This biologist will be responsible for management, restoration, and enhancement of forested wetlands through coordination with U.S. Forest Service staff on Delta National Forest (DNF). Technical and personal skills are needed to monitor environmental conditions and execute habitat improvements. The successful candidate will also identify and advocate for longer-term habitat improvements for wildlife, public users, and other partners and cooperators.
Delta National Forest contains over 60,000 acres of bottomland hardwoods and associated wetlands, critical to the Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture and North American Waterfowl Management Plan, and provides important habitat to wintering, migrating, and resident birds. On an annual basis, DNF staff manage water on 10,000 acres of forested wetland habitat primarily for wintering waterfowl. Forest management plans execute timber harvests over 3 million board feet of timber a year. The region has been experienced record backwater flooding over the last 5 years. This partnership effort seeks to return DNF to its greatest habitat potential for the future.
Position reports to Delta National Forest Headquarters in Rolling Fork, MS.
Responsibilities & Results:
• Works cooperatively with U.S. Forest Service and State wildlife resource agencies.
• Provides technical advice and leadership for wildlife management program; gathering, compiling, and analyzing data, determine habitat requirements, prescribe and execute management.
• Prepares field data; digitizes and processes data for geographic information systems (GIS).
• Plans and executes education and outreach activities.
• Executes field work safely, under variable weather conditions, remote locations, across difficult terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
• Other duties as assigned.
• Must have a B.S. degree in natural resources and 1-year experience in conservation, forest land management, wetland management and restoration, or equivalent.
• Must complete tasks independently, on time, with minimal direct supervision.
• Must have experience operating and maintaining 4WD trucks, ATVs, and tractors.
• Must have a working knowledge of common software applications (e.g.; Word, Excel, Web browsers, and Geographic Information Systems).
• Must have a valid driver’s license.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills & Experience:
• M.S. degree in natural resources.
• Two (2) or more years’ experience in conservation or forestry management or equivalent.
• Experience with bottomland hardwood forest management and restoration projects.
• Experience monitoring plant or animal species to inform management activities.
• Experience supervising field staff, volunteers, and/or contractors to complete projects.
• Demonstrated effective communication skills via written, verbal, and graphical means to stakeholders including government officials, private landowners, partners, and general public.
To apply, please see our website at www.ducks.org/jobs to submit an application, cover letter, and resume with 3 references, indicating your qualifications and why you are interested in the position.
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