Overview & Job Duties:
These positions will be employees of, and supervised by Pheasants Forever, Inc., with daily instruction, quality assurance, and workload prioritization provided by NRCS. Each position will have office space in the Bloomsburg and Wellsboro USDA Service Centers, respectively. Work area will include the local county, plus 1-2 adjacent counties. Occasional travel to assist in counties outside the primary work area may be required to address annual workload variance. The biologists will work in a joint capacity with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC), and other partners to promote, accelerate enrollment, coordinate and implement the conservation provisions of the Federal Farm Bill and other related wildlife conservation programs. Primary workload will focus on Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) new enrollment, re-enrollment, mid-contract management, and status reviews. Specific activities will include conservation planning, conservation plan modification, site assessment, program promotion (e.g. workshops, one on one meetings, mailings), contract coordination, and reporting. The biologists will provide technical biological assistance for wildlife habitat enhancement techniques to private landowners and public organizations. They will meet with local chapters of Pheasants Forever (PF) and Quail Forever (QF) and other local partners to influence habitat management efforts and participate in regional and statewide habitat meetings. They will assist or coordinate activities and projects with other PF/QF, PGC and NRCS staff.
Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities:
• Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with landowners and partner agencies.
• Ability to work independently with little supervision and with diverse clientele.
• Knowledge of wildlife ecology, grassland, wetland and early succession habitat management including the ability to utilize various habitat management tools in the development of management plans.
• Knowledge of conservation and wildlife 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.
• Excellent verbal and written communication.
• Strong organizational skills.
• Proficiency with ArcGIS and/or USDA Toolkit.
• Valid driver’s license required; use of personal vehicle required with a 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. Proven experience working with USDA Farm Bill programs (CRP, CREP, ACEP, EQIP and CSP) is preferred.
To Apply: Visit our website at: www.pheasantsforever.org/jobs
ONLY ONLINE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Please include your cover letter, resume and 3 references as a single Word document or PDF file on the Recruitment website.
For questions contact: Kent Adams, East Region Director, email@example.com or (717) 319-5575
Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever are an EEO Employer/Vet/Disabled