The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) and National Deer Alliance (NDA) collectively are seeking a qualified, self-motivated, and outgoing individual to serve as a Deer Outreach Specialist to:
• Educate landowners and assist Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) staff with facilitation of the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) in northern Missouri.
• Provide guidance to landowners on conducting deer population surveys or other data collection efforts to meet DMAP enrollment requirements.
• Work with private landowners to establish and support wildlife management cooperatives in northern Missouri.
• Conduct habitat management trainings for private landowners and help coordinate private land assistance programs with MDC staff.
• Coordinate and assist with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) sampling trainings for landowners and deer hunters in northern Missouri.
• Promote hunter recruitment (R3) and mentoring initiatives from both QDMA/NDA and MDC.
• Participate in projects to promote wildlife conservation, conservation education and Missouri’s hunting heritage.
• Increase awareness of QDMA/NDA by recruiting new members and sponsors.
• Promote both QDMA/NDA’s programs and conservation partner programs.
Additional Responsibilities Include:
• Maintain close working relationship with MDC Private Land Conservationists and Private Lands Deer Biologist. Provide monthly updates on current activities and attend regional staff meetings whenever possible.
• Assist with enrolling interested parties into DMAP.
• Develop landowner cooperative newsletter for distribution at least twice per year.
• Conduct annual statewide survey for cooperative participants.
• Organize meetings on-demand for wildlife management cooperative leaders.
• Host and assist with QDMA/NDA Field to Fork events annually.
• Maintain close working relationship with other state and national QDMA/NDA employees.
Employment is part of a two-person team in Missouri (north/south) and is a grant funded position with MDC, with contract terms of 3 years. Next 3-year interval starts July 2021 and has been confirmed. Start date will occur well prior to July 2021 and potential employment will at a minimum occur throughout the next 3 years of the contract (2021-2024).
• Bachelor’s degree in wildlife or related natural resource field.
• Experience and working knowledge of deer hunting, deer management, and habitat management.
• Ability to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds.
• Ability to engage and relate with hunters and land managers.
• Ability to organize and coordinate educational events.
• Well-developed written and verbal communications skills.
• Sound computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office suite.
• Willingness to travel and work outside normal business hours.
• Ability to work with minimal supervision.