Program Coordinator – Outcome Based Grazing

Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever
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Full time Positions
$65,000 +/- Commensurate with Experience + benefits
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Location: This position will be based in a BLM office. The desired locations for this position include Boise, ID, Salt Lake City, UT or Reno, NV. Other locations may be considered by the advisory group upon selection of a candidate if necessary. With uncertainties related to COVID-19 (travel and onsite meetings), it will likely be essential that the candidate be able to conduct business via Zoom or Microsoft Teams platforms to adequately perform tasks associated with the position. This is a full-time position working directly with BLM, grazing permittees/lessees, Intermountain West Joint Venture, Pheasants Forever and other conservation partners to coordinate the expansion of the Outcome Based Grazing Program from a pilot program to a national program implemented throughout BLM offices and landscapes in the western United States. Scope of Work (Duties and Expectations): The Outcome Based Grazing Coordinator will: 1. Work with the BLM National Outcome Based Grazing Project Lead to create and archive the best management practices developed through the pilot phase of the program which includes: a. Summary of what facilitates implementation of Outcome Based Grazing within the existing culture of BLM staff and BLM permittees/lessees, current administrative processes, current monitoring and evaluations, current permit administration, and any other pertinent successes. b. Summary of hurdles that impede implementation of Outcome Based Grazing. c. List of potential solutions to address the hurdles identified above. 2. Support BLM staff with program application and expansion: a. Continue to build relationships with, and between, BLM staff at the state, district, and field level to facilitate communications within the agency to assist with agency wide adoption of this program. b. Promote and excel Outcome Based Grazing internally within BLM (all levels) including: i. Assist BLM field staff by providing insight and offering suggestions to communicate outcome- based grazing principles with their permittees/lessees. ii. Continue to develop relationships with BLM Rangeland Management Specialists, Field Office Managers, and other BLM personnel within each field office (with associated pilots) to understand the current status of affected allotments, potential opportunities and challenges, and provide direct support through outreach and relationship-building with permittees/lessees. iii. Explore, design, and/or facilitate training opportunities for BLM Staff. Develop training materials and courses for BLM staff geared towards working with permittees/lessees, including topics like developing ranch objectives, improved communication, basic permit renewal steps, using a monitoring plan, implementing flexibility and record keeping, etc. iv. Develop and provide field offices written materials to use with permittees/lessees to assist with implementation of Outcome Based Grazing including templates, outlines, background information, goals and objectives, and other documents that assist field office staff in implementation and understanding of the program. v. Provide technical assistance to BLM in developing appropriate monitoring protocols that BLM can use in measuring whether operational objectives of the pilots are being met over the life of the permit and incorporate this into adoption of this effort with the BLM agency. NOTE: All developed products would require BLM review and approval. c. Provide training to BLM staff, permittees, and public land users through various venues and one-on-one relationships (e.g., statewide forums such as annual cattlemen conferences, Society for Range Management, conventions and other appropriate landowner and agency forums). 3. Support BLM grazing permittees/lessees with program application and expansion: a. Continue to facilitate partnerships and communication between the BLM and grazing permittees/lessees. i. Continue to learn and define the current status of allotments, potential opportunities and challenges, and provide direct support through outreach and relationship-building with permittees/lessees. ii. Continue assisting the 11 Outcome Based Grazing Authorization pilot permittees in developing their ranch sustainability objectives. This includes research and discovery of economic and social objective approaches that the permittees/lessees could use to set their objectives, as well as objectives to benefit sagebrush and grassland habitat and associated dependent wildlife. iii. Develop a strategic plan of how to engage and develop additional Outcome Based Grazing Authorization projects across the West with interested permittees/lessees. This is an integral part of taking this effort to an agency-wide program. b. Develop new ideas to reach out to permittees/lessees to inform them about the value of Outcome Based Grazing, which could include presentations at agricultural conferences, or any other method to providing information to ranchers. c. Be a conduit for connecting and expanding the Outcome Based Grazing Program to other nationwide efforts like carbon sequestration through sustainable grazing and ranching. 4. Assist the BLM National Lead for Outcome Based Grazing Program in integrating and establishing a national Outcome Based Grazing Program including: a. Aid with presentations to BLM leadership. b. Assist with the development of process templates and guides related to how to develop appropriate operational objectives related to economic and social factors and monitoring how these objectives are being met. c. Provide summary information on the current status of Outcome Based Grazing adoption and utilization throughout the West and create mid-year progress and annual reports that outline how goals and objectives are accomplishing sagebrush and grassland habitat conservation by addressing threats to priority wildlife species. d. Coordinate with BLM Washington public affairs staff and IWJV sagebrush communications specialist to develop 3-4 outreach messages per year with coordinated communication materials that highlight demonstration projects and the Outcome Based Grazing effort. The emphasis would be on working landscapes to produce resource and operational benefits. e. Generate and discuss ideas to overcome hurdles in implementation of the program, ideas on resources needed to expand the program, or ideas that promote the program nationally. 5. Strengthen communications and collaboration with stakeholders, partners, and the public: a. Provide the needed information and expertise to inform communications experts with outreach materials like videos, story boards, writing stories and articles, populating a webpage, and other outreach opportunities as appropriate. b. Participate on IWJV Sage Capacity Team, attend annual meetings, and peer exchange conference calls to facilitate broader exchange of opportunities and learning. c. Work with the State Wildlife Agencies and other partners to ensure priority wildlife habitats are maintained/improved, especially those identified in State Wildlife Action Plans. This also includes bringing state fish and wildlife agency science and data to the conversation. The species-specific experience, science, and data on wildlife density and distribution are critical to learning from these pilots and getting wildlife-based benefits. d. Continue to strengthen collaboration between permittees/lessees and key partners including BLM, NRCS Working Lands for Wildlife, USFWS, IWJV, state fish and wildlife agencies, local conservation districts, agriculturally-based landowner groups (e.g., Public Lands Council), etc. 6. Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications: Minimum qualifications are a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in conservation, range management, wildlife biology, ecology, agriculture, or closely related field with five years of work experience in that field. Additional key attributes include: experience or a strong understanding of BLM rangelands and grazing management structure, operations, policies and processes, guidelines, standards, and specifications as it relates to grazing leases and an understanding and/or experience of working ranch life, economics, and sustainability. Expected experience and skills include: ● Rangeland project or habitat plan coordination and execution ● Strong coordination, facilitation, team building, and collaboration skills ● Strong written and verbal communication skills ● Strong background in range management, wildlife management, and ecology ● Substantial computer and technology-based understanding ● Planning, budget management, program evaluation, and report-writing ● Experience working with grazing permittees/lessees directly, and an understanding of their challenges and constraints in the permitting process ● Self-motivated and proactive, demonstrating innovative approaches to problem solving ● Demonstrated ability to initiate projects and implement successful conservation programs ● Experience working with grazing lessees directly, and an understanding of their challenges and constraints in the permitting process. Desirable experience and skills include: ● Working with federal, state, non-governmental and private industry partners ● Supervisory or leadership experience Application Requirements: Please combine your cover letter, resume and 3 references into a single Word document or PDF file before uploading to our Recruitment website: . Additional questions may be directed to Al Eiden, PF West Region Director, at Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever is an EEO Employer/Vet/Disabled
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