The Georgia Wildlife Federation, a 501c3 non-profit organization promoting the wise use of Georgia’s natural resources, is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Private Lands Biologist. The candidate selected for this position will be responsible for advancing Private Lands Stewardship Program within focal counties in the historic range of longleaf pine in Georgia. This project is funded through a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Longleaf Landscape Stewardship Fund, which includes support from Southern Company. Program delivery is accomplished through a partnership between the Georgia Wildlife Federation and the National Wildlife Federation. For more information visit https://gwf.org/privatelands/.
Specific duties include:
1. Providing on-the-ground longleaf pine establishment, restoration, and management technical assistance to private, non-industrial forest landowners.
2. Providing general forestry and wildlife management technical assistance and writing management plans for private landowners.
3. Developing, coordinating, and delivering presentations/education programs to landowners/resource professionals.
4. Preparing project-related and general wildlife management articles for Georgia Wildlife Federation’s and National Wildlife Federation’s social media, newsletters and website.
5. Maintaining project records and reporting associated information and accomplishments to supervisors and partners as needed and for periodic reports.
6. Working cooperatively with other conservation organizations and agencies that are promoting longleaf pine conservation.
7. Coordinating with GWF staff for cooperative grant writing.
B.S. degree (minimum) in wildlife management, wildlife ecology, or related field. Joint degree(s) in wildlife/forestry and outreach experience preferred.
• Experience or knowledge in sustainable forestry practices, longleaf pine ecosystem restoration, wildlife habitat optimization, and prescribed fire.
• Experience working with private landowners.
• Familiarity with basic forest measurement tools (i.e. wedge prism, DBH tapes, Clinometer)
• Ability to communicate complex biological concepts to landowners and the public.
• Knowledge of Farm Bill programs (e.g. EQIP, CRP).
• Ability and willingness to work in a partnership.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Excellent interpersonal skills.
• Knowledge and experience with GPS units and Geographic Information Systems software.
• Dependable transportation for conduct of business (mileage reimbursement provided).
• Ability to travel frequently within the state and region.