Habitat Specialist – Kansas

Agency
Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever - The Habitat Organization
Location
Melvern WA, Reading, KS
Job Category
Full time Positions
Salary
$33,000 Salary depending on experience and qualifications + benefits.
Start Date
08/01/2022
Last Date to Apply
07/10/2022
Website
https://www.pheasantsforever.org/jobs
Description
Overview: This position is part of a partnership between Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) and Pheasants Forever. The incumbent will conduct habitat management work on public wildlife management areas. Habitat Specialists are full-time, permanent employees of Pheasants Forever and will receive daily leadership from KDWP Field Managers. This Habitat Specialist position will be located at the Melvern Wildlife Area near Reading, Kansas. Description of Area: Melvern Wildlife Area is located in the physiographic area known as Osage Cuestas. The area habitats include approximately 4,000 acres of native tall grass prairie, 2,000 acres of woodland habitat, and 3,000 acres of crop land. Much of the upland area is dominated by native tall grass prairie with small wooded draws interspersed. The lowlands located along the Marais des Cygnes river flood plain are primarily crop land. A mix of moist-soil management and crop rotation are utilized to manage for desirable wetland vegetation beneficial to migratory birds on Melvern’s 350 acres of wetlands. Wildlife area staff are actively involved in converting lowland crop fields into managed wetlands. Management of upland habitats over the years has consisted of converting croplands and cool season grasses to native warm season grasses and forbs, selective cutting of invading woody vegetation, and prescribed burning to stimulate native warm season grasses and forbs. White-tailed deer and wild turkey are plentiful on the area. Waterfowl numbers vary depending on available habitat, but the area has supported large numbers during both the fall and spring migrations. Mourning dove numbers vary yearly depending on nesting conditions. Bobwhite quail populations are excellent on the area, but a good dog is needed due to the dense vegetation. Squirrel and cottontail rabbit numbers are generally healthy and provide some of the most underutilized hunting opportunities on the area. Non-game species are very plentiful on the area and provide some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities. A wide array of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians can be found on the area. Fishing for catfish, white bass, and crappie in the Marais des Cygnes River are also popular activities. Trapping can be a very successful venture due to the wide array of furbearer habitats. Duties: The incumbent will assist with all aspects of managing the assigned wildlife management area. Major responsibilities include: • Directing, supervising, and implementing habitat management work on public wildlife areas; • Procuring supplies and equipment; • Supervising and participating in the construction, maintenance and repair of area buildings, equipment, and roads; • Coordinating agricultural permits to insure positive benefits for wildlife; • Providing public information; • Participating in scientific field studies and surveys; • Participating in training and evaluation of seasonal employees. • Performs other related duties as assigned.
Qualifications
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: • A basic understanding of environmental, agricultural and/or natural resource science. Education may be substituted for experience as determined relevant by the partners. Preference will be given to candidates that possess a bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in wildlife management; • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with colleagues and partner agencies; • Ability to work independently with little supervision; • Knowledge of wildlife ecology, wetland and grassland management including the ability to utilize various habitat management equipment and tools in the development of wildlife habitat; • Excellent verbal/written communication and organizational skills; • Valid driver’s license required. Training and Experience Guideline: Any combination of training and/or experience that will enable the applicant to possess the required knowledge, skills and abilities. A general qualification guideline for this position is a Bachelor of Science Degree in Wildlife Management or closely related natural resources field and/or related field experience. Pay: $33,000 Salary depending on experience and qualifications + benefits. To Apply: Please combine your cover letter explaining why this position is a good fit for you, resume, and 3 references into a single Word document or PDF file before uploading to the “Resume” area of your application on our Recruitment website at www.pheasantsforever.org/jobs . If you have additional questions, please contact Marina Osier, Kansas State Coordinator at 515-201-1873, mosier@pheasantsforever.org Pheasants Forever, Inc is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with disability, or any other category that may be protected by law.
Contact Person
Sarah Piotraschke
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