Under the direction of the Conservation Partnership/Joint Venture Program Leader and the Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture (OPJV) Coordinator, the Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture Conservation Delivery Specialist (CDS) facilitates the overall planning, implementation, and evaluation activities of a coordinated bird conservation partnership in the Cross Timbers, Blackland Prairies, Post Oak Savanna, and Edwards Plateau Ecogregions of Texas. The CDS functionally serves as Assistant OPJV Coordinator for Texas Conservation Delivery, and is Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) primary contact for the Grassland Restoration Incentive Program (GRIP) in Texas. The CDS assists in day-to-day supervision/mentorship of OPJV partner conservation delivery staff. The CDS provides daily management of GRIP Project Database, Contracting, Invoicing and Reporting to partner staff and landowner partners. The CDS works to achieve on-the-ground priority bird population and habitat objectives for priority bird species under an adaptive management framework, where possible. Provides leadership by developing training for TPWD staff, interested partners, and private landowners. Assists with identifying and procuring funds to provide financial leverage and support for research and conservation efforts. The CDS contributes to the goals and objectives of the Texas Conservation Action Plan and major national and international bird conservation plans by working closely with district and regional TPWD leaders and staff, as well as conservation partner organizations, to coordinate additional support and resources for technical assistance to local landowners. Communicates accomplishments to TPWD leadership and field staff, while communicating relevant information with the OPJV Coordinator to the OPJV Management Board, technical teams, partners, landowners, communities, other Non-Government Organizations (NGO) partners and interested parties. Serves as a technical committee representative or point of contact for bird conservation with state, regional and national technical committees and working groups, Joint Ventures to include the Oaks and Prairie Joint Venture Grassland Restoration Incentive Program, USDA’s Conservation Reserve Program, Environmental Quality Incentives Program, Wetland Reserve Program, and other related programs as may be assigned. Works under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Performs additional duties as assigned. Complies with all Agency, Division and Branch rules, regulations and procedures.
Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree preferably in Wildlife Science, Wildlife Management, Wildlife Ecology, Range and Wildlife Management, or closely related field in Natural Resources Management. Major coursework from bachelor’s or post bachelor’s degree programs must include a minimum of 24 hours in Wildlife/Habitat Conservation, Wildlife/Natural Resources Management, Wildlife Biology, and/or Research Methods.
Experience: Five years experience with on-the-ground conservation planning and implementation, partnership building, and/or grant writing.
Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master's degree in Wildlife Ecology or closely related field.