Overview & Job Duties:
The incumbent will work in a joint capacity with Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture (OPJV) partners including USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), and other State and Federal partners to promote, accelerate enrollment, coordinate and implement the conservation provisions of the Federal Farm Bill and other wildlife related conservation programs such as the Grassland Restoration Incentive Program (GRIP). Activities will include program promotion (workshops and one on one meetings), contract coordination, conservation planning, conservation plan modification, site assessment, and reporting. In addition, the position will provide conservation technical guidance, including wildlife habitat enhancement techniques, and conservation program delivery, to private landowners and public organizations within partner identified priority areas, as appropriate and will collaborate with partner project managers to increase involvement in GRIP.
Other duties will include: 1) Work with local chapters of Quail Forever (QF) and other local partners to increase habitat management efforts and participate in regional and statewide habitat meetings; 2) Assist or coordinate activities and projects with other QF, NRCS, TPWD, OPJV, and Rio Grande Joint Venture staff; 3) Provide leadership and support for outreach activities including direct collaboration with project managers, and through landowner field events, inter-agency partnership training meetings, and other communication efforts.
This position will be an employee of, and supervised by Pheasants Forever, Inc. & Quail Forever, with daily instruction and leadership provided by QF, NRCS and Joint Ventures. Hired individuals will work largely within the focus areas of the OPJV to achieve the objectives of the partnership. These positions will be located within the Coleman and Hebbronville USDA Service Centers, and will cover multiple counties.
For more information about the work of the OPJV, visit www.opjv.org.
Desired Knowledge. Skills and Abilities:
• Ability to be part of multiple teams and, where appropriate, provide coordination and leadership working with a diverse set of partner organizations and individual landowners to achieve conservation objectives at multiple scales (individual land parcel to state level) and through the work of others.
• Knowledge of wildlife ecology, prescribed fire, and grassland, wetland, and early succession habitat management.
• Ability to convey the use of various habitat management tools in the development of management plans.
• Knowledge of conservation and wildlife habitat programs provided by federal (i.e. Farm Bill, US Fish and Wildlife Service), state, & local entities. In addition, knowledge of how these programs are implemented in an agricultural landscape is desired.
• Knowledge of or practical experience with agricultural systems, farming and ranching.
• Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with landowners, partner agencies and colleagues.
• Ability to work independently with little supervision and with diverse clientele.
• Excellent verbal and written communication.
• Strong organizational skills.
• Demonstrated leadership abilities with a high degree of self-motivation.
• Proficiency with ArcGIS
• Ability to attend NRCS Conservation Desktop trainings to attain conservation planner certification.
• Conflict resolution skills.
• Ability to work outdoors in sometimes extreme conditions and landscapes
• Valid driver’s license required; some use of personal vehicle may be required (mileage reimbursement provided).
• Must be able to obtain USDA Federal Security Clearance.
Education and Experience Preferred: A minimum requirement for this position is a Bachelor of Science Degree in Wildlife Management or closely related natural resources field and three years of relevant experience. Wildlife Society Certification and graduate work will also be considered. Proven experience working with USDA Farm Bill programs (i.e. EQIP, CSP, ACEP, CRP and CREP) is preferred.
Starting Salary: Commensurate with Experience + Benefits
Application Requirements: Combine your cover letter, resume and 3 references into a single Microsoft Word document or PDF file before uploading to our Recruitment website at: www.pheasantsforever.org/jobs
If you have questions about these positions, contact: Chris McLeland, South Region Director, email@example.com
Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever are an EEO Employer/Vet/Disabled