and/or research which move the biological knowledge base forward and help to more effectively apply management to selected habitats with new tools or techniques. Keeps records of duties performed, prepares and submits monthly reports, develops work objectives and performs other duties as required.
Education and Experience
• Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife Management and/or Resource Management, Forestry, Fisheries, Agriculture or in related degree programs.
• At least five (5) years of progressively responsible professional experience in Wildlife, Forestry, Fisheries or Agriculture work.
• Must maintain a current, valid driver’s license.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Knowledge of federal agency programs and the ability to identify challenges to conservation.
• Knowledge of Missouri threatened and endangered species and their needs.
• Ability to adapt to a variety of job situations involving long hours, hazardous conditions, and difficult circumstances.
• Be able to communicate effectively, with an emphasis on writing.
• Be able to work effectively as a team with people who have varied backgrounds and experience.
• Ability to conduct special conservation programs to special interest groups and the public.
• Ability to travel and stay overnight.
• Ability to work varying hours and shifts.
Apply online at https://jobs.mdc.mo.gov/