NWTF Forester / Wildlife Biologist - Missouri
The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) has an immediate need for a full-time, term limited (minimum of 3 yrs) Forester or Wildlife Biologist to work in the Ozark Highlands of Southern Missouri. Work will be conducted cooperatively with the USDA Forest Service Mark Twain National Forest, NRCS state and local offices, agency partners, and other NWTF staff to manage and expand projects on the national forest and provide technical assistance to landowners, primarily through the development of conservation plans. Duty Station will be either the Houston or Eminence NRCS office.
• Collaborate with Forest Service on the development of Stewardship proposals focusing on the restoration of natural communities and wildlife habitats.
• Develop, administer, implement, and monitor NWTF/Mark Twain National Forest Stewardship Agreements and contracts in cooperation with Mark Twain National Forest staff.
• Identify opportunities and provide management recommendations for wildlife habitat improvement projects for game and non-game species to be included as service work items on Stewardship agreements and contracts.
• Manage subcontractors to implement forest management, timber stand improvement, non-native invasive removal, enhancing openings, and other habitat management activities.
• Seek additional grant funding, develop partnerships, and work with volunteers to expand conservation activities on National Forest System lands.
• Construct update reports, manage data, and provide oversight for all contract administration.
• Provide private landowner conservation technical assistance with a priority focus in Howell, Oregon, Shannon, Texas, and surrounding counties.
• Collaborate with Forest Service and NRSC on development of existing and future Joint Chiefs Proposals and future landscape level restoration projects.
• Assist District Conservationists in providing technical assistance to landowners expressing an interest in forest and wildlife management as related to NRCS Farm Bill Programs, including site visits, resource inventories, and Customer Service Toolkit Plan development.
• Provide forestry and wildlife support to NRCS for implementation, checkout, and certification of planned activities utilizing conservation practices standards, specifications, and job sheets.
• Develop Forest Management Plans that meet NRCS criteria using Conservation Desktop.
• Promote participation and highlight accomplishments by submitting newspaper articles to all local newspapers within the project area and providing radio interviews on identified radio stations.
• Develop and deliver innovative forest management techniques to landowners and cooperators through workshops, written materials, field days and educational programs.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS: Preferred candidates will possess experience working in forest ecosystems, riparian communities and a working knowledge of wild turkeys, forest wildlife and their habitat requirements. Knowledge of forest entomology, pathology, fire behavior, forest management and planning for major silvicultural types of the region is required. A working knowledge of basic surveying principles, map reading and GIS/GPS technology, ArcGIS skills and the ability to apply professional scientific techniques to the land for which responsibilities are assigned is required. The forester will possess the ability to effectively cooperate with private landowners, the general public, cooperators and their peers. The position requires the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in written form, to convey clear and persuasive messages that positively influence the thoughts and actions of others. Knowledge of USDA Farm Bill conservation programs (e.g., EQIP, CSP, CRP).
This position will require moderate overnight travel. The NRCS will provide office space in the Houston and/or Eminence office. Excellent benefits package. Salary is commensurate with experience. Application Deadline – September 6, 2019.
Apply at the NWTF website (https://nwtf.applicantpro.com/jobs/)
• Applicants must possess a Bachelor’s degree in Forestry from a SAF accredited program or a degree in wildlife biology / mgmt. or natural resources related field (Master’s degree preferred). Experience with forestry and silviculture, conservation implementation, habitat management, and wildlife biology is preferred.
• Strong organizational skills, networking, communication(ex., verbal, presentation, inter-personal, writing), project management, and leadership ability is preferred
• Experience working with private landowners as well as Federal / State agencies (ex. NRCS, MDC, USFS) with working knowledge of cost-share programs, such as EQIP(NRCS)
• Ability to use Excel, ArcMAP, Google Maps, and other computer mapping systems, including Trimble GPS, to identify and delineate project boundaries
• Demonstrated proficiency using Microsoft Office, Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Outlook, & social media
• Able to work in a wide range of field conditions often requiring rigorous physical activity
• Proven ability to manage multiple projects, produce effective results, and meet deadlines; applicant must be self-motivated, responsible and have ability to solve problems.
• Work alone in a diverse range of climatic and topographic conditions including extreme hot and cold temperatures, biting insects, and snakes, possibly in remote areas with limited access and amenities and other extreme conditions as warranted.
• Walk several miles per day in the conditions described above and drive and/or ride long distances frequently without experiencing debilitating health problems.
• Applicant may be required to participate in specific training programs to use partner facilities and equipment. Applicant must have a valid driver’s license & will be based out of a NRCS office within Southern Missouri.