Wetland Conservation Technician – Missouri

Agency
Ducks Unlimited
Location
USDA – Jackson MO – NRCS Wetland Emphasis Team 3
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Salary
$37,000 per year
Start Date
10/01/2019
Last Date to Apply
08/23/2019
Description
This partnership position is being developed to contribute to wetland conservation priorities in Southeast Missouri, including the upper Mississippi Alluvial Valley. This region is a priority landscapes for migratory birds dependent on wetland habitats for all or part of their life cycle and includes waterfowl, large wading birds, secretive marsh birds, shorebirds, and migratory song birds especially during migration along the Mississippi Flyway and for overwintering populations of some species. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (DU), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) recognize the value and need for additional staffing resources in this area to develop relationships with landowners, provide technical assistance for wetland development and management, and work with additional partners to achieve wetland conservation objectives. While each agency and organization has its own independent mission and goals, positions dedicated solely to improving wetland habitats on behalf of all conservation partners provides a unique opportunity to engage a wide base from agricultural to recreational landowners. The Wetland Conservation Technician will work with State and Federal field offices to assist with providing technical and biological expertise in the delivery of the NRCS Wetland Reserve Easement and CRP programs, the MDC Landowner Assistance Program, the DU Land Protection Program and the Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program. The incumbent will provide both programmatic and technical assistance to private landowners. This is a full-time, temporary DU contract position, co-funded by the USDA-NRCS, MDC, DU, and the Service. Successful applicant will be a contract employee of DU’s Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office in Dexter, MI, but will work collaboratively with DU, Missouri NRCS, MDC, and Service staff and will adhere to all subject conservation program policies and directives. Annual Duties: 60% • Provide programmatic and technical assistance for state and federal wetland conservation programs to private landowners; • Conduct site visits to develop wetland habitat management plans and determine eligibility for USDA Farm Bill, DU land protection, MDC cost share, and Partners for Fish and Wildlife programs; • Work closely with participating landowners to promote and enhance wetland conservation management to enhance water quality and wildlife benefits; • Assist USDA, DU, MDC and the Service with required monitoring of various conservation program lands to ensure program intent is being met while also identifying other enhancement opportunities; • Develop compatible use authorizations (CUAs) for approval under USDA-NRCS WRE Program; • Use knowledge of general life history of terrestrial and aquatic species to develop tree planting plans, grass planting plans, water level management plans and moist soil/emergent marsh management plans matching plant and wildlife species to hydrology, topography and landform; • Promote and encourage private landowners to participate in USDA Farm Bill programs along with the suite of other wetland-friendly conservation programs available to them as private landowners; • Work closely with the NRCS Wetland Emphasis Teams (WET) and other conservation partner staff from each of the sponsoring agencies and conservation organizations to ensure wetland conservation programs are implemented on private land in a manner that maximizes the water, soil, waterfowl and other benefits of the programs; • Coordinate with other conservation interests to effectively leverage conservation resources for delivery of conservation programs; • Assist all involved agencies with wetland management workshops, promotions, and training. 30% • Assist local WET and private landowners with applications, contracts and other documentation required for participation in all wetland friendly conservation programs; • Provide support to MDC Private Land Conservationists and the Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program Biologists with wetland creation/restoration projects funded through the MDC Landowner Assistance Program, the Conservation Reserve Program, and the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program; • Serve on a team to help create, enhance, and modify wetland conservation programs to increase product delivery; • Submit monthly activity progress reports to include names of landowners receiving technical assistance, number of acres by county of wildlife habitat planned/improved, and staff time allocated to each program request (i.e., MDC LAP, PFW, CRP, WRE, DU Land Protection Program etc.); • Annual summary report of activities; • Assist with other wetland enhancement/restoration and private land duties as needed. 10%• Expand knowledge of wetland/riverine systems and further develop technical skills to support the design and management of wetland communities by participating in available training/educational opportunities. Comments: Duties may require infrequent overnight travel, both in and out of state. Duties may require field work in extreme weather conditions. To apply: Please submit cover letter, resume and two references with daytime telephone numbers; and submit no later than 5 pm CST on 23 August 2019 to address below. For more information regarding this contract position, contact Mark Flaspohler at Office Phone (573) 234-2132, Ext. 178, Cell Phone (573) 356-1146, or email mflaspohler@ducks.org
Qualifications
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: • Working knowledge of wetland systems, including identification skills of wetland associated flora and fauna; • Knowledge of principles used in the management of migrating waterfowl; • Specific knowledge in writing and delivering wetland habitat management conservation plans; • Knowledge of Microsoft Office and ArcGIS software; • Knowledge of the USDA Wetland Reserve Easement and CRP programs, the MDC Landowner Assistance Program, the DU Land Protection Program, and the Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program; • Ability to work effectively both independently and as a member of a team; • Ability to effectively plan, organize and prioritize work activities and complete tasks to meet deadlines; • Ability to prepare and present information on conservation programs to peers and the public; • Possess strong personal skills in order to effectively communicate with private landowners, USDA staff, other wildlife professionals and the general public; • Possess good writing skills for preparation of reports, management plans, etc.; • Possess a valid driver’s license and be willing to drive personal vehicle for federal mileage reimbursement rate. Minimum Education and Experience Requirements: • 4-yr. Bachelor of Science degree in natural resource conservation, agriculture, wildlife management, or a closely related natural resources field. At least 2 years of experience with the management of wetland systems is highly preferred.
Contact Person
Mark Flaspohler
Contact Phone
(573) 234-2132, Ext. 178
Contact eMail
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