The Wildlife Management Institute (WMI) has an immediate need for forestry consultant (3 year minimum contract), to work in Rhode Island in partnership with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management – Division of Fish and Wildlife (RIDFW) and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to implement sustainable young forest management practices to benefit a variety of at-risk wildlife on private lands as part of WMI’s Young Forest Initiative, a project of the NRCS Regional Conservation Partners Program (RCPP). The Forester will work directly with RIDEM Wildlife and Forestry staff, NRCS and Wildlife Management Institute specialists to identify private landowners for involvement with forest planning and wildlife habitat management treatments to create, enhance and maintain critical young forest habitats required by New England cottontail, American woodcock and over 50 other species of wildlife. Work will involve close collaboration with RIDEM and NRCS and utilize funds available through RCPP, Working Lands for Wildlife, Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and general Environmental Quality Incentive Programs (EQIP).
• Candidates must possess either: Bachelor's or higher level degree in Forestry or a related plant science where coursework is distributed among the categories of: ecology and forest biology; measurement of forest resources; management of forest resources; and, forest resource policy, economics, and administration
• An understanding of forestry and silviculture, conservation implementation, habitat management, ornithology, or wildlife biology desired.
• All candidates must demonstrate knowledge, skills and abilities to utilize inventory and planning tools (e.g., prisms/angle gauges/relaskop, site index, stocking guides).
• The position requires excellent networking and communication skills (presentation, inter-personal, reading, and writing); project management experience, and organizing and leadership skills.
• Knowledge of NRCS landowner incentive programs, especially Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).
• Experience working with private landowners as well as Federal / State agencies (ex. NRCS, RIDEM, USFWS, USDA Forest Service).
• Ability to use Excel, ArcMAP, Google Maps, and other computer mapping systems, including Trimble GPS, to identify and delineate project boundaries.
• Proven ability to manage multiple projects, produce effective results and meet deadlines. Applicant must be self-motivated, responsible and have ability to solve problems.
• Forester may be required to participate in specific training programs in order to use partner facilities and equipment.
• Forester may be required to complete the NRCS Certified Conservation Planner State Specific Training for TSPs.
• Applicant must have a valid driver’s license.
To Apply: Please email letters of interest and a resume highlighting relevant work experience to Scot Williamson, WMI Vice President at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have not received an acknowledgement of receipt for your resume within 24 hours, please call 802/563-2087.