Rangeland Specialist

Malheur Soil and Water Conservation District
Ontario, OR
Job Category
Full time Positions
$38,500 - $50,000 DOE
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
This position is part of a collaborative effort among the Malheur Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and private landowners to promote working land conservation and restore sage-grouse habitat and populations in Malheur County. The successful candidate will work with landowners to enroll private properties in the Greater Sage-grouse Programmatic Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances for Private Rangelands in Malheur, Oregon (hereafter, CCAA). The position, in conjunction with landowners, creates site specific plans (SSPs) with appropriate conservation measures to reduce threats to sage-grouse on private lands and to secure grants to help fund the Malheur County CCAA efforts. This appointment serves as an integral member of the All County CCAA Steering Committee and Vale Sage-Grouse Local Implementation Teams (LITs). The position serves as a liaison between federal, state, and local government programs with funding and expertise to address threats to sage-grouse and landowners in matters regarding conservation of sage-grouse and sagebrush ecosystems at the local scale.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: * Degree: bachelor's degree in Natural Resource field; 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 --Includes 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, Wildlife, 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 --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-- course work in the combination of plant, wildlife, animal, and soil sciences and natural resources management as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: Must be proficient with Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint. Ability to use AcrGIS, to compile data, generate reports, and produce maps. Experience in collecting field data, and maintaining field notes is required. Knowledge of ecological topics affecting the local area, including western juniper, sage-grouse, annual grasses (e.g. medusahead and cheatgrass), wildfire and applicable sagebrush steppe restoration practices. Range experience including plant identification, knowledge of local ecological sites, experience with locally adapted State and Transition models, grazing processes and practices, experience with relevant cover type monitoring, and ability to identify threats and appropriate conservation measures. Wildlife knowledge with a focus on sagebrush steppe species (sage-grouse) Technical writing experience preferred. Experience working with ranchers on conservation projects preferred. Good oral and written communication skills are required.
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