This position serves the northeast region of New Mexico and is administratively serviced by the Raton office. This position is the primary point of contact for landowners in the northeast region of New Mexico and has two primary functions. The first function is working with landowners to resolve depredation (damage) complaints. In this capacity, the NE Area Private Land Specialist works with landowners to identify the problem and develop a solution to resolve or minimize the issue. The second function is to assist private landowners to improving their property for the benefit of wildlife populations. Private land provides substantial recreational opportunity to the hunters, anglers and trappers of New Mexico and represents an important source of income to landowners and rural communities. The NE Area Private Land Specialist works cooperatively with interested landowners to develop and implement management plans to improve their private property for the benefit of wildlife.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
A working knowledge of basic principles and practices of wildlife or natural resources management is essential. Experience working with human/wildlife conflict resolution on private land is essential. Experience resolving human/wildlife conflicts on private land with big game species is preferred. A familiarity with the habitat requirements and life history needs of a wide variety of wildlife species is essential. The ability to recognize habitat components that meet the food, cover and special needs requirements for the species in question and the ability to rate the quality of these habitat components is essential. Experience evaluating properties for their wildlife potential and the ability to develop management plans to further develop a properties wildlife potential is preferred. Experience leading a state-wide or region-wide level program is essential. Working knowledge of NRCS and FSA programs is preferred. Demonstrated knowledge of Excel, MS Word, and Access are essential. Working knowledge of ArcGIS is preferred. Customer service experience and active listening skills are essential. Demonstrated ability to work politely and professionally with upset customers to resolve their concerns is preferred.
Bachelor’s degree in biology, fisheries science/management, wildlife science/management, animal science, forestry, ecology or similar related natural resource degree and two (2) years of directly related work experience.
The ideal candidate will possess a graduate level degree in biology, fisheries science/management, wildlife science/management, animal science, forestry, ecology or similar related natural resource degree and four (4) years of directly related work experience.
Applications must be submitted directly to the New Mexico State Personnel Office (http://www.spo.state.nm.us).
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