Private Lands Habitat Specialist – Kansas

Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever - The Habitat Organization
Dodge City, Kansas
Job Category
Full time Positions
$37,440, depending on experience and qualifications + benefits (see benefits summary on our Careers page at )
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
Application Deadline: February 24, 2023 Location: Dodge City, Kansas Anticipated Start Date: March 2023 Overview: This position is part of a partnership between Pheasants Forever and Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP). Under the daily direction of KDWP staff, the incumbent will conduct habitat management work on cooperating private land within designated priority geographies within Kansas as part of the state’s Habitat First program. The incumbent will be a full-time, permanent employee of Pheasants Forever and will receive daily leadership from KDWP staff. Priorities include implementing Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) mid-contract management practices, Wetland Reserve Easement (WRE) habitat management, and Walk-In Hunting Area (WIHA) habitat projects. Additional duties include improving rangeland and riparian wildlife habitats, assisting in the management of 3 public land properties (Herron, Stein, and Wild Turkey Playa Lake Wildlife Areas) and other duties as assigned. This position will be responsible for operating and maintaining agricultural equipment that will include trucks, trailers, tractors, implements, skid steers, ATVs/UTVs, and sprayers. Duties: The incumbent will assist with wildlife habitat management and manipulation throughout the respective district. Major responsibilities include: • Supervising, and implementing habitat management work on cooperating private landowners which will include but not limited to edge feathering, herbicide application, prescribed burning, native grass establishment, shrubby cover establishment, moist soil management and brush management with skid steer and chainsaw. Procuring supplies and equipment; • Procuring supplies and equipment • Providing public information; • Participating in scientific field studies and surveys; • Participating in training and evaluation of seasonal employees; • Performs other related duties as assigned; • Job may require odd hours and travel/time away from home
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; • Upland habitat management, prescribed burning, operation of tractors and agricultural implements (disking, mowing, planting food plots, etc.), operation of skid loader with tree saw, brush grapple and toother attachments, identification and control of noxious weeds and other undesired vegetation; • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with colleagues and partner agencies; • Safe transportation/hauling of equipment; • 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; • Applicant may be required to obtain a CDL, private pesticide applicators license and prescribed fire training Training and Experience Guideline: Any combination of training and/or experience that will enable the applicant to possess the required knowledge, skills and abilities. One year of work experience in a wildlife management related job. Applicants who possess a natural resource degree and/or experience operating agricultural equipment is preferred. Pay: $37,440, depending on experience and qualifications + benefits (see benefits summary on our Careers page at ) 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” section of your application on the Recruitment website at . If you have additional questions, please contact Marina Osier, Kansas State Coordinator 515-201-1873, Pheasants Forever, Inc and Quail Forever 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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