This position is part of a collaborative effort among the Powder Basin Watershed Council (PBWC), US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and private landowners to promote working land conservation and restore sage-grouse habitat and populations in Baker County, Oregon. 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 (CCAA) in Oregon’s Baker and Union Counties. The position collaborates with landowners and other conservation partners to create site specific plans (SSPs) with appropriate conservation measures to reduce threats to sage-grouse on private lands. The position will work to secure grant funding to help amplify the Baker County CCAA efforts. This appointment serves as an integral member of the Baker Sage-Grouse Local Implementation Team (LIT), which recently secured multi-year funding through the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) Focused Investment Partnership (FIP). The position serves as a liaison between federal, state, and local government programs, private landowners and NGO partners that have funding and expertise to address threats to sage-grouse and sage-grouse habitat and sagebrush-bunchgrass ecosystems.
Must have a thorough knowledge of natural resource practices, wildlife management, and sagebrush-bunch grass ecosystem function including the habitat needs of fish and wildlife and how to integrate wildlife conservation and sustainable agriculture practices. An understanding and appreciation of landowner/working land, rural ranch community, and sagebrush conservation issues. Knowledge of the local area or similar areas (Great Basin ecosystems) based on experience in other regions.
Must have experience in the collection and interpretation of field data on rangelands, including vegetation data, land-use history and remotely-sensed data. Must have skill in the operation of office equipment, office programs experience, electronic (tablet-based) data collection, and mapping technologies including Microsoft Word and Excel, and ArcMap (GIS). Must have a thorough knowledge of office equipment and business practices including excellent oral and written communication. Must have the ability to communicate clearly and effectively in oral and written forms with landowners, partner agencies and other entities. Must be organized and detail-oriented; prioritize and make decisions independently using initiative and good judgement in timely completing tasks and responsibilities. Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision and with diverse clientele.
A Bachelor of Science Degree in Rangeland Science, Wildlife Management, Ecosystem Management or closely related natural resources field, OR an equivalent combination of experience and training in science. Experience working with diverse stakeholders to address natural resource management issues.