Rangeland Management Specialist

US Fish and Wildlife Service
Columbia, SD and Woodworth, ND
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Full time Positions
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As a Rangeland Management Specialist your duties will include, but are not limited to, the following: Responsible for the management and protection of National Wildlife Refuge, Waterfowl Production Area, and conservation easement lands. Serves as a subject matter expert providing recommendation and training to Complex staff in grassland management, inventory and monitoring. Assists station team in grassland and wetland easement acquisition, monitoring, management and adminstration. Participates as planning team member in development of overall Habitat Management Plans for Refuge lands and waters; provides technical expertise in range and cropland management in coordinating Refuge habitat management practices such as grazing, prescribed fire, mowing, farming, grass/forb establishment, etc, to influence desired plant community changes. Prepares grassland and range management plans for the Refuge, determining location and proper stocking rates; locates, prescribes, designs and schedules rangeland habitat facility improvement projects such as fences, gates, pipelines, wells, tanks, cattle guards. Monitors and evaluates range and habitat condition, wildlife utilization and response to grassland management practices; proposes and implements changes in on-going programs to insure meeting of Refuge habitat and wildlife objectives. Negotiates and coordinates changes in on-going programs with permittees. Develops and coordinates grass/forb establishment to meet Refuge objectives of providing breeding and nesting habitat for waterfowl and other migratory birds. Develops and administers Special Use Permits and Cooperative Agricultural Agreements with farmers and ranchers to implement grassland management through grazing, haying, and farming . Insures compliance with Service and Refuge regulations, permit special conditions, scheduling and timetables, payments, etc. Developes an Integrated Pest Management Plan for the Refuge to address noxious weeds and invasive species. Insures appropriate consideration of Refuge, resource and endangered species concerns in planning strategies. Coordinates and oversees implementation of field application of the major portions of the plan.
Qualifications Only experience and education obtained by 10/02/2023 will be considered. In order to qualify for this position you must possess both the Basic Requirement and Minimum Qualification. Basic Requirement: Degree: range management; or a related discipline that included at least 42 semester hours in a combination of the plant, animal, and soil sciences, and natural resources management, as follows: Range Management -- At least 18 semester hours of course work in range management, including courses in such areas as basic principles of range management, range plants, range ecology, range inventories and studies, range improvements, and ranch or rangeland planning. Directly Related Plant, Animal, and Soil Sciences -- At least 15 semester hours of directly related courses in the plant, animal, and soil sciences, including at least one course in each of these three scientific areas, i.e., plant, animal, and soil sciences. Courses in such areas as plant taxonomy, plant physiology, plant ecology, animal nutrition, livestock production, and soil morphology or soil classification are acceptable. Related Resource Management Studies -- At least 9 semester hours of course work in related resource management subjects, including courses in such areas as wildlife management, watershed management, natural resource or agricultural economics, forestry, agronomy, forages, and outdoor recreation management. OR Combination of education and experience: at least 42 semester hours of course work in the combination of plant, animal, and soil sciences and natural resources management shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Minimum Qualification [GS-11] One year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility equivalent to grade the GS-09 level or higher in Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through Federal service. This experience requires the knowledge of a wide range of rangeland management principles, concepts, and theories sufficient to perform duties concerning the development and implementation of multiple-use rangeland management plans. Examples of specialized experience include: Consulting and advising ranchers and farmers. Providing guidance and assistance to land owners and operators, as well as field office staff, on the identification of resource concerns on grazing lands to ensure that conservation plans provide for the application of technically accurate and adequate practices. Providing information relative to various types of species of plants, and their respective role and response in the grazing system. Developing rangeland management plans. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Education PROOF OF EDUCATION: All applicants who are using education or a combination of education and experience to qualify must submit copies of official or unofficial transcripts which include grades, credit hours earned, major(s), grade point average or class ranking, institution name, and student name. If any required coursework is not easily recognizable on transcripts, or if you believe a portion of a particular course can be credited toward meeting an educational requirement, you must also provide a memorandum on letterhead from the institution's registrar, dean, or other appropriate official stating the percentage of the course that should be considered to meet the requirement and the equivalent number of units. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, if you are selected for the position, you will be required to produce the original official transcripts.
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