Private Lands Wildlife Biologist (2) – lower South Platte River, Colorado

Bird Conservancy of the Rockies
Greeley, CO and Sterling, CO
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For the full job announcement, more about the organization and the locations of work, please go to website: Position Overview: We are hiring TWO biologists to deliver wildlife habitat conservation projects on private lands in the lower South Platte River Basin in northeastern Colorado with an emphasis on wetland- and riparian-dependent species. This position is a partnership between the USDA - NRCS, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) and Bird Conservancy of the Rockies. The biologist will help agricultural producers improve wildlife habitat and achieve their management objectives by developing comprehensive conservation plans, including resource assessments and monitoring, habitat treatments and coordination of conservation practice implementation (e.g. fencing riparian buffers, improving water-control structures to optimize flood irrigation, improve floodplain connectivity, reducing invasive plant species, prescribed grazing plans, etc.). The biologist will work with federal, state, and local natural resource professionals, and will use voluntary, incentive-based funding opportunities (e.g. Farm Bill, state funds). The biologists will be jointly supervised by Bird Conservancy and NRCS, and will travel throughout the region using a provided vehicle. Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities: ● Provide technical and programmatic support to enhance, restore or improve management of wildlife habitat on privately-owned land in partnership with the USDA-NRCS and their clients (landowners) by leveraging Farm Bill Conservation Programs and relevant state wildlife or habitat programs. These positions will give particular focus and support to creating conservation plans on properties under perpetual easement with the USDA-Wetlands Reserve Easement Program. Plans include Wetland Reserve Plan of Operations (WRPO) and Compatible Use Agreement (CUA) applications. ● Develop and sustain cooperative working relationships with landowners, conservation groups, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and other resource professionals (e.g., local Conservation Districts, Ducks Unlimited, local working groups/collaboratives, etc.) ● Deliver formal trainings and products to landowners and other stakeholders for the purposes of enhancing, restoring, or improving management of wildlife habitat ● Develop technical proficiency in the principles and practice of wildlife habitat enhancement, restoration, or improved management within agricultural systems on privately-owned land. Other Duties: ● Collaborate across Bird Conservancy programmatic teams ● Develop technical conservation planning and agency business tools ● Assist partner agency and other collaborators in conducting biological assessments ● Other duties as assigned Physical Demands / Work Environment: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. ● Able work in a standard office setting, with considerable sitting, standing and viewing of computer ● Mid-level stress ● Requires reaching continually throughout the workday (mouse, keyboard, telephone). ● May include lifting up to thirty (30) pounds of project gear on a frequent basis. Proper lifting techniques required ● Able to stand, walk and hike for extended periods of time outside in all weather ● Able to work independently in remote locations where hazardous wildlife and conditions may occur ● Ability to troubleshoot when working solo (flat tires, cattle gates, etc.) ● Requires valid state driver’s license and ability to travel throughout the landscape on a regular basis, often to remote locations in inclement weather or adverse conditions Material and Equipment Directly Used: ● Various habitat restoration and enhancement materials ● Standard office equipment (e.g. laptop, printers); PC with MS Office software applications ● Navigate to field sites and record data using GPS, smartphones, tablets, or other technology ● Operate federal vehicles, including cars, trucks, All Terrain Vehicles or Utility Task Vehicles
Knowledge, Skills and Experience required (unless otherwise noted): ● Bachelor’s degree with at least two years’ professional experience, OR advanced degree, in a conservation related field (e.g. wildlife biology, ecology, human dimensions of natural resources, wetland/riparian management, etc.) OR four years of equivalent professional experience ● Motivated self-starter who is comfortable working independently under remote supervision and highly organized with the ability to manage multiple deadlines ● Working knowledge of Farm Bill Conservation Programs (preference given to these candidates) ● Ability and desire to work with a diversity of people including state, federal, and non-governmental resource professionals, agricultural producers, industry professionals, and other community representatives ● Practical understanding of habitat restoration, ecology and land management, with special emphasis on wetland/riparian systems ● Knowledge of Colorado flora and fauna, particularly wetland/riparian communities ● Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills ● Proficient in Microsoft Office; experience with GIS software is desirable To Apply: Please submit your cover letter, resume and contact information for three references in ONE document to with “SPlatte-PLWB_YourLastName_YourFirstName” in the subject line and document file name. Microsoft Word or PDF files only. Please state if you are applying for the Greeley, Sterling or would like to be considered for both and how you learned of the job posting. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Preference will be given to those applications submitted by 11:59 pm MST, Monday, December 6, 2021.
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