Audubon Rockies Range Ecologist: Western Wyoming

Agency
Audubon Rockies
Location
Western Wyoming
Job Category
Full time Positions
Salary
TBD
Start Date
11/01/2022
Last Date to Apply
10/01/2022
Website
https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/search?hashed=-435827155&mobile=false&width=1150&height=500&bga=true&needsRedirect=false&jan1offset=-420&jun1offset=-360
Description
Audubon Rockies is a growing conservation leader in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming, establishing innovative programs to protect, conserve, and enhance habitat for a wide variety of bird species. From backyard conservation to prairies and wetlands , Audubon Rockies on the leading edge of advancing conservation in Western Wyoming. We are heavily involved with private and public stakeholders to ensure that the future is bright for birds and the community of the Great Plains, because we believe that “Where birds thrive, people prosper”. The Range Ecologist will work closely with local landowners to implement working lands programs, including the Audubon Conservation Ranching (ACR) Program and the Prairie Management Toolbox which works in partnership with conservation organizations and agencies to deliver private landowner programs. These working lands programs aim to improve private landowners’ ability to practice bird-friendly land management. They will be responsible for enrolling landowners into these programs and assisting them with implementation of innovative land management practices. Utilizing habitat management plans (HMPs), an integral ACR conservation tool, the Range Ecologist will partner with landowners to determine land management goals and ensure program compliance. These HMPs support practices such as adaptive grazing, prescribed fire, prairie restoration, invasive species removal, and establishing rotational grazing infrastructure. HMPs rely on the designation of grassland bird species for each ranch or project site. The Range Ecologist will also conduct vegetation diversity and use monitoring to ensure landowners are compliant with program goals and are enhancing their grasslands to benefit grassland birds. Duties include assisting the Conservation Ranching Lead in ranch certification and communication, conservation project identification and implementation, developing avian habitat management plans; documenting and advising on the implementation of conservation actions; planning and conducting avian surveys, soil surveys and vegetation sampling, as well as numerous other wildlife surveys; scientific database management, including utilization of GIS; and report writing and mapping. Landowner Liaison - Provide excellent technical service to agricultural producers participating in Audubon’s working lands conservation programs. • Facilitate demand for Audubon’s conservation programs through partnerships with local agencies and organizations. • Provide timely access to financial assistance programs for enrolled ranches, through Audubon, local, state, and federal financial assistance opportunities. • Maintain connections with local conservation professionals and organizations to deliver programs. Habitat Management - Advocate science-supported habitat management on partner lands. • Establish habitat management plans. • Conduct essential avian and grassland monitoring on program lands. • Identify monitoring needs regarding avian and vegetation; develop and implement monitoring techniques to address land use, avian density and occupancy, and vegetation response to disturbance. • Liaise with landowners providing excellent technical service to agricultural producers participating in Audubon’s working lands conservation programs. Specifically, o Facilitate demand for Audubon conservation programs through partnerships with local agencies and organizations. o Connect with local conservation professionals and organizations to deliver programs and recruit new program participants. o Provide timely access to financial assistance programs for enrolled ranches, through Audubon, local, state, and federal financial assistance opportunities. Refer producers to partner conservation programs when applicable. o Establish and maintain professional relationships with ranchers and landowners participating in Audubon’s working lands programs. o Communicate program goals and work with rancher/landowner to develop site-specific farm habitat conservation plans for each assigned ranch or project. o Execute agreements and plan projects for landowners participating in financial assistance conservation programs. o Facilitate enrollment process and assist Audubon project budget tracking. • Advocate for science-supported habitat management on partner lands. • Establish habitat management plans using SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time sensitive) goals on all enrolled program ranches. • Conduct essential avian and grassland monitoring on program lands. • Identify monitoring needs regarding avian and vegetation; develop and implement monitoring techniques to address land use, avian density and occupancy, and vegetation response to disturbance. • Support grant writing related to Audubon Conservation work. • Participate in local events targeted at youth, professionals, or the general community to share expertise. • Maintain excellent communication with supervisor and administrative staff. • Participate in partner meetings and conferences. • Identify and participate in opportunities that allow for continued professional growth and aimed at improving skills related to grassland management and avian conservation. • Attend training events held by local partners, such as NRCS, USFWS, NGPC and others. • Serve as a resource for local producers and partners. • Plan and participate in landowner workshops and other educational events. • Represent Audubon at events to promote and educate the public on Audubon’s working lands programs, grassland bird conservation, and grassland management practices.
Qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree in range management, ecology, natural resources management, wildlife management, or related field required, advance degree a plus. Equivalent combination of education and experience will also be considered. • Bachelor’s degree in range management, rangeland/grassland ecology, wildlife management or biology, natural resource management, or a related field preferred. • At least one year of experience with project development/coordination, conservation planning or similar work. • 1+ years’ experience with similar work within the target area. • Experience working with local agencies and organizations to help ranchers secure cost-share and incentive program funding to implement improved rangeland management practices. • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking, public presentation, and the ability to synthesize and communicate technical and complex information to both technical and non-technical audiences • Strong project management skills, including but not limited to setting and implementing effective goals and objectives, problem-solving, time management, contract and grant management, creating and maintaining collaborations with other organizations, developing public awareness activities, preparing reports, etc. • Ability to build consensus among a wide range of individuals (e.g. conservation partners, private landowners and ranchers, volunteers, and local community members). • Experience with Ggrassland/ vegetation plant identification and management knowledge. • Experience with Aavian identification and management knowledge. • Experience with sampling methods, wildlife surveys and habitat management. • Knowledge and appreciation of the ranching culture, range management issues, and sustainable ranching practices. • Excellent communication skills across diverse audiences. • Working knowledge of ArcGIS, GPS and other GIS technologies. • Proficiency with Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and other key Microsoft Office and web-based products. • Must be able to work autonomously and within a team. • Possess valid driver’s license for safe operation of 4-wheel drive vehicles. • Ability to traverse walk long distances on uneven terrain and comfort to drive on unpaved surfaces with or without accommodation. • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs with or without accommodation.. • Must be comfortable with extensive day travel and occasional overnight travel, as necessary. Willingness to work occasional weekends and evenings as the job demands. • Familiarity with grassland bird ranges and their habitat associations a must.
Contact Person
Dusty Downey Conservation Ranching Director
Contact Phone
15044534124
Contact eMail
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