Overview & Job Duties:
The incumbent will work in a joint capacity with USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) along with other partners including Rio Grande Joint Venture (RGJV), Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), and other State and Federal partners to promote, accelerate enrollment, coordinate, and implement the conservation provisions of the Federal Farm Bill and other wildlife related conservation programs such as the South Texas Grassland Restoration Incentive Program (S. TX-GRIP). Activities will include program promotion (workshops and one-on-one meetings), contract coordination, conservation planning, conservation plan modification, site assessment, and reporting. In addition, the position will provide conservation technical guidance, including wildlife habitat enhancement techniques, and conservation program delivery, to private landowners and public organizations within partner identified priority areas, as appropriate and will collaborate with partner project managers to increase involvement in S. TX-GRIP.
Other duties will include: 1) Work with local chapters of Quail Forever (QF) and other local partners to increase habitat management efforts and participate in regional and statewide habitat meetings; 2) Assist or coordinate activities and projects with other QF, NRCS, RGJV, TPWD, and natural resource professional staff; 3) Provide leadership and support for outreach activities including direct collaboration with project managers, and through landowner field events, inter-agency partnership training meetings, and other communication efforts.
This position will be an employee of, and supervised by Pheasants Forever, Inc. & Quail Forever, with daily instruction and leadership provided by QF, NRCS, and Rio Grande Joint Venture. Hired individuals will work largely within the focus areas of the USDA Working Lands for Wildlife south Texas focal counties to achieve the objectives of the partnership. The position will be located within the USDA Service Center in Laredo, TX and will cover multiple counties.
Desired Knowledge. Skills and Abilities:
• Ability to be part of multiple teams and, where appropriate, provide coordination and leadership working with a diverse set of partner organizations and individual landowners to achieve conservation objectives at multiple scales (individual land parcel to state-level) and through the work of others.
• Knowledge of wildlife ecology, prescribed fire, and grassland, wetland, and early succession habitat management.
• Ability to convey the use of various habitat management tools in the development of management plans.
• Knowledge of conservation and wildlife habitat programs provided by federal (i.e. Farm Bill, US Fish and Wildlife Service), state, & local entities. In addition, knowledge of how these programs are implemented in an agricultural landscape is desired.
• Knowledge of or practical experience with agricultural systems, farming and ranching.
• Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with landowners, partner agencies and colleagues.
• Ability to work independently with little supervision and with diverse clientele.
• Excellent verbal and written communication.
• Strong organizational skills.
• Demonstrated leadership abilities with a high degree of self-motivation.
• Proficiency with ArcPro or USDA Conservation Desktop and GPS.
• Ability to attend NRCS Conservation Desktop trainings to attain conservation planner certification.
• Conflict resolution skills.
• Ability to work outdoors in sometimes extreme conditions and landscapes.
• Valid driver’s license required; some use of personal vehicle may be required (mileage reimbursement provided).
• Must be able to obtain USDA Federal Security Clearance.
• Ability to speak Spanish (beneficial, but NOT required).
Education and Experience Preferred: A minimum requirement for this position is a Bachelor of Science Degree in Wildlife Management or closely related natural resources field and three years of relevant experience. Wildlife Society Certification and graduate work will also be considered. Proven experience working with USDA Farm Bill programs (i.e. EQIP, CSP, ACEP, CRP and CREP) is preferred.
Starting Salary: Commensurate with Experience + Benefits (see our Benefits Summary link on our website at www.quailforever.org/jobs ).
Application Requirements: Please combine a cover letter that outlines your interest in the position and your qualifications, along with a detailed resume, and 3 references, into one MS Word document or Adobe Acrobat PDF file before uploading to the “Resume” area of your application on our Recruitment website at: www.quailforever.org/jobs .
If you have further questions, please contact: Thomas S. Janke, Texas PF/QF State Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, 830-220-9742.
Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever, Inc. are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with disability, or any other category that may be protected by law.