Easement Program Biologist – ACEP

Ducks Unlimited
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55,000 - 80,000
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Ducks Unlimited (DU) is an American nonprofit conservation organization 501(c) with a mission to conserve, restore, and manage wetlands and associated habitats for North America's waterfowl. This mission closely parallels the goals and mission of one of DU’s biggest partners, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and specifically their conservation easement programs administered through the Farm Bill. The NRCS’s Agriculture Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), and the Emergency Watershed Protection Program Floodplain Easements (EWPP-FPE) restore and conserve thousands of acres of wetland and grassland habitat each year. In partnership with NRCS, DU is assisting NRCS with the delivery of conservation easement programs to increase NRCS’s capacity to meet growing funding levels. These positions will be home-officed, however, will be expected to travel for team meetings and trainings held by DU and NRCS as necessary. The Easement Program Biologist position will be responsible for providing support to NRCS in coordination with their Easement Programs Division (EPD) staff to assist with the implementation of easement projects in the States they are assigned. Positions will provide service to multiple States by working with EPD teams and their DU team leader. These positions will be responsible to ensure that program applications have all land eligibility documented along with preliminary plans for how the site will be restored to achieve maximum program benefits. This position requires someone that is detail oriented, highly organized, has a strong background in wildlife biology or related field, has exceptional communication skills, and is highly motivated to be a part of a large-scale conservation effort. Maintain a solid understanding of NRCS’s ACEP and RCPP program policy, bulletins, national instructions. Review land eligibility documentation for easement projects and assess whether proper documentation has been provided; work with NRCS State offices to address incomplete eligibility requirements. Review maps and/or other restoration, conservation, and grassland management plans to ensure adequate information is provided to meet program objectives. Review programmatic waiver documentation and assess whether waiver request meets criteria; work with NRCS State offices to address incomplete waiver requirements. Ensure the land eligibility criteria aligns with conservation easement deeds based on programmatic requirements and is adequately entered into the easement business tools. For Wetland Reserve Easements (WRE), ensure there is a preliminary restoration plan documented in Conservation Desktop and aligns with the enrollment purposes and individual state Wetland Restoration Criteria Guidelines (WRCGs). Ensure points earned in ranking documents are reflected in restoration plans and conservation easement deeds. Coordinate among other SME’s and participate in standing meetings as requested.
Preferred candidates must have a bachelor's degree in wildlife, environmental science, restoration ecology or related conservation field, preferably a M.S. The successful candidate must have demonstrated the ability to think strategically, manage multiple assignments with different deadlines, and adopt new approaches in response to changing circumstances. The candidate must be willing and able to travel as needed, including some overnight travel. This position will consist of office work; no fieldwork will be required. Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Working knowledge of Farm Bill conservation easement programs. Experience working with private landowners is preferred. Field experience working in wetland, grassland, or other aquatic systems is preferred. Conservation planning and/or wetland restoration planning experience is preferred. The ability to review restoration plans, grassland management plans, or conservation management plans is preferred. Ability to effectively plan, organize and prioritize work activities and complete tasks to meet deadlines. Computer literacy with a proficiency in ArcGIS, word processing, spreadsheet, and database management programs. Experience and proven ability to encourage collaboration among diverse project partners, with an ability to create and thrive in a team environment. Excellent written and oral communication skills, with proven ability to convey information clearly. Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability, style, and personality to foster collaborative problem-solving and resolve or diffuse conflict. Ability to work independently and maintain a high level of productivity in a remote work environment.
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