Farm Bill Forester – Pennsylvania

Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever
Central Pennsylvania
Job Category
Full time Positions
Starting Salary: $33,000 - $38,000 + Health Benefits and Retirement Package
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
Overview: These positions will work jointly with Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) to carry out the provisions of their Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Improvement Program (VPA-HIP) grant through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). This includes promoting and implementing both hunter access and habitat management programs and practices on private lands. These individuals will work with existing PGC Hunter Access cooperators and recruit new cooperators to the program. Additionally, these positions will work jointly with the PGC, NRCS, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) to implement, and promote NRCS’ Working Lands for Wildlife Golden-Winged Warbler (GWWA) Initiative. Positions will be employees of, and supervised by Pheasants Forever, Inc., with additional instruction and leadership provided by PGC. Funding for these positions is provided through the Farm Bill’s VPA-HIP administered through the PGC. Duties: • Provide forest management technical assistance and guidance to individual landowners, government agencies, water authorities, corporate landholders, non-government organizations (NGO’s) and others. Training will be provided by PGC, PF, and other local, state and federal agencies. • Coordinate the implementation and application of silvicultural practices related to the GWWA Initiative and other conservation programs in cooperation with PGC, NRCS, IUP, PF staff, and others. • Assist with VPA-HIP contracts, applications and other required documentation to increase private land open to public hunting and improve habitat on those lands. • Work with PGC Hunter Access Cooperators to plan and implement habitat improvements, especially for early successional forest species, such as Golden-winged warbler. • Communicate program requirements, complete site visits to determine eligibility, and develop contracts/plans for applicants enrolling in USDA conservation programs or other state and local conservation and access programs. • Coordinate and participate in field work activities for habitat project implementation including timber marking, forest stand inventories, and timber harvest oversight. • Work with private landowners and contractors to ensure compliance with program goals.
Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities: • Ability to work independently in rough, remote terrain with little supervision and with diverse clientele. • Knowledge of wildlife ecology, forest management and silviculture including the ability to utilize various habitat management tools in the development and implementation of habitat management plans. • Familiarity with PA forest trees, herbaceous plants, wildlife species and their habitat requirements (emphasis on early succession species), timber markets, and timber evaluation and marking techniques. • Knowledge of conservation and access programs provided by PGC, USDA and PF. • GIS and GPS knowledge and skills. • Excellent verbal/written communication and organizational skills. • Valid driver’s license and personal vehicle required (mileage reimbursement provided). Education and Experience Preferred: A minimum requirement for this position is a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry, Wildlife Management or closely related natural resources field. Candidates with experience applying forestry practices to create/enhance wildlife habitat are preferred. To Apply: Visit our website at: ONLY ONLINE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Please combine your cover letter, resume and 3 references into a single Microsoft Word document or PDF file on the Recruitment website. For additional questions about these two positions, contact Kent Adams, East Region Director, or (717) 319-5575. Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever are an EEO Employer/Vet/Disabled.
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Sarah Piotraschke, HR Specialist
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